2023-10-17 Halloween

This two week photo challenge is about Halloween preparations and displays. This page will stay open for a few additional days to allow uploads for the actual Halloween evening. Please keep your uploads at or below 1600 pixels wide or 1050 pixels high.

23 Responses to 2023-10-17 Halloween

  1. della says:

    I went to Pumpkin after dark. It was very disappointing. Managed to have a couple of photos .
    ISO 6400 f7.1 48mm 1/13

  2. della says:

    one of the slightly better exhibit at the venue
    ISO 6400 34mm f7.1 1/6

  3. Bill Stilwell says:

    If I could I would delete both the 2 previous attempts. I’m not sure what went wrong with the second one as it is labelled as a jpeg image in my computer.
    This one was taken on my Sony camera not iPhone which I have been successful with many times in the past. No doubt viewers will see this one and immediately label it as a disappointment after all of the above. Again I apologize.

    • Henri says:

      Hi Bill, This website accepts jpg/jpeg images with one caveat that they are reasonably sized. 1600 pixels wide or 1050 pixels high are typically in the 1 to 2 mega byte range. These images fill the screen nicely and display with enough detail. Although wordpress states that other formats such as heic or heif will display, it is best to stay with jpg/jpeg formats.

  4. Bill Stilwell says:

    Thanks Henri.
    Yes I do have a WordPress site that does accept heic formatted images so I thought BoomerArtist might as well.
    I appreciate you removing the 2 previous no shows so to speak.

  5. Henri says:

    Ghastly neighbourhood ghost. A new addition to the corner house on Silver Ridge Drive. Taken with my smartphone this morning. Then processed in photoshop 2023 beta with the new object selection tool and then blurring the background followed by cropping for more dramatic impact

  6. Nick says:

    This photo is the result of a triple exposure achieved with photographs from two different locations and time. I used an archived photo of blood moon over the Calgary skyline comprising of two shots, one exposed for the moon and a second for the skyline. Earlier I went around seeking an Halloween scene and finding none to my liking I shot a simple photo of a lit pumpkin lantern and superimposed it on the photo just described.

    • Henri says:

      I really like it! Great Photoshop technique.

      • Nick says:

        Hello, Henri. Firstly, thanks. Secondly, as I look at the photo here it could stand a bit of brightening up. Is it possible to substitute it with a new one for the next meeting? If so I have posted it here. But no big deal if not. The idea is represented well enough as is.

  7. Joe Horler says:

    From a chilly afternoon walk in our neighbourhood. Captured handheld with a Fuji XT-5 and a 55-140mm lens.
    ISO 160/ F4.5/ SS@1/125sec

  8. Frankie says:

    I went downtown on Saturday night to find some Halloween costumes in bar lineups. This guy must be a marketer for Vizzy hard seltzer. He’s gesticulating to a taxi that was pulling up beside us.
    ISO 2500, 40 mm, f/3.2, 1/160 sec

  9. Frankie says:

    The biggest lineup on Saturday night was at Papi, a nightclub on 8th Ave. This woman was standing in the bike lane instead of joining the lineup that went around the corner.
    ISO 2500, 40 mm, , f/2.8, 1/15 sec, ev 1.7
    I’m still learning to use my tiny Ricoh GR IIIx, so changing the exposure compensation is a quick way to fix the settings – in this case, the pictures were too dark so I upped the ev. For daytime shots I usually set it to -0.7 to underexpose slightly for more saturated colours.

  10. tony campos says:

    The photo of the witch was from a daytime walk in Altadore. Then extracted the witch and added to a photo of my beetroot soup…post-processing in Gimp.

  11. tony campos says:

    Taken in Altadore last evening
    f/3.5, 1/60, iso3200

  12. Karen McDaniel says:

    I went to check on the birds at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary this morning (there were very few) but found a whole street of decorated houses. Worth a drive over to see them! Looks like they had a contest. I chose this one because you couldn’t possibly get more decorations into this yard!
    Settings: F9, S 1/320, ISO 1000, Auto WB, CW Metering, 44 mm Focal Length, Cropped.

  13. Doug Stewart says:

    This witch is part of a larger display in front of a house near the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. As it was taken in daytime with a distracting background of houses and trees, I first selected the witch in Affinity Photo, then inverted the selection and experimented with darkening the background, preserving ghostly renditions of tree branches and buildings. Any distracting elements that remained were cloned out, and the final effect was that of an illuminated figure flying through the night. Sony RX-10, 37mm, f/3.2, 1/800 sec.

  14. Debbie McCluskey says:

    Currently I am taking a Lightroom Classic course and this is my first attempt at developing a RAW image. I used low key to take the photo of the pumpkin and then converted to black and white. This was using my 18:135 lens, F/10, 8 sec, ISO set at 200 and used a flashlight to lighten up the wall behind.

  15. Debbie McCluskey says:

    A house along our dog walk has an amazing Halloween display. This Skelton is about 12 feet high that I captured with my cell phone. Loved the dramatic colors against the blue sky after our first snowstorm.

  16. Ron says:

    Fun with pumpkin carving … ISO 400, f/16, 1/3, with tripod. Used Apple Photos levels tool to bump up brightness of the moon. Then, in GIMP, selected the “moon”, inverted the selection and changed the colour of the “stars” from orange to blue.

  17. Beth A Hetherington says:

    Drove past these guys enjoying the sun. Had to stop and take a picture. Shot with my iphone at f/1.5, 1/5882 sec, ISO 50

  18. Beth says:

    This creepy guy hangs on my front door knob at Halloween. When we had the snowfall, he got even scarier. Converted to black and white. Taken with 18-55mm lens at f/4, 1/8 sec, ISO 250

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