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Caught on Camera
A True Account of the Haunting of the Abraham Family.
About this creation
I was drawn to the house for reasons I could not at the time explain, but later would come to describe it as maternal instinct. I was taking photos of the forgotten houses in my area of town. Over two years ago we had a large earthquake, many beautiful old homes were damaged and with the land now uninsurable, they have been left to the elements and reclaimed by nature. I find them quite enchanting.









I think the front door was unlocked… I didn't intend to actually enter the house, but as I said, I was inexplicably drawn to it. I don’t even remember trying the door knob; I just remember that somehow I found myself standing in the entrance hall. The light from the crisp spring morning was shining in the window of the room off the end of the hall. I stared for ages at that spot, entranced by the way the dust floated in the light, like thousands of dancing fairies. I held up my camera and snapped a photo. The LCD screen went black as I clicked the button then promptly showed (as digital cameras do) for that little seconds the captured image.





The wind escaped my lungs in a flash and I bolted for the door behind me and never looked back.










Unfortunately, I think I was followed home that day…













I showed my husband Geoffrey the photo and he was impressed at my “photo-shopping skills”. I was quite offended he didn't believe I hadn't manipulated the image. His feet are firmly planted in reality. Stubborn old fart. Over the next few weeks I tried to put the event behind me. However stubborn as he was, Geoff could not deny the fact that the feeling of (in his own words) “being watched” had begun to creep down our spines.










It was about this time my son began to mention the boy in his room.


We humoured him for a while. It was cute to see him talking about an imaginary friend. Mark is nearly five and quite shy. He has never shown any signs of an overly creative imagination in the past, but with regular school visits recently we thought maybe it was his way of adjusting to the big change occurring in his life. Adults tend to over think the things kids say and do. It was not until the night he came running into our room screaming about how his “friend” ripped off Teddy’s head did the fear strike home.







That image of poor decapitated teddy still haunts me today. I stitched its head back on the best I could and Mark very quickly forgot the whole incident. Geoff assumed Mark did it himself, perhaps in the violent throes of an especially bad dream. I could not so easily dismiss it. That bear was brand new. How could a small child bust brand new stitching, unless the bear was faulty to begin with? Desperate to convince myself there was nothing paranormal about the event, I researched on the Internet the soft toy brand to see if there was a recall due to faulty stitching and perhaps some other bears that had lost a head… or arm, or anything!








Of course I didn't find anything. I emailed the toy company demanding they inspect their product. They said they were sorry I was unhappy with their product and offered me a refund if I returned the bear to the store I bought it from. Well, you try taking a loved teddy bear off a child! Good luck. So I bandaged the bear’s neck to hide the ghastly stitches and Mark was perfectly content.







That was when I put a video camera in his bedroom.







The footage was event-less until just after 12 am when a flash of white light lit up the screen for the blink of an eye. We couldn't see anything in it, the recorded vision lasted all of half a second. When uploaded to a video editing program on the computer we broke the moment down into single frames and saw each image in disturbing detail. Geoff could no longer dismiss it away and we moved Mark permanently into our bedroom.
















Although I was frightened, I also felt overwhelming curiosity… I began to carry my camera with me all the time while in the house and took a photo of every room before I entered it.























I've seen the movies, I've read the books, and the time had come to invite a priest into our home.


He arrived on a Monday evening with a suitcase full of exorcism gizmos: a bottle of holy water, sage, candles, a crucifix and a well-used bible with the top corners of several pages folded over to significant bodies of text.








The priest blessed our home. He told the intruder how he was not welcome here any more. He told the intruder that this world no longer held any ownership of his soul and that he should allow himself to walk towards the light. He talked calmly and sweetly, he told the intruder that Jesus was awaiting his arrival in heaven and had laid a place for him at his table. As he prayed for the soul of the intruder we all felt the weight lifting from our shoulders.







Our house was clean.










Happy Halloween mocpages!



Comments

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  November 5, 2013
Duuuude. That is some siiick photoshop. VERY nice job. Even though I'm completely against Halloween, this is still great work. 5/5
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  November 5, 2013
That first pic is absolutly amazing. Love the bathroom and the toilet too. Beautiful builds, a pleasure to watch and read.
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  November 2, 2013
excellent, Excellent, and again I say EXCELLENT work. Great Clean pictures, elegant designs, and plenty of humorous incidents.
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  November 2, 2013
Haha:D Nice shot!
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  November 2, 2013
Very well made! Great job Leda! Brilliant editing skills! --Blast--
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  November 1, 2013
Impressive to say the least! XD
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  November 1, 2013
Quoting Aidan Flynn Great lighting. And excellent job on every picture! Blogged on BrickEnd: http://brickend.blogspot.com/2013/10/caught-on-camera-by-leda-kat.html
Thanks man!
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  November 1, 2013
I love this! The entire thing was just plain awesome.
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  October 31, 2013
This is so good! Happy Halloween Leda! :D
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  October 31, 2013
Great lighting. And excellent job on every picture! Blogged on BrickEnd: http://brickend.blogspot.com/2013/10/caught-on-camera-by-leda-kat.html
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  October 30, 2013
Happy Halloween! Wow, we love the story.
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  October 30, 2013
I know I told you elsewhere mate, but the images are brilliant. The story and builds are great too, but the presentation is pin-sharp and clever and your use of colour throughout really complements each shot well. i was kind of hoping for a scare, but I found it quite a warm and friendly ghost story in the end! Great job my dear, well done.
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  October 30, 2013
I can't remember you ever doing a better job with the presentation, Leda. (You may have...it's my memory that's always in question. ;) Really fun story, and some nice PU throughout, but it's some of those ghost shots that really put it over the top. Great post, Mills!
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  October 30, 2013
Playing catchup with comments is never fun... Leda. This. Is. BRILLIANT! The story, the sets, the camera work. Everything is just genius! You're a true artist dear. Happy Halloween! ~ Chris.
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  October 29, 2013
Incredible photoshopping! It looks so real! Great work!
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  October 29, 2013
Quoting Matthew Oh :D
Mmmm, don't know if I can change the exposure time on my camera, probably can, I'll have to check it out. I've never read the manual... Thanks for the imput! I would have loved to do all this without the need for photoshop. I always try get as many in camera special effects, lighting effects etc, as possible so my reliance on photoshop is minimised to cleaning up the stray cat hair and general colour correction if needed.
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  October 29, 2013
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= Thanks for the blog and your praise. Thought I better get in quick so you can change the comment on the blog, because yes in fact I did use photoshop for the ghost. I don't know how to do that in camera. If you know how please tell me I'd love to try it out! Its pretty simple how I did it, I took two photos of each scene: one with ghost, one without, then I overlayed the ghost shot over top in a photo editing program and reduced the opacity to make him see through. Sorry, hope I haven't disappointed you too much ;)
Not at all, and thanks for telling me. I will edit that. :D Well, I have only heard of the camera trick, I have never tried it myself. I have heard that it has something to do where you keep the camera on a stand or something, keeping it very still, and use this 10 sec exposure, and halfway through you quickly flick what you want to be see through out of the picture (in this case the ghost). Then in the picture it is see-through. I have never tried it myself, but if you do, make sure to tell me. :D
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  October 29, 2013
Quoting Matthew Oh Well Leda, you have astonished me once again. Each picture is unique in its own simple, yet amazingly detailed way. You made the ghost see-through with a camera trick, and no photoshop, correct? Anywho, this is wonderfully done Leda, and you have my respect. Blogged on BBA! http://bba-brick.blogspot.com/2013/10/caught-on-camera.html
Thanks for the blog and your praise. Thought I better get in quick so you can change the comment on the blog, because yes in fact I did use photoshop for the ghost. I don't know how to do that in camera. If you know how please tell me I'd love to try it out! Its pretty simple how I did it, I took two photos of each scene: one with ghost, one without, then I overlayed the ghost shot over top in a photo editing program and reduced the opacity to make him see through. Sorry, hope I haven't disappointed you too much ;)
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  October 29, 2013
Well Leda, you have astonished me once again. Each picture is unique in its own simple, yet amazingly detailed way. You made the ghost see-through with a camera trick, and no photoshop, correct? Anywho, this is wonderfully done Leda, and you have my respect. Blogged on BBA! http://bba-brick.blogspot.com/2013/10/caught-on-camera.html
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  October 29, 2013
Creepy, Millie. All of the builds are top notch, but the faded ghost hiding in the corners makes it memorable. This is some of your most creative work to date, and I never tire of your work, so that's saying something;) Well done, Millie.
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  October 29, 2013
:) Still the horror queen...
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  October 28, 2013
Awesome work as ever! Congrats Leda!
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  October 27, 2013
Even though I do not celebrate Halloween your model is top notch! Too bad that the highest number of smiles that can be given is 5 if it was 100 then I would give 101!
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  October 27, 2013
This extremely well done Millie! You actually had me on for the first few pictures :)
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  October 27, 2013
I thought it was going to be in the first person from the ghost's perspective, actually.
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  October 27, 2013
Your photography and atmosphere are unrivaled!
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  October 27, 2013
One more person here who enjoyed it thoroughly.
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  October 27, 2013
To everyone, thank you all for your kind comments and support. I'm pleased you enjoyed it :)
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  October 27, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Fun story, Leda! Not exactly where I thought you were going to go with it. Love the colorful sets and the variety of crafty lighting scenarios. Each shot is like a scene from a different horror movie. My favorite is the one on the bike. Good to see you back in studio production!
Where did you think I was going to go with it?
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  October 27, 2013
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) I love all the Friends colors you have begun to use in your mocs. What else can I say that has not already been said! My favorites tho, are your plant designs! :)
"Friends" is the best thing LEGO ever did. Anybody who disagrees shall feel my wrath.
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  October 27, 2013
Quoting matt rowntRee Leda, what can be said? This is wonderful! It's scary, fun, exciting, risqué, and perfectly executed. The builds are clever and realistic, that bathroom is perfect. Your photo skills are spot on and the editing is mesmerizing. Wicked cool storytelling and perfectly timed too. Thank you for elevating Halloween to the fun holiday it should always be. Kudos!
Mmmmmm, you give good comments Matt! Thank you so much :)
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  October 27, 2013
Quoting Mark McPeek This is awesome! Although I do not celebrate Halloween, I really enjoyed this MOC. Excellent work throughout!
In all honesty, I don't celebrate it either. Its not a holiday that our country does. In the last few years the commercial thing is trying to come into our country, you know, costumes in the shops etc, trying to sell it as a fun night but I'm not sure how successful its been in grabbing a foothold. But I LOVE scary things, so "Halloween" is the perfect excuse for a scary moc. I'm pleased you like it :)
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  October 27, 2013
Quoting Mike Johnson You actually had me going there my sweet thinking a spectral entity had personally followed you home! Naturally my heart sank when the story mentioned a husband and child and the thoughs of never getting the chance to woo my heart's desire but then you showed us all the ghost got his happy ending and all is right as rain. As always your skills entrance me like no other. Bravo my dear, bravo!
No, not about me, the story is just complete fiction... or is it.
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  October 27, 2013
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy I just finished playing '7 days to die' and saw that you posted your long awaited Halloween story. Of course I had to read it instantly. Needless to say how great it is on so many levels. Compared to your older stories, that I also love, it is obvious how much you have grown. Your photographics skills are in no way inferior to your building and storytelling skills. You even managed to scare me for a second when I was reading and scrolled down to the video camera photo. Thank you for the pre-Halloween entertainment and the excellent ending, hehehe.
Thanks so much Thor, I always look forward to your excellent comments. That video footage photo used to be on my desktop wallpaper but I had to take it off because I'd forget it was there and each time I turned my laptop on I'd get a fright! Its that one that's staring right into the camera I think that gets ya. But the rest are cute and funny so I've got the shower scene (think that's my favourite) on there now.
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  October 27, 2013
I hate Halloween but I love your sweet ghosts! ... and the story, the pictures, the build !
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  October 27, 2013
Leda, you have a wicked sense of humour! I love it, and your builds!
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  October 27, 2013
Beautifully done, the night vision shot reminded me of matrix bullet time!
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  October 27, 2013
Wonderful!
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  October 27, 2013
Great Story Great Builds Great Photo's Great Lighting Yes I love it
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  October 26, 2013
Everything about this is gorgeous! The building, the extremely creepy story, the photoshopping- or is it photoshopped? :0
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  October 26, 2013
Fabulous! Just Fabulous! The way you did the ghosts is so cool! Great story that goes along with it! Awesome!
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  October 26, 2013
Great details on the sets! I love how you made the ghosts look!
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  October 26, 2013
Wow! great storytelling.
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  October 26, 2013
Just fantastic.
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  October 26, 2013
Beautiful work as always Leda! The story is fun, and especially the ghost on the toilet....reminds me of Chris. ;)
Leda Kat =^..^=
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Dr. Monster
  October 25, 2013
Wow! Great story and great pics. Lots of lovely features and builds in this post. Well done and happy Halloween.
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  October 25, 2013
Fun story, Leda! Not exactly where I thought you were going to go with it. Love the colorful sets and the variety of crafty lighting scenarios. Each shot is like a scene from a different horror movie. My favorite is the one on the bike. Good to see you back in studio production!
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  October 25, 2013
I love all the Friends colors you have begun to use in your mocs. What else can I say that has not already been said! My favorites tho, are your plant designs! :)
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  October 25, 2013
Excellent MOC here! Thumbs up to the ghost in the toilet too :P
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  October 25, 2013
Leda, what can be said? This is wonderful! It's scary, fun, exciting, risqué, and perfectly executed. The builds are clever and realistic, that bathroom is perfect. Your photo skills are spot on and the editing is mesmerizing. Wicked cool storytelling and perfectly timed too. Thank you for elevating Halloween to the fun holiday it should always be. Kudos!
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  October 25, 2013
This is awesome! Although I do not celebrate Halloween, I really enjoyed this MOC. Excellent work throughout!
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  October 25, 2013
You actually had me going there my sweet thinking a spectral entity had personally followed you home! Naturally my heart sank when the story mentioned a husband and child and the thoughs of never getting the chance to woo my heart's desire but then you showed us all the ghost got his happy ending and all is right as rain. As always your skills entrance me like no other. Bravo my dear, bravo!
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  October 25, 2013
incredible Halloween piece Leda! script, scenes, effects, top notch!!!
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  October 25, 2013
Nice builds, story, and photoshop skills too. ;)
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  October 25, 2013
Great story MIlls. I really love the old house build, and the ghost photographs are excellently done. Happy Halloween!
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  October 25, 2013
Hehe, nice one! Lots of fun details throughout. Excellent photos too.
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  October 25, 2013
Cool! Great job. And happy Halloween. :)
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  October 25, 2013
I just finished playing '7 days to die' and saw that you posted your long awaited Halloween story. Of course I had to read it instantly. Needless to say how great it is on so many levels. Compared to your older stories, that I also love, it is obvious how much you have grown. Your photographics skills are in no way inferior to your building and storytelling skills. You even managed to scare me for a second when I was reading and scrolled down to the video camera photo. Thank you for the pre-Halloween entertainment and the excellent ending, hehehe.
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  October 25, 2013
And to think, I usually try to get the dust bunnies off our creations! These are great! I really like the minifigure wrapped in a towel! Happy Halloween!
  October 25, 2013
great story telling Ledakat always nice to see your creations and i do not remember this happening may be it was a nightmare?lol .ps hope all is well
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  October 25, 2013
Quoting Morthen P great story really great ( Its easy to see you got some insperation from paranormal activity, hehe. I really like the faded out ghost, its really nice, and beautiful photo's as usual 14/5
oh, only 14/5 ;) hehe.
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  October 25, 2013
Quoting Dave Kaleta Millie, Your cinematic eye shows brilliantly through these set ups. I love the way you light your builds and the way humor and art collide in this story. ~DK
Thanks Dave. I worked pretty hard on the lighting here. Most images have in the region of about 30 pics each with different styles of lighting till I find that perfect one which best works and suits the scene.... then of course each images needs the ghost. The builds are rather simple, but I wanted the photos to sell the moc.
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  October 25, 2013
Awesome ghost scenes here! Very creepy!
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  October 25, 2013
great story really great ( Its easy to see you got some insperation from paranormal activity, hehe. I really like the faded out ghost, its really nice, and beautiful photo's as usual 14/5
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  October 25, 2013
Millie, Your cinematic eye shows brilliantly through these set ups. I love the way you light your builds and the way humor and art collide in this story. ~DK
 
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