Rhubarb, Celery and Pomegranate

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What a lot of fun I have had today photographing fruit on my lightbox.  I liked the colours of this particular combination of healthy food.
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My little A4 lightbox was a nice investment.  I think it set me back £50 but it has repaid every penny.
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I love the curliness of rhubarb and celery strings.
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And the rhubarb’s bold, graphic stripes.
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And best of all, the fridge is now full of delicious fruit for endless weekend snacking.  More foody madness tomorrow.

Lightbox fun

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Today the weather is truly dreadful. Cold, relentless rain and high winds. While, for photographers, there is no such thing as bad weather, some delicate souls (me!) might be tempted to stay firmly indoors. But that doesn’t mean the photography has to stop. The top image was taken in my kitchen using a lightbox. My A4 lightbox set me back £50 but has been worth every penny. It works best for semi-transparent subjects where the backlighting of the lightbox reveals internal details that might otherwise go unnoticed.

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Some tips:
– lightboxes can take a while to warm up and reach maximum brightness. You can use that time to make your arrangement.
– the bright light may fool the camera into underexposing so dial in some exposure compensation.
– if your subject is wet, use a sheet of clear acetate to protect the lightbox. This also makes it easier for you to move the arrangement round to find the best composition.
– for an arrangement like the one at the top here, try to select as small an aperture as you can to get maximum sharpness from corner to corner. Using a tripod will help. As will making sure your lens is parallel to the arrangement.
– don’t be afraid to experiment with your processing. Inverting the image can produce some weird and eye-catching results. In the shots below, a physalis fruit became an alien pod and a sea thistle exploded!

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