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pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 5:27PM
Hello, John. The rambutan is a very interesting and colourful fruit, a good subject for photography. However, your image is underexposed and the lighting is coming from above, the bottom of the fruit being in shadow, so we are not seeing the full beauty of it. You have placed the fruit in the centre of the frame, and it is always preferable to have a subject like this a bit off-centre. I'd like to have seen some of the stem, too. It looks as if you shot this indoors, judging by the background, and I think therefore that you could have manipulated the lighting and also chosen a plainer background, or even made one yourself, to show this specimen off more effectively. Some plain dark board or velvet material would allow all those spiky bits to stand proud. My modification shows a crop, has the image brightened, the shadows lifted and the highlights increased, as well as some sharpening just on the fruit.

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SueEley 10 279 96 Wales
21 Aug 2009 7:15PM
It is good that you chose a plainish contrasting background not entirely in focus. Generally, I agree with Pamela. My mod shows a darkened background and lightened rambutan, though no fill in light, sadly.
21 Aug 2009 7:40PM
Thanks Pamela and SueEley....the rambutan was placed on a glass dining table...natural room lighting was used
22 Aug 2009 7:23AM
i agree with the above comments. the lighting is the main tool of photography and photography is nothing but to capture light. you have to use the light purposefully. any kind of still photography is in 2d form but you can use light in such a manner as to give a feeling of 3d subject. the light you have used here is not at all bad and it is a soft light but the lower part of the fruit is very much dark due to its shadow as pamela said. the background is also an essential part of photography. example:- think a dark background with blackish subject if it is not at all for any artistic purpose like comparison, nature, shades etc., you should generally avoid this kind of situation. for giving a good contrast and saturation to your subject you should learn color effect . the background here has a little distraction on the subject and i guess that there is a chair at the background and the lines of the chair is creating a contrast to catch the eye of the viewer. so it would have been better if you had removed the chair before capturing and i think the color of the wall could have given more definition to your subject. or as pamela said you could have used some kind of card or paper at the background. you could have also included the complete reflection of the fruit at the table. one source of light is good but more than that can give you better definition of the subject. you could have used another source of light may be from a different angle and adjusting it until you are satisfied with the result.

Hope it helps,

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