Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Pumpkin Graveyard - Day 15

A day after making the trip out to photograph the pumpkins and realizing the camera had no storage card I returned with the necessary equipment. Of course today was miserably wet (yesterday was about perfect) but I think it adds some personality to the shots. A few pumpkins couldn't stay intact after thawing from a freeze while others seem to hang on. It will probably be two weeks before I can visit again.

I think this is the final time see see any before they melt into orange and brown globs….

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I Am The Spider

Just put the finishing touches on this new vid for the second track on my latest solo CD, Themes From an Imaginary Spook Show.
Like what you hear? Head over to to grab the CD cheap!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Messing with Lighting

Still had the lighting and extension cords out from Halloween.. Perfect time to run some lighting tests at the local graveyard. With ongoing temps of around 50 degrees you couldn't ask for a better way to make use of the early dark - which is happening around 4:30 these days with the recent time change.
Working out some kinks with these shots - but they do show promise for something cool in the future..

The Pumpkin Graveyard 2014 - Day 1

All the pumpkins got transported to the woods today. This year I set up a special corral for them with the most recent scarecrows watching over. Hopes are that 'seasoning' these props (including the fences) will add to the flavor for next year. The pumpkins and straw typically go back to the earth by the following spring. Corn will be planted inside the corral around that time. Should be good for continuous nice shots up until next Halloween!

Last Hours of Porch

Took this shot very late Friday night - knowing this would be the final time these fellows would be together on the porch before being moved out to the woods. It was after house light effects cycled off. Just one teflon bulb about 10 feet away..

Friday, November 7, 2014

Left To Rot - 2015 Calendar

OK kids.. I've put together a 2015 calendar of the "Left to Rot" photos I've been taking over the past year or so. Each month has a seasonally related pic. And for kicks I've added a bunch of horror icon birthdays so you can celebrate accordingly! Limited copies - but they will be will be available at the Evil Pumpkins store..

Monday, November 3, 2014

ALL SOULS DAY 2014 - Just Pumpkins on Day 3

Had to tear down the hardware on Sunday - but as always the pumpkins have a few days of life left in them before being carted off to The Pumpkin Graveyard (stay tuned for something all new in that dept.)
Enjoy the pumpkins and one orange bulb!

Sunday, November 2, 2014


Spooky Franklin 2014 is in the books. The weather gods tried their best to deliver a knockout punch but we braved the afternoon squalls, which at moments showed dashes of snow and 30+mph gusts to make it to a cold, clear and very windy Halloween eve.

The winds were as such that the fog machines were pretty much rendered useless. The driveway bonfire was a slight reprieve from the cold but winds sent smoke in every direction so burning eyes were the price for warmth. Attendance was down from last year- but the weather probably had some parents pulling the plug on Trick or Treating.

All that aside, we made use of cool new colored 2w telfon bulbs in pan fixtures - which essentially replaced all of the old-school ground lighting. Much more vivid colors and far easier to work with.
The new lighting, a couple of new scarecrows to go with four of last year's sentinels, Ned the blue spook, Frankenstein in the garage, Nancy upstairs and a record 33 carved Jack o Lanterns all added up to a fun Hallow's Eve. At around midnight when everyone was packed up and inside there was a few of those dead silent late night Halloween moments between epic wind blasts. No complaints here kids…
Enjoy the photos - no filters used!