Fun With Vegetables

November 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Vegetable Still LifeVegetable Still LifeVegetable still life with radishes, yellow oyster mushrooms purple cauliflower and bok choi.

One recent rainy weekend day I thought I would try my hand at shooting still life images with some vegetables I had picked up at our local farmers market.  The idea came to me when I walked through the market and was attracted to the bright red radishes and the vivid purple of some unusual cauliflower.  I had shot some yellow oyster mushrooms previously as a lighting study and picked up some of them, along with some bok choi.  Making my way home, I tried various arrangements on my kitchen counter until I came up with something that looked pleasing and would stay in place while I found a way to light it. 

I put a softbox on a light stand camera left fitted with a speedlight.  I powered the speedlight down so that the flash was as low as I could get it and then took successive shots, increasing the power of the flash in small increments until I got what I thought looked good.  I wanted to get as much depth of field as possible to keep the detail in the cauliflower.  In the end, I was pleased with the results. 

The image below was shot in a similar fashion.  In this case the star of the show is the bunch of radishes contrasting with the small white turnips.  The copper saucepan in the background adds some warmth to the shot and provides a little context. 

Radishes and TurnipsRadishes and TurnipsStill life with radishes, turnips, coarse salt and a small knife.

 


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