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Challenge: Still Life With Fruit (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Date: Jan 20, 2010
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2010

'alone’ f7.1, 1/125s, ISO100, (85mm 1.8/5D)

One of my most recent strobist attempts. I saw a similar still life at photo.net and wanted to try lighting my shot in a similar way, particularly the backlighting on the stems.

This was set up with the pears on a small table: one flash behind the pears, to the right and above for backlighting(1/8 power), one flash bounced off of a 42” white reflector from the left side(1/4 power), and one flash with a honl 1/8” grid(1/4 power) to provide the spot of light on the background(my curtains).

I also used a fake house plant placed in front of my background light to provide some diffusion—I’m not sure it had much affect on the final shot. Processing was virtually nothing, cloned out two hot spots on the upright pears and part of a sticker that was showing on the reclining pear. Some USM and a slight vignette to BG.

What I learned… it is difficult ot light fruit/shiny objects. I wanted a soft light for the main subject, balanced by the harsh backlighting. It wasn’t until I brought the reflector into play that I was able to minimize the glare on the pear. (I know, I’m also a poet) :) The reflector was approx 3’ from the grouping of fruit.

Place: 7 out of 141
Avg (all users): 6.4457
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3333
Avg (non-participants): 6.5243
Views since voting: 1870
Views during voting: 323
Votes: 175
Comments: 15
Favorites: 2 (view)

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02/01/2010 03:25:40 PM
Lovely work!
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02/01/2010 09:04:03 AM
Congrats on the top 10! I love the warmth and light in this shot!
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02/01/2010 08:19:03 AM
This is so pretty, Mark! The soft light in the back is so elegant!

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02/01/2010 07:23:09 AM
simple, earthy, well lit, nice dof .... great job, mark
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02/01/2010 12:45:02 AM
Poor pear! Congrats on the top 10 Mark.
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02/01/2010 12:05:00 AM
Nice top 10 finish. I looked all through these entries but couldn't label one as yours. Excellent lighting & "wider" crop.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2010 10:08:20 PM
Pretty. Love the lighting and the background.
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01/29/2010 05:36:21 PM
Nice lighting. I like the background.

not voting.
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01/28/2010 04:28:45 PM
I don't know why this looks so familiar. Could swear I've seen this somewhere else. Not saying that THIS photo was seen elsewhere, just the setup. I may have ran across it while researching still life myself. :-) Anyway...this shot is done quite nicely with very balanced lighting and good use of materials. Good luck in the challenge.
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01/27/2010 11:59:11 AM
Pretty light, nice composition.
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01/26/2010 09:35:20 PM
Should do very well. Great balance and lighting.
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01/25/2010 06:00:49 PM
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01/25/2010 02:07:29 PM
I always enjoy pear photos; this one is no exception ...
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01/25/2010 11:50:35 AM
Whoa! LOVELY image! SO well lit, balanced, composed, and conceived. (Not voting)
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01/25/2010 10:10:08 AM
I like the back lighting on this one. The pears themselves look a bit das (probably taste OK though).
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