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Halloween by Henry Roberts

November 2021 - Halloween

November 2021 - Henry Roberts


About the Image(s)

On a misty, overcast morning I photographed this sculpture which someone had embellished with pumpkins for the United States event of Halloween. In Camera Raw and Photoshop I played with the sliders and lighting, did some spot retouching and a slight amount of cropping.

What do you think and what would you do differently?

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, tripod
EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm
1/60, f4
Iso 800

12 comments posted

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
Personally I wouldn't do a thing. It makes me smile!!!!
  Posted: 11/09/2021 14:40:58
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Thanks Jamie.   Posted: 11/11/2021 08:46:47

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Henry, Someone has had a bit of fun!
Halloween has spread to Australia, but not in the same way (pumpkins) as it is in the USA. Some people decorate their gardens and there is some trick or treating happening to houses who leave their porch lights on to indicate that they are waiting for visits.   Posted: 11/09/2021 21:00:31
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Thanks Julie. In our front yard the deer have taken to eating the pumpkins my wife has put out a decoration.   Posted: 11/11/2021 08:48:26

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Yes a bit of fun and well seen.
I think the crop is a bit tight and the image would benefit for a bit more space. What do you think?
Also I find the bokeh a bit strange in the background (I thought the same of last month's entry). Did you do something special to get this effect>   Posted: 11/11/2021 05:28:39
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Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Andrew, your crop is good.

As to the background bokeh, it will vary image to image depending on what I do. On this I was focused on the close foreground statue at f4 aperture so the background went soft.   Posted: 11/11/2021 09:01:34
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Hi Andrew, I went back to check the bokeh on this image. I don't think I did anything special. Tripod, 35mm zoom lens, f4 @ 1/60 of a second. It was early in the day with probably a little mist, maybe a breeze to sway the background leaves. Probably being close to the statue at f4 through the background out of focus.   Posted: 11/18/2021 11:30:59

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Hi Henry,
How fun! I enjoy the range of color and the focus on the pumpkin.
What bothered me was the statue itself. I stared at it for a long time before I realized that the male figure doesn't have his head on backwards, there are actually three figures, which I could only discern when I counted the feet. I'm wondering if another angle, (if you had stood a bit more to the right, and perhaps lowered the tripod) would have been better. The issue is with the statue - this sculptor doesn't have Rodin's ability to have wreathing figures in a logical negative space. But it is whimsical and fun and the pumpkin treatment adds to that, and the bright green of the garden behind it adds to the feeling of joy.   Posted: 11/13/2021 05:13:27
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Alison, how exciting that you looked at the statue and discerned three figures. Quite honestly I have looked at the statue over the years and never taken the effort to sort out the figures. Now, the next time we are in Minneapolis to visit our son and his family, I will go to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and really study the sculpture and the interplay of the figures. I will send you some more images taken from different angles so we can understand what the artist was doing.

I find this fun. As I was taking the picture I was concerned with the flat lighting, white background sky, whimsey of someone's pumpkin placement, and bokeh of the image. You with your artist's eye, were evaluating the sculpture and how it should be portrayed. You have challenged me to be more aware of all the elements as I take pictures in the future. Thanks!

  Posted: 11/13/2021 11:40:47

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I love the whimsy and colors of this picture. I really like the square crop Andrew did to balance this image. It is really pretty with the saturated wet landscape.   Posted: 11/15/2021 10:08:27
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Thanks Catherine. Your artistic comments always are meaningful.   Posted: 11/18/2021 11:21:13
Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
Thank you Henry, that means a lot!
  Posted: 11/19/2021 11:29:52


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