Fresh Fruit from the backyard
I have a pear tree that produces wonderful tasty pears each year around August/September. One particular day after picking a few to have for dessert after dinner one night, I decided to capture them in its freshest form. A you can see, these pears would not sell very well in grocery stores because of their appearance, however, I enjoy this little tasty fruit each year. They are quite small so I am glad the tree in my yard is big enough to supply many so I can create wonderful pear creations for about three months. Aside from eating them, I found another use – Photographing them!
The Camera,Props, and Scene
- For this photo I used three freshly picked pears (any fruit from anywhere would do)
- Natural sunlight from a window covered with blinds during sunset
- Camera and tripod
- A table with a red cloth place mat
While I was out picking the fruit I noticed how warm the light was and how it filled the house through the windows. To take advantage of this, I quickly laid the pears on a table at an angle so all three of them were visible. I chose to include the red place mat because of the contrast in color (red/green). Then I set up my tripod and settled with the composition above because it pleased me. I used a wide open aperture because I wanted the main focus to be the pears and place mat. The wide open aperture created a blurry background.
I snapped a few photos and decided to make the focus point toward the middle pear. Not sure why, but it pleased me at the time so I went with it. Being that it was dinner time/sunset, I only had a few minutes before the light shifted and the entire scene would dramatically change from warm to completely dark. The time spent on this photo took about 10 minutes; From setup to the last capture.
On a final note
It wasn’t my intention to capture a photo of fruit that day – it just happened. While I was out enjoying the evening sunset and breeze I guess my photographers mindset quickly snapped into motion. I then decided to take advantage of the good lighting and a delicious subject – all under a natural setting. There are some that may say that these pears are not the best looking but in my opinion I think the roughness of the skin from being battered by the branches gives them a lot of character.
Photographing these in such a natural state is quite different from my usual route. If I didnt have a pear tree and wanted to photograph pears, I would have went to the grocery store and tried to find the most smoothest and even colored pears in the bunch. However, after photographing these pears, I come to appreciate even more how beautiful homegrown natural fruit can truly be.
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