It was late in the afternoon when I stopped by our local fruit market to pick up some grapes. As I was leaving I noticed that the late afternoon Autumn sun was bathing the mums and baskets of apples with that wonderful rich golden Rembrandt light that I love. I put my purchase in the car grabbed my camera, went back into the small building and asked the owner If she was going to be open for a few more minutes, could I take some photos of her produce before the sun was gone for the day. She was quite gracious and said she would wait for me to take my photos. I had about 10 minutes of good light and had to keep moving because the light was changing so fast. As soon as I would start to take photos of the mums the light would be gone and then I would see that it was illuminating some apples or flowering Kale 15 or 20 feet away. When I had lost all my sun I went back inside and showed the owner some of the photos I had taken. She was very complementary and told me that she had never really seen her produce quite like this. She said that looking at a close-up like I was showing her, made things look much more beautiful than she had ever noticed. Looking closely at these baskets of apples made me remember my grandparents farm. When I was a small child there was something magical about standing in the bed of my Grandfather’s old green Ford pickup truck while he drove slowly through the orchard. I could reach out and pick any apple that I wanted right off the tree. The older I get the more I miss that old farm and my Grandfather.
Photo was taken here in Leitchfield, Kentucky in the US. I used my Minolta 5D with 135mm F2.8 lens. ISO 800 F2.8 hand held at 1/40. I used 2 grunge layers from Shadowhouse and finished it in Photoshop CS5 for my post processing.
Last week I had this photo printed and matted then dropped it by to the owner along with another photo I had taken of her cat that stays at the market. She seemed genuinely both surprised and appreciative. It was a good day.