A few weeks ago, my wife, Susan, spotted a plug in our employer’s newsletter for Magic of the Jack O’Lantern, an October event in Littleton, which is not too far from home for us. This is apparently the third year running that this event has been in Denver and features over 7,000 carved pumpkins. Susan thought I would enjoy photographing this event, and she was right. It’s a little different from my usual landscape fare, but was great fun:
There were lights and smoke machines out in abundance, so it was easy to take atmospheric images like this:
There were some times I wish I had brought a wide angle, but I had just brought my fastest (autofocus) lens, an 85mm f/1.8. I also figured that it would be easiest to keep other people out of the frame if I stuck to a short telephoto, and I think I was right. That said, a modest wide angle would have been handy for one particular huge area with about two hundred pumpkins along the lines of these:
Many of the pumpkins showed tremendous creativity, including dinosaurs, Darth Vader, Harry Potter, Veggie Tales, and these flies:
It was, indeed, a lot of fun and went very smoothly given the hundreds of people in attendance. I definitely appreciate events like this even more since Covid put the kibosh on fun events. If it comes back for a fourth year, I will be back, this time with a wide angle (and maybe my Petzval!) for some variety!