Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pears and Apples

preset "kk_touchavintage"

A few weeks ago, Kim posted a still life using a pear and some autumn leaves. It was an interesting combination, and then I saw them popping up on several sites. There were so many inspiring images that I decided to do my own with all what I've learned in Start to Finish so far.


This photo is the only one in this series that is in "real color" - no textures, no preset. Just the way it was.

I have to admit that I'm not a big lover of pears. Most times I find them too hard. Where are the pears of my childhood that were soft and the sweet juices would run down your arm when you took a bite into the fruit?

So I went to the grocery store's produce department and bought ONE pear. For the sole purpose of taking pictures of it. Kaefer ate it afterwards.

After applying Kim's preset "hazydazy" I used her texture "kk_wednesday", rotated it by 180°, removed most of the texture from the pear and then did a level adjustment of the texture only

However, photographing the pear was fun. Setting up one or two still lives as well. I had discovered this plate (and a matching bowl) a few days before in a clearance sale, and I was happy that I could use it for this shoot.

preset "kk_gentle"

While I don't like pears that much, I do like apples. I had some in the house and I picked three of them - the reddest ones - for another shot on the plate.

preset "kk_hazydazy"

I am linking to Kim's Texture Tuesday - it's always wonderful to see what other people do with textures. It is so inspiring!


20 comments:

girl friday said...

Great studies.
I'm not quite sure what is meant by a preset.

Karen S. said...

You have such a lovely talent of capturing images and delivering a fun post!

Nancy said...

They are all beautiful…..

Barbara said...

Awesomeness, love the Top Down as Kim would say.

Odd Moon Designs said...

Beautiful set of images! I love the one from above (that bowl is a beauty!). I believe that if you set pears next to apples (or bananas) in a bowl or bag - the pears will ripen to that soft sweetness that you remember :)

EarlK said...

Very nicely done. Love the acorns in the photos. The contrast with the pear is great.

Elephant's Child said...

Stunning. And I agree with you about pears. Eating one many years ago caused my lips to blow up to the point I looked like one of the African women with the plates inserted in their lip - which I thought was a) uncomfortable and b) not a good look. I have avoided them ever since.
Apples? A good crisp apple is a thing of joy and beauty.

elizabeth said...

Beautiful shots! So many of us are photographing pears this week!!

Sharon said...

The red in the leaves brings out the red streaks in the pear -- just beautiful. This makes me hungry for pears :)

Michelle said...

You really captured the beauty of that pear.

Felicia said...

pretty still life's

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Beautiful images. I like Bosc pears the best as far as eating. But all pears have such a beautiful, organic shape, wonderful to photograph.

June Caedmon said...

Nicely done, Carola! Wonderful color and texturing.

Prairie Jill said...

Lovely series!

Marilyn said...

Some lovely and unique shots here, Carola. I'm drawn to the pears with autumn leaves.

EG CameraGirl said...

Pears have wonderful shapes so I can see why photographers like to use them in still lifes. And they seem to look great in so many photos. Maybe I need to buy a pear the next time I'm in a grocery store!

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful picture series! We get delicious, juicy pears here, I enjoy them very much! Hugs, Valerie

see you there! said...

Your talent with a camera is amazing. I don't know anything about all the settings and filters but I sure enjoy seeing the end results.

Darla

Barb Brookbank said...

They are are really pretty, but I do like the top-down shots ... just love this series and theme.

Magic Love Crow said...

So creative and so beautiful and fun!