114: Fruitful Friday

(Behold!  The Citrus!)

I was making up a batch of flavored water this morning and decided to use the fruit as models before tossing it into the pitcher.  I am having a great time with food photography.  It’s fun.  It’s food.  I get to eat it when I’m finished.

(Undecided.)

I’m not at all sure about this shot with the apples in the background.  I like it.  But.  Well, I won’t tell you what the “but” is because it is entirely possible my impossible standards for myself are messing up this shot for me.  Rather than color your view, I’m going to keep that “but” to myself and see if you see what it is that is bothering me about this picture.

(Behold!  The Citrus without lots of Ps processing!)

Today’s Outdoor Fun

Snow.  Cold (20’s).  More snow falling.  Skiing.  Me falling.  More snow on the way.

That pretty much sums it up.  I need to get my legs ready for a 90-minute cross-country skiing lesson I’m taking next week.  I will probably be out skiing every day for the next few days.

Since the scenery outside looks the same as it did yesterday, and since I was on skis (not the ideal place for my camera to be), I bring you Colorado mountain photos instead of the usual snow and pond pictures.

(We have to make our way through Denver International Airport first.)

The photos are from our August trip to Colorado to visit with M the Younger and Merdi.

(Somewhere on Trail Ridge Road.  Rocky Mountain National Park.)

After all the whites and grays of winter, it’s nice to rest my eyes on some color.  You might think neutrals such as white and gray would be more restful, but no.  All that white outside makes me squint.  A lot.  Even when the sun isn’t shining.  And when the sun is shining, watch out!  It’s almost blinding.  Sunglasses are a must.

(Wildflowers in the fallen trees.  RMNP.  Colorado.)

That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Have a great weekend!


29 Comments on “114: Fruitful Friday”

  1. Karma says:

    I like your last citrus shot best. I think that fill the frame look without being too close up is perfect. I’m not sure what is bothering you about the apples. Is it because they aren’t bright red? I do find true, bright red very difficult to capture sometimes.

    Thanks for the little summer refresh!

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Karma. Seems like we could all use a little color now that we’re well into winter.

      Ooops! I meant to say why I didn’t like the photo with the apples in my post today and forgot. It was because of a blemish on the apple to the right. It looks like a butterfly (to me) and my eye kept being drawn there rather than taking in the whole picture.

  2. 365faceoff says:

    This certainly was a nice bit of bright in the winter grey!

  3. Beautiful pics of my home state! Of course…it’s a bit brown and snow-covered now, but it’s nice to reminisce.

  4. Awww. Those photographs are lovely. =) I wish that I had the patience and the eye for photography–I’m impressed with what you do.

  5. Bo Mackison says:

    I love that you are shooting food. And that you are having fun eating the yummy food after you’ve photogrpahed it. I love the middle citrus one–such a sunny feel. Nice, Robin.

    (reflection in apple???)

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Bo. 🙂

      Nah. It’s the blemish on the apple to the right. I normally don’t mind blemishes and imperfections. I even seek them out at times because I think perfection is highly overrated. But this particular one looks like a butterfly to me and it keeps drawing my eye there.

      • Bo Mackison says:

        I see. I thought that little butterfly was a reflection of the citrus. Now I see… it drew my eye too, but in no way does it ruin the photo. I rather like the citrus/apple combo. Don;t see it often…

  6. Im not seeing what your seeing obviously because I cant find anything wrong with it. Im waiting on the edge of my seat to hear what you “think” is wrong. 🙂 You must be in fab shape with all the skiing you do!

    • Robin says:

      Not in as fab shape as I’d like to be, Miss Morgan. Hopefully all the skiing will eventually take care of that.

      It’s the blemish on the apple to the right. (If you’re subscribed to the comments, you may have already read the explanation. I meant to include it in today’s post but forgot.)

  7. Marianne says:

    The fruit looks yummy, Robin.

    I love the Rocky Mountain photo!

    Your cross country skiing adventures are making me feel like I should try it one day too, but I’ll have to wait until I can get this RA inflammation under control.

    Have fun skiing!

  8. starbear says:

    Robin… Loving your photos and words. The apples in the one shot seemed distracting, maybe being cutoff at the top losing the follow thru of the curves… the bright red just grabs the eye and enjds in the straight cut-off? Dunno – AND the Citrus alone are Fabulous – lemonade, water with a sllce, yellow… crisp lemony. Nice work!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, Starbear. 🙂

      It’s the blemish on the apple to the right that’s bugging me. It draws the eye (or my eye, at least) to it.

  9. starbear says:

    That would be “Crisp” 🙂

  10. penpusherpen says:

    I think we’re all critical of our own work….I could go on changing words here and there forever amen, never satisfied and always feeling I could have done a better job…BUT saying that I love the apples as contrast in the photo, and the differing textures, also my taste buds responded sweet and sour wise…
    I’ve never been in an Airport, seen them on countless films but never been airbourne, strange really, but trains and boats yes, cars and coaches yes, but no planes as yet. Hope to in the future though. Loving the August photo’s chockablock with colour… makes me long for Spring to bring the life cycle awake again…
    Hope you’re having a great week-end too..
    xPenx

    • Robin says:

      True, Pen. It’s hard to silence the inner critic at times. I’m glad you like the apples. We won’t even discuss what I don’t like about them. 🙂

      Flying is not something I like to do, but it’s necessary if I want to be able to spend plenty of time where I’m going.

  11. QuoinMonkey says:

    Wonderful food photography, Robin. It’s so difficult to photography food and make it look appetizing. The top photo with the soft background is my favorite.

    Hey, with the skiing and your camera — have you ever tried one of those harnesses you can buy that clips the camera to your chest? I have slung my camera everywhere outside and never tried one. Wondered if they were helpful.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, QM! I’ve always found food photography difficult too. Good lighting and a tripod seem to be key elements. Now all I have to do is learn how to creatively pose my food.

      I didn’t even know about the harnesses. I’ll have to look into that. I’d love to take the camera along when I ski. Skiing allows me to go further (because it’s faster than trying to hike through deep snow) and it’s so lovely out on some of the ski trails I want to photograph them.

      • QuoinMonkey says:

        Yes, I’d be curious about the harnesses, especially for something as active as skiing. I usually end up tucking my camera inside the neck area of my puffy winter jacket. 8) I love taking photographs on snowshoes. You stay on top of the snow but move very slowly. Silent.

        • Robin says:

          The silence is one of the things I like about cross country skiing, QM. I want to get snowshoes eventually.

          I tuck my camera inside my coat too. I learned with my first digital camera that it will stop working if the batteries get too cold. Plus it’s usually snowing. Snow, like rain, can’t be good for the camera.

  12. I see your “butterfly” now you’ve pointed it out in the comments, Robin. I had thought perhaps you needed another piece of fruit on the right hand side, to balance the photo.

    The first photo is my fav of the fruit, with the light shining off the bench and onto the plate.

    Beautiful Colorado photos too! 🙂

  13. sherri says:

    exceptional images of the fruit. i love shots like this. love the color palette and shadow patterns of the the airport image.


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