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Halloween photography and art

Cali 8

I’ve been photographing graveyards and Gothic churches for Halloween to get spooky pictures, but this one isn’t at all spooky and one of the better ones. I used the ‘cali’ 8 border in PhotoScape and gave it a vintage look with colorize.

2 Halloween

This is a really spooky picture. You should show some respect when you take photos in graveyards, stay away from the newer graves. Even older graves might still be visited by relatives, so use some common-sense.

Church in sepia

The local church is in a Gothic style and so this sepia photo looks quite spooky. Bridge

It’s quite spooky under this bridge as the cars go over the top. Each vehicle makes a strange thump as it passes by. I got a better effect with this shot by using the flash. I edited out some graffiti.

1A Spooky

Can you spot the ghostly figure in this picture? There are 2 ways to do this. You can take 2 identical photos (use a tripod) one with a figure in the picture and one without. Then use PhotoScape to overlay the one with the figure in it over the one without the figure, making it semi transparent. I used one photo. I edited out the figure and saved the picture and then overlaid the one with the figure over the one without. You really need your figure closer and dressed in something reflective like white. Then you can use your flash to highlight the figure and make it look spooky.

round shadow 1

This is another version of that first picture with a different border. If I was submitting to an exhibition this would be a picture I would definitely consider. I am having a picture enlarged and printed, I think this one would be worth printing too. What do you think?  Which picture do you like best this week. You can see more spooky Halloween pictures over on a Zillion Ideas this week. Please pop over and take a look at those too. You can also follow me on Twitter for updates.


5 responses

  1. Lovely picture as always Mike.
    And great advice for making a ghostly figure in your picture, but of course there is an easier way, but then …. I’m such a cheat!

    I have changed your picture slightly, would you like to see?

    30, October 2013 at 2:16 pm

    • Hi Tia,

      Yes, always willing to learn!

      It help to have a model dressed in white, use a slow speed and a flash. I’ve been doing more photos like that last one, it seems to be a popular style of edit.

      30, October 2013 at 3:23 pm

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  3. Hi Mike, Wow! These pictures are phenomenal! Each one is amazing. I love the graveyard picture both with and without the ghost. So cool!

    You could also get the ghost image on PicMonkey by overlaying an image of a person onto the graveyard picture and then fading the overlay to make it translucent. But I hadn’t even thought of doing that until this post.

    All of these pictures are favorites this week, but if I have to pick one, I pick the top one. That one took my breath away when I saw it. Definitely gallery material.

    Someone at Pinewood Studios in the UK should be checking out your work!!!

    4, November 2013 at 4:34 pm

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I did make a Halloween video last year. This camera shoots HD video and I upgrading my software to handle it. I’ll have to shoot some more video clips. I did an edit similar to that top picture on the hand cart photo I took not long ago. I’m having that printed 30 inches by 20 inches as a Christmas present. I hope it works out well. I might have one printed ready for an exhibition then.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      4, November 2013 at 5:26 pm

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