Almost Like Art | Exposed Peppers

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There are no digital effects here, these peppers are in a plastic tupperware dish, sitting on a white counter top. The flash light from the nearby window was diffused through the plastic and voila, peppers floating in nothing.

Technical Stuff: The biggest problem with pocket-sized digital cameras is how close the flash is to the lens. Using the flash generally means any and every subject will be washed-out. The easiest remedy for this is to fix a piece of tissue over the flash. I use a the paper cup part of a cupcake… but for this shot I used full flash didn’t use flash at all. I don’t keep a logbook, but I just realized since I used the multiple exposure option (three consecutive shots) I couldn’t have used the flash. Crazy.

Generally any experimentation I do with my camera lasts barely a day and most of the time no more than a shot. I think, to really get into that level of photography, you have to see something worthy on the other side… it’s a place I’ve thought about going, but there’s a level of commitment to Art I’ve never been able to maintain.


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About Gabriel

I’ve lived in more than fifty places. I've been paid to pick stones out of fields, take backstage photos of Britney Spears, and report on Internet privacy issues. My photos have been published in several newspapers, and a couple of magazines.
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5 Responses to Almost Like Art | Exposed Peppers

  1. scottgladstone says:

    That is my favourite photo you have posted. Aside, maybe, from the rock shows

  2. Clare says:

    I love this photo. The colors are great. The textures are intriguing. I also like the foggy street photo on [the other blog].

  3. Gabriel says:

    Any more people commenting and this might turn into a real blog. The peppers do look plasticized, and I wonder if it’s partially due to the light passing through the plastic dish. They also look like a collection of old penises, but I don’t think that’s because of the light.

  4. Kitty says:

    This is an amazing photo, Gabriel. The colors and texture is just right.

    Thanks for the tip regarding the on board flash. I never could get a good photo using mine.

    You should turn this into a real blog, lol. Is there anything you can’t do?

  5. Gabriel says:

    Hello Kitty. Direct flash will, most of the time, ruin any photo you take. A decent flash for an SLR camera will be at least a few inches from the lens and have a swivel mount so you can bounce the flash off of a ceiling… or you can aim it upwards, and attach a flash card to it and the light bounces off the card towards your subject. It softens the light so it’s more natural.

    …I’d show you how I usually do it but somehow I’ve misplaced 200 cupcake thingees. If you want to experiment, a coffee filter would work great though. Just take a self-portrait with flash, then cover the flash with the filter and shoot again. You’ll definitely notice a difference.

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