Peter Bargh

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December 16th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 350 – pomegranate

The pomegranate brings back childhood memories of the unusual fruit I’d have between bonfire night and Christmas. We used to have a fruit and veg van come round our estate and I’d always go with mum to help carry back the goods. Pomegranates were the fruit I looked forward to (along with fizzy pop and a curly wurly). It was fun to eat with a pin and very juicy. I didn’t know at the time (or care), but they also have plenty of nutritional value
Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C and B5. They have high fibre content, if you eat the seed and not just the surrounding flesh. They have also been found to reduce heart disease, and some class them as one of the “super fruits” In the last few years pomegranate juice has increased shelf space in supermarkets.

So that’s some facts…now my photo. As I ripped into one today I decided to halt consumption and photography it.

I no longer bother with the pin, I just pull back a segment and lever off a clump of seeds with a finger. For photography purpose I used a knife to remove as much of the pulp as I could to reveal the rich red seeds, with as many visible as possible.

I then placed the prepared pomegranate on a white transparent surface and shone light through from the back. Lighting the front with a ring light. The shots were clean and technically ideal for stock, but artistically poor so I decided to introduce a pot pourri background. And here’s the result.

September 22nd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 265 – Cherries

A pair of cherries photographed on an infinity curve backdrop using my homemade ringlight from above
Pentax K20D and 100mm macro.

September 6th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 249 – pineapple

I have a new theme to introduce to my photo365 blog – fruit and veg. I will from time to time use my daily post for a different way of shooting fruit and veg. This one is lit just with my Gorillatorch

I placed the Pentax K-5 on a tripod set the shutter to 30 seconds at f/4 and tripped it. I then painted the pineapple with light placing emphasis on the sides to give a rim light type effect, trying not to spill onto the background (black velvet)

I quite like the lush feel it’s given this tropical fruit.

July 1st, 2011

Photo365 – Day 182 – Orange

In my rainbow series my second shot is orange…and there’s nothing more orange than an orange! And to show that you don’t need expensive props the background is a bog standard Sainsbury’s plastic shopping bag.
No expenses spared on this one. I hope it inspires you to shoot simple pics.
It’s taken with the Pentax K5 and 16-45mm zoom.

February 21st, 2011

Photo365 – Day 52 – An apple a day

Many of my Photo365 project pictures are still lifes taken at home…it’s starting to make me realise I don’t get out and about enough. This is down to the monster I’ve created in ePHOTOzine – it consumes most of my time. So a quick snap here and there is usually all I am getting chance to do. That said the blog has ensured I’ve used the camera daily and I’ve tried to be as creative as possible in the space of time I have.

It’s more than I have been doing in previous years and I’m building up a healthy collection of potential stock images. As the weather improves I intend to go further afield and hopefully the blog will reflect this.
I’m on day 52, and today’s photo was a struggle. I was in the office till late and when I got home I wanted to watch a friend’s Channel 4 Dispatches program about hospital food before I start on the gallery to look at today’s uploads. So I’ve had very little time but managed to squeeze ┬áin this shot – just before I ate it.

They say an apple a day is a healthy option – well it certainly was for the health of my Photo365 shot for today. I placed it on a red painted canvas and lit from overhead with a softbox to give the deep shadow underneath. I got the photo in one shot, ate the apple and here I am.

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.