I love Halloween. I love the crisp chill in the air, all the scary movies, ghosts hanging down from trees, spiders taking over my living room, and the last minute rush to carve and light the pumpkin before the first wave of trick or treaters start ringing the doorbell. I love all the trick or treaters, but especially the first-time pink costumed fairy princesses.
But this year, I think a black cat crossed the road when I wasn’t looking because there’s something a little scarier about Halloween this year. You can see it in my photographs.
It may have started with a little double vision or um … “ghosting.”
Initially, I didn’t think too much about it, but then, when another photo went all blurry on me …
I knew I had to do a little problem solving.
So I went out and took a few test shots with a couple scarecrows to figure this whole thing out, and here’s what I got.
Scarecrow #1 kind of looks blurry and like I’ve got double or octuplet vision.
And here’s scarecrow #2.
Well, you can see for yourself that this focusing problem was spiraling quickly out of control.
So I went to my eye doctor to see what’s up and he said the epithelial lining of my eyes looks like Swiss cheese.
“Holy candy corn conjunctivitis Batman!” I said.
“Is it permanent?” I asked.
“No, but I suggest you take these eye drops along with these other prescriptions and take a little fall break from photography. Limit your screen time.”
So I left his office feeling a good bit dejected until I returned home and was looking around in one of our cabinets and found a little square photograph of the sweetest little pink costumed Disney princess I have ever known. We used to call her “Boo.”
Holding that photograph helped me put everything back in its proper focus. Look at Boo now.
Sometimes the best medicine is not found in prescription bottles or even in laughter but in the smiles we get when thinking of our children or other friends and family. I guess I have a lot to smile about.
So with everything now in focus, let me say Happy Halloween to you, and to you, and to Boo!
And for any of you wondering, I’ll have my camera back in hand and working this weekend.
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