Kissabel

By Fefe
I have wanted to have a go at still life for long enough........
I saw these apples in a fruit shop ( we do not call them 'Greengrocer's' where I come from by 'eckWink) and while waiting to enter the shop noticed the sign which read " I am red inside" ...well that was it, I had to buy some.

I was intrigued, never seen these before. I did want to taste them but I wanted to photograph them more.

So, I had to try my hand at a bit of still life. A certain EPZer who does amazing work has inspired me so much to try this...and the apples pushed me time wise, before they started to go bad....I also wanted to see how they tasted Smile

There are some amazing still life images on here and although I have tried before a good while ago it is not something I find easy, you need so much space to set up.

Any road...enough yadda. I hope you like it......if you don't then I have more......I enjoyed this so much GrinGrinGrin
oh and the apples, yes they are really this colour inside and they taste quite tart and are crisp but not very juicyTongueTongue The title is the variety of apples Grin


Tags: Still life Apples Candle light Bud vase Candelabra Red Inside Carving knife Kissabel mediorcre tweaff

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Saastad Plus
3 16 17 Norway
29 Sep 2020 12:38PM
Looks very beautiful to me!

Arne Smile
Chinga Plus
11 61 3 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2020 12:46PM
Excellent still life study... Beautiful work...
Isabel GrinGrin
dales Plus
6 13 Australia
29 Sep 2020 1:28PM
A very lovely still life here Diane , fascinating apples & thanks for clearing up the matching titleSmile
Ian
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
29 Sep 2020 1:50PM
A lovely still life Diane. Very different apples, one I've never seen. Great job and lets see more.
29 Sep 2020 1:52PM
Lovely still life, Diane - especially for a first time. I look forward to more!! Peter
Jukka Plus
10 1 Finland
29 Sep 2020 2:02PM
Beautiful light and "stilleben" , Diane! SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Jukka.
BillRookery 6 2 4 England
29 Sep 2020 2:14PM
Excellent
chase Plus
16 2.4k 620 England
29 Sep 2020 2:24PM
They are looking tasty to me Diane, love the pink flesh.
That candelabra is something quite special, love the drippy wax.

Personally, I think the yellow flower in the little vase is perhaps an addition you could do without, it covers part of the bottom of that lovely candelabra and I do think the frame would have been cleaner without it and the matching flower to the right.
I can understand why you included it in your frame, perhaps to add something in the space between the candles and the apples.
Maybe try the Apples perched onto of each other, a simple little wooden skewer would hold them in place, almost creating a triangle of apples.
A little less here would be more if you get my meaning.

The knife is nice and I would have had it in the frame too, especially with the cut apples.
Love your base, very authentic.

Still life is harder than most peeps think, light and composition are everything. There are so many ways a frame could be organised, possibilities are endless. It sometimes pays to compose a frame, step back and be really, really critical. Add bits and bobs, take them away, rearrange....and breathe Wink

I want the candelabra Wink
29 Sep 2020 2:44PM
Splendid still life image DianeSmileSmile, lovely light and excellent placement.SmileSmile
29 Sep 2020 2:52PM
Beautiful Still Life Diane,
Fred.
Fefe Plus
10 73 41 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2020 2:56PM

Quote:They are looking tasty to me Diane, love the pink flesh.
That candelabra is something quite special, love the drippy wax.

Personally, I think the yellow flower in the little vase is perhaps an addition you could do without, it covers part of the bottom of that lovely candelabra and I do think the frame would have been cleaner without it and the matching flower to the right.
I can understand why you included it in your frame, perhaps to add something in the space between the candles and the apples.
Maybe try the Apples perched onto of each other, a simple little wooden skewer would hold them in place, almost creating a triangle of apples.
A little less here would be more if you get my meaning.

The knife is nice and I would have had it in the frame too, especially with the cut apples.
Love your base, very authentic.

Still life is harder than most peeps think, light and composition are everything. There are so many ways a frame could be organised, possibilities are endless. It sometimes pays to compose a frame, step back and be really, really critical. Add bits and bobs, take them away, rearrange....and breathe Wink

I want the candelabra Wink



Thank you Janet, so nice of you to give feedback.
I have more to come and I think the flower is not on some of the images as I brought that in after I had already taken some shots.
I had a good swap around while taking the photo's.
I just knew I shouldn't clean up that candelabra after we last used it at Christmas but I did not know why Wink
More to come.....and thank you so much for the inspiration Janet .
I think this may become addictive.
DaveRyder Plus
8 6.2k 14 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2020 3:06PM
Beautifully arranged and photographed Diane.
saltireblue Plus
12 13.0k 82 Norway
29 Sep 2020 3:08PM
It looks so easy, doesn't it, when you see the finished result of others still lifes? But, as Janet says, it is complicated. You have made a very creditable first effort here, all kudos for that!.

I agree with Janet about the vase and flower, it shouldn't hide part of that fantastic candelabra. I don't think moving it to the rhs of the frame would work, either..
The colour of the cut apples is the eye-drawer, and I think perhaps the one that is cut should be raised up somehow to give it more prominence. That would also balance the height a bit more as there is a lot of empty height over the apples. Keep the knife, it is very relevant.

I wonder if a plain base would be better? Janet is the one to listen to here on ePz regarding these details, so listen to her, not me!Smile

You've made a far better job of this than I would have...design is not an area I excel at.Wink
Fefe Plus
10 73 41 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2020 3:26PM

Quote:It looks so easy, doesn't it, when you see the finished result of others still lifes? But, as Janet says, it is complicated. You have made a very creditable first effort here, all kudos for that!.

I agree with Janet about the vase and flower, it shouldn't hide part of that fantastic candelabra. I don't think moving it to the rhs of the frame would work, either..
The colour of the cut apples is the eye-drawer, and I think perhaps the one that is cut should be raised up somehow to give it more prominence. That would also balance the height a bit more as there is a lot of empty height over the apples. Keep the knife, it is very relevant.

I wonder if a plain base would be better? Janet is the one to listen to here on ePz regarding these details, so listen to her, not me!Smile

You've made a far better job of this than I would have...design is not an area I excel at.Wink


Thank you Malc.
I am now looking at the cloth I used as the base and thinking that next time I will try a plain cloth.
The one I used is a tablecloth that is so old I remember it being used for birthday parties when I was about four years old, it is fraying and gone so thin it is going into holes. I had to hide them. It has lots of memories that table cloth Smile I think that is why I used it.
I see what you mean about the height, I do think that was what I intended to do with the flower in the vase, fill the gap. I can see I have positioned it in not the best place now.

Now Malc...have you read my tag's WinkGrin
saltireblue Plus
12 13.0k 82 Norway
29 Sep 2020 3:32PM

Quote:Now Malc...have you read my tag's

Yes I have...now...how mediocre of me.Blush
peterkin 18 683 England
29 Sep 2020 3:48PM
A lovely still life. The apples are Rosette apples, I think.

Peter
martin.w Plus
20 616 29 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2020 4:19PM
Far better than any still life I have attempted....like the unusual apples too Smile
leo_nid 5 12
29 Sep 2020 4:29PM
a lovely still and fine items, keep trying and keep them coming
Smile
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2020 4:35PM
Not easy these still lifes. I enjoy painting them but I could never photograph them. I like the arrangement here but I wonder if you need more light on the apples as they should be the main centre of interest. Although I like the way you have exposed the candle flames I find that they compete for my attention rather than the apples being the main focal point.

Phil.
29 Sep 2020 5:59PM
Beautiful work, well done..Lin
James124 Plus
7 48 50 Portugal
29 Sep 2020 6:42PM
I'm not a still-lifer but I think this is impressive for a first effort. I too had doubts about the flower and the apples being low in the composition - do you have a small cake-stand or something similar that you could put them on or around?
The light and the background colour are just right, let's hope you can get more Kissabels!
James
chase Plus
16 2.4k 620 England
29 Sep 2020 6:51PM

Quote:More to come.....and thank you so much for the inspiration Janet .
I think this may become addictive.



Thank you for the compliment, it feels really good to know I inspire someone.
Hehehe, it is very addictive Diane, especially when you get some really good comments / ideas on your images, makes you think....what shall I do next ? Wink
Janet xx
JuBarney Plus
10 36 5 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2020 8:08PM
A terrific abstract and the apples look beautiful
Ju
adagio Plus
3 4 2 England
29 Sep 2020 8:39PM
Ditto everything above Diane!!!! I like what you have done very much and look forward to more of these.

Angela😄
ddolfelin Plus
10 103 3 Wales
30 Sep 2020 4:52AM
A very painterly result Diane!
Have visions of you moving everything about like Tommy Cooper in response to the feedback.
The main thing is you got the candles straight!
I love it!
LoryC 6 2 Italy
30 Sep 2020 8:02AM
Enchanting still life Diane.

LorySmile
30 Sep 2020 9:11AM
Nicely set up and taken, Diane. A bit like a kidnapping. Wink
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
30 Sep 2020 11:11AM
A very lovely set-up and presentation, Diane 👍 Not something I've tackled much, it's finding something that's a least a bit interesting to include, finding the space to set it up, then how to arrange it! 😀 Loving your candelabra... 🕯🕯🕯👍
Trev 😀
bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
30 Sep 2020 11:25AM
alovely still life, Diane
30 Sep 2020 5:57PM
Just flipped back to this one as I missed yesterday's uploads - love this one as well! Will study the critiques when I have a little more time! 😀

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