Halloween Still Life – Lensbaby Blog Circle

For some reason I’ve managed to be away from home at the last two month ends so I’ve missed out on the Lensbaby Blog Circle. Obviously I can post from anywhere but this year I’ve been making the effort to be offline as much as possible if I’m away from home. Social media can feel a little relentless when you are self employed so it’s healthy to take short breaks from it, even if its only two or three days.

So I didn’t want to miss a third month in a row but I must confess I’ve been struggling for inspiration. I tried an autumn walk but, beautiful as my surroundings were, I only took a handful of boring images! I’m sure we all have outings like that but they can feel frustrating. The other day I’d picked up a cheap plastic Halloween skull from the supermarket so I decided to shoot some dark still life images for this month’s post.

{texture from The Hapton Collection}
{texture from Glorious Grunge}
{texture from Glorious Grunge}

All were shot with the Lensbaby Velvet 85 using natural light, the top image was shot wide open to add extra glow and softness.

Next up in the blog circle is Carol Vipperman, please click here to hop over to her post and continue around the circle.


  • Carol Vipperman

    Janet these are wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Carol.

  • Wendy

    These images are really very cool! I know what you mean re: the need to take a break from social media for a while. I’m going through a dry period where I don’t feel enthused to shoot and so taking a break myself. I sometimes feel guilty (don’t know why), but not enough to prevent me stepping aside for a while 🙂

    I love it when you buy a prop and it’s sometimes enough to light the creative flame again. Love how you pulled all your props together here to create a story with an intriguing air of murder, mystery and darkness. Perfect for halloween.

    • Janet Broughton

      I feel guilty too when I take a break but sometimes social media feels like a monster that needs constantly feeding. A break becomes essential from time to time.

  • Jessica

    The skull is scary… And the composition is lovely. I love the glow in the first one.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Jessica, it actually looks cheap and plastic in real life but somehow transforms in front of the camera.