A boring but worthwhile Halloween in the burbs

Minimalist Halloween, Suburban Tract Home - Austin, Texas

Minimalist Halloween, Suburban Tract Home – Austin, Texas

I went trick-or-treating with my younger son last night along with other parents and kids from the neighborhood. It was a perfectly enchanting 70 degrees with clear skies.
My Olympus E-P3 with the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 was my photo tool of choice. I got some great candids of the kids and of course the girls were always more stylish and more savvy about posing — It’s probably in their genes. Beyond the kids photos, my goal was to make a decent architectural, blue hour photo that looked Halloween-ish.

Taking such a photo in the suburbs is certainly a challenge. These places lack the density, details and interest that make downtowns more interesting. There was a nice looking halloween display but I was much too far to get there in time for blue hour. The image above was the best I can do given my limitations. This house had the most minimal of displays, just 2 orange light bulbs. No pumpkins, ghosts, goblins or vampires. No twinkling lights or inflatable monsters. Just a subtle change in light color to mark the occasion. But the orange light looks great against the blue sky. Simple is good in photography, so it works for me.

I briefly considered going downtown. Get some shots of those crazy costumed people on 6th street. I’ve thought about going for the last several years. Alas I was too tired and lazy. It was past 10pm when my family duties ended and heck it was a school night. Perhaps I’ll make it next year. But for 2012, I was stuck in the burbs with a photograph of a minimalist tract home. At least I spent some quality time with my son.


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5 thoughts on “A boring but worthwhile Halloween in the burbs

  1. Yes the suburbs are horribly boring that’s why I gravitate towards the city. I’ll never be a nature shooter. YOu did a nice job with the blue and orange – complementary colors šŸ˜‰

    1. Yup, this maybe one of my first suburban photographs. Nothing like a good city to get the creative juices flowing. Of course the suburbs worked for William Eggleston…

  2. Andy, that’s a nive photo! I like it just fine. Even the archway on the right that leads to the house adds something to the photo.

    I am curious what you set the white balance on the camera to? My intuition would be to use tungsten (incandescent). If you used a different setting, I’m very curious as to what that would be.

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