Mood lighting


(Camera: Canon EOS 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/8th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)

For Halloweens past, my daughter has been various Disney princesses, a friendly witch and a gypsy. My son has been things such as Power Rangers, Jedi Knights and Harry Potter.


(Camera: Canon EOS 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/30th sec. @ f/2.8 w/flash. ISO: 200)

This year they decided to be something a bit more frightening. My daughter was a zombie prom queen, and my son was a pre-teen skater vampire. We bought a cheap frilly dress for my daughter, which she combined with some fake blood and pale makeup to complete her ensemble. My son’s was even less expensive. A pair of fake fangs, some makeup and his regular clothes. When we were done with him, He looked in the mirror and I think he even startled himself.


(Camera: Canon EOS 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 33mm. Exposure: 1/80th sec. @ f/4 w/flash. ISO: 200)

My daughter went to a Halloween party, but my son went trick-or-treating with friends, so we wanted him to have some nighttime visibility. My wife had received an elastic dog collar with an adjustable light for our dog Lucy from a co-worker. We hadn’t even opened the package yet, so she thought we could use it not only to make our son more visible, but to create some spooky effects as well.

(Camera: Canon EOS 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 33mm. Exposure: 1/10th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)

At first we tried putting the collar around his neck and pointed the light up, but his chin blocked the beam. Then we got the idea of having him wear it around his head, like a headband, and aim the light downward. That worked. With the hood of his sweatshirt up, the light was hidden and he had his own portable mood lighting.

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