Peter Bargh

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December 5th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 339 – The Savoy

While at Donna Nook I spotted this interesting textured cabbage…the Savoy (Capitata var. sabauda L.). In the supermarket they’re normally less interesting, but a farmer sells fresh produce at the car park field of Donna Nook. You also find sprouts on the stem etc.

I thought it would make in interesting photo so bought one for just 50p

I placed it on a plastic table and backlit it with my home made ring light. The centre of the cabbage was dark so I lit that with the Joby Gorilla Torch. Exposure was 8 seconds at f/22 with ISO400 (I forgot to set that back to ISO100!) on the Olympus Pen E-P2 with 14-42mm lens.

November 27th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 331 – Jelly bears

Three jelly bear sweets placed on my iPad on an ePHOTOzine page with white space, and photographed with the iPhone and new Hipstamatic lens/film combination.

November 13th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 317 – roque nublo trees

We’d hired a car to go in to the mountains and took the road up to Roque Nublo. We stopped at various scenic points along the way and the light was at times amazing. On the walking ascent to Roque Nublo I spotted these trees backlit in the valley below. They stood out from the drab volcanic surrounds. I used the Olympus Pen EP2 with 40-150mm at the 150mm setting to get a tight crop and the most compressed perspective.

November 3rd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 307 – honesty pod

This honesty seed pod is looking a little worse for wear and I’m surprised it’s not split and scattered its seeds yet. Photographed in summer they are a lush green – backlighting still works now and creates an interesting glowing effect.

Taken with the K20D and 16-45mm zoom. A low autumn sunlight just out of view has helped introduce flare which I feel adds to the balance.

October 29th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 302 – dreamscape

I was taking photos of berries earlier this morning backlit against the morning sun using an old Pentax M series 80-200mm zoom on the K20D, and noticed the background tree shape, and decided to switch attention to the tree. Adjusting focus so it’s out but still recognisable is an interesting technique that’s worth trying for abstract views…quite dreamlike.

October 25th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 298 – Autumn sunlight

Its low in the sky and despite the time of year still quite warm – I’m talking about the sun. And this shot is direct into the sun with a leaf in the foreground photographed using the infrared converted Pentax *ist D and 16-45mm zoom. I processed in lightroom to convert the red tone to brown – the flare is natural.

September 16th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 259 – it’s raining

I’m still making the most of the poppies that grew in my garden and I decided to try out my new hose pipe (bought for £4 from Tesco yesterday). I took the Elincrom D-Lite flash outdoors and positioned it to the right and behind the poppy heads. I then set the Pentax K20D camera up in front and at a distance using the Tamron 500mm Mirror lens for the tight frame. I then set the hose going and pointed it upwards so the water went up and then fell down over the poppy heads to give the effect of rain.

September 7th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 250 – pineapple slice

I sliced my pineapple up as thin as I could and placed the slither on an old Jessops lightbox to backlight it. I then used auto metering and over exposed by half a stop to get the bright effect.

Taken with Pentax K-5 and 16-45mm lens.

February 3rd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 34 – kiwi slice

Fruit can make good still life subject – either whole or, in this case, sliced and backlit. Certain fruit such as kiwi, lemon, lime, orange look great when lit from behind as the light shining through makes the slice look almost translucent with the seeds and textures picked up as interesting patterns and shapes. Cut the slice thinly for best effect.

It’s a good subject to fall back on if you’ve not got anything else lined up to photograph as I hadn’t tonight.

I used a Jessops light box as illumination and placed a slice on a cd tray to avoid messing up the lightbox.

It was taken with my Pentax K10D and 100mm macro lens.

I underexposed by a half stop to get increased saturation and richer colours.

January 6th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 6

Today I have photographed asparagus. I’ve never been keen on it as a food, but I was in the supermarket last night looking at clinically perfect peppers and saw bunches of asparagus and thought – kill two new year resolutions with one stone – more photography and more cooking. The peppers didn’t have the shape to fulfil my desire to replicate the Edward Weston Classic and I’d seen asparagus photographed before in bunches. As I want to eat healthier this year and these shoots have essential nutrients it all made sense.

asparagusThe trouble is today I had one hour after work to shoot the pic before cooking tea. So a tight squeeze but I got my shot.

I pulled out some string from the garden and tied the bunch…it actually took about 10 mins to get them in a good arrangement. It’s surprising how hard it is to get 6 to 8 stalks looking “arranged”

I placed them upright in some soil, stuck some Hessian as a backdrop and lit them with the studio flash from behind left. A small reflector added fill in front right.

It was taken with the Pentax K20D and a 100mm Macro. Converted to black & white using Lightroom.

And then I went on to cook Thai Stir Fry Asparagus. All in all a pleasing evening