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Old Apr 17, 2004, 6:51 AM   #1
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I have a task set by my photography club the take a couple of photos of fruit and vegetables for next months meeting. I would like some opinions on theses shots (I know they are not that great) and if anyone else can post some photos or give me some hints on taking pics of these objects I would be grateful



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hmm.....i took some of pears a while ago.....here is the link
http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...ic.php?t=23436

i used natural light coming from behind.....it would be good to have sidelighting to show texture.....i myself, wouldn't use flash....i'd probably just set up a bunch of little lights that i have around the house or just use a long shutter..
you might want to use a very large arperture.......and focus on just one of the fruit........depends.....the main thing her is.....play....have fun.....try a bunch of different things.

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Old Apr 17, 2004, 1:34 PM   #3
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Here is one i did a while back.. Lights from behind through a glass bowl...
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Old Apr 17, 2004, 8:55 PM   #4
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Thanks, I love the photo with the back lighting through the glass, a great Idea.

I did take my photos above with no flash, camera set on macro. I have a about 3 weeks to work on this so heres hoping
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well that is cool....i really like the lighting from below.....you can try that.....

btw...do you have to have all the fruit together? or just fruit period?
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the subject must show fruit and veg
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Old Apr 17, 2004, 11:45 PM   #7
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make a face out of the fruit, thats always fun
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yeah....bananas make good mouths...lol

well if it just has to be fruit of veggies....then you can cut up some fruit...like a lemon or lime (lol copying dales shot) or better yet one that you think would be cool...and shoot with an interesting lighting....

i have an idea .....have a bunch of apples....then in a pitch black room.....put the apples with one grape....or one pear....or something like that....with a flashlight on the pear.....enough lighting to show the pear and just the shapes of the apples.....
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aladyforty, zudho is giving good example of fruits shot !

A wonderful backlight series has been posted recently here :
http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...ic.php?t=24789

Still, shooting at a group of identical fruits has a certain attraction to me. Check out his oranges and lemons :
http://amer.fotopic.net/c145156.html

As far as I'm concerned I can add these contributes.

Here I've put a different element in rule of thirds position.

The Red Pepper :



This one plays with DOF.

Prickly Pears, A summer explosion



While this one plays with Polar Coordinates Filter :

Pricly Pears, Polar Coords :

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Have they defined "vegetable" for you? I mean, a tomato is actually a fruit. When I was a kid, a fruit meant the kind of vegetation that tasted good. Anything else fell into the category of what my mother said I should eat.

Why don't you try a simple composition, maybe something with only three items. It might be easier to design and photograph since things in threes are naturals for good composition. Once you have them laid out in a way that pleases you, change the placement of the light source until you like what you see. Often, it's only the way the light falls that makes a subject interesting. Also, you might place them on a window sill, letting the natural light fall on them with, perhaps, a filmy curtain blowing in the breeze (if the window's open and there's actually a breeze ).
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