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  • Fruit

    Posted by Jonathan on May 7th, 2012 (All posts by )

    A bowl of fruit photographed using HDR techniques. (© 2012 Jonathan Gewirtz /



    5 Responses to “Fruit”

    1. Jeff the Bobcat Says:

      Really like this one. The geometry of the bowl and the colors of the fruit are striking. What lens did you use and how did you light it?

      Beauty in everyday objects.

    2. Jonathan Says:

      Thanks. Canon 100 macro. It’s lit from a window at the left, very contrasty sunlight. It’s a composite of three images from under- to over-exposed, put together with Photomatix. The result isn’t natural but I think it looks much better than a conventional photo would. The colors are actually somewhat duller here than they would be on a high-gamut LCD, a result of my converting the image’s color profile to sRGB for Web display.

    3. Jeff the Bobcat Says:

      Do I need to get a good macro for still life and close-up photos? I use a Canon digital Rebel XTI for which I haven’t spent enough time reading the manual or getting direct instruction on advanced usage. Time is my limiting factor like it is for most people.

      Thanks for posting your pictures. I always find them interesting.

    4. Jonathan Says:

      Your camera and default zoom are probably fine. I suggest you pick a subject and put it next to a window or strong artificial light and take lots of photos. Experiment with different angles, distances, zoom extensions, light angles, times of day, etc. See what works best. Keep the camera in automatic or program mode to start, and spend your time photographing rather than reading the manual. Light and composition are more important than equipment, and you can improve fast if you take lots of pictures and study the results (use a photo editor like Picasa or Lightroom that makes it easy to view and compare a lot of pictures fast).

    5. Jeff the Bobcat Says:

      Thanks! I appreciate the advice.