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Photo365 - 6 - Asparagus


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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Photo365 - 6 - Asparagus

6 Jan 2011 10:30PM   Views : 7549 Unique : 268

Today I have photographed asparagus. I've never been keen on it as a food, but I was in the supermarket last night looking at clinically perfect peppers and saw bunches of asparagus and thought - kill two new year resolutions with one stone - more photography and more cooking. The peppers didn't have the shape to fulfil my desire to replicate the Edward Weston Classic and I'd seen asparagus photographed before in bunches. As I want to eat healthier this year and these shoots have essential nutrients it all made sense.

The trouble is today I had one hour after work to shoot the pic before cooking tea. So a tight squeeze but I got my shot.


I pulled out some string from the garden and tied the bunch...it actually took about 10 mins to get them in a good arrangement. It's surprising how hard it is to get 6 to 8 stalks looking "arranged"

I placed them upright in some soil, stuck some Hessian as a backdrop and lit them with the studio flash from behind left. A small reflector added fill in front right.

It was taken with the Pentax K20D and a 100mm Macro. Converted to black & white using Lightroom.

And then I went on to cook Thai Stir Fry Asparagus. All in all a pleasing evening

Tags: Backlit Asparagus Soil Hessian

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