Angela Bonner, PPSA  

Pestle and mortar with herbs by Angela Bonner, PPSA

July 2024 - Pestle and mortar with herbs

About the Image(s)

Taken with my Canon R5, 24-70mm lens. f/4, ISO 100

Visited a friend recently and noticed she had a pestle and mortar so managed to borrow them for a while. The background has been made from a stick on piece of wallpaper and the base is the back of a shelf from an old bookcase.
Except for little cropping and sharpening the image is as shot.

8 comments posted

Tom Rice   Tom Rice
Awesome image Angela! The composition is well done and I especially love the lighting - the slight shine on the pestle and onion are like a catchlight you might see in someone's eyes!   Posted: 07/03/2024 18:33:15

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
(Group 18)
A lovely arrangement of these items in to an excellent still life. I would consider tweaking it a little with an arty filter to emulate the style of the 'Old Masters'   Posted: 07/07/2024 04:52:21
Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
Thanks, Ian. Will give it a try.   Posted: 07/07/2024 04:57:39

Kurt Reinhard
Great photo again, Angela. I liked the transition of the lighter colors on the left, and darker browns on the right. the green was also a good touch.   Posted: 07/09/2024 19:03:19

Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Angela, well done. Well placed, well scene. Now for some suggestions. Blurring out the background just a bit, as need some separation, and the clear focus competes (especially with he wood grain - clearly above the onion and what looks like rosmary as the background almost looks like part of the subject) and makes it seem a bit flat. I like how the energy is to the left, and yet you balance it with the wooden tool leaning to the right. But these are minor suggestions that if handled I would find a very good pic to be an excellent pic.   Posted: 07/10/2024 13:16:20
Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
Yes agree re the background. Had blurred it a little but will try more.
Has now been accepted in international salon!   Posted: 07/10/2024 16:39:00
Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Well of course it is. Now I feel terrible that I made suggestions....................not really, as this forum is for suggestions, that forum is for awards!   Posted: 07/10/2024 17:06:08

Rose Norman   Rose Norman
Great subject! There are so many items that are in our homes and can make a nice photo. The light is very good and allows for detail in all the items. The green of the herbs gives a nice contrast to the garlic, onions and the mortar and pestle. The background could be a little more muted so as not to distract from the subject. Very nice!   Posted: 07/10/2024 15:00:00


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