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Photography: Spooky Halloween

graveyard

It’s Halloween this week and so I went out to take some spooky graveyard photos. The idea with this photo was to take a shot and then superimpose a ghostly figure on top of the image, but it didn’t quite work out.

graveyard halloween

Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep the camera still enough in between shots. You get the general idea though. It’s better to have your model quite close to the camera. To stop camera movement, a tripod is a good idea. I was taking this in pre-storm winds! You can also improve the spookiness by using a flash on the shot with your ghostly figure in it.

Gothic churchyard

A Gothic church looks quite spooky for a Halloween photo too. You change the photo to black and white, grey scale or sepia.

Halloween churchyard

I used the colorize option on PhotoScape for this picture. It also has a vignette.

3 By the Milky Pool 

This path runs along side the Milky Pool, it’s not quite so spooky without manmade objects or buildings.

Bridge

It’s quite spooky under this bridge and you hear a thump every time a vehicle passes over it. I have taken this shot a few times before, but the light is always poor. This time, it was even worse, but I used the flash and it’s made for a much better image. I really need a speedlite!

In PhotoScape use edit, then open your first picture and then click ‘object’ and the icon that looks like a picture to blend too pictures together. You want the second picture exactly the same as the first, except for your ghostly figure. Make it semi transparent for a really spooky look. I might try it again with a tripod and a different model. I’ll use a dummy, a different one!

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