Let's talk real quick about dissection levitation. This is super easy and set up takes just a few minutes. You will need your object for dissection, toothpicks, and a knife to do the dissection. Be sure whatever object you choose has a consistency soft enough to pierce but firm enough to hold it's weight.
After you dissect and reassemble your object time for your photo. I made a quickie backdrop from hanging a black fleece behind my lovely model, Katie. I'd stick to solid backgrounds during your first tries to avoid editing frustration later. It's also nice to have your model hold the object in such a way that her own body isn't blocking the background through the cracks.
After you've gotten a shot you are happy with just use Photoshop to fill in the areas where the toothpicks are with background. You can use auto-fill, paintbrush, and clone stamp to do this. Within just a few minutes you should be able to create your final image!
Remember this is the very basic of dissection levitation. Using different objects and wire along with more creative cuts you can create some amazing photos.
Yorktown Memorial Hospital was built and operated by the Felician Sisters and the Catholic Hospital. The "Memorial" part of the title was meant to memorize the many men in the area who had fought in World War II. The hospital was built through fundraising, local donors, and grants from even the Ford Motor Company. The idea for the hospital came out of need, since the nearest hospital was located in San Antonio. Construction got underway in 1950 and the hospital opened in 1951. The hospital operated successfully for many years, the nearby Nordheim, TX newspaper lists a total of 600 deaths in a six year period - quite a large amount for the size of the hospital and the area. The hospital closed in 1986 after a bigger, better hospital opened up in nearby Cuero. After the hospital closed, it was turned into a drug rehabilitation facility, which was eventually shut down by the state for their inability to control their
While visiting South Texas, Daniel and I came across the infamous Yorktown Hospital in Yorktown. It's been featured on several ghost hunter and paranormal shows in the past few years and the even offer overnight 'tours'. We decided to do the afternoon two hour tour instead since we needed light for photos. Mike, the groundskeeper and tour guide surprised us when, after showing us the lay of the land and locking the front door, left! He remained on the property (where he lives) but gave us the run of the hospital solo for two whole hours. After reading all the lore and watching all the interviews, we were practically positive that we would see or hear a ghost. But once again, as with all the places we've been, no sightings or hearings of any ghostly presence. However it was a great tour and we got some good shots so totally worth the $50 cover charge.
The following photos were taken with 35mm film camera by my husband, Daniel.
**To read more of the history and legend visit: http://www.therussellrushhauntedtour.com/pages/2012Hauntedtour.html?feed=464710&article=10511381#ixzz2gfzPgVIZ
So what does a typical date like look like for people like me and my husband? A nice big dinner with friends, followed by a camera double team at a carnival. Plus a little midnight ice cream of course.
While staying in south Texas we were lucky enough to be there for opening night of a traveling carnival. Daniel is far too sketched out by the machines that whirl you about in the air, so rather then try to goad him into riding, we did the next best thing. Photographed all the wonderful lights! He used a 35mm camera and I used my trusty Nikon7000. He focused on the big picture, while I focused on the light trails. Leaving us with a nice little set that makes me think of childhood and funnel cakes every time I look through it. Enjoy!
There is so much to do and see and photograph. How will we ever manage to capture it all?