Devil in the details

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
– Henry David Thoreau

Dew beads on a pumpkin under harvest morning moonlight. Streaks like veins on an ancient croon-like witch race over orange skin toward a green, knotted stem. A detail tells the tale.

Even the supernatural follows themes and rules. The pumpkin appears again and again in legends. In “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a shattered pumpkin is discovered at the scene where the strict teacher Ichabod Crane vanishes. The jack-o-lantern represents the soul of a stingy Irishman named Jack forced to roam Earth forever after playing tricks on the Devil. It appears in “Cinderella” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

Our roaming photographer captured this image at a local pumpkin patch.

The composition demonstrates a perfect example of the first lesson of photography: the rule of thirds. Using the guideline an image should be divided into nine equal parts made up of two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. The main subject is then placed within these points. The green stem of the pumpkin is placed within one of these intersections.

The rule of thirds creates more intrigue. When a subject sits in the center, the eye stops there. A subject placed into one of the intersections causes the eye to move across the image. The dark veins on the pumpkin skin emphasize the subject further.

Even the world of mystery and the incredible require recurring themes to tell a good story. The same can be said for remarkable photography.

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