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Halloween 2009

So it came and went and we had fun, lots of candy was tricked and treated… and consumed since Saturday. Bumblebee & The Bat blanketed the neighborhood like a precision surgical strike team. Even hit the houses with the “Best” candies twice (Whoppers, Hershey Chocolate Bars, and 3 Musketeers won the popularity poll)…

It’s times like these, when these memories will come and go, that I am thankful I picked up photography. I love the black & white of Aidan in his bat costume- that look on his face- the half smile, the anticipation of the tick-or-treat hunt about to happen… caught on my sensor for all time. I know years from now I’ll come back to that image and smile. Was a great day for them and for me (us!).The Walking Bat (c) 2009 Joseph Rowland

The Bat (c) Joseph Rowland 2009Bumblebee & The Bat (c) 2009 Joseph Rowland


From Us to You… Happy Halloween!

Enjoy Trick or Treating and costumes and your favorite candy tomorrow (toss up between 3 musketeers, M&M’s and Whoppers… which I have to Rock, Paper & Scissor Tristan for).

Happy Halloween (c) Joseph Rowland 2009

Let the Carving Begin…

I love those “newspaper-ie” photos that have a real vintage feel to them. Timeless, grainy, black and white… as if they were torn out to be saved in a manila folder and perused at some later, unknown date.

The boys wanted to remove the pumpkin guts, collect the seeds (which were dried, salted and baked… and eaten) and well, pretty much just get their fingers all icky and full of pumpkin goo. There plan worked.

I wanted t is image that newspaper-ie feel so I ran and action named Milk Chocolate (converted to B&W) added some film grain using NIK’s Color Efex Pro and finally Darken/Lighten Center (also a NIK filter in Efex). Finally boosted the contrast in CS3 …

I like the end result!


Carving (c) Joseph Rowland 2009

Hunting for The Great Pumpkin…

Since this is a weeklong celebration of all things Halloween, thought I’d throw in a few shots from the Great Pumpkin Hunt. Each year the boys spread out in search of the orange beast. The perfect pumpkin for carving a spook image on its face. This year we came home with 4 that met the very exact criteria (and a bunch of little guys that happened to fit in Aidan’s hands 🙂

The anticipation for the big Trick or Treat event is mounting, its palpable around here… to the point where every morning the soon to be 4 year old reminds us… 4 days to Halloween… 3 days to Halloween…


Tristan Pumpkin Hunt (c) Joseph Rowland 2009Aidan Pumpkin Hunt (c) Joseph Rowland 2009

Signs of Halloween

Always enjoyed Halloween. The idea of spooky ghosts and goblins, putting on the costume and trick-or-treating, going to a neighbor’s door and scoring a great piece of candy… great memories, that I get to relive every year with my boys. We walk the neighborhood (or run it, I should say) with hands extended, big smiles, and lots of laughs.

It’s coming… and the signs are all around us… (cue scary music).

Just grabbed a few snaps of the signs that its on its way..

Spooky Graveyard (c) Joseph Rowland 2009Boo! (c) Joseph Rowland 2009Ghost (c) Joseph Rowland 2009

The Great Pumpkin Carving

Today was our annual outing for picking pumpkins followed by the ritual carving of the orange beast. The boys consulted and decreed that this years pumpkin would be a spooky house with a ghost in it.

We use those templated things from those books that you buy… they work fairly well, although I must admit, the thin lines really get butchered with the primitive carving tools. Tough to go “deep enough” and stay thin and wispy like the paper shows… So I always cheat and make the drawing a bit bigger than the directions indicate.

As is the tradition, Whopeprs, Kit Kats and Milk Duds were consumed while the carving took place. In the end, the boys enjoyed the work. Thank God Halloween is but once a year 🙂


Pumpkin Carving (c) Joseph Rowland 2009Carved Pumpkin (c) Joseph Rowland 2009