Sandra Irwin  

Fruits of Fall by Sandra Irwin

October 2020 - Fruits of Fall

About the Image(s)

I took this with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a Canon EF 50 mm lens. IOS 400, f 3.2, 1/40 sec.

In LRC I reduced highlights and shadows and increased texture, clarity, vibrance, and saturation.

5 comments posted

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Wonderful composition and colors. The sharpness of the foreground squash and the fade to bokeh in the background is very effective. It is indeed autumn. Is this a designed still life. The subject just pops against that black background. What was the background? One little suggestion. The highlights on the corn husk in back of the subject squash are slightly distracting. Next time I might try a polarizing filter.   Posted: 10/10/2020 18:41:34

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Hi Sandra...lovely bright colours...the autumn leaves are just glorious aren't they! Great idea.
However, I think this image would have been more effective - for me - had the Fruits of the Fall been more in focus and separated from the leaves. As it is, they blend together and I struggle to differentiate the shapes. I would have loved to have seen more of the wonderful colours on the corn (or is it maize?) and I am not clear on the nature of the purplish leaves. The subject has become the green and yellow squash in the front and this goes out of focus at the stem too. I wonder if you could have shot the still life items so that they were sharp and then blurred out the leaves that you didn't want sharp, in post production??   Posted: 10/20/2020 02:27:00

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Sandra, A lovely fall still life. You have managed the color well with some saturation increase but not overdoing it. My only concern is focus. I like the idea that the squash in front is separated from the corn and background squash by selective focus. But the neck of the foreground squash is out of focus. Simply turning the squash to have the neck in focus with the rest of the squash when photographing would help. A still life usually means the photographer has enough time to observe and make decisions and corrections to the scene and image. Also, separating the foreground squash from the rest by slightly darkening the rest of the image with a masked Levels layer would make the image pop. Karl   Posted: 10/20/2020 09:22:14
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
You are all so totally right about the focus. I was struggling with a table tripod which wouldn't hold the camera in one place (at least I couldn't get it to hold). I'll go back to my larger tripod next time and go for greater depth of field.   Posted: 10/20/2020 16:53:46
Karl Leck   Karl Leck
I understand the desire for a tiny tripod if travelling or just walking around a market. I've used table top tripods by Manfrotto and Leica with 35mm film cameras. In the last few years I've used the Really Right Stuff tabletop tripod with Arca-Swiss quick release ball head. While terribly expensive ($200+), it has performed perfectly with full frame bodies and travel zoom lenses plus I can carry it in my pants pocket or use it as a grip on the camera. Karl   Posted: 10/21/2020 13:35:28


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