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Fruit bowl



A bowl of grapes with one of the last strawberries of summer

A bowl of grapes with one of the last strawberries of summer
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6 Comments | Report
J.C.Celmer
 
J.C.Celmer April 08, 2015
What a great composition enriched by a superb light ! Congratulations, Bill !
Welcome among us in ViewBug !
A Brazilian hug !
chriswhittington
 
chriswhittington April 12, 2015
love the framing, the colour choices and the composition .... a Welsh hug :-D
Bernard_Fern PRO
 
Bernard_Fern May 01, 2015
Tabletop phoyography is just as exacting as an excellent portrait. Good job!
aozde
 
aozde May 04, 2015
Nice shot. Thanks for sharing with us...
guybahonsrichardson
 
guybahonsrichardson August 30, 2015
This is beautiful!
deborahschillbach PRO+
 
deborahschillbach January 14, 2016
Fantastic. It looks like a master piece painting

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photograph just on the turn from summer to autumn, using a single light source and a black cloth background in our lounge (yes I have a very patient wife who tolerates my photography, my antique collecting etc)
Time
I shot the photograph in the afternoon and tried to elimate all the ambient light - not totally effectively however.
Lighting
Lighting was a simple led torch in this case. I do have a couple of old studio flashes but actually seeing the lightfall was valuable in this case.
Equipment
Canon 500D with an 18-55 zoom, on an old Linhoff tripod.
Inspiration
I suppose the inspiration was the much quoted Ansell Adams opinion - to the effect that "if you must shoot colour then at least have red in the shot". It also was a way to use and old church 'giving plate' that I recently picked up at auction - although a small part of the shot I like the grain and the over all warmth of the wood (NZ Rimu I think)
Editing
Yes I used Lightroom 4 to clean up the ambient lighting and some stray highlights from a slightly dirty background.
In my camera bag
The Canon 500D; 18-55mm Canon zoom and 55-250mm Canon zoom; a Canon 50mm; a Tamron 105mm; a Tamron 2x converter; Canon Speedligfht 580EXII and a variety of filters
Feedback
In my opinion photography is about using light and perhaps no more importantly than in situations like this. The subject is not extraordinary so it becomes important to try and give depth and visual interest with the use of light. I don't think I have managed to create a perfect photograph here and so I will keep striving toward that goal.

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