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Backlit Pepper by Lois  Bryan


Small (23.2" x 15.4")

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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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  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    W O W!! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOve it Lois!!

  • Rose, you are SUCH a darling!!!! Thank you!!!! I’m having so much fun figuring out this stupid program!!!! Glad you enjoy my stumbling first efforts!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Kratos
    Kratosabout 4 years ago

    Very well done! This would look great hanging in a restaurant! Any plans to do a series? I’m a fan of food shots. :)

  • Hi Laurie!!!! Thank you!!! I was thinking about it, in fact. But the thing I love about the pepper is the way the light comes through that amazing skin. Can’t see anything like that happening with a banana, lol!!! But we’ll see!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejabout 4 years ago

    Love this!!

  • Hi Linda!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • RebeccaBlackman
    RebeccaBlackmanabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot…love it.

  • Thanks, Rebecca!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful Lois!!

  • How great to see you, John!!! Thank you!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdabout 4 years ago

    Cool a very creative.

  • Hey Davo!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Yool
    Yoolabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful and tasty shot Lois :))

  • Hi sweetie!!!! Thank you!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • sky   princess
    sky princessabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot…

  • Thank you!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • JanT
    JanTabout 4 years ago

    never one to let well-enough alone"

    Heh. Nice job, Lois! I didn’t see this in the challenge (among all 360 or so entries), or did I? Luminous and lovely!

  • HIIII JanneyPooooo!!!! The challenge?? The Painter challenge? Hon, I THINK that’s supposed to be for portraits, isn’t it? (Though I saw a whopping number of images that were neither portraits nor were they apparently done in Painter, rofl). I’m not ready to try a portrait with this program just yet, believe me!!!!! And you read all that stuff I wrote??? LOL!! You’re a good girl, you are!!!!! Hugzzz!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeabout 4 years ago

    Amazing how just a lowly red pepper can be so beautiful when treated with love and respect !! Beautifully shot :)

  • Hi Renee!!!! Thank you!!! Well, I think that’s the thing … so many everyday items can be beautiful!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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