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The haunted village - part 6

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 18 June 2011 in Food & Cuisine and Portfolio.

Previously... Ahead is a door. Is the answer to be found within - or will I remain spellbound?

SURPRISE! It's the Pumpkin Festival in the village of Collector!

Not a haunted place at all. Just a sleepy little village - with a rich history that can play tricks on the mind of the unwary visitor.

And so I awake from this dream - but for the epilogue – don’t miss the true story of Dreamers Gate in my next post.

NIKON D5000 1/400 second F/8.0 ISO 100 16 mm

philippe from moselle, France

superbe avec ces lignes d'ombre, bon week-end à toi Spethen ....

18 Jun 2011 6:41am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

belle ambiance ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

18 Jun 2011 7:26am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A delightful mixture of abstract and organic. Great light and shadow patterns. Nice story too

18 Jun 2011 7:44am

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

I like the shadow of the sunblind!! Beautiful composition and a nice story!! ;-)

18 Jun 2011 8:34am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

A "Pumpkin festival" is almost weirder than the spook story!

18 Jun 2011 9:14am

Emanuel from Borås, Sweden

lovely positioning of the subjects creating a nice color pattern.

18 Jun 2011 9:31am

Lara from Vienna, Austria

oh, how beautiful! well seen! the colours are so soft and the shadows are adding a special flavour to this photo!

18 Jun 2011 10:34am

skarlet from kerman, Iran

great light and colors!
i like it...

18 Jun 2011 11:14am

parisa from shiraz, Iran

oh so great color n compo.your background is good too

18 Jun 2011 11:33am

Monik from PARIS, France

Superbe jeu d'ombre et de lumière. J'adore ces rayures ensoleillées!

18 Jun 2011 11:38am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A beautiful composition with this graphic play with light and shadows. Well seen !

18 Jun 2011 11:43am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful :) I just saw Nigel's image with light and shadows and now this image looks like a part of that one ;) BEautiful !

18 Jun 2011 11:57am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

an excellent finish, bright and colourful after all the scary b+w's...

18 Jun 2011 12:05pm

@peter.K: Thanks, Peter. Yes, I wanted this sudden splash of colour to give the end of the story its impact!

Lougris from Toulouse, France

hanté c'est vrai mais de gentils fantomes.. :):) joli!!

18 Jun 2011 12:06pm

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

BRAVO! I absolutely love this image - the lines, the colours, the tones - a true delight to see. This has been a wonderful journey you have taken us on - can't wait for the next adventure!

18 Jun 2011 12:19pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

No you have got to have it all wrong, Stephen. These pumpkins are lurking
there, meandering in the shade, ready for the night where the haunting all
begins. I do love however the blinds and use of light here, superb photo.

18 Jun 2011 12:20pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thanks, Phil. Yes, there might be a sequel lurking in here!

Elaine- from Vancouver, Canada

awwww lovely sunshiney shot, and a perfect ending!!!

18 Jun 2011 12:24pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Excellent ending...kept us on the seat of our pants.
The idea of telling your (scary) story in bw and ending with a beautiful colour photo is superb.
Love how the blind castes a shadow over the pumpkins.
Great series Stephen!

18 Jun 2011 12:34pm


A symphony of light and shadow play that really dazzles. Very well observed. By nightfall they will all come to life........ (Vincent Price manic laugh..... )

18 Jun 2011 12:39pm

Yalda from Tehran, Iran

Simple and beautiful... :)

18 Jun 2011 12:51pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Sometimes truth is wierder than fiction Stephen! You have led us on a wonderful and merry chase in this series! Congratulations on a job well done! ;-)

18 Jun 2011 1:03pm

grain from Fès, Morocco

Superbe nature morte vivifiée et magnifiée par le jeu d'ombre et de lumière!
Bonne journée lumineuse!

18 Jun 2011 1:23pm

myky from London, Canada

What a fantastic image!

18 Jun 2011 1:25pm

Thami from Fès, Morocco

Cette lumière qui filtre à travers les persiennes apporte tout son charme à ces courges variées!
Bon week-end!

18 Jun 2011 1:40pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

oh ! nice capture
i like this shadow and colors

18 Jun 2011 1:46pm

tataray from france, France

Eh oui normal ... On va avoir le carosse ? ... Lol))
J'adore cet ambiance . superbe.
Bon WE.

18 Jun 2011 2:23pm

dr pankaj shukla from panaji, India

Delightful image enmeshed in shadow... !

18 Jun 2011 3:06pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An excellent still life with pumpkins and exquisite geometric patterns. I love the composition friend! A hug, Adela

18 Jun 2011 3:20pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Couldn't ask for a better surprise ending! These shadow slats are sublime over the vivid pumpkins. Thanks for the joy ride, Stephen.

18 Jun 2011 3:26pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Génail jeu d'ombres et lumière sur le fruits, superbe image et compo

18 Jun 2011 4:01pm

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Superb picture for the epilogue!

18 Jun 2011 4:07pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


18 Jun 2011 4:29pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Waouh, very good this game of light!

18 Jun 2011 6:23pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Buen bodegón con luz tipo cebra fantástica.Saludos.

18 Jun 2011 6:52pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I don't care, you still scared the "bejeebers" out of me (I never knew what "bejeebers" meant but it sounds cool" Just a magnificent series, Stephen1 I am glad it is not quite over...this is a perfect place for that festival!

18 Jun 2011 6:55pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Very cool series! Love this shot with shadows across the pumpkins. Well seen!

18 Jun 2011 7:43pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Fantastic light and shadow over the row of pumpkins. It's a fabulous shot.

18 Jun 2011 8:22pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Nice symmetry with the sun and shade...nice shot!

18 Jun 2011 8:53pm

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Cool shadows,
beautiful shot. :)

18 Jun 2011 9:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It looks a bit like the gourd festival. See, something strange is going on in that village. Very cool.

18 Jun 2011 9:39pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Nice colors!

18 Jun 2011 11:46pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Beautiful composition ...

19 Jun 2011 5:39am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very attractive lplay of light and shadow. Beautiful work!

19 Jun 2011 8:39am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Very nice composition, I love the colors between the shadows!

19 Jun 2011 9:22am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A splendid framing wit light and shadow ! Very beautiful !

19 Jun 2011 9:24am

Stefanie from France

Very nice framing with th shadow.

19 Jun 2011 11:25am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful. Great shot of light and shadow. Excellent framing ... Very interesting series ... :)

19 Jun 2011 5:20pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

So beautiful and dramatic capture,really wonderful thought,CHEERS!!

19 Jun 2011 5:39pm

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

very arty AAAA+++

19 Jun 2011 6:57pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Love it - what about a venetian blind appreciation group ?

19 Jun 2011 7:38pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Whahaha...the amazing suggestion of images...;-))) Great story with a lot of suspense!
Love this shot, great patterns of the shadows!

19 Jun 2011 8:16pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

An awesome shot and composition! Very clever and well seen geometric patterns! Superb toning! thumbs up!

19 Jun 2011 10:55pm

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Great capture!! :)nicely composed too!!

20 Jun 2011 12:02am

k@ from Paris, France

Don't laugh but this reminds me the trailer of "Nine 1/2 Weeks" with Kim Basinger's strip-tease for Mickey Rourke, remember ? Great light and... sexy fruits then ;)

20 Jun 2011 12:02pm

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

Wonderful composition! Great light, shadow and mood, lovely pumpkins of all nice shapes and colours...beautiful !!

21 Jun 2011 2:33am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain


21 Jun 2011 7:07pm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

pattern, form, and colour
what else do we need?

22 Jun 2011 9:01am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

magnifique ce graphisme et ces couleurs

21 Oct 2012 12:28pm

janina from Australia

Well seen and realised, stephen! One of your best IMHO. :O)

24 Nov 2012 10:18am

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