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By ghibby  
Happy New Year! I thought I would start this year at EPZ with something a little different from my usual architecture and landscape shots. I shot this image on New Years Eve using a single light source of a north facing window. The idea of photographing a physalis has been in the back of my mind since seeing a beautiful image on this site several years ago, the image in question is here and was taken Angej.

The original plan was show the outline of round fruit inside its husk by backlighting with flash, however as I set up the composition by the window the detail of the husk became more important in my mind so I decided to go with a very shallow depth of field and shot with a sepia toned image in mind. To achieve this I shot with my 24mm Tilt/Shift lens and a 21mm extension tube to allow closer focusing. I used tilt to angle the plane of focus along the slim opening in the husk to and an aperture of F5.0 to keep the focused area quite fine. Processing was all done in Lightroom 3.3, I used slight negative clarity (-20) to give the out of focus areas a very subtle glow and a positive clarity adjustment brush to nullify this effect in the focused area.

Exposure 1.0 sec @ F5.0 ISO100

Tags: Still life Fruit Sepia Fine art Black and white Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Physalis

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taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
6 Jan 2011 7:28PM
Different but efective-- You have made this look very delicate!
LivW 14 England
10 Jan 2011 2:20PM
Lovely Ben. It makes you want to peer inside! I think it might have been nice to have the lower edge of the lowest leaf/petal slightly more in focus (just where the leaves taper to a point) as this is the point that your eye is automatically drawn to.

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