Backlit Pepper

Lois  Bryan

Joined August 2008

Artist's Description

Featured in RedBubble’s Explore Photography and Digital Art sections January 2, 2011.
Featured in Tuesday Afternoon May 15, 2011.
Featured in Photo Painters February 2, 2011.

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Every year my cousin has a giant picnic at her home on the water near Annapolis. Everyone brings their most famous dishes … recipes handed down with much secrecy and pride … to put upon the tables. I’ve got a few such recipes tucked up my sleeves and always enjoy whipping them out and, like women all around the globe, listen with sharpened ears for the sounds of culinary delight and those magic words … “OOOO .. who made this amazing … whatever?” But my cousin, knowing what a push-over I am, has, for the past many years, asked me to bring the chopped veges for the vegetable tray.

Now, please.

I have yet to hear someone exclaim … “OOO who chopped these amazing carrots?” But … I chop the carrots. And the celery and the broccoli and the mushrooms and the cauliflower and the … peppers.

This past Memorial day, as I stood at the kitchen counter begrudgingly chopping away, I was hit upside the head by a wonderful memory. A long forgotten, but surely cherished vision of a time and place long past. I had been preggers with my son … now a handsome, strapping (what DOES strapping mean, anyway?), fine young man … and had spent many a loooong wait in the exam room of my doctor’s office. On the wall beside me had been a poster. A beautiful poster of … of all things … a backlit green pepper. I think it was honestly the first time I’d ever really SEEN a green pepper. I mean, SEEN it. And on that recent Memorial Day morning … as I stared at my peppers, the sunlight beaming through their amazing skins creating a translucent aura … what do you think I did? Well, grabbed the camera, of course!!!

Now, never one to leave well-enough alone, I’ve recently been messing around with Corel Painter 11, a program I’ve had for months and months but never quite figured out. The whole thing just wasn’t clicking. But I’m persistent, if nothing else, and decided to give my pepper the Painter treatment.

While I didn’t exactly actually ooh and ahh over the carrots, I did have a lot of fun with the pepper. So next time you’re doing something that bores you to tears, why not take a break and grab your camera!!

Oringal photographic image taken with the Nikon D300 and the 60mm Nikon lens at 60mm focal distance. Shutter speed 1/125, aperture f/3.0, exp. -0.33. Hand painted in Corel Painter 11.

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