Halloween Imagery Tricks and Treats

Updated 5 years ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
Halloween Imagery Tricks and Treats
(c) Glen Berry, glenvision.com

It's pumpkin day. That means supernatural ghosts and creatures exit their resting places for travel in the 21st Century. Whether you simply party as a zombie or an icon of the past, present or future, Halloween opens door to the other side. Movies , TV and games depend heavily on the 'horror' scary normal genres. Big screen choices now range from "Silent Hill Revolution," "Paranormal Activity IV," "Sinister" to "Possession."

Still photography art blends special effects, too in to images.

 

Art Walk photographer /exhibitor, Glen Berry, explains some image tricks.


"The ghost image of Selina was realized with two exposures and some Photoshop work, but it could have been done in-camera as well, if my digital camera supported double exposures. However, I have much more control over the details of the effect when using Photoshop. You probably didn't notice, but the degree of transparency in the ghost isn't uniform. The transparency varies across the body of the ghost, in a turbulent cloud-like pattern. It's subtle, but it enhances the effect.

Halloween Imagery Tricks and Treats
(c) Glen Berry, glenvision.com

 

A second image originated from a haunted convent.

 

"I have another ghost image, which was much more intricate in its execution. It involved at least 5 images, some motion blur, and some very creative blending of the various component images. I shot that in Toledo Ohio, in an allegedly haunted former Catholic nun's convent, with a model from the Toledo area. It's definitely a more sinister looking ghost, and it was inspired by some unsettling dreams I had many, many years ago."

 

Halloween Imagery Tricks and Treats
(c) Glen Berry, glenvision.com

BERRY: In the image below, the model is named Amber, and she wanted to do a Halloween project. She provided the wardrobe and did her own makeup. For the image of the model holding a knife, we shot at Heritage Station at around midnight. She was lit by two large battery-powered spotlights which had color filters in front of them, to provide the red and blue lights. Her boyfriend held the spotlights, while she posed, and I shot the images and directed the photo shoot.

(c) Glen Berry, glenvision.com
(c) Glen Berry, glenvision.com

The other image was shot around 2 am, in an underground pedestrian tunnel. Once again, the model's boyfriend was holding two large spotlights, one with a red filter and a second with a blue filter. The boyfriend was positioned at one end the tunnel, behind the model, and I was at the other end of the tunnel. He lit up one wall with red light and other other with blue light. I lit the front of the model with a studio flash unit positioned over my camera.



In each of these photos, the only real "special effects" is in the lighting, makeup, and wardrobe."

 

A gothic example of the autumn season.
A gothic example of the autumn season.
Photo by Glen Berry; Model, Selina

Sometimes, the season itself provides a theme and background. Working with Selina , they create a gothic tribute to fall. Selina fancies the retro glamor of the 40s, which inspired 40s movie icons such as Veronica Lake. When creating a period theme, the shoot itself may take on some elements of film production as preparation includes not only a wardrobe, props and makeup, but determining the lighting and accounting for the weather.

 

HNN will show you more of her work with Berry in an upcoming interview/gallery.

 

 

 

 

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