Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/13, 1/9s, ISO 200
There’s something fascinating about red peppers. Maybe it’s because they are so unbelievably red, or maybe it’s because they look so nice and shiny and end being so deliciously evil. I like peppers…
Piles of Cash
Fujifilm XPR2, 90mm, f/10, 1/15s, ISO 200
One thing you quickly realize living in China is that in a (mostly) cash based society, you end up with a lot of loose change in your pockets. I put 1Y coins in a couple of bowls in my office, and they’re pretty darn full by now. But it’s nice if you want to shoot money…
Hot, hot, hot!
Fuji xpro2, 90mm, f/13, 1/5s, ISO 200
I’ve been doing a fair bit of still life photography lately, particularly for a book on Chinese fruits and vegetables to be released this summer. When we were buying the subjects in a wet market near my home, I couldn’t resist buying a bunch of really red peppers. This is one of the shots of these peppers.
Canon EOS 7D, 80mm, f/2.2, 1/60s, ISO 100
Late last year I volonteered to do a series of Chinese fruit and vegetable photographies for a charity cookbook that should be released this year. As a sufferer of gear acquisition syndrome, I immediately went and bought a lightbox (thankfully, it’s cheap here, although one of the LEDs is already blown out…) I had to try it out, and struggled to shoot my veggies on a proper white background. I then thought it would be an interesting challenge to shoot a black subject on a black background, so I grabbed this plaster statue of a Buddha that we brought back from Vietnam. As you can see, I failed to shoot black on black, couldn’t keep the background truly black, but in the process created a Harcourt-esque background that’s really quite cool.
iPhone 6 + Hipstamatic
When planning still life shots, and assuming you’re not just shooting one object, you have to build something visually interesting to shoot. The previous shots were either easy (line up harmonicas) or random (throw the harps on the table and shoot). This one has a little more forethought. I really like the end result. I’ll probably try this again with a real camera.
Jumble of Harps
iPhone + Hipstamatic
One of the things that many (musicians and non-musicians alike) will ask you if you’re a diatonic harmonica player is why you have so many harmonicas. Because it’s a diatonic instrument, each harmonica is in a different key, and unless you’re Howard Levy or one of his ilk, you need more than one to play along the various keys the band will play in. The secret truth is that most diatonic players are collectors as well and they have way more than they need!