Welcome to episode 20 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! The fun continues, as I’m really enjoying the contributions from all the participants! It’s inspiring to see all this creativity coming together.
This week’s challenge topic is inspired by one of the responses to an earlier challenge that was posted over the past week. Hopefully, this is something that Steve enjoys as well, as the topic of Fruit is filled with healthy vitamins and nutrients!
The challenge that I want you to take on with this topic is to stretch your photography skills to really make the fruit stand out in your composition. When someone looks at your image, there eyes should be drawn to the hero that you’re presenting.
As an example of what I challenge you to do, here’s an image that I captured at Tower Hill Botanic Garden a couple of years ago…
Part of my thinking for this image was to contrast the bright color of the orange and its greens against the almost black and white quality of the statue that stands behind the orange tree. I have resisted the temptation to desaturate the statue, as I think it would lose something of the soft quality that the macro lens provided.
For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:
A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
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22 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fruit”
Nice. Love how the orange really stands out.
Thank you, Sonya!
Stunning photo Frank. You’ve chosen a sweet topic this week.
Thanks, Miriam! I’m looking forward to the variety of fruit for this week.
Thank you! Hope you’re joining in the fun again this week!
Awesome, Frank. I’m in!
Steve can do it – we can cheerlead for him 😊
Blessings… Great photo
I’m counting on you, Debbie! You and Nikki will have to convince that fruit is not dangerous 🙂
Ha ha so true Frank. And that Chuckles candy don’t count as fruit just because they are colorful and have fruit flavors ☺
Gorgeous image! 🙂
Thank is an awesome photo. May join in if I find some fruit
Thank you! Looking forward to seeing, if you were able to hunt up some fruit 🙂
Done! Whew. This one felt like having a baby 🙂 All great stuff. Thank you, Frank. I am so blessed and grateful to participate in these challenges. Blessings!!