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Cobwebs for halloween

Cobwebs for halloween
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-27
Categories: Event
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): People in Queen Street, Friday theme 2008/10/31 Halloween [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-30 1:37
Viewed: 1995
Points: 48
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Cobwebs for halloween

I don’t do halloween at all, and never have
– even when our children were young. And I was thinking seriously about not adding an image to the Friday theme.

But I looked up ‘halloween costumes’ on Google and seeing the clothes that are sold for it I thought these 2 ladies walking up Queen Street last Monday seem to suit the theme. They are wearing black and the lady on the left has cobwebs on her silver skirt. Definitely belongs to a halloween theme.

I read on Wikipaedia that ‘BIGresearch’ conducted a survey for the National Retail Federation in the United States and found that 53.3% of consumers planned to buy a costume for Halloween 2005, spending $38.11 on average (up 10 dollars from the year before). They were also expected to spend $4.96 billion in 2006, up significantly from just $3.3 billion the previous year. (Yes, it’s a bit out of date, but even those figures are high and scary.)

Australia and New Zealand
In the southern hemisphere,
spring is in full swing by October 31, and the days are rapidly growing longer and brighter. This does not fit well with the traditional Celtic spirit of halloween, which relies on an atmosphere of the encroaching darkness of winter and the turning of the leaves.

halloween has gained a little recognition in Australia and New Zealand, largely through American media influences (primarily sit-coms but TV specials), with few families enjoying the tradition.

And thanks Tracey for your suggestion this week – you know us Kiwis aren’t “h” - fans down under. . .

Dawn and I were together when I took this photo - and I'd like to say that this is really us two walking down Queen St - but I can't lie!!

rodel88, Hendrika, Royaldevon, glint, WMcK, willie, dareco, boomcat, Margy, Refugee, wilth, eosnut has marked this note useful
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Hi Janice,

Their costumes suit very well in the Friday theme. Effective candid shot.


Hi Janice

Yes, Halloween (sp right this time LOL)is not at all big...never did this as a child or do anything with Danni and Logan. BUT 31st was Halloween, and thought it would be a different challenge for many...me and Danni included in this!! We still dont have a photo yet, but popped into the Warehouse and snapped a few pics...heres hoping we got something for the theme :)

So glad you had a photo to add, not sure I could pull that look off myself, but looks good on them :)

Thanks for joining the theme
Kind regards

No real fans in Holland as well, but indeed these costumes fit the bill - the theme that is.
Hi Janice,

Lovely picture of these ladies walking around on impossible shoes.


Hé..? Selfportraiting again, Janice ?
Recognize those leggs of you and Dawn.
I also see, even in NZ, women following their man on decent distance.!
Good behaviour.!
Good shot with the selftimer.
Kia ora en groeten uit Holland.

hi Janice nice add to the theme well composed shot
regards bryan

looking at the "customes", could just imagine what their make-up would be. hopefully this is a "custome" and not their regular clothes. like the colors and lighting is great.
good for this theme. TFS

nice view,
indeed, haloweenesque ;)

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-10-30 6:47]

Hi Janice
Do ya think they where going to a costume party? Nice stockings! Love your street view!


I see the spider webs and that is definitely halloween style for me. I wish this one had more of a Halloween mood. Maybe taken at night or in a dark place. I think the sun takes away on that account.

I think it is a little over sharpened around the highlights.

I like the compostions and I think it's a good street photo. Whish those male legs had not been there though.


Oh! Wow, Janice! Just a puff of wind and those cobwebs would be billowing up high!

I am beginning to feel like a Grumpy Old Woman, these days as I think Hallowe'en has just become over sold! The scary evening, witch's stories, apple dipping used to be good, cheap tradiotional fun, but now, it is highly commercilaised and has lost a lot of its tradition!

Still, I love your minimalistic view ... just a hint of scariness and a lot of humour! Great pov and details.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Janice Hi:

Wonderfully well seen and presented for the "Theme". Very creative thinking and excellent sharpness of details.

Congratulations, very nice, my friend

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2008-10-30 11:45]
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That tripod I lugged around all day...sure came in handy didnt it Janice.. got your dusty old cobweb skirt really well I thought..found it at the back of your wardrobe didnt you Janice. :-)))

Great candid street photography shot here it Janice, as for wishing the male legs were not there as Jens suggested..well cant do much about that with candid street photography..I dont think the shot would work as well with them gone, would look too posed then!

Good choice for the theme Janice.

Pako Pako Pako

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-10-30 12:34]
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hello Janice,
This is a real cracker! love it.Good street photography whch is good fun too.Good POV. Here in Scotland, halloween is a big thing. I child said to me yesterday that it is as good as Christmas ! I could hardly believe my ears. But tomorrow evening the little uns will be knocking at my door to recieve their sweeties and I could not turn my lights oo to discourage them. They are so happy to be dressed up. i think halloween is fine if a sense of humour is kept about it.
ps Did you notice that Els added some of your pictures of your grandchildren to my Grandmothers Club theme?

Goths/halloween, it's all the same kind of macabre death-theme eh. Mortality is something I prefer not to contemplate too much in depth, it just bums me out.

This was a shot that needed quick action and you set it up and executed it well.


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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-10-30 14:30]

Very interesting crop and presentation here Janice. It does indeed fit into the costumes theme of Halloween. You got the light in just the right spot to highlight the cobwebs on the skirt. I sure these were not two witches you accidentally exposed? Well done.
Warm Regards
Ps the cost of home decorating for Halloween is a huge market, getting close in dollars, in the US, to Christmas.


we don't do Halloween either but still i like your contribution to the theme. very original !

regards, willie

This is very original and creative work. I must get one of those little spider web dresses :) Nice lighting, colors, detail and framing. TFS

the legs look like they belong to the gothics.. everyday are halloween for them.. even here in Kuala Lumpur there are young boys and girls wearing this their everyday clothes all the time.. good one for the theme..

nice catch, Janice.. :D you been snooping around, yeah? hehe kidding..

cheers, terry

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  • Margy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 103 W: 6 N: 221] (2520)
  • [2008-10-31 4:43]

Hi Janice,

Original contribution to the theme.
In our country Haloween is not yet so "hot"
Nice candid photo.

Best Regards, Marga

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  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2008-10-31 21:23]

Hi Janice,
Now that's a different take on the theme, very nice idea.
Nicely captured and presented.

Well spotted and capturd Janice, for those of us downunder it was not an easy task. Just enough length in those skirts without being indecent,

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  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2008-11-01 0:28]

Hi Janice,
Those two young women have a weird sense of fashion alright.
Quite appropriate for the theme.
Well seen.

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-11-01 5:07]

A very pleasant Halloween scene Janice,nice to watch!

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
  • [2008-11-06 13:30]
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Well Janice, you sure have an eye for detail I see.
Being a man I just wonder why you cropped or framed so "low" on top ;o).
Cobweb or not, these girls wouldn't frighten me with "trick or treat".
Too bad you couldn't capture them without the other legs in the shot, but you can't have it all.
An original entry for the Halloween theme.

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