Reub's journey

28 October 2010

Friday My Town Shoot-Out: Spooky

Halloween decorations in a store window this week aren't too spooky, just fun.

The idea of the My Town Shoot Out is to post photos of your community every Friday, and hopefully improve your photography skills. If you would like to see spooky shots from other parts of the world, go

Photos are unedited and shot in Corvallis, Oregon

This week's assignment also includes the following task: get out your camera's manual, and pick out something new and unfamiliar to try. Great idea, because for the past two weeks my husband and I traded cameras. John, on a trip to Bosnia, took my tiny unobtrusive Canon Powershot, leaving me with his complicated, heavy-duty Nikon 2000. Oh boy. In order to have any pictures either last week or this week, I really did have to read the manual!

Here I learned to use a lens hood to keep the glare off of the misty early morning landscape while shooting into the sun. Although this scene isn't really spooky, it is kind of moody and peaceful like the mornings are here in Oregon at this time of year.

My little obsession with spider webs this month was fun with his camera, much clearer pictures than with mine.

Now that I have my own camera back again I think I will read its manual too; I know I have a lot to learn.


  1. Today, we are having our disco nite, and the kids are getting very high about what they will wear.

    Then I hear the minority who say they don't believe in H. I told them, I don't believe in it too. I really don't understand why people celebrate the ghoulish thing.

    Partly because I come from Borneo where people practise black magic, and partly I am a Christian.

    In Singapore and Malaya, they have the Hungry Ghost festival in July. All very real and scary.

    I like your spider web, I like it as an artistic thing.

  2. Moody, either case, I can hear soft moaning, meniacal laugher and the growling of the hound of the Baskervilles coming from that fog. At least if the hound leaps at you, you could hit him with the big Nikon.

  3. I think you have captured the them nicely. I like the misty morning shots... it can be peaceful, serene, spooky, whatever you want it to be.

  4. spider webs always creep me out, but the ones you've been photographing lately are so intricate in detail, I am captivated.

    Misty mornings can be a little spooky, especially if you have an imagination like mine.

  5. I just love your misty, moody shot. What the mist is hiding is left to the imagination - I like that! And the cobweb is just beautiful.

  6. Great job with the BigOle Nikon! Really love the spider webs you've done lately...great shot again for this post. Great tip, too with the hood over the lens.

  7. both are awesome shots Kerry! spider webs are freaky especially when you walk through one. ewwwww... the spider dance!!


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