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Halloween Display
18-SEP-2006 Charlie Beck

Halloween Display

London Museum of Natural History

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS
1/4s f/22.0 at 85.0mm iso100 full exif

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Guest 27-Oct-2007 05:16
Thanks for the story Lydia. They don't mess around in England.
Canon DSLR Challenge25-Oct-2007 01:33
Actually Melbob, it's not about pumpkins... "As darkness set in on October 31st, the Druids would put on their white robes and hoods... At the beginning of their procession, a male slave was killed and dragged by a rope fastened to his left ankle. The Druids would walk until they came to a house or a village where they shouted the equivalent of “trick or treat.” The treat was a slave girl or any female to be given to the Druids. If the people refused to a girl as a “treat”, blood was taken from the dead slave and used to draw a hexagram or six-pointed star on the door or wall of the village. Spirits were invoked by the Druids to kill someone in that house or village by fear that night.

If the house or village gave a girl as a “treat”, the Druids put a pumpkin with a face carved in it in front of the door or gate of that place. Inside the pumpkin was a candle made of human tallow to keep evil spirits away.

The treats or female victims were taken, were raped and killed, and then sacrificed on the sacred bonefire until only glowing embers were left. The “bonefire” is the origin of the modern day bonfire. As a matter of luck for winter survival, all villagers were expected to use the glowing embers of the bonefire to light their hearths. " ~Lydia
Canon DSLR Challenge20-Oct-2007 23:15
Charlie... I thought Halloween was about pumpkins?

I like the offset and balance against symmetry that the "under-nourished" monkey provides to this composition.

This is pretty much the extreme case Charlie (no problem with that... is on-topic) the darks are close to 1,1,1 and the highlights close to 255 255 255 with just a smidge between. Pretty much the perfect "culvert" histogram (that is my wording... lol)

~ Regards Melbob
Canon DSLR Challenge19-Oct-2007 16:37
Perfect for this time of year Charlie - a little creepy though! CJ