Jim Hagan  

Cherry jam by Jim Hagan

November 2020 - Cherry jam

November 2020 - Jim Hagan


About the Image(s)

Some years ago, I photographed an orchard in Wisconsin when the cherries were at their peak maturity. I used a wide 35 mm angle lens set at 1/100, f/16 and ISO at 400. I bought some of the cherries and made some cherry jam. Then, I photographed the jar of jam along with some biscuits from a local restaurant. In Photoshop I combined the images but the created image was just so so. So now using a Topaz Studio 2 filter (colored pencil) I created an image which to me is much more interesting.

5 comments posted

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
A most interesting combination but feel the plate and glass need something to rest upon.
  Posted: 11/07/2020 12:21:58

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Cleverly done, and I love the thought process behind this. I agree with Mark that the plate and jar appear to be floating, but since this is a fantasy, I'm not too worried about that. A really wacky idea would be to have cherries rolling down the road to join the jam, and provide a link between them! I love it as it is though!   Posted: 11/08/2020 05:42:53

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Looks a yummy cherry coated scone. The Topaz filter works well and I appreciate that the effect does not extend to the jar and plate which adds that addition layer of interest. Perhaps a small slice off the bottom would allow the plate to rest on an added keyline.   Posted: 11/11/2020 13:39:13

Jen Fawkes   Jen Fawkes
I've never used Topaz filters so I don't know if you can turn down the intensity of the effect. I do find the effect to be nice at the bottom half of the image, with the plate and jam juxtaposed over the top, but I find the top part of the image really distracting with the white edges and patches around the foliage. I agree that the plate appears to be floating, but that doesn't bother me as it adds to the whimsy of the image   Posted: 11/14/2020 21:44:04

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I think better if the plate and jam were on some sort of surface (a table?) instead of floating with some shadows. I like everything else.   Posted: 11/19/2020 15:09:26


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