Every year savings time gets a hold of me. The older I get, the harder it is for me to adapt when the time changes. This week has been difficult, I have felt depressed in the mornings, I guess from bad sleep. Although I’ve gotten a little better towards the end of the week, I have not taken any photos in the past few days. My post will be about older work.
In the summer of 2020, when we were on and off on lockdowns here in California because of COVID-19, one of my favorite things to do was shopping at the local farmers market, which continued to operate with some modifications.
During that summer, I bought a number of vegetables with the intention to photograph them. Peppers and tomatoes stood out, as they revealed interesting forms and shapes under certain angles.
At the time, I shared the resulting images on Instagram, and my followers seemed to like them, but the association with Edward Weston discouraged me from continuing. No one wants to hear that their work is just like someone else’s.
Recently, I decided to upload the five resulting photos to my GeoGalleries “vegetables” portfolio, and see what happens. Because depth of field was an issue, I used a 50 mm lens, and the distance between the camera and the subject was greater than I would have liked. Consequently, the resulting photos had to be extensively cropped and the maximum print size is small: 11’X11′ is the largest size available.
I had many hours of entertainment with this project, between choosing the vegetables, washing them, photographing and post-processing the images. If you have ever tried to photograph peppers, you know that they glow. Lighting is very tricky, and failed experiments were many. Post-processing involved a lot of selective dodging and burning in Photoshop. It is sure a fun collection to look at, but I don’t think that I am going to make many more of those!
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