Bob Crocker  

 Citrus by Bob Crocker

November 2020 - Citrus

About the Image(s)

How: As I was eating a grapefruit one morning, I wondered how the translucent texture of the fruit might look magnified. After several attempts to get an even, thin slice of my Indian River pink grapefruit, I place the slice on a piece of glass and lite from below with two LED lights, one with a diffuser attached to it. Shot at ISO 100, f16 for 0.8 sec using my Sony a6500 with a 35mm lens and a 10mm extension ring to bring me in closer. Since I was shooting vertically, I decided not to use my 90mm 2.8 Macro lens which is great but very heavy and I was worried about lens creep shooting straight down towards the fruit and glass surface. Processed in ON1 Photo RAW, made adjustment to highlight and shadow sliders, added some dynamic contrast to bring some of the detail and cropped the image in half, hoping the radial movement in one direction would make a stronger composition.

6 comments posted

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
So, I have tried this as well, on a light table. Not much success. I think this is great and I like the abstract quality you captured with the flesh of the grapefruit. I wonder if brightening the image over all would jazz it up a bit? It feels dark.   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:37:03
Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Thanks Jessica, guess I'm just a dark person, haha. Seriously, though it probably should be brightened up a bit. I was so concerned about blowing out the hi lights that I went to the dark side.   Posted: 11/14/2020 12:49:53

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Great idea and well executed. I like the lighting very much. It almost looks abstract to me and with a little cropping, I think it makes a nice abstract.   Posted: 11/14/2020 11:47:21
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Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Thanks Cindy; I'm going to playing around with cropping. I like the idea getting an abstract print from this shot.   Posted: 11/14/2020 12:56:11

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
I like the abstract design the grapefruit juice "cells" make. Would have liked to have seen more of the turquoise "center." It also appears to have interesting detail.   Posted: 11/20/2020 12:43:04

Andrew Carstensen   Andrew Carstensen
Great subject and use of color. The patterns and textures flow directionally. I wonder how it might look rotated 90 degrees to the right. Great creativity, some patterns resemble faces, etc.   Posted: 11/25/2020 10:28:28


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