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Spooky Pumpkin Girl
Friday 31 October 2014   —   Category: Shooting
If the European spider photo in my last blog entry wasn’t enough to get you into a Halloween mood, today’s photo-treat of a spooky pumpkin girl ought to do the trick!

After my twelve-year-old daughter, Olivia (I’m sure she would want me to say that she’s almost 13!) finished carving her pumpkin and lit it for the first time, I got a picture in my head very similar to the one shown here. Don’t you just love that kind of inspirational pre-visualization? I wish it happened more often!

The next evening, once it had gotten dark and Olivia had lit the candle in the pumpkin, I had her sit down on the front porch and hold the pumpkin in her lap. Then I had Olivia put her head in various positions. Even small movements drastically changed how the light from the top of the pumpkin was shining (or not) on her face.

As you can see, it was very dark! Therefore, I had to set the ISO to 1,600, just like when I photographed the spider last time. The five-axis optical image stabilization of my Olympus OM-D E-M5 makes a tremendous difference in situations like this.

The fact that you can’t see Olivia’s eyes, but only the reflections of the glowing pumpkin in her glasses adds to the spookiness of the photo. And the shadow of her glasses making the lines on her forehead gives this image an additional creepy touch.

All in all, I’m very happy with how it turned out. As usual, you can click on the picture to see a larger version.
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