March 20, 2010

Photo Challenge: Fruit/Macro

It’s time for another Brenda Photo Challenge! The current theme is Fruit/Macro. I am glad that we currently live at a rental home and will soon be moving out. The neighbors are undoubtedly gossiping about the crazy lady who stands out on her house deck and takes close-up pictures of fruit. Ah, the things we do for the photo challenges!

How do you like this picture of an alien-looking blob? It reminds me a little bit of high school biology class and the views through a microscope! It is actually cantaloupe skin. I altered the image with a colorful background layer, and then further modified it with accented edges and sponge filters. The camera settings were f/5.6, 1/200 second, and ISO 800.

It is a challenge to make a photographic masterpiece of a lowly banana, but I made an honest attempt. I composed this to emphasize the fruit’s curve and organic flaws. I then applied a textured background layer to the photo for contrast between the wood surface and the fruit. After a good laugh about this artsy-fartsy composition, I promptly ate the subject matter. It was tasty, LOL. The image was taken at f/9, 1/100 second, and IS 800.


  1. I love the artsy fartsy composition and both pictures look great.

  2. Great shots! I really love them both ~ the color and texture of the melon and the Curve of the banana and the fact that you ate the subject when through :)

    Nice stopping by!
    Kindly, ldh

  3. Great photos as always, Donna.

    Hope your weekend is wonderful. :)

  4. i know *0* about photography f-stops and shutter speeds...but i know your photos area fab! the banana is very interesting in composition. it draws our eyes to the black spots, then the rest...

    we're glad you're the *crazy lady who stands out on her house deck and takes close-up pictures of fruit.* haha!

  5. ...Well I KNEW THAT!!HAhahaa...cantalope skin...yeah...LOL
    and I think that banana would have gone great with my kiwi...!!
    Beautifully done Miz Donna!!

  6. Wow! that cantaloupe s a work of art and the banana shot is so simple but effective. Fantastic.

  7. Your photography and editing always inspire me and make me want to do more with my pictures! Great job!!!

  8. your photos are absolute ART donna ! really. you could make a living off of some of these (and past ones too i mean) -- do you realize how much a college student-- on drugs perhaps -- would pay for that cantaloupe skin -- altered like that- or maybe with a little more color? yeh, in a frame -- even a cheap frame. you got some skillZ lady -
    have a happy day!
    hugs my s & b

  9. i can't like not bein able to proofread my comments-- i'm so typoetic i can't stand it.
    you like that word huh? i just made that up :))

  10. Hahaha...yes, I'd love to be a fly on the wall of one of your neighbor's kitchens as they watch you photograph fruit. I'll be it'd be interesting. So that's what a banana looks like up close and personal! Hmmm....

  11. Artsy Fartsy Fruit...Love it!
    Great photo's

  12. Just got my photos up a little while ago... busy week so I almost forgot!

    The cantaloupe looks amazing! I played a little with one of my images. It's fun, but I have a lot to learn! I love your artsy-fartsy Banana... I'll bet it was tasty!

  13. Your editing skills are something else! Wow! Impressive! These are great macros!

  14. Awesome! I absolutely love the cantaloupe pic!!

  15. HI Donna,

    Thanks so much for the information you left on my blog. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos. The cantalope is amazing. I hope it tasted as good as it looks.

  16. Great pictures! The cantelope skin one is pretty clever!

  17. You have the neatest effects. Of course you start with such wonderful pictures! hehe about the neighbors. I was out in my yard burying a page of my art journal the other day thinking the same thing. What exciting lives we lead! ~Jeanne

  18. Hi Donna! Oh yay!! I'm so happy to have found you! (or that you found me..) your photos are fabulous! Love the banana.. your high contrast images are gorgeous. (a favorite of mine)
    I'll be back to visit..

  19. i lost my comment-- hmm..
    anyhow-- where at in TN? we are gonna be near Springville, TN in june. last week/weekend of june) but might pass through. or be somewhere close?

    lemmee know-

  20. You are very clever Donna.

    Good to catch up here. Living in the land of s-l-o-w internet connections, I managed to read all your blog posts while the pictures for this loaded!

    Loved the post telling us how to do pop up windows for our links...and that you recommend hiring a young person to do a cartwheel...very funny!! Might try it sometime...the html code, not the cartwheel.

  21. Hi Donna! Love your photos as always and what you have done with them is gorgeous!! I love your cottage days marking on them also. Also been catching up with your blog. Your new home looks like it's coming along really nice and the kitchen cabinets are so pretty! Hope you are doing well. I've been puttering around on my new mac, there's a bit of a learning curve with the commands. It's fun but I haven't had a whole lot of time to play on it. Haha...Have a great week!!

  22. Hi there, just popped over to say hello.
    I love the photos!
    Hope all is well with you
    love and hugs xx

  23. Wish I knew how to manipulate pictures like that. I need a teacher!!


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