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…
Fuji XPro-2, 85mm, f/2, 1/160s, ISO 200
Anaïs was an absolute trooper that evening, ready to try every crazy idea I had for deranging shots, and even suggesting a good few herself. This is one I like a lot (again, an outtake from the main thing, but one that gives a very different feel from the submitted shot.) This is also the only shot that I submitted without any texturing or grunging up, the light was just so great naturally.
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.
Rotten in NYC
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/11, 1/250s, ISO 100
Post-Processing: Snapseed and Lightroom
I don’t normally use partial desaturation, but since I was going for camp in this series I decided it would be worth a shot. It seemed to fit particularly well in this black & white shot where only the eyes have colour (and greatly enhanced colour at that…)
Too Many Eyes
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/11, 1/125s, ISO 100
Model: Vanessa / Post: Analog Efex Pro 2
There’s a cover of an issue of Sandman by Dave McKean which represents a flower made of eyes. It’s one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen, and I guess it gave me an idea for this shot, as probably did the weird look of Eddie Campbell’s Eyeball Kid in Bacchus. I used Analog Efex Pro 2 for this, it has a nifty double exposure tool. Of course, you can do that in Photoshop too, and with more precision, but it’s a lot more time consuming…