Peter Newman  


Desert by Peter Newman

October 2020 - Desert

About the Image(s)

I used my Nikon D500 camera with the following setting to capture this image: , Nikkor Micro 105, 1/100 sec @ f/5, ISO 2,000 hand held. Lit from underneath with diffused Litra Torch @ full power.

I am experimenting with lighting techniques. Wanted to try frozen flowers, but I could not find a flower that I liked. I packed fresh strawberries and canned pineapple chunks with ice cubes in a small plastic container. I then filled it with water and froze it. I made some adjustments in PS and Topaz to brighten up the strawberries, and did some selective sharpening. Hope you like it.

As usual, I appreciate all comments, and I learn more from constructive negative ones. This image is my first attempt at frozen subject photography.


2 comments posted




Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
What an interesting image. I am glad that you took the time to describe what it was that we were looking at. The subject is a bit esoteric, so without your description it might be a bit difficult to appreciate what it was that we are looking at. There is a lot of subtlety exhibited here. I really like the composition you have chosen, and the colors that you have infused the scene with. I am enjoying the difference between the textures of the strawberries, pineapple chunks and ice that is provided within the image.

I am wondering about the clarity of the image. It's not soft, but it's not tack sharp as well. I hope I am describing my feeling adequately here. I wonder if this is due to fact that the subjects are froze, but I thought I would note my observation. I don't know what I might do to address this (if at all), but there is a odd feeling to the image. I wonder if anyone else in the group sees this as well. I would like to hear what others have to offer ...
  Posted: 10/05/2020 13:22:44
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Charles, Thank you for the comment. I should have mentioned that I mildly smudged part of the center of the image. It was never my intention to show ice with fruit under it. In reality, the surface of the ice was never sharp. My personal feeling is that it is not necessary for all images to be tack sharp, and I did not intend for it to be. The image was actually intermediate. This is the final abstract, which I do not think is on topic for this group.
  Posted: 10/06/2020 16:34:22
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