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Lime green

By AnnChown  
This was inspired by Pete's article recently on still life on the Photo Month calendar. I think there is room for improvement in the lighting to recover some of the shadows on the right of the lime (I'm reluctant to push the shadows slider any further as it may show up the faults in the background!) - and I think there may be a bit of over-exposure on the lime, but comments and criticisms are very welcome, as usual!
As 2013 approaches, a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have commented and spent time to push me in the right direction with my images during the past year. I hope my images have improved and, if so, it's down to you all, so many, many thanks for your time.
I hope you have a happy and healthy new year.

Tags: Still life General Reflections Lime Forks

Voters: CarolG, Trout_Man, nonur and 83 more

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CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
31 Dec 2012 11:01AM
A wonderful creation, Ann, and have a very happy and healthy New Year. Carol

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Trout_Man 7 1 30 Wales
31 Dec 2012 11:02AM
Well set up and captured, a very nice still life image :
nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
31 Dec 2012 11:05AM
Excellent work, Ann! Happy and peaceful New Year to you and yours!
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 11:08AM
Lovely set up Ann - and I hope you and yours have a Happy New Year too
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
31 Dec 2012 11:11AM
Looks good to me, Ann: the heavily shadowed side to the lime adds a wee bit mystery, so I'd be happy with the image just as it is.
Happy New Year to you and your's.
31 Dec 2012 11:15AM
Well arranged
31 Dec 2012 11:22AM
looking good to me .....
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
31 Dec 2012 11:29AM
What a great idea!
I like the lighting just as it is, the shadow side adds depth to the image. Very clever.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 11:35AM
I think those shadows are just right. A good foil to the acid-green kick.
All the best to you both,
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
31 Dec 2012 11:43AM
Reflective year AnneWink love the colour ! Have a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2013 !!!
pablophotographer 5 673 269
31 Dec 2012 11:52AM
A common theme with a brand new colour twist. If I had shot this I would present it with a 90 degrees rotation.
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 11:54AM
A lovely image Ann, yes the shadows are a little deep, but it adds atmosphere and I like it very much! Happy New Year to you.
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
31 Dec 2012 12:22PM
Very nice arrangement and love the rich colour of the lime.
Best wishes for 2013.
7 10 10 England
31 Dec 2012 12:26PM
Something to make us all think about experimenting with Still Life - this is an excellent example.
Hope 2013 brings you much happiness.
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 12:28PM
Cracking shot Ann, looks spot on to me, great vibrant colour and I love the reflection, wishing you and your family a Happy, Peaceful and prosperous New Year to you and your family

woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 12:32PM
If there is any over-exposure on the lime, which I doubt, it is compensated for by the darker version in the reflection.
A lovely idea, well executed.
A wonderful New Year to you both!
31 Dec 2012 12:33PM
Works for me Ann, HNY to you,
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 12:37PM
very clever and well thought out shot ann a happy new year to you and yours all the best for 2013 Wink
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 1:15PM
Very well done Ann. The lighting particularly on the lime looks very good although as I think you have already said the unlit side of the limes reflection could be a little lighter.
The composition is also good although if I had taken the shot I would probably have made the space top and bottom absolutely equal, but thats more personal taste more than criticism.
I have really enjoyed looking at your images during 2012 and look forward to what you come up with in 2013. Have a Happy New Year.
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 1:26PM
Thank you for your time and help during 2012 Derek - all the best to you and your family!
31 Dec 2012 1:43PM
Nicely arranged and captured. deep
danbrann Plus
12 624 17
31 Dec 2012 1:46PM
it looks good to me Ann. Happy new ear.
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 1:46PM
A wonderfully creative and imaginative composition combining to complete contrasting objects into something quite special.

I hope that you have a Happy New, and that you continued to upload many more great photographs

Regards as always Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 2:04PM
Great composition and you've made it your own!
How many entries can you put into that food competition?
I like the unique feel of this one.
I've always rated you as a good photographer and I'm sure like me you've learned lots from EPZ members.
All the best for 2013.
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
31 Dec 2012 2:04PM
So artistic! Love the result of your experiment!

All my very best wishes to you and yours for 2013.

Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
31 Dec 2012 2:16PM
Makes a most striking image. All the best in 2013........Sandy
31 Dec 2012 2:52PM
VERY well done Ann.

John Smile
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
31 Dec 2012 3:13PM
Different and excellent work Ann.

Have a great 2013!

ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
31 Dec 2012 3:54PM
What a brilliant idea! Beautifully done, Ann, and if you want to cast more light on the right hand side, use any piece of white paper/card to bounce the light there. Hold the card on the right and angle it till you get the illumination you want.

Here's me wishing you and yours a 2013 filled with light from all angles Wink

WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
31 Dec 2012 4:32PM
Looks pretty good to me, Ann. You could always selectively lighten the reflected lime a touch then turn the image on its side and confuse the hell out of us all TongueGrinGrin

Have a great time tonight and all the best for the year to come.

Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 68 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 4:47PM
Cracking shot !!!....great idea, beautifully arranged & lit !!.....lovely quality in the minimalist notch !!

Just try positioning a white card facing the subject on the RH side of the camera, just to 'lift' the shadows a smidgen.......

A lovely shot to finish the year off wishes for the New Year Ann..............
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 4:54PM
Stylish citrus shot. Happy New Year to you and yours.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
31 Dec 2012 4:57PM
serious photography!

Happy New Year!
31 Dec 2012 5:13PM
This is a really beautiful and well worked shot, the shadows work fine for me. Have a great 2013! Steve
gonzalito Plus
6 32 13 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 6:02PM
Mate, this is just awesome! Simple, colourful and simetrical ! Smile
I would've liked to see some photoshop cleanup though for there are few spots on the forks that are a bit distracting.
saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
31 Dec 2012 6:25PM
Now this is an excellent 'fringe' (read: alternative) still-life, Ann.
Beautifully simple and very effective.
I can see this enlarged and being even more impressive hanging on a wall.

chase 11 1.1k 246 England
31 Dec 2012 7:14PM
Nice composition & subject matter,love the reflections.
A couple of good ideas above for shoving a touch more light onto the dark side of things & the slightly overdone highlight on the Lime could easily be toned down a tad in your editing program...not too much though as you will lose the shape & form of the Lime.
Have a great New Year.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3529 Canada
31 Dec 2012 7:39PM
A nice way to end the year Ann on a GEA.

Its very imaginative, - love the balancing on the forks. The baclground still has a few light bits, but its not bad.

The image is underexposed, likely due to the reflection from the skin and forks, so lifting exposure helps, and then using the shadow tool on the lower half solves the reflection issue.

Bright areas are completely normal on fruit skin, and you need to be careful not to eliminate too much of it.

I like Dereks suggestion, - its gives the shot symmetry, and thats what a shot like this needs.

Mod loaded with all this done, hope you like it, and all the best for 2013.


AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 7:45PM
Thanks Willie - all your points taken on board! Thanks - it looks good. I do struggle with getting the background completely black and its something I need to improve on. Happy 2013 and thanks again.
31 Dec 2012 9:43PM
Brilliant Ann,well done,Happy New Year..Lin
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
31 Dec 2012 11:55PM
and the very best light to you Ann.
A very juicy beauty today, well composed. Well beyond my scope Smile
1 Jan 2013 8:51AM
BarbaraR 10 17 1 England
1 Jan 2013 4:12PM
Congrats, super, arty work.
Happy New Year to you too.

B. Smile
Tibetan 4 3 England
1 Jan 2013 5:09PM
Simple but very effective love it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
wolfy 12 36 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 10:55AM
Excellent work Ann and congrats on your awards! All the best for 2013 Smile
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
4 Jan 2013 11:02PM
A superb still life image Ann, this one looks very good to me, all the best to you in 2013, Ed

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