Halloween is my favorite time of the year, and not just because it happens to fall during autumn, which is one of my favorite seasons. I am intrigued by themes of witches on broomsticks streaking across the night sky, bats flying around a full moon, but best of all, I like eating the treats!
Getting in the spirit for this year’s Halloween, I made a Jack-O’-Lantern by carving my cat’s face on a pumpkin. When my Jack-O’-Lantern was finished and ready for action, I took it outside to have some fun with the camera.
The bright orange Jack-O’-Lantern was placed by one of my kittens favorite play areas, in hopes that curiosity would take over and they would investigate this new addition.
With my Nikon D90 camera and 35-70mm 2.8 zoom lens secured to the tripod, I waited nearby because I knew that sooner or later the kittens would come and check out the big round shape. I ran the ISO up to 800 for a faster shutter speed, set the aperture at f/8 for depth of field and adjusted the shutter speed between 1/250 to 1/125 seconds.
I took around 80 photos of the kittens before they became bored with their new toy. Here’s a tip on how to get your cat to become interested in the Jack-O’-Lantern, place catnip around and inside of it. If the catnip doesn’t do the trick, try their favorite cat treats.
After dark, I came back out to have some photo fun with my Jack-O’-Lantern and a tea light candle. I lit the tea candle and placed the Jack-O’-Lantern on a black base, where it was level with the camera. With the D90 secured to the tripod, I made several exposures at different settings.
A 15 second exposure on Aperture Mode at f 5.6., 800 ISO, the 35-70mm Nikon lens at 70mm.
On Manual Mode, at f/7.1, shutter speed on bulb, a 4 second exposure with 800 ISO.
So from Sasha, Sophie and everyone at PhotoGraphic Expressions, we with you a happy Halloween with all the treats and no tricks.
What an exciting and interesting photo-adventure this day has been. I love it when I am drawn to an area and not knowing what to expect I get treated to new experiences.
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