I’m going to attempt to catch up on these posts, though if you aren’t reading this fresh as it’s posted, then I guess it really doesn’t matter! This week’s topic was chosen by John – Fresh Produce. I was talking to my 6 year old son about this and he had an idea he wanted to do, so this will actually be a double header!
I’ll show his first. He wanted to do the bananas as guns sort of theme. Unfortunately he doesn’t have a cowboy hat and I thought he could hold two guns/bananas but then of course the rest of the kids wanted to be involved as well. So, we got them some hats and we went outside. I exposed for the bright sky behind them and used a direct flash to light them from the front. I did sort of a Charlie’s Angels pose for the three of them, but try directing a 2, 4, and 6 year old all at the same time and see how it goes. Considering that though, they did pretty well. Anastasia’s banana is black, because we were going to make banana bread and I had that one in the freezer.
ISO100, f/16, 1/200, 50mm
The second photo was what I originally had in mind. Almost anyway. This is in direct response to Pete’s photo of a banana a few weeks back for the Food subject. So, his photo was of a very fresh, very pleasant looking banana on a dark background. He had it propped up just right and looked great, as a banana and as a photo itself. So here I went in about as opposite direction as I could. Bright white background and base, banana upside down and broken, brown and overripe. It isn’t actually as overripe as I had hoped. I was going to use that completely brown frozen banana but when I tried to peel it, it mostly just melted completely to mush, so I had to settle for this.
ISO200, f/2.2, 1/100, 50mm
I hung the banana with some string (Imagine me explaining to my wife why I had a banana hanging from the ceiling light) and used some pins to hold the peel back and up (against gravity). The banana was in one piece at first, but quickly broke and even using a toothpick to hold it together was not going to work, which kind of worked in my favor in that it made it that much different from Pete’s. I used a white basket as the floor and a white scrim in front of a window. I had my flash on camera and it shot into the wall to camera left, I believe it was set at 1/4th power.