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PeterGou
09-06-2009, 01:57 AM
Barely into September and already thinking of October ...

Our assignement could be to find, in the town we live in, the haloween decorated home/business that most impressed us. And here's an idea ... let's raise the bar for all of us and only submit night shots.

Would be nice to include, with each submitted photo, the name of the city and the address, so that forum readers of that city can, if they so choose, go admire the decorated home/business.

It's most likely that many photos will be taken on October 31st so the deadline for the October Assignement should be extended to, say, November 7th, giving us enough time to edit our photo and submit it.

Halloween??
or Beer since Oktoberfest is in October.

I like the Halloween theme...

what about Halloween - scary - mysterious

(I much prefer to have wider categories than narrower ones)

Any other suggestions?

I haven't been taking many photos lately so I'm not worried what the subject is ... even Halloween.

I will mention that not everyone's cultures have Halloween in them though. In Australia, although some people do celebrate it, most of us regard it as some stupid American thing and tend disregard it entirely. I'm one of those people.

Extend it to scary - mysterious as you suggest marko and at least then other cultures (it may be ph.CA but there are many countries and cultures represented here now) can lean on those extra options for inspiration.


most of us regard it as some stupid American thing and tend disregard it entirely.

Amen to that. I like the idea of beer, but whatever. I really like this assignment idea, it should help me with getting out there more and trying new things.

Oh definitely go for it Hodaka. The challenges make you think more about your shots because you have to actually go out and take them specifically for the challenge ... not dig up something that fits from your past shots. AND you can put in as many as you wish so as others inspire you along the way, you can go back out within the month and try different things.


Oh definitely go for it Hodaka. The challenges make you think more about your shots because you have to actually go out and take them specifically for the challenge ... not dig up something that fits from your past shots. AND you can put in as many as you wish so as others inspire you along the way, you can go back out within the month and try different things.

you should of been a salesman!

how about something like this. the color gold. that way beer lovers can get their fix, nature lovers have carte blanche, halloween lovers can certainly find something to fit the bill.


you should of been a salesman!
I was ... for 12 years!

But WAIT ... there's More!! Ummm no there isn't ... I got carried away

Actually ... to be honest ... I almost did get carried away. Retail drove me into depression and onto medication for a couple of years after I quit that game.


nature lovers have carte blanche,
Only if you accept dead grass as 'gold' coloured. We have that in spades around here!!


I was ... for 12 years!

But WAIT ... there's More!! Ummm no there isn't ... I got carried away

Actually ... to be honest ... I almost did get carried away. Retail drove me into depression and onto medication for a couple of years after I quit that game.

do you sound like Billy Hays? his voice was annoying!
Sorry to read about the ill effects of salesmanship. It most certainly takes a special person!!

Oh - and what were you going to attach to the deal??? hee hee;)


Only if you accept dead grass as 'gold' coloured. We have that in spades around here!! :headslap:

but you have AMAZING critters that i am sure have "gold" on them.... you can always loosely translate what gold is!:)

No idea who, or what a Billy Hays is but girls always used to say my voice was sexy :) Not sure if that applies or is still true though.
Although ... when I was talking to marko on the phone once I'm sure he called me sweetheart ... so maybe ;) disclaimer: Sometimes I lie


No idea who, or what a Billy Hays is but girls always used to say my voice was sexy :) Not sure if that applies or is still true though.
Although ... when I was talking to marko on the phone once I'm sure he called me sweetheart ... so maybe ;) disclaimer: Sometimes I lie

http://www.asseenontvvideo.com/Billy-Mays.html

http://www.asseenontvvideo.com/511809/What-Odor.html

whoopsie. got his name all wrong. go to the bottom linkie first to hear his lovely voice.

Ah no ... I don't sound like that. Think more of the gentle sound of the sea rocking you to sleep or perhaps the comforting, peaceful tones of a baby sighing ... and I probably don't sound like that either

A haunted saloon in a prairie wheatfield?

I love Hallowe'en and it actually got its origins in Europe with Samhain. See the link (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/393120/the_similarities_between_wiccan_and.html?cat=42)

I don't dress up anymore but there are certainly some remarkable costumes around here for Hallowe'en. The best parties are the gay bars where up to half a dozen or more guys (and girls) will dress according to a theme. Because the participants at a gay bar Hallowe'en party are generally uninhibited they are about the funnest parties going.




Extend it to scary - mysterious as you suggest marko and at least then other cultures (it may be ph.CA but there are many countries and cultures represented here now) can lean on those extra options for inspiration.

Thanks MA. We around here knew halloween only from hollywood movies....

You're welcome Yisehaq.
I don't want to take Halloween away from those that enjoy it and I'm we'll see some cool shots if that subject is chosen, but just thought marko's idea to expand the topic was a good idea for those of us not having Halloween in our cultures.

I like mysterious or scary or a combination of the two...I`m not much of a Halloween person but I can do scary or mysterious. :twocents:

Marko
10-02-2009, 10:06 AM
Ok then, I've merged the suggestion posts and it seems like we are all on a similar page so I've just combined the general premise to form a wide category. Mysterious - Scary - Halloween

Who posts first?

Greg_Nuspel
10-02-2009, 10:45 AM
Too bad I cut my hair, my morning hairdo could be very scary :evil2:

kat
10-02-2009, 11:07 AM
Too bad I cut my hair, my morning hairdo could be very scary :evil2:


I'd out do you in a heart beat!!! :p

Greg_Nuspel
10-02-2009, 07:32 PM
I'd out do you in a heart beat!!! :p

I've seen your pictures, I don't think you are capable of being scary. :)

kat
10-02-2009, 07:53 PM
I've seen your pictures, I don't think you are capable of being scary. :)

No lady is suppose to share the bad side of herself! :p

F8&Bthere
10-03-2009, 06:34 PM
Well a bit lame in it's implementation of the theme maybe, but being underneath busy bridges has always scared me a bit. And I I wouldn't want to be here alone on Halloween night after dark....

Mad Aussie
10-03-2009, 07:04 PM
My mother in law is staying here at present for a few days ... I could take a photo of her ... that's Scary!! ;)

kat
10-03-2009, 08:11 PM
Very neat..like those hand prints!


LMAO MA! :) I have a funny feeling there's going to be a lot of portraits for this theme :p

MoinMoin
10-04-2009, 08:37 AM
Is it allowed to go some years back? There could be a Halloween photo from me? :D

JAS_Photo
10-04-2009, 01:48 PM
Under bridges has a tendency to be scary any time of the year here in Calgary, even the under passes we have to walk on to get to downtown on 4th, 5th and 8th streets can be scary at times.

Bambi
10-04-2009, 03:16 PM
My mother in law is staying here at present for a few days ... I could take a photo of her ... that's Scary!! ;)


:laugh::laugh::laugh:

so what's her e-mail address? :p

Mad Aussie
10-04-2009, 04:21 PM
:laugh::laugh::laugh:

so what's her e-mail address? :p
Oh you'd do that too wouldn't you!! Thankfully she barely knows the internet exists, let alone has an email address :rolleyes: Besides ... Think all her comminications are done with trolls

Bambi
10-05-2009, 02:39 PM
Oh you'd do that too wouldn't you!! Thankfully she barely knows the internet exists, let alone has an email address :rolleyes: Besides ... Think all her comminications are done with trolls

nah, I wouldn't rat you out. Besides, unless she's completely 'batty' she's figured you out anyway. :p

Karma is a wonderful thing: darling hubby (the one I chose above all others) was on the phone last night inviting MIL, SIL and her husband for thanksgiving lunch and could I have it all ready by say 1-ish?? :wall-an::wall-an::wall-an:
Not sure which turkey to stuff at the moment. :headslap:

casil403
10-09-2009, 03:37 PM
.....you feel like your being watched? :eek:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2447/3996386060_4f0a5a6000_b.jpg

Mad Aussie
10-09-2009, 05:51 PM
Good lawd !!! Did you light up some fake boobies??? :eek:

casil403
10-09-2009, 07:21 PM
Good lawd !!! Did you light up some fake boobies??? :eek:

LOL...:headslap: those are light up EYES MA...not boobies!
I found them at a store on my way home from school and thought they'd fit this theme well!

Mad Aussie
10-09-2009, 07:38 PM
LOL...:headslap: those are light up EYES MA...not boobies!
Oh well ... food for thought ;)

kat
10-09-2009, 08:38 PM
I hope this fits in one of these categories.. :eek:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3069/3996208397_7c68332f4b_o.jpg

Bambi
10-09-2009, 09:56 PM
I couldn't decide, so here's are mine:
This one is a skull in the caves under Nottingham Castle (fake). http://lh3.ggpht.com/_eTzuNZZ7ZF0/Ss_nmlaRTQI/AAAAAAAABUs/T7V_pE6trbI/s800/DSC01511b.jpg



on a more disturbing level, this one is of one of the people in the memorial to the Famine in Dublin. The picture does not capture the power of the memorial:
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_eTzuNZZ7ZF0/Ss_ns_WXAYI/AAAAAAAABU0/IJCRhXTtxbM/s800/DSC01066a.jpg

kat
10-09-2009, 11:18 PM
The second one bambi would scary me shooting it. :P

kat
10-09-2009, 11:20 PM
Good lawd !!! Did you light up some fake boobies??? :eek:

:laugh:

Mad Aussie
10-09-2009, 11:49 PM
Good lawd !!! Did you light up some fake boobies???

:laugh:
At least I thought they were fake ;)

I like your two Bambi! Ummm the photos I mean ... not your ... hmmm :footinmou :footinmou :footinmou

Bambi
10-10-2009, 08:15 AM
At least I thought they were fake ;)

I like your two Bambi! Ummm the photos I mean ... not your ... hmmm :footinmou :footinmou :footinmou

:laugh:

thanks very much. :D

and MA, how do you know the light up boobies are fake?? :p

Mad Aussie
10-10-2009, 08:03 PM
:laugh:

thanks very much. :D

and MA, how do you know the light up boobies are fake?? :p
I did an online test once ... and I got something like 90% right! A real man can tell ;)

Bambi
10-10-2009, 10:14 PM
I did an online test once ... and I got something like 90% right! A real man can tell ;)

:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

okay, I'll go along with that :D:rolleyes:

scorpio_e
10-11-2009, 03:12 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2630/4001182194_e47ec0e7a6_o.jpg

From a haunted cemetery or so I was told.....

Bambi
10-11-2009, 05:21 PM
very very nice. :highfive:

what treatment did you use?

JAS_Photo
10-12-2009, 01:52 AM
Oh now that is scary!

kat
10-12-2009, 09:24 AM
Very cool! I love it!

scorpio_e
10-12-2009, 10:23 AM
very very nice. :highfive:

what treatment did you use?

I did a LOT in light-room and a little in Photoshop. Photshop adjustment were to get the green color in the background. I'll have to check when I get home and let you know the plug in that I used in LR.

Marko
10-12-2009, 10:30 AM
Your shot has the mystery element kat -
but Bambi, nice! that's some eerie stuff :highfive:
cool treatment on your shot scorpio!

casil403
10-12-2009, 01:59 PM
Gosh Bambi...that 2nd shot just moves me! Very powerful!
I can't stop staring at it!
Scorpio the treatment in your shot just makes the whole scene! I tried going to the cemetary this morning but too cold!

Bambi
10-12-2009, 10:00 PM
gosh, thanks for the comments guys. I have others of the memorial. Hopefully I can go back and take more knowing what I know now.

F8&Bthere
10-12-2009, 10:22 PM
aaaooowwwooooooooooooooo!
Those shots from Bambi are hard to beat but maybe my sick wolf howl can sell this one....

Bambi
10-12-2009, 10:32 PM
tres cool! I like it very much :)

Marko
10-15-2009, 06:00 PM
Nice shot F8 - fits the theme really well.

Gonna try to do mine this weekend!

Bambi
10-16-2009, 07:48 PM
HELLHOUND
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_eTzuNZZ7ZF0/StkFxny4HQI/AAAAAAAABeM/bd1jCv_fCfs/s800/hellhound.jpg


lol this is the gentlest of dogs but enthused about sticks.....

kat
10-16-2009, 08:04 PM
Nice F8

Ha ha bambi..fits well

what was that movie..pet cemetary!

casil403
10-17-2009, 07:32 PM
Bloody hand!!!!! :eek:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2797/4020825894_5f19b2e753_o.jpg

Not real blood tho'! :clown:

casil403
10-17-2009, 07:34 PM
Zombie.....
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3517/4020825364_672d744fec_o.jpg

casil403
10-17-2009, 07:40 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3495/4020066099_4b79e26469_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2546/4020825596_57f8eaac89_o.jpg

JAS_Photo
10-18-2009, 03:02 AM
Ha Ha! Looks like fun!

casil403
10-18-2009, 10:09 AM
Zombie Dad and son drinking Zombie pop...or maybe fizzy brain juice...I dunno?

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2797/4021092720_cdcdb6fded_o.jpg

hodaka
10-18-2009, 01:40 PM
That zombie walk stuff is nuts.
I have a picture from last year I'd like to be able to use, but so far am being thwarted this year. I had a shot in mind, but have been unable to get the moon to cooperate as yet.

Bambi
10-18-2009, 03:35 PM
the expression on that little boy's face is killing me :laugh:

he so looks like "I can't believe dad (big brother?) dragged me here".

JAS_Photo
10-19-2009, 01:10 AM
The Zombie shots are great!

Here we go to a vampire type:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3594/4024491469_05f2f45d82_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/4024491469/)

JAS_Photo
10-19-2009, 01:12 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2555/4024481717_ca288f8786_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/4024481717/)

JAS_Photo
10-19-2009, 01:15 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2779/4024484529_cf05606291_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/4024484529/)

Bambi
10-19-2009, 07:39 AM
oooh, Eyegore is really creepy!

casil403
10-19-2009, 09:35 AM
Nice stuff Raiven... lovely scary shots (is that an oxymoron I wonder?)
I took a shot of that same headstone this past summer and turned it onto an HDR which looked pretty cool...made me sad that it was damaged.

casil403
10-19-2009, 02:08 PM
Jason, the photo didn't show up.....

kat
10-19-2009, 02:19 PM
Great stuff everyone!

Jason
10-19-2009, 04:44 PM
Great pictures everyone!

OK, I think I finally figured out how to include the image!

A self portrait I took over the summer...

Bambi
10-19-2009, 05:34 PM
cool!

JAS_Photo
10-19-2009, 06:18 PM
It's like a devil in the sky!

casil403
10-19-2009, 06:44 PM
Now that is scary and eerie too!!!! :eek:

JAS_Photo
10-22-2009, 03:18 AM
Thanks to Reids Stationers for the great window display this year!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2559/4033502745_e2b85864fc_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/4033502745/)

Jason
10-22-2009, 08:52 AM
Very cool!

casil403
10-22-2009, 09:55 AM
Love this one Raiven!

MoinMoin
10-22-2009, 03:19 PM
Huuuh - wonderful creepy photos here - I love especially the s/w pictures here! Here is my try to scare you:

http://www.digifotospass.de/data/media/27/halloweenhexe.jpg

Iguanasan
10-22-2009, 09:26 PM
Cool shot, MoinMoin! Love it.

casil403
10-22-2009, 10:57 PM
RIP......

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2711/4035660309_1218909b3d_o.jpg

And in colour:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2732/4036410806_eed9cbbd8c_o.jpg

casil403
10-22-2009, 10:58 PM
MM her hands look real! :eek:

Bambi
10-23-2009, 09:15 AM
cool shot MM.

Casil yours are great too. I like the colour version the best!

scorpio_e
10-23-2009, 07:43 PM
aaaooowwwooooooooooooooo!
Those shots from Bambi are hard to beat but maybe my sick wolf howl can sell this one....

Nice work F8...

Marko
10-24-2009, 11:41 PM
Oh some of these are really creepy - Here's mine.

Mad Aussie
10-25-2009, 01:34 AM
I haven't taken one for the month so I'm totally cheating here by taking an old photo and processing it but here it is anyhow ...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2720/4041954362_e8824ec551_o.jpg

Marko
10-25-2009, 11:25 AM
Love that tooth poppin out there MA.
Here's one more from my creepy session.

kat
10-25-2009, 11:34 AM
Wowza! I'm LOVING it! Great job!!!

casil403
10-25-2009, 02:30 PM
Holy Bujeebus Marko...those are freakin' scary!!! :eek:

Bambi
10-25-2009, 04:38 PM
Holy Bujeebus Marko...those are freakin' scary!!! :eek:

agree completely!:eek: time to hide under the bed.

casil403
10-25-2009, 08:35 PM
agree completely!:eek: time to hide under the bed.

Yes but there's monsters under the bed! :eek:

Bambi
10-25-2009, 08:43 PM
Yes but there's monsters under the bed! :eek:

crap!

what if we took crosses and garlic? :fingerscr

casil403
10-25-2009, 09:28 PM
crap!

what if we took crosses and garlic? :fingerscr
Might work...I'm taking the tin foil hat too...I'll fashion you up one too bambi if you don't have one! :highfive:

Bambi
10-25-2009, 09:44 PM
Might work...I'm taking the tin foil hat too...I'll fashion you up one too bambi if you don't have one! :highfive:


okay this might work. we'd look great in the hats!

JAS_Photo
10-26-2009, 12:24 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3093/4044929089_c1db76f9f0_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/4044929089/)

Bambi
10-26-2009, 09:10 AM
oh Raiven. that's fantastic. An very eery feeling of impending doom without being overdone! More Alfred Hitchcock then whomever is responsible for those 'Saw' movies.

JAS_Photo
10-26-2009, 11:38 AM
Thanks, Bambi! I have never seen a "Saw" movie so can not relate. It started out as a fairly innocuous daytime photo though.

leroylockwood
10-26-2009, 12:06 PM
Hello. I'm a newbie to this site. Here is my first submission. I hope I'm doing this right and that the image meets with your theme of the month -- "Misterious"

The building is Belvedere Castle in Central Park, NY.

Thank you very much.

Leroy W. Lockwood

Marko
10-26-2009, 12:09 PM
Hi Leroy and welcome to the forum!!!:highfive:

I really like your shot and it totally fits the theme - well done and very misterious:)

Bambi
10-26-2009, 12:16 PM
Thanks, Bambi! I have never seen a "Saw" movie so can not relate. It started out as a fairly innocuous daytime photo though.

me neither (or is it me either?) , but I have seen some trailers and the kids have watched them (old kids, not young kids). given that it was innocuous to start is even better!

leroylockwood
10-26-2009, 12:55 PM
Thank you Marko. Enjoying your podcast and learning a lot.

Mars Observer
10-29-2009, 11:42 PM
Finally finished catching up on the podcasts! Looking forward to participating in the forum, and learning more!!

hodaka
10-30-2009, 12:44 PM
Here's the best I've been able to do this month - these assignments are great!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2765/4057969909_e7cba7d178_o.jpg

MoinMoin
10-31-2009, 03:12 AM
Evil is watching YOU!

http://www.digifotospass.de/data/media/3/Geier_2.jpg

EJC
10-31-2009, 10:47 AM
From the recent Calgary Zombie Walk.

JAS_Photo
10-31-2009, 11:43 AM
Ha! Ha! Good stuff all!

Marko
10-31-2009, 01:40 PM
Yup Totally enjoyed these!

MoinMoin
10-31-2009, 02:28 PM
And here is one last minute drop:

http://gallery.digicamclub.de/4images/data/media/14/halloweenkuerbisse_Kopie.jpg

Iguanasan
10-31-2009, 02:45 PM
Very cool, MoinMoin.

Bambi
10-31-2009, 04:36 PM
moin moin that is fantastic!! How do you get that effect???

scorpio_e
11-10-2009, 02:07 PM
moin moin that is fantastic!! How do you get that effect???

Could be genuine fractulis but I could be wrong. Exceptional use of the plug in if it is:)

MoinMoin
11-10-2009, 02:14 PM
Sorry bambi, that I missed the question and thank you scorpio_e for giving the right answer. First I put two layers of the photo and multiplied them. Afterwards I used the whole fractalius-effect. Working with this filter surprises my every time again.