Sol Blechman  

Peppers by Sol Blechman

January 2020 - Peppers

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This struck me as a sort of blend between recognizable subject material and abstract at the same time. The colors are bright and compelling but there is a center of interest and a place for the eye to rest on the red and orange peppers in the center. And for some reason those two peppers had their own distinguishing shapes,

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8 comments posted

Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Yep, shapes and colors. Removal of the blue sides of the basin would help. Did you have to do any processing?   Posted: 01/06/2020 16:07:38
Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
Minimal processing. Setting black point and reducing some highlights.   Posted: 01/06/2020 18:23:31

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hello Sol, I love these kinds of shots. I call them "Jumbles," and have been shooting them for 20 years. See my image this month in Group 32, where I posted my very first Jumble.
I think you have just the right size and number of peppers. You also have a variety of colors, shapes, and ripeness/flaws to show natural processes.
I also love the reference to the famous pepper shot by Edward Weston.   Posted: 01/06/2020 21:37:46
Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
Thanks for visiting, Stephen. I've always liked the outdoor Farmer's Markets for this reason. Lots of "jumbles"! I like your color image a bit better although I wonder what the ability to play with Channels would do to your image today? Make the reds and greens pop a bit.   Posted: 01/06/2020 23:25:45

David Robb   David Robb
I see what you were after but I wasn't quite draw to the center as I thought some of the redder peppers on the edge were pulling me away from the center. So I did a tighter crop reduced the shadow and under exposed a bit.   Posted: 01/14/2020 20:23:46
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Joey Johnson   Joey Johnson
Great shot. Love these. I like to do this with the harvest from my own garden. I like what David did to tone things down around the edges and remove the blue. I do love the squiggly red pepper, which makes a perfect center.   Posted: 01/22/2020 11:11:14

Dennis Hirning   Dennis Hirning
I would crop on the sides to get rid of the blue areas. Maybe try adding a little vignette and maybe boost the vibrance a little to show of the brighter colors a bit more. I lost my Photoshop over the weekend so I am struggling a bit to show exactly how I would crop. I probably wouldn't crop quite as much as Dave did to keep more of the green peppers around the red and orange.   Posted: 01/25/2020 13:14:30
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Than Sint   Than Sint
Nice shot on jalapenos in pattern. Yes, my eyes rest in the centre.   Posted: 01/25/2020 20:24:06