Another one would have had me buy a little cat hat with devil ears (very appropriate, but probably not acceptable to two of our four cats).
Then I realized that I had been wanting to try to photograph in a very dark room with a flashlight. And that led to this.
So here is what I learned about doing "spooky" photos with just a flashlight. You need just the right flashlight. It took two to find it for me. The first was too bright with too large a light circle. I wanted a small light circle. I knew that Matty, who is fascinated with light, would be curious enough to step into the circle. I tried to position myself where he might look. You can see the reflection of the circle off the right side of his face.
You also need to use your model light to focus, and your image will ultimately still be a little soft because of the noise due to your lack of light. I had my ISO cranked WAY up, and I used a bit of noise reduction on this image in post process.
Matty is a spooky character (CHARACTER being the primary word here). He does lurk. I knew he would be the ideal candidate for this image. I would have loved if he had looked straight at the camera, but this makes him look like he is stalking in the dark, so I will take it.
I did one other image with the flashlight.
Next year it's definitely the little devil hat.
Now for more spookiness, hit the blog circle starting with Darlene Dykas Woodward of Pant The Town Pet Photography, serving Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Halloween!