Audrey Waitkus  

Baby Bell Pepper by Audrey Waitkus

November 2021 - Baby Bell Pepper

About the Image(s)

The other day, while preparing the seasonings for supper, I was surprised to find a baby bell pepper inside the ripe golden pepper we had received from a friend’s field. The color varieties are usually various stages of ripeness beyond the initial green, as proven by this little green fellow nestled inside the golden one, surrounded by other "unborn" seeds. I especially liked the varying colors and textures of the three subjects. I took the photo with my cell phone camera. The focal length was 4.15 mm at an aperture of f/2.2, time of 1/30 second. The lighting was just what was on in the kitchen at the time. In Photoshop I cropped and removed a few lens spots, but otherwise it is just as I found it.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
An interesting image! Good strong colors. You might consider cropping a little off the top to bring more focus on to the little green fellow..   Posted: 11/11/2021 09:51:25
Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
Very interesting idea! It really does make it better.   Posted: 11/11/2021 10:51:14

Abe Chen   Abe Chen
Beautiful capture. Love the contracting colors against green baby bell pepper. However, I have a issue with the main subject and the TITLE; the baby bell pepper is so small and the secondary subject - the ham cubes - are too strong. I would suggest tighter cropping to bring the attention even more to the green pepper. I also rotate it. Attached edit photo.   Posted: 11/21/2021 05:32:04
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Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
I agree with Abe, your text says the subject is the little green pepper, but visually it does not look like the subject. I like Abe's solution, although I would not crop it so tight. My original reaction was this is a study in color, I did not even see the little green fellow. I think replacing the onions with a green or green blue veggie would strengthen the image. That, however, also changes the dinner menu. It also could use a little sharpening.   Posted: 11/21/2021 10:12:31

Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
Thanks everybody! In the long run, you are all correct -- I love featuring a small, sometimes obscure, feature of a scene without realizing that the viewer may not be able to even find what I thought was so interesting. In the end I liked the ideas of rotating and cropping, so I played with it a bit. I finally decided a slight angle also added to the focus on the baby pepper. What do you think?   Posted: 11/21/2021 14:52:30
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Your group has led to a successful final image--nice discussions and a good result.
But I also like your original concept of many ingredients. How about chopping the pepper also, and adding in a cutting board, chef's knife, and some quaint spice jars? The domain between food photography and still life photography can be very interesting.   Posted: 11/24/2021 01:06:10