I’m not much of a Halloween person. I wasn’t even really all about it as a kid. I remember dressing up and I think pretty early on creating costumes that really didn’t need a lot of work – heavy make-up and lots of jewelry – punk rocker or something like that. There is something about the holiday that is overwhelming to me. As an adult, I’m not real keen on it either. I don’t like getting in costume, and I’m not much for parties (it’s too much for my slightly extroverted introvert self). But when you are a teacher…even a high school teacher…you deal with Halloween., And this week, I decided that the best way I knew to deal with Halloween in my classroom would be to introduce a Southern folktale/ghost story unit. The story we read today was about the Louisiana swamps, which reminded me that I have photos of the swamp.
I originally shared photos from my swamp tour around this time last year, but during my forced downtime, I decided that I wanted to play around with editing. I love the matte/vintage style of editing, but I don’t use it often because for the most part, I don’t think it fits the vision I have for my photography and I want it to do. This, however, is a special time, and I feel a little freer to play a bit.
My original thought was that these would be really nice as black and white photos, but while I was experimenting with those changes, I was reminded that black and white isn’t as simple as changing a setting. I had a difficult time adjusting the highlights and shadows – finding the right blends and balances of dark and light. I am still planning to go back and spend a little time with that, but for right now, because I couldn’t get it the way I wanted it to, it will have to wait.
While these aren’t as dark and spooky as I had envisioned them to be, I do like how they came out. It feels to me like it could be the swamp from our story in class this morning – from another time, in another place – although to be perfectly honest, even in bright, technicolor the swamp feels that way. Except for the noise of the boat engines, and seeing the camps along the banks of the river, it’s like time stands still.
All of these reminds me that I’d like to take another swamp tour. It’s still pretty warm, but the water is cooling down, which means that the wildlife isn’t as active. Alligators are cold-blooded, unlike my raccoon friend, and when the water gets cooler, alligators aren’t as visible. For me, that’s OK because the beauty of the swamp isn’t necessarily the critters you find but rather in the water and the trees.
I hope y’all have had a good week. It was much better here – thank you for everyone who checked on me and offered support. I was finally able to get in and see my general practitioner, and he knew exactly what was wrong. The net day I was feeling infinitely better. Next week, my friend Cathy from Peregrination Gourmande is scheduled to be our guest poster, and I can’t wait to see what she has for us. She’s been working to improve her photography skills, but she was already incredibly talented.
Tell me – are you a Halloween person? Costumes and parties and haunted houses and the whole nine? Or ar you happy to hand out candy and call it a night?
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! Thank y’all so much for spreading the word and for supporting each other. I tell people all the time that the thing I love most about this community is the support that y’all give each other and the inspiration you give me.
Last week’s most-viewed link came to use from Denyse with her bottlebrushes. I love bottlebrush plants – so beautiful!
Our last added link came from Ela at Color in the Garden. If you missed her post – as well as some of the later posts in the link-up, take a moment to swing back by and check them out. There is some amazing stuff shared over the course of the weekend.
I can’t wait to see what you have for use this week!