Melissa Cramer Sonnen  

Agriculture - Our Baby Punkins by Melissa Cramer Sonnen

July 2024 - Agriculture - Our Baby Punkins

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Our home is built on a mountain, so digging to plant a garden renders granite below 3" down. To do our usual home "agriculture", we raised a bed and filled it with soil. This is the pumpkin crop, which is doing well. The largest one is about 3" diameter. We should have plenty for pie when October arrives.
The image was shot with my Nikon Coolpix, ISO 64, f/3.9, 1.62 second. This is just a "snapshot" camera, but it takes good photos. No Photoshop work was done except size adjustment..

8 comments posted

Srijan Roy Choudhury   Srijan Roy Choudhury
Thank you for sharing your work. Wishing all the best to those baby pumpkins.
The light and shadow on the leaves look nice.   Posted: 07/06/2024 02:25:01

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
It was fun hunting for your little punkins in your garden photo! The play of shadows of the entire image is what caught my attention. I think the only way to emphasize the little pumpkins is to move the camera closer to its closest focusing distance. Then your picture won't seem like a snapshot to you.
Your camera can take just as good a photo as any "big" camera!   Posted: 07/06/2024 17:10:24
Melissa Cramer Sonnen   Melissa Cramer Sonnen
You are right. The best camera is the one you have with you. This one goes everywhere with me - even into Walmart. The Nikons and Olympus stay at home unless I am going somewhere "to shoot".   Posted: 07/08/2024 09:49:56

Lisa Salisbury Hackley   Lisa Salisbury Hackley
I also like the interplay of the shadows. I might crop the top down closer to the leaves and increase the contrast. I played in Lightroom doing both and came up with this.   Posted: 07/08/2024 13:31:19
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Melissa Cramer Sonnen   Melissa Cramer Sonnen
Lisa - I LIKE that treatment. Thank you. I will do that. -MS   Posted: 07/08/2024 15:36:46

Nancy Armstrong   Nancy Armstrong
Melissa, I really like the dappled light that runs throughout your photo. Sometimes it can be a distraction, but in this case I think it sets the mood. Like Carol it took me a while to see the little pumpkins, they are so close in tone to all the leaves. If you decide to edit I would try darkening the leaves and brightening up the baby pumpkins even more. You might also try to bring back some of the highlights in the grassy area in the foreground, or if that doesn't work perhaps do a little cloning to tone them down.   Posted: 07/08/2024 15:23:56

Ally Green   Ally Green
I like the dappled effect of the sunlight almost mimicking the leaves of the pumkins. I like what Lisa has done to make the colours a bit more punchy and added more contrast. A closer shot would also work well to focus in on the pumkins. Looks like a nice crop for the Fall!   Posted: 07/11/2024 16:29:01

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
The composition is quite good with the vine on a nice diagonal. The exposure is good. The baby pumpkins are visible. The sunlight is a little spotty, but that's the way it was. The only way to correct that is to wait for cloud cover or pick another time of day. We have a CoolPix, too. They really are good little cameras.   Posted: 07/12/2024 12:35:17


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