Charles Ginsburgh  

A Pile of Peppers by Charles Ginsburgh

September 2023 - A Pile of Peppers

About the Image(s)

I love making interesting uncommon images out of the common place. While at a local Farmer’s Market I encountered this pile of bell peppers and took this shot. I refrained from selecting and moving contrasting peppers around here, although I am not above doing this.

Here I used my smaller Panasonic DC-ZS200D (24-300 mm) fixed lens ‘point-and-shoot’ camera (which fits in my pocket). Here the shot employed a 33 mm focal length at 1/1,000 sec, f/5, ISO 500. I was hand holding the camera and was shooting in the shade (to avoid dappled light) so I opted for the faster shutter speeds and a higher ISO, to ensure sharpness. In this camera an ISO of 500 gives me a bit more noise, but I was able to easily counter this using Topaz De-Noise AI (which was my plan when I was shooting).

The image was edited in Photoshop to remove some slight imperfections, dirt specks and distractions, and to tone down some of the reflective hot spot that these peppers tend to have.

Let me know what you all think !

5 comments posted

Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Charlie: Quite an assortment of peppers of various colors and shapes and very well photographed. The placement of the one red pepper is exactly in the right area to enhance your composition, in the upper right 1/3 power point area. This picture is a good example that art can be found in many places, it is up to the photographers vision to see the possibility. Very good job of just seeing this group of peppers and making the very most out of it. KUDOS.   Posted: 09/08/2023 00:00:36

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Great shot. I have been making similar images for about 15 years, and I call them "Jumbles." It is the force of gravity that arranges the objects, and in that sense such images are very profound.   Posted: 09/16/2023 23:41:36
Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
As you know there are "Jumbles" that have impact and there are "Jumbles" that are flat and lifeless. The trick is seeing (or creating) the former and avoiding the later. That become the challenge and art of it.   Posted: 09/18/2023 10:24:08
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This shot shows your excellent eye for an interesting Jumble. Good color and shape variety. Also, I think it's important to choose the right size for the objects. Too many small items, like cherries, might not work. Your choice in this case of about five or six diameters to fill the frame works very well.   Posted: 09/18/2023 16:47:30

Priscilla Farrell   Priscilla Farrell
I like the term "Jumbles". A good descriptive term. And you have presented an excellent example! Good focus, lighting and appeal. Something simple that is eye catching and attractive. The peppers have varying colors, shapes and are not presented in an arranged position in the frame. Very good work.   Posted: 09/18/2023 14:18:51


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