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Another step in my attempts to understand lighting… I wanted to show off the flowing lines of this celery, covering a complete tonal range.

Although I did manage to bring out the texture, I still find the flash (even if diffused) too harsh for this kind of setup so I think my next attempt would be to make a softbox of some kind, to provide the same level of contrast, but with a more evenly diffused lighting. To be continued… 8-)

[Sony a350, Sigma 105mm, f:11, 1/125 sec, ISO-100, Off-camera Minolta HS-3600 flash, diffuser sheet]


Featured on the *RedBubble Art Page" on 2 Nov. 2009


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shadow, flow, monochrome, vegetable, tonal, salad, celery

My grandfather was a serious amateur photographer in the ’20s and ’30s, leaving me a legacy of stereoscopic pictures and equipment. The bug passed through the genes to my father and to me. I started taking pictures seriously when I was 11 and I spent most of my teenage years in and out of the darkroom. University, work and kids put photography on pause but my first digital camera in 2006 re-kindled my interest. RB has given me a vehicle for sharing my work and for learning so much.

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Comments

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    fabulous,

  • Wow! thanks Scott, that was quick :-) glad you like it.

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    cheers

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputover 4 years ago

    Looks good enough to eat!!

  • Celery is one of the few veggies that I avoid eating, but it made a good subject :-) Thanks Nathalie

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • KParapantaki
    KParapantakiover 4 years ago

    It should be an example of what good design is…

  • Anna  Ellis
    Anna Ellisover 4 years ago

    Very captivating.

  • Thank you very much Anna :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 4 years ago

    Your experiments are inspirational George! I feel I’ve been away from table-top for too long now!
    Diffusion: can you bounce the flash off a large white card/thermocole piece. Just point the flash in the opposite direction and close to the board and bounce – It’ll spread the light more. Or This << I use that a lot.

  • Thanks Vikram, I’ll try these out. I really need to get more serious about studio lighting… For this one, I used a semi-translucent sheet about 20cm in front of the flash. It made a big difference from straight flash, but not enough… back to the drawing board! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 4 years ago

    Nice work George.
    It will be interesting watching the progress.

  • Thanks Richard, once I’ve figured it out I’ll post up some of the ideas. Unfortunately, vegetables don’t lend themselves to repeat sessions, weeks apart… ;-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 4 years ago

    LOL. You could capture the ‘alien growth’ on them if you did. :-))

  • LOL – Indeed! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 4 years ago

    Congrats – you’re on the Featured Artwork page!!

  • Wow! thank you! I didn’t get a notification for this, I’m very glad you spotted it. What better recognition for my 400th feature? :-}

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 4 years ago

    very nice

  • Thank you :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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