LuAnn Thatcher  

Two Apples by LuAnn Thatcher

January 2022 - Two Apples

About the Image(s)

This is a simple still life I did last year. Simple editing and an impressions texture on the apple.

Camera: FujiFilm X-T4, 80mm macro lens, ISO 400, 1/250s, f/16. The light was from a 3x5' softbox.

5 comments posted

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
LuAnn, I like the vibrant colors and lighting of the apples in your image. The impressions texture gives a warm, inviting look to the apples. Is this a texture in Lightroom or some other software? I find it interesting that you didn't use a frame around your image, since you usually use one. Any particular reason why you didn't? You continue to do an admirable job on your still life photography, LuAnn.   Posted: 01/10/2022 11:10:30
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Ruth,

Thank you for your comments!

I typically use a border when I do black and white photography or think a viewer may find it challenging to identify the boundaries of an image. In this color image, I did not believe it was necessary. The biggest fault of borders I have found is they tend to draw the eye away from the subject, especially if the line is white. In competitions, they are not recommended, and I have heard judges will deduct points for borders, so I use them sparingly.

I have a question for you about this image.

Do you think the color tone of the travertine stone the apples are sitting on is the right color? Is it too warm? Is it distracting? The stone does have a pattern/texture; do you think it is too busy?

The impressions textures I use are from Topaz Studio 2. I occasionally use Lightroom, but mainly Capture 1 Pro; LR does not support FujiFilm camera profiles, and Capture 1 has a written agreement with Fuji to share color profiles.

I also have a photo in group 62 for black and white this month. If you have time, check it out and let me know what you think; it is very different.

Best regards,

  Posted: 01/10/2022 12:08:06
Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Hi LuAnn. The stone that the apples sit on is not distracting to me. It offers a contrast with just a hint of yellow that is present in the apples. Good choice.   Posted: 01/13/2022 16:53:27

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
LuAnn, another great still life photograph. The lighting on the apples really brings out the colors and details of the fruit. I think the colors of the travertine stone enhance the photograph as there is some green in both the stone and the apples. I do not find it distracting at all.   Posted: 01/11/2022 04:48:55

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hi LuAnn. Your skill with still-life continues to impress, whether in color or B&W! I wouldn't change anything. The way you managed the lighting in both Group images to highlight the subject(s) and to keep the background dark is particularly effective in keeping the eye focused. Indeed, I don't find anything distracting. I also really like your treatment of the apples in TS2. You did just enough filter percentage to keep me guessing whether the image is a photo or a painting. Nicely done. I also have to mention how much I LOVE the fact that we can now submit and view higher resolution images....FINALLY!   Posted: 01/11/2022 06:01:06


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