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Posing Pears on Pearade

By NDODS    
Whilst experimenting with light, reflections and a bowl full of my five a day, I began to create a series of different compositions "not quite a fruit compote". In order that I may add a splash of colour to my dining room walls. The pears were illuminated using two standard desk lamps, the background consisted of a sheet of faux black velvet, and the reflection via my ever willing black marble kitchen table. The technical stuff consisted of setting my camera onto a sturdy tripod, fitted with a remote release, I shot in Manual Mode, ISO 100, at f/22, with an exposure of 30 seconds.

Tags: Pears General Reflection Fruit Arrangement Lighting Five Artistic Imaginative

Voters: Jonny5874, saeidNL, Phil_L and 30 more

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
29 Mar 2012 8:17AM
Such lovely light and beautifully composed,the reflection is superbbbb.

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Phil_L 8 19 1 Wales
29 Mar 2012 8:25AM
I prefer this straight on view and more subtle tones to the one you did with the oranges. Very nicely done.
Cor 9 Belgium
29 Mar 2012 8:34AM
Very well done. A great 10 +
29 Mar 2012 8:48AM
a fine set of pairs Nathan ! love the reflection too just adds that little bit more to make it special
Richsr 10 91 223 England
29 Mar 2012 8:51AM
Well worked with this Nathan, good shapes and reflection too
regards Richard
Soft lighting, well worked image, nice reflection too. good idea.

Alvar 11 23 2 France
29 Mar 2012 9:16AM
Nice composition
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 71 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2012 9:19AM
I do like this very much: a simple and humorous concept well executed. The white-edged 'mount' and carefully-chosen script work especially well.
Your intro is also well-written. I rather envy you the table!
There is a little wedge at bottom right where the black fades that could easily be cloned out, a minor matter that could be attended to in order to achieve pearfection Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2012 9:26AM
Thank you all for you post appreciated comments.

Regards Nathan
KingBee Plus
11 527 2 Scotland
29 Mar 2012 9:28AM
Great image, Nathan. The light is amazing. I have never tried long exposure techniques, but this effect is superb.


Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
29 Mar 2012 9:28AM
Looks good enough to eat Nathan! Super series and more to come I hope.

29 Mar 2012 9:43AM
Very appealing pears. A
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2012 1:21PM
Yes, get rid of that lighter triangle, but otherwise this is good - and those pears have character. They seem to be supporting each other - maybe drunk or laughing hysterically?
And no, I haven't had anything to drink...
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2012 2:13PM
Love this arty shot Nathan.
User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2012 3:46PM
Super image, good comp' and lighting.
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
29 Mar 2012 3:52PM
It's not of that we see 5 nice firm pears so well displayed and lit.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2012 5:44PM
Great shot - I like the colours and subdued lighting
Well done Nathan.. A lovely arrangement and sharp images and great light and reflections..
nice set up
xwang 8 56 8
30 Mar 2012 3:43PM
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 10:10AM
Stunning still life composition, reflections & light are beautiful!
1 Apr 2012 2:05PM
Amazing result using simple objects. No matter how technically brilliant photographic equipment is becoming the human input is by far the most important element as you are so able to demonstrate with your photographs.

Lynx08 9 1.2k Scotland
1 Apr 2012 7:42PM
lovely reflections.

Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 6:19PM
A very effective format. Thank you for sharing the technique.


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