The 2017 Halloween Display

When I assembled my first bookshelf LEGO display nearly five years ago, it was simply a quick, cutesy way to add some additional holiday decorations to the house. With each passing year, the size and complexity of the displays grew, and I started incorporating themes. Last year, when I assembled my first Halloween display, I removed two rows of books and a bookshelf for the first time to create a much larger space to work with. Unfortunately, the orientation of the lights and bookshelf in the room created shadows that caused issues when trying to take a photo of the display in its entirety.


When reusing the space for the holiday display, I made no attempt to compensate for the shadows or lighting issues. I essentially decided that there was no way I could take a good picture of the display in its entirety and that close-ups of the various components would make up for that.

When starting to assemble this year’s Halloween display, I decided to add a backdrop for the first time, rather than leaving books or the back of the bookcase as the background. Unfortunately, this made the shadows much more obvious — to the point of detracting from the backdrop. That, more than anything else, led to the decision to purchase a cheap string of battery-powered LED lights from Target and placing them behind the display. The initial hope was that this would allow for a complete photo of the display where the shadows would not be a distraction.

The lights worked better than anticipated: they provided the display with an element that gave it more of a proper Halloween feel. Thus came the realization that by happy happenstance I had taken my bookshelf displays to a new level. From there, the decision to try out the different camera filters and digitally retouch the photo seemed like an obvious next step.

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The final product nearly made me giddy. By far, this is the most artistic endeavor I’ve undertaken as an adult, and I have no complaints about the final product. Of course, this wasn’t the actual purpose of the display; it’s designed to be a household Halloween decoration. As awesome as that photo looks, it doesn’t properly capture how it actually looks. So, to properly convey that, a slideshow of the various unedited shots — just as I did with last year’s display.

About Matthew Appleton

A dad and loving husband who is also an easily distracted sf&f junkie, LEGO enthusiast, Phillies fan, and writer wannabe who really has too many other responsibilities to be working on his many different on-going projects.
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