When Life Gives You Lemons...

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by icloud, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. icloud macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2005
  2. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816


    Dec 24, 2005
    is there some kind of hidden message in there? otherwise this is a useless thread.
  3. icloud thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2005
    ..."useless" - no, its a photography forum

    and "hidden message"...Umm...a tribute to the exploitation of the agriculture industry?
  4. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Nice - what did you use for lighting and backdrop?
  5. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Nicely propped up... on my PB, they look slightly more like oranges from their colour though. I'm not qualified enough to comment on the technical aspects but I like it :eek:

    I'd prefer to get more idea of the texture of the skin or segments though - I can see the texture of the 'base' so I want to see that of the fruit. I'm also not sure I'm really getting the sense of lemons without an inkling of the normal 'lemon' shape.

    Now limes, I really like, any chance of a good juicy close up so that I can almost smell the citrus?
  6. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816


    Dec 24, 2005
    didn't notice it was the photo forum, just clicked new posts and found this. I just think its a simple photo. Of course, i'm not a photographer so it might have been hard to do. Did you edit it at all? What camera did you use? I want to take more pictures so…

    I didn't mean anything here to be an insult. just stating my opinions.

    you're right about that. its almost a mix between the two for me.
  7. icloud thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2005
    I actually used 2 sheets of portrait paper...one laying flat on a table and the other behind it at an angle _/ <--like that to remove the crease line that would arise from the 2 meeting

    Lighting = Natural indoor window lit

    Name: DSC_0030
    Image Date: 07/02/06 2:30:20 PM MST (CA)
    Aperture: f7.1
    Shutter Speed: 1/20
    Exposure Bias: +0.7ev
    ISO Speed Rating: ISO320
    Focal Length (35mm): 93mm
    Focal Length: 62mm
    Pixel Size: 3024 x 1998
    File Name: DSC_0030.NEF
    File Size: 4.92 MB
    Camera Model: NIKON D70s
  8. icloud thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2005

    Theres another one...slightly faster shutter and bigger aperture...making this look like an orange...
    this also shows the 2 portrait sheets i used before...the definant crease...

    dont know if this is "better" "worse" or what not

  9. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816


    Dec 24, 2005
  10. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

    Mike Teezie

    Nov 20, 2002
    Nice shots.

    Both images work, but I like the first one more because I feel it's a better composition.

    I like them both. Might make a nice desktop!
  11. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Me too. I'd like to see the texture of the skin and the "pulp" (correct word?). It's a bit out of focus I think. Did you crop it that size?

    But great photo. I'd like to try shooting something like that one day, maybe soon. :) I love the background.
  12. gMac macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2003
    Charleston, SC
    Spoken like a true limey! :)
  13. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Very nice! I'm partial to lemons anyway, so this made my day to see such a nice image. Lighting was well done. Maybe you could get a little closer to the subjects the next time? Also an idea for composition would be to have a complete, uncut lemon alongside the two slices.
  14. icloud thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2005

    Hopefully this is the closeup you were looking for
  15. qzak macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2005
    i like the composition, but the lemons just look out of focus to me, too soft. with an image like this i like to be able to see alot of detail in the subject.
  16. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

    Glenn Wolsey

    Nov 24, 2005
    New Zealand
    That would make an awesome desktop wallpaper, would you mind making it into a few sizes?
  17. Tel macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2005
    I agree, they look soft to me too. Maybe increasing the DOF will help bring more of the fruit into focus, hope its not too late to give it a try, I'd like to see the outcome, I think they'd be great shots if it wasn't for the softness.
  18. revfife macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2006
    In a far country
    Focus, it is out of focus (slightly) on my screen. I believe that was probably due to lighting but thats been my own experience. Try to add some artificial lighting next time, I think it would brighten up everything and really help focus.
  19. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    You should do this with a few slices of McIntosh apples. :D

    Would make an awesome Mac desktop.

    (Unless Mac fans are more of a "red delicious" type, I dunno...)
  20. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    I had the same thought.. on an old 23" cinema display.
  21. Greenjeens macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2005
    Thanks for sharing the (Eureka?) Lemon pics. That vibrant shade of yellow is quite pleasing to the eye. Cutting it crossways like reveals the interesting radial pattern well. And the extreme white of the pith under the skin is a nice contrast to the yellow.

    Now the picky part:)

    The last photo is much sharper, at least the top 1/3.

    Think the mat is absorbing a bit of lemon juice between the two wedges.

    Not sure what the answer is, but the varying focus of the mat texture tends to draw my eye downward, off the subject, when I'd rather explore the textures of the lemon.
    On the first photo I thought the texture of the lemon skin was a reflection on a smooth surface, then it became apparent it was textured paper.

    I just had to go cut, examine and eat a lemon...I grow lemons and oranges and see lots of cut citrus, but it's certainly worthwile to take the time to appreciate the beautiful color and design dimensions.

    Tip, for really tasty lemonade...make sure and squeeze plenty of the oil out of the skin into the drink, for superior flavoring!

  22. rjphoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2005
    Nice still life

    Looking at your file data, the first thing I noticed was the shutter speed and aperture.

    One or both may help with the "soft focus" mentioned in earlier post.

    With a low shutter speed (1/20th) any camera shake could give a little softness. If you aren't using a tripod, get one. If you are, get a cable release or use the self timer to trip the shutter so that there is no camera shake.

    The aperture of f7.1 on a 93mm focal lenth is in the low range also. This gives you a short depth of field. Try bumping it up to f16 or f22. Remember though that this will slow your shutter speed down even more... see above.

    Good luck.

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