Charles Ginsburgh  

Discarded vegetables by Charles Ginsburgh

September 2021 - Discarded vegetables

September 2021 - Charles Ginsburgh


About the Image(s)

I was traveling in the farmland area southeast of the San Francisco bay area, and stopped by a cattle feedlot to shoot images of the feeding cattle. In doing so, I noted a pile of discard vegetables in one corner, many of which still had grocery’s labels on them (although in these images I removed the labels). I suspects that these discarded vegetables were purchased as “past their prime” goods and were part of the cattle feed, although this is conjecture of my part. Never-the-less I thought that they made for an interesting subject. The image of the entire pile is provided as a ancillary image, since it was larger that what I consider a Close-up shot, and the most focused version is presented as my submission for this month.

These images were collected using my Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera (f/6.3, 1/2,000 sec, ISO 250) using a 24-105 mm lens (set at 105 mm).

2 comments posted

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
The single broccoli among the other vegetables helps to make the image stand out. You processing is spot on as always. At first the veg in the front bothered me with its rotting bug enhanced features. But the more I looked at the image, the more it seemed to anchor the shot. The only thing that does bother me is the back shadow against the lighter area - makes me wonder where the shadow was coming from. Have you considered perhaps cropping down to the shadow?   Posted: 09/10/2021 20:13:31

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Charles, Your image shows a classic example of the beauty that is found in decay. Since the image contains multiple elements, which act as an abstraction, I don't think of it as Wabi-Sabi, but as a derivation of that art form. The dark areas on the top and bottom distract my eyes from the subject of the image. I have attached a square cropped image placing the broccoli in the upper right corner, so that its stalks act as a leading ling to the center. I also made some small adjustments to perspective, and contrast.   Posted: 09/12/2021 19:41:09
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