Terry Campanella  

Still Life by Terry Campanella

March 2019 - Still Life

March 2019 - Terry Campanella


About the Image(s)

Taken with my Nikon D 5200 on Manual Mode, Lens 55.0-200 Focal Length 116 mm, Speed 1/100 sec., F/9, ISO 400. Post editing was done in Photoshop. This was an attempt to create a still life photo by arranging items found in my home and garden. I wanted to use these heirloom tomatoes since I found the coloring so interesting. I actually set up the composition on my porch and used two lights plus the natural sunlight to achieve the lighting I felt would work. Post production was done in Photoshop where I used the clone tool to rid the tomatoes of brown spots. I also attempted to get the extreme glare dimmed down. Finally I adjusted the exposure and added a white boarder.

My questions: How effective is this as a still life photograph? Are there too many items included? Does the lighting used add to the image?

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
A creative still life of different types of objects. Perhaps ripe red tomatoes would be good. The words are a distraction. My first photography teacher told me to avoid words. The reflection is effective. A very interesting and prize worthy image.   Posted: 03/10/2019 16:45:42

Kathleen Sims   Kathleen Sims
I Like your composition. I would increase the red saturation in the tomatoes for more appeal and a bit of "pop". The textures, degree of sharpness and color of everything else looks real and not over processed. The text in the lower right hand corner suggest to me that you might be having a glass of wine with this meal. Your image is a good example showing that you don't have to leave your home to find good subject matter to photograph.   Posted: 03/16/2019 08:37:32

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Thank you Kathleen! The tomatoes are actually a heirloom tomato that are almost red/brown in color. Perhaps a standard bright red would have been a better choice. The red/brown is funky but what I liked about them was that they also had such a wonderful green color in them. Lots to think about....   Posted: 03/16/2019 17:27:21

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Good still life photo. The image is sharp and has good lighting. It is difficult for me to identify the centre of interest in this image as my eyes go to all items with equal importance. To me, it is a little jam-packed without breathing space. During the last photography workshop I attended in Kausani, one of the experts in food photography gave some good tips in this type of still photography. He try to place the centre of interest in 1/3 position and other items as a leading line to the centre of interest. He gives great importance to the background, like a cloth or sheet in 'L' shape to avoid the background distractions.   Posted: 03/17/2019 11:10:46

Gloria Sprung   Gloria Sprung
(Groups 8 & 58)
Hi Terry…Just to let you know that PSA offers an on-line Still Life course in case you're interested. I like your theme and using natural elements from your garden - and thus would exclude the pasta. The grater and the reflection is an unexpected bonus! Stick to 3-5 elements in your setting and use directional lighting (45 degrees, from top left). Keep up the good work!   Posted: 03/17/2019 13:54:18

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Terry, my take, as opposed to Gloria, would be to eliminate the grater and brighten the tomatoes just a bit. I feel that the pasta adds a light element to the image whereas the grater for me adds nothing.   Posted: 03/19/2019 16:01:24

Joan Funk   Joan Funk
Very nice still life. I like the collection of objects you have chosen. Depth of field is the photographer's choice. You have chosen a shallow depth of field with the front of the still life (the pasta and herbs) being the sharpest focus.

I would prefer to have all the elements of the still life totally within the boundaries of the photo, rather than showing just part of the pasta, the herbs, and the grater, but that's just my preference.   Posted: 03/20/2019 15:06:12

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
WOW.... Lots of feedback! I think that working on still life set ups will be the perfect summer activity for me as the heat in South Florida rises. What I am finding interesting about this type of photography is that it really causes me to think about composition and light. It will also be a great way for me to work on my depth of field.
Thank all of you for your thought provoking feedback!   Posted: 03/21/2019 12:35:03

Bogdan Bricelj   Bogdan Bricelj
I don't make many photos with still life. But I would also prefer more red tomatoes, uncut parts, larger DOF and no words. Grater adds reflexes, but I don't see any logical link.   Posted: 03/23/2019 17:42:41