Madison Indiana Photography

Ghost face in Creek !!!

This was another shot from last fall at Clifty Falls State Park, I got a little different perspective on this one, looking downstream as the sun was rising on the left side of the image. The light was very warm and pleasant, which gave the image a nice warm glow.

The settings were f/22, at 1/3 second, iso 200.

After this image posted  a large number of people contacted me to ask about the ghost face in the creek. I never even noticed this at first, but after viewing the image again and then going back to the org. raw file there is something definitely there. I am one that doesn’t believe in such things but it definitely makes for good conversation !!



October 1, 2007 - Posted by | blogging, Clifty Falls, creek, hiking, image, indiana, landscapes, Madison Indiana, nature, outdoors, photography, pictures, random, travel, waterfalls | , , ,


  1. I can not be the only person who sees a face in the water? 🙂

    Comment by Matthew | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  2. stunning water effects here! Great work Bernie!

    Comment by mon@rch | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  3. Bernie, the pics in your blog always look pretty good bightness and color wise (on my monitor at least). Would you mind telling me your “system” when preparing a photo for posting? What software are you using? Do you imbed any color profiles? What color space do you use during editing? That sort of thing. I’ll understand if it’s a trade secret or something. I’d be interested in light of my current adventure into color management.


    Comment by forestrat | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  4. This looks like it was taken a little later in the season. I went to shoot the foliage twice last year but it was extremely windy. Leaves were falling fast if not already fallen. I hope to go back someday and get a more productive shoot out of it. We’ll have to meet up next time if I’m out that way, as I think you were down at the Smokies when I was last there.

    Comment by Richard | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  5. The face is there on my monitor! Cool picture.

    Comment by paulrg | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  6. Yes I can see a face! It looks like a baby. Very creepy.

    Comment by Thomas | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  7. Very nice perspective but that face is creeping me out! How cool is that???

    Comment by HeyJules | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  8. Bernie, they are right. There is a face appearing in the shot. The left eye in the creek is unmistakeable. The chin, nose,mouth, forehead rather clear as well. I am not one for being super touchy-feely or a believer in the paranormal, but this shot is just weird! I know the image on the water has to be a reflection of items in the woods, but I can see nothing in the shot that would create sucha reflection. Perhaps the image of a Falls victim?

    Comment by conchlife | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  9. This is really weird, I didn’t notice it till I got back from work and everyone was pointing it out, I went back to the original raw file and it was there as well. It is getting close to Halloween you know very appropriate for this time of year.

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  10. Beautiful work, Bernie! I really appreciate your posting the settings that you used!

    Comment by montucky | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  11. The first thing I noticed was the face… and you are right Bernie it is getting close to Halloween – insert goosebumps and shivers here!

    Comment by truddle | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  12. That face! Definitely a spooky aspect — but in a lovely photo. Love the moss on the rocks.

    Comment by Bobbie | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  13. awesome view point that you chose, and the warm glow is lovely.

    Comment by ankush | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  14. That is soo cool! hmm, why didn’t I see the face the first time I looked at the shot?

    Comment by mon@rch | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  15. That is a lovely shot, is it a nice hiking spot?
    Parks over here in the UK are little places to picnic and take a nice stroll.

    Comment by Claire | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  16. Beautiful… I love it 🙂

    Comment by Timothy | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  17. Clifty is definitely a great place to hike Claire, very steep trails leading all over the canyon walls, great place to live close to.

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  18. Great job Bernie of setting your whitepoint, it is so easy to lose those beautiful atmospheric colors. I feel like I could get swept along so great job of composing!

    Comment by paintingartist | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  19. I love the way you work the water Bernie. As for the face, it looks like the mummy to me.

    Comment by rtd13 | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  20. Lovely, lovely photo!

    Comment by Adam R. Paul | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  21. I love the curving tree line in the background and the flow of water. Didn’t notice the face until I read the posts and took a second look…

    Comment by tomwhelan | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  22. Wow that’s beautiful!

    Comment by newyorksbetterhalf | October 3, 2007 | Reply

  23. this photos are wonderfuls

    Comment by fabrizio | October 3, 2007 | Reply

  24. beautiful – I’d venture to guess you were a mermaid or merman in a previous life. 🙂 You seem to really have a way with water. Nice work Bernie.

    Comment by aullori | October 5, 2007 | Reply

  25. The face is obviously just a Photoshop job. Nothing remotely spooky about it.

    Comment by dave | January 6, 2008 | Reply

  26. You are not and I work at clifty falls state park in the office and put this image on my day i just look and see a mans face in there, is it george washington or john brough???was it an accident or deliberate???

    Comment by Vickie | June 23, 2008 | Reply

  27. For the photographer….did you intentionally dub the mans face into the water, I have to know. If that was an accident then I will be very surprised.

    Comment by Vickie | July 5, 2008 | Reply

  28. No I did not put it in Vickie, it is in the original RAW file and I never noticed it till someone I work with asked me if I had put it in, I know it is hard to believe but it is in there.

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | July 5, 2008 | Reply

  29. First and foremost , very nice photo !

    Love the overall perspective and the flow of the water in the creek !

    Yeah, I saw the “Face” …… in the day and capturing this “Face” ….. very creepy , very distinct ….. however, nice capture !

    The wonders of photography !

    p/s: I prefer the flowers and waterfall 😉


    Comment by JH | May 5, 2009 | Reply

  30. This is a stunningly graceful image here!

    Comment by roentarre | May 5, 2009 | Reply

  31. Hmmm…Taking a second look.. Aha! I think I see it! Is it about in the middle of the pic?

    Comment by Kaldeon | May 16, 2009 | Reply

  32. This face is obviously too large to be a reflection of an actual human face, as in a ghost standing by the stream, face reflected in the water.

    I’m guessing the conditions were just right to create an anomaly in which a face from another dimension, or another time just shows in the water and light reflected in the water.

    Or… Is this the face of a Water Spirit, or the Spirit of those particular Woods? Again, not a human spirit, but a Being from another Dimension.

    I found this wonderful photo looking for a picture of a stream or brook. It is one of the very nicest on all the internet.

    Comment by Jeff N | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  33. Bernie, that is not the face of ghost, it is the impression of your face!!! 🙂 Great shot Bernie.

    Comment by Artist Boyd Greene | August 29, 2009 | Reply

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