Imagine yourself, all alone, walking through a dark forest full of twisting and twisted trees. You know something is lurking out there, watching you. You’ve got to get away, but where do you run that you won’t stumble over twisted tree roots? You know something wicked this way comes for you.
On Halloween, even national park forests, like this one in Olympic National Park along the Sol Duc Falls Trail, can look pretty sinister and spooky, when given a little black & white conversion and some vignetting around the edges.
I know, what a word to use for something as beautiful as the scenery along the Hall of Mosses trail in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park. Actually, this image (just in time for Halloween, I might add), is a duplicate of the color one I uploaded to a post a couple of days ago. I wondered how forest interiors might look if converted to monochrome. I immediately noticed the clarity and texture of the tree roots, and the play of shadow and light in the scene. A lovely, green and brown serene scene became a bit more sinister in black and white.
I recently received a new hand-made felted-wool witch hat from Etsy. I decided to have a little fun with some self-portraits and studio lighting in my “studio”. Actually, I live in an apartment and don’t have an official (aka proper) studio. Instead, I have a couple of lights on stands with translucent umbrellas, all in my living room. I covered the livingroom window with a black fleece sheet and set up my tripod and Canon 5DSR and Canon 85mm f1.2L lens at the other end of the room. One studio light was above and looking down at me while the other light was below and looking up at me. After I processed the photos using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, I ran them through Perfect Photo Suite 9 Effects presets and filters for the final product.
Halloween Becky – original shot
Halloween Becky #2
Halloween Becky – Original Shot
And for good measure, I decided to have a little fun with black & white (Silver Efex 2) and Adobe Photoshop’s history brush tool.
Happy Halloween, Everybody! May you receive all the good candy (Kit Kat, Snickers, Starburst, Heath Bar).
How could I *not* do something in honor of one of my favorite holidays?
I used to work at the Texas Renaissance Festival, and while working there, I purchased this totally cool handmade leather witch hat that I only get to wear once a year (along with the jack-o-lantern shirt). The light strand is one of several that my sister gave to me; it’s been adorning one of my bookcases in the living room as the strand make a great nightlight.
So I set up the camera and 85mm lens on a tripod. I turned off all the lights. I used a small flashlight that I held below and to the side of me to give my face a little light with some deep shadows. My wireless remote captured all of this. The finishing touches to the photo were some vignetting and the text (in “Chiller” font).
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