STILL LIFE – Gem Squash



13 thoughts on “STILL LIFE – Gem Squash

  1. I think its great! My problem with still life is that unless I’m really motivated I rush it. If you’re in your own house you can spend the entire day setting up, experimenting with lighting, the placement of the objects and reviewing your shots to see if its what you wanted. Last time I did one successfully I must have taken 200 images with a tripod, and it was a pill bottle with a few pills! For lighting you can use daylight balanced bulbs but for B&W it doesn’t matter as much. If you’re shooting handheld try a wider aperture and maybe selective focus. The background and table or surface are very important as well.

    I would do still life every day if I thought it was interesting enough and not contrived because I have complete control.


  2. Thanks for your input, Mike.

    It takes me about 70 shots, a tripod and the right natural light to get ONE Food photo, so I’m not surprised you took 200 images to get one Still Life. Besides, I’m always hungry and usually eat the subject before the shot gets finalised. I keep forgetting to do Food Photography on a full stomach ๐Ÿ˜€

    Now I’ve had more practice I can usually get a decent Food photo in about a dozen shots (with no extra lighting). Must be all the natural light I get in my modern apartment.

    But Still Life……hmmmmm……now I’m pretty much housebound, especially in Melbourne’s recent heat wave(s), Still Life seems to be worthwhile exploring. As always, I like low-light photography.

    I think I used selective focus in this shot, but did leave the aperture on f2.8 for this particular shot. I tend to shoot food photography on f3.5 or f4.5.

    I’ll have another go later this afternoon as those gem squash are too hard to cut for cooking and they’ll probably last for weeks in the bowl ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. I really like it. I have never been able to decide what to include/exclude from sill life images, a bit like flash photography, I stay well clear ๐Ÿ˜”
    The lighting gives a nice feel to the image. It would make a good matt fibre print.

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  4. Thanks Terry. Shot on the kitchen table at 4.37pm DST (daylight savings time) with the natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows on the other side of the room. The light changes continually, so it’s worthwhile experimenting with the time of afternoon (of the shot).
    No need for artificial light.

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  5. Thanks David. As I mentioned above….Still Life is not easy. Like my ‘Last Light’ project, photographed in the same room at dusk, its probably worth spending some time experimenting with the natural light as it changes through the afternoon. Good time-filler in the Summer.

    What to include, or not to include, reminds me of sketching in Art Classes at School in my youth.

    My tiny galley kitchen has no windows, only the natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows on the opposite side of the room. Great space to do Food Photography…….but then……I’d have to set up my tripod ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. I love the black & white bowl! Itโ€™s so sharp through out. Thatโ€™s is not my strength.
    I love, too, that everything has good texture. My indoor photography was fun but it couldnโ€™t hold a candle to this!


  7. Thanks for your lovely comment, Mera.

    It’s all about the light, not necessarily the subject (in this shot). I chose to have mainly one stalk of the gem squash in sharp focus – the one that had the most texture ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. Love it. I’m hopeless at taking monochrome images, my brain is too attuned to shoot colour (but I like B&W in other people’s photos.)


  9. I mostly shoot in Colour and then…….if I think it’s got enough contrast, I convert to B & W. I rarely go into the city centre these days due to health restrictions and the crowds, so this blog is slowly coming to an end of it’s street photography subjects, hence the change to indoor subjects.

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