Saturday, November 6, 2010

More Pumpkin Photography - Rotting and Polaroids

The jack o'lanterns are waning almost as fast as my stock of 4x5 Polaroid Type 54 film.  As promised in a recent post, I've take a few Pumpkin Polaroid shots.  I'm heartbroken that this film stock is no longer made.   Unopened boxes of 20 sheets are going for hundreds of dollars on ebay now.   I've run out, but just bought 12 more sheets on ebay for $37.00, which will likely be my last.   On top of that, my Polaroid back that I use in my Crown Graphic is really acting up.   It doesn't want to spread the processing chemical goo evenly across the picture.   I lost three of five shots today, two to this problem, and one to a jam that occasionally happens.     As is often the case when trying to take shots close up, the focus leaves something to be desired.   It is a total crap-shoot to get the focus correct the first time under about 8 feet.   But since I was low on film and losing shots to technical problems, no retakes came out.
I also took more shots with my Nikon, back to one of my favorite subjects, the rotting jack o'lantern.    I tried to mimic the look of the Polaroids by taking them black and white and sepia.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Flying Ghost -- I've been out done!

Long ago, in the days of the Halloween-l mailing list, I invented a ghost system that came to be known as the Axworthy Flying Ghost.     Mine was relegated to a fixed flight path with a complex system of pulleys.   But now, Michael from Utah Aerials has built a remote control flying ghost that is free to roam in the range of the RC transmitter. 

And it gets better, it even broadcasts back video!

Here is a picture of the device.    It is based on the platform from    The biggest drawback I can see in proper haunt use, is the obvious noise this would create.     My tethered specter at least has the advantage of being whisper quiet.    As soon as the black ops stealth model comes out, I'll be building a new ghost.