Fruit Photography Kiwi – Playful Photography
Did you read my prior post about creative photography? If not, go ahead read it and I will wait here! Done? Okay, if you read it then you know now that this is my 6th week after I began my challenge of taking fruit photos for a year. So I have been thinking of ways to photograph kiwi and as much as I want to change my subject, I am challenging myself even more by sticking to it and exhausting every way on how I can creatively photograph KIWI. Am I being hard on myself? I think I always am but I really love the challenge so it is not as if I am unhappy doing it or have the feeling that I am punishing myself. When I was young, (get your popcorn, this will be long) I played a lot and my toys were usually made shift and if not, I would customize it and would make it better. Thinking back, I believe many of my age were used to creating things then rather than buying it. I carried that trait in me not only with regard to my gadgets but also with how I tackle situations. I became so accustomed to doing it (customizing) that somehow made it seem like I am breaking the rules. Going back to my subject, photographing kiwi for the 6th week proved to be fun and still a lot of things can be done and imagined.
Today’s gallery contains photos that shows the playfulness of the ideas. Playing with my subject gave me the license to mess up and focus on my creativity rather than my technical skills. Just like scientists who spend almost their entire life in discovering one great thing, creativity entails a lot of trial and error and lots of play!
Let us try to discuss some of my photos and how it was done:
Kiwi on Droplets: This is a very common technique usually with a flower as subject. It has amused me for so long and I just felt the need to try it. There was a time when I thought this technique was done in Photoshop. Although some use photo stacking to get the right effect they want but the reflected part on the droplet is still true. This photo used only a single frame. I used a syringe with water to form the droplets which is the tricky part as the viscosity of the water is too thin that it drops easily so I couldn’t get a bigger droplet.
- Instead of water, some use glycerine for thicker viscosity.
- The lens should be able to focus on the small droplets requiring a macro lens or a close focusing one unless you can form a droplet as big as an apple!
- A tripod or anything that will stabilize your camera will produce a sharper image.
- The focus will be on the image inside the droplet and not the droplet itself.
- Remember that you will be seeing a reflected image so it will be inverted when seen inside the droplet.
The images above are great examples and are not mine (clicking the image will redirect you to the source url)
After that session, I got tired and left the kiwi on the glass plate to dry. I took a macro photo of it and here it is backlit by my cheap penlight. I love that I caught the details of the seeds. (Black and white image above)
Light Painting: All the images on the left used light painting technique which I am developing a very nice relationship with. A little background about light painting technique, this technique uses a hand-held light source and a slow shutter speed to create a long exposure photograph. Done in a dark room or in night time, light painting gives the photographer a very flexible and fun way of lighting the subject.
Still using kiwi as our subject, the first of the 5 images used a penlight to imitate the lighting created by a late afternoon sun. The cars, (I am laughing at this but I had a great time while photographing) were made using a small Maglite flashlight with the bulb exposed. I used levels on Photoshop CC to eliminate unwanted lit area. Those cars are going downhill!
The S-shape pattern images was created by backlighting the kiwi slices and overexposing it leaving just a hint of the green flesh thus emphasizing the black seeds. The idea came to me while lying wide awake on my bed and all I could see was the black seeds of kiwi. I was excited to have thought of it but when I was actually photographing it, I couldn’t execute it. The greatest obstacle was that the flesh was in the way distracting the eye from seeing the pattern but the penlight saved the day! Here was the setup:
Since we are talking about play, let us know something about it and how it affects our creativity. Play has a very big role in developing the creative traits of children. At age 6, a child should have all the faculties she/he needs to handle life as an adult. The more a child plays, the more equipped a child would be in the future. After that, it will become harder and harder to teach a child especially about creativity. The older we get the more embarrassed and careful we become. Try and ask a child to draw a house, the child will draw it right away and would gladly explain the drawing, while an adult will ask what kind of house or should it be in ink or in pencil, can they make erasures and so on and then will say sorry if the drawing is kinda messy. For creativity to flourish, one must be like a child, PLAYFUL and uninhibited! I haven’t been to Google offices but theirs are like playgrounds.
I didn’t have Lego toys during my childhood but I had twigs to smith a sword with, tin cans to stack together and mud to create shapes with. Lego or not, a child or an adult, play is an essential part of life!
Did you know?
…that LEGO came from the Danish phrase “LEg GOdt” which means “play well”