But that evening we took the whole family to see the "Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns" at the Westbury House. Five thousand carved and lighted pumpkins displayed along a walkway on the grounds. Some amazing carvings and although the path was crowded, I found that if you held back for a little while the crowd thinned out. I must admit it was really well organized, we had a specific time slot at 8:30 and we started moving right on time. Having the family there was really nice.
Taking photos of the pumpkins was a challenge. At first I tried just my 50mm, set the ISO to get a shutter speed I could hold steady, but was unhappy with the results. You could see the carving, which was lite, but not the pumpkin.
Luckily I brought my whole kit with me and pulled out my speedlite. Setting the speedlite, whick I learned to do from the camera ( told you I was learning), to -1 2/3s gave me just enough light to see the pumpkin with out lighting the background to much, I then cropped to a square image and I was pleased with the results.
To see all the Pumpkin Photos click Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns Gallery