Peggy Reeder  

Trio by Peggy Reeder

November 2021 - Trio

November 2021 - Peggy Reeder


About the Image(s)

I have been working on creating still life scenes. I started working with pears a few weeks ago. I've had different combinations and arrangements, and this is one that I thought was fairly good. It is a stacked image, but only the front pear is well focused and I liked the blur on the other two. I have added a couple of textures to create some interest in the background, which was white.

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10 comments posted

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Peggy, you are thinking and doing and that is a good thing. I have attempted a few tabletops, with little success, so just know I am not an expert. However, as a unit, I am wondering about the relationship of these pears. Each appear to me to be going in a different direction or doing their own thing. Would it be better if the red pear had the stem pointing to the yellow/orange pear, instead of pointing to the left? Would it be better if the yellow/orange pear stem was pointing to the front, instead of the back? What about a pear cut in half in the dish instead of a whole one? Also, you should be able t get all three pears sharp if you consider an aperture that will cover the depth of field from the front pear to the back of the yellow pear. Again, not an expert, just offering ideas.
  Posted: 11/06/2021 14:44:48
Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Joe, the stems were definitely an issue when I was arranging the composition. I'm not sure there is a right answer, but this set up seemed to look better than others to me. Also, I had tried a cut pear and that was problematic in how to make it visible. It is a work in progress for sure!
  Posted: 11/08/2021 15:59:18
Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
You can solve the issue with the stems by titling the image: "Different Points of View."   Posted: 11/23/2021 08:11:28
Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Peggy, my point was that if the stems are pointed to each other or the center, it will give more the impression of the pears (or any item) to be part of a unit, instead of pointing away from each other.   Posted: 11/24/2021 10:23:49
Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Joe, in looking at other of my pear images, it definitely adds a better "vibe" to have the stems all more or less pointing to the others.   Posted: 11/24/2021 19:44:35

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I like the colors in the image especially the red and green on the front pear. I'm in agreement with Joe about the sharpness. I'd like to see all three sharp since they all make up the image. The cut pear idea sounds interesting too. Good try and keep working on this type of image.

Perhaps we could do still-life or table top for one of our themes next year?   Posted: 11/06/2021 15:10:34

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Peggy -- I find there's a lot to like about this. I don't know if this was your intention, but it's an unusual approach to a still-life to sort of combine the near abstract look of the rear two pears with the realistic portrayal of the pear in the foreground. You mentioned this being a stacked image; did you want all the pears to be in focus? If so, I'm guessing that, assuming you used a tripod, you could have gotten all three in focus by using a setting of, say, f/11 or even f/16. Even so I like how the prominent red pear is balance by the other two pears, both in terms of color and composition. I think you broke a few rules here, but in this case that's not a bad thing. Nice outcome!   Posted: 11/11/2021 06:09:38

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
It is fun to play with still life placement of the pairs is well done. I think I would have preferred to see the image photo stacked so that all of the pears were in sharp focus. I think the background is spot on to enhance the mild colors of the pears.   Posted: 11/12/2021 10:00:46

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
There are many great comments and suggestions. I'll just say I like the softness of the pears and don't mind at all that they aren't all in sharp focus.   Posted: 11/23/2021 08:12:40

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
Still life is one genre I do not have a lot of skill set, so I will offer my critique from an overall perspective. I feel using the 3 subjects creates a balanced image, the color palette is soft, warm and complimentary. I like how the red pear sits next to the red/green pear, which then leads to the yellow pear. I wish to see more space at the top and the image straightened just a bit. I also like the texture you applied.   Posted: 11/27/2021 08:34:06