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Dancing Ghosts: What You Get When You Interpolate Long Exposure Photos

Check out the creepy effect seen in the video above, titled “Dancing Ghosts.” It was created by photographer Micaël Reynaud, who photographed a group of people during the day using long exposure times, and then interpolated the resulting photos into a real-time video.

Reynaud tells us that he was shooting with a Sony NEX mirrorless camera with a wide open lens. To allow for longer exposure times, he restricted the amount of light entering his camera using 2 neutral density filters and 1 infrared filter.

The photographs he captured had shutter speeds as slow as 2 seconds. During post-processing, he interpolated the motion blur-filled images into a video showing real time action. “The result looks like ghosts to me,” he says.

Reynaud shared this project with us after we shared a similar long-exposure project showing the Milky Way in real time.


 
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  • Guest

    I’m blown away with this. love it. A fusion of the still frame photography with motion picture. It has interesting potential.

  • Norshan Nusi

    Great effect! Very suitable for horror films as well :D

  • Ovi H

    I apologize for being dense, but does the NEX allow for manual exposures during video recording? Otherwise, I’m not sure how the interpolation worked out so smoothly…