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Aimee C. Eisaman 10/18/2010 4:50:26 AM

Holy swiss cheese Batman!!!! Now those are some pumpkins. Bet you could make alot pies out of those and of course what portrait photographer wouldn't have thoughts of carving them out to put kids in them popping their heads out! LOL Did they have a price on these? Like the treatment you gave it! #1318752

Jeff E Jensen 10/18/2010 5:30:18 AM

Think of the size of candle you'd need. . . .

I'm with Aimee, let's carve one of those suckers and stick a couple of kids in it.

Great find, Debbie! #8979845

Debbie E. Payne 10/18/2010 8:58:26 AM

You guys make me laugh. My son and I were roaming around rural Vermont in the rain looking for photo ops and ran across this guy returning from the fair or whatever. The number on the one pumpkin reads 720 I think. I don't know if that was his entry number or its size. Is that even possible that he could have had close to 1500 lbs on the back of this tractor?? If I'd been brave enough I probably could have gotten him to pose with it and ask him more questions. It was taken at least five years ago and I just now gave it new life with some blending, a high pass filter, sat increase and a topaz detail filter. It was really raining quite hard and as you can see it was good and muddy! #8980547

Michael Kelly 10/18/2010 1:11:43 PM

No need for a fairy godmother these are already carriage size.

A wonderful capture Debbie especially in the rain. Love how it adds the reflections to the shot. #8981125

Kathleen Nealon 10/18/2010 1:58:25 PM

Wonderful treatment for the subject. I'm crazy about these big pumpkins. After trying to take some pics of them at the Indiana State Fair, I realize how much better your image works. Your context improves the impact and provides a great story. The colors are great and I think the rain adds a nice touch. #8981182

Teresa H. Hunt 10/19/2010 11:21:17 AM

Ok so first I thought it was snowing and that's all I could see. It's to early for snow. But since you took this a few years ago and said it was rainig . . . .

Those are huge pumpkins!! I agree with Aimee, lets carve 'em and put kids in 'em. :)

I love your picture. It reminds me of my Grandpa's farm. :) #8983544

Ellen H. Robertson 10/19/2010 4:06:54 PM

What I want to know is how did he get them onto the trailer??

Agree with Kathe, I like the story and the feel with the rain. I like your treatment too. #8984136

Joan E. Hoffman 10/19/2010 5:08:20 PM

These pumpkins must be as old as my first born (and only) at least 40 years old to get this big! Amazing... !!!

Too early for snow Teresa... we had -7 on Sept 2nd LOL... all the flowers froze solid!

Wonderful shot Debbie! Farmers and Mother Nature... isn't it wonderful what they can accomplish! #8984225

Rita K. Connell 10/19/2010 9:07:59 PM

its alway amazing to see pumkins this large. I see some straps there he must have a lift of some kind to lift thoses babies. I like the treatment and I wouldn't change a thing. #8984699

Stephen Shoff 10/20/2010 12:39:29 AM

You can actually find your pictures from 5 years ago, let alone find time to rework them?

This is certainly worth the effort. #8984839

Debbie E. Payne 10/20/2010 12:46:11 PM

Thank you all for your kind comments. This was not a superiour image but I hung onto it for the story it tells and just because it was interesting and I've never photographed any huge pumpkins since. Glad for the extra bit of knowledge that I now possess that I didn't back then. Actually, BOTH autumns that I went to Vermont were rainy. Thinking back, I think that was preferable to bright and sunny because I would not have been able to deal with a lot of contrast as a new photographer and probably would have had a higher throw-out rate. Those cloudy days are like having a soft-box in the sky. With the rain I could have used a polarizer but no such thing for a little old point and shoot! I'd love to go back to Vermont this next fall.

Wow! -7 in September, Joan. All I can say is...."Br....." Better than kids, we could put Peter in the biggest of the two pumpkins since he likes storytelling images and then we could make up a poem about him. Peter, where are you? Come defend yourself. #8985864

Jeff E Jensen 10/20/2010 1:15:35 PM

Too funny, Debbie! #8985903

Aimee C. Eisaman 10/20/2010 8:07:53 PM

LOL Debbie I LOVE that idea!!! Peter Peter Pumpkin Creature! :~) #8986549

Peter W. Marks 10/21/2010 5:33:42 AM



Debbie E. Payne 10/21/2010 7:44:05 AM

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Phello
On the whole was pretty mellow.
But Dale and Jeff PS'd his pumpkin
Along a stream of cotton-candy water
And boy, did he holler!

I'll go now...

BTW Peter - I love your little pumpkin. How did you insert it into your thread comment? #8987504

Peter W. Marks 10/21/2010 8:48:25 AM

Hi Debbie. The pumpkin is a piece of clip-art that I saved in photoshop from a screen grab, then loaded into my BP gallery, then did the usual thing in the thread comment response box. ie select 1 image;then submit to take you to the next web page and finally insert the image ID# in the little box half way down on the right. Is that clear? If not, just email me.
Thanks for the verse. :0) #8987645

Debbie E. Payne 10/21/2010 11:31:30 AM

You know, I never even thought about putting images that weren't my own in the #box. So that's how people put in all the cute things they do...duh! #8987971

Peter W. Marks 10/21/2010 12:58:35 PM

Debbie, you need to be a little bit careful when 'borrowing' copyrite images. This pumpkin was on a 'free clipart' site, so although the artist will probably still own the copyrite he is giving permission to use it for non-commercial use.
And just one other point my 'townie' friend. The International Farmall model N (I think) tractor could tow a trailer with ten tons on it. The pumpkins only total 3/4 ton and my rusty old Chevy pickup could carry that load in the back. Sheesh, you city girls! #8988099

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It's not every day that you are driving down country roads in Vermont and come across not just one, but two HUGE pumpkins. It was a welcome sight on this cold,wet and rainy autumn day.

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