Bob Crocker  

Early Apples by Bob Crocker

September 2023 - Early Apples

About the Image(s)

"Apples, as well as other fruit trees in this area, seem to be dropping their fruit early and in grouped bunches, mmm, no one is sure why. Early winter maybe???
Shot this image with my Sony a6500, 90mm 2.8 lens, at f11, ISO 200 at 1/250 sec.
Placed the three apples on an upside-down basket, and ended up using a printed green background; my original backyard background was just too cluttered. Processed in ON1 Photo RAW 2023. Added some contrast, dropped the Hilites slider a little and sharpened it. Also, softened the edges of the basket. At first, I thought the dead leaf in the background would add a nice counterpoint to the ripe apples but now as I post, I'm not so sure."

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6 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I love still Life and this is a nice one. I like your set up very much. The composition is nice and uncluttered and your focus is wonderful. Glow and Darken/Lghten Center filters from Nik Color Efex.   Posted: 09/09/2023 15:09:43
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Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Thanks Cindy, I like your rendition; always hesitate on when to use a glow filter.   Posted: 09/13/2023 16:14:57

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
A very nice still life. It has good composition, good lighting, is very sharp, and has good depth of field. I like the green background against the red apples. I am not familiar with growing apples -- is the green shriveled up one on top one that did not form properly? It adds a lot of interest to the image. I agree with your second thought, that the dead leaf in the background is a distraction.   Posted: 09/13/2023 14:55:26
Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Thanks Tom, yup that's an apple that didn't make. It's quite the contrast; doesn't look like an apple at.   Posted: 09/13/2023 16:16:05

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I love the still-life set up as well. Everything is well focused and I like the contrast of the smooth apples on the textures of the basket. I also like Cindy's suggestion of vignetting the background. The green background, for me, is still distracting. The color is a little too bold and flat.   Posted: 09/19/2023 11:18:39

Andrew Carstensen   Andrew Carstensen
The slight imperfections support the success of this inviting composition. I'm wondering how you illuminated the subject. It doesn't look like sunlight but brings out clarity and depth of field.   Posted: 09/27/2023 22:20:02