It’s time for A Personal Photo Challenge! “Food Photography” is the theme this month.
As a wildlife and landscape photographer, I don’t have much experience with food as subject matter. I also don’t take many images indoors. So this challenge wasn’t a “piece of cake” for me! The design of our cottage doesn’t provide an abundance of natural light, so it took a while to decide where to set up for the photo shoot. Our guest bedroom on the second floor has the best lighting, but I didn’t want to make multiple trips on the stairway. So I finally settled on using the dining room table. I also decided to make it easy on myself and limit the photo shoot subjects to simple fruits.
I used a lovely 105mm macro lens on my Nikon D800 for the challenge. In the tabletop setup, window light was on one side, and I placed a pair of white foam core boards (hinged with tape at a right angle) in back and on the side opposite the window. The foam core panels bounced light onto the subject matter. For the high-key photo, I used parchment paper for the bottom layer. For the two low-key photos, I used a small piece of black paper for the backdrop and a charcoal-colored cutting board for the bottom layer. The biggest difficulty I encountered was the styling. It’s harder than it looks! Or else I made it harder than it should be, LOL!
I also don’t normally do high-key photos, so I made myself try it for a little variety. And ever since we did the simplicity challenge, I am drawn to this type of composition.
f/7.1, 1/60 second, ISO 800
I was struggling with this setup until I found this striped towel in the kitchen linen drawer. The diagonal lines add visual interest and the rich blue color contrasts nicely with the green pear.
f/7.1, 1/250 second, ISO 800
Dear friends gave us a flower arrangement a couple of weeks ago. The flowers are now history, but the charming basket remains. With its rustic character and color, I knew it would be a perfect prop for a bounty of lemons and limes. I placed some wadded up aluminum foil in the bottom of the basket to give additional height to the fruit.
Now that you’ve seen my photos and read my post, I hope you will visit A Personal Photo Challenge blog and check out the creative efforts of other participants. Thank you so much!