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Photo a Day Challenge: Day 9

Photo a Day Challenge: Day 9 - Avocado on Ilford Delta 100 FilmAvocado - Irvine, CA
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:41pm
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Day 9 of my Photo a Day Challenge was the first day I felt like I really dropped the ball. The creative juices were stagnant, I was busy and preoccupied with other things, I couldn't get out of the house for a decent stretch of time. I wasn't "in the zone." But hey, it happens. That's half the point of this challenge - to work through those tough days.

Rather than throw in the towel and just not take a photo, I tried to make something work at home. I was in the middle of making lunch when I looked at the half an avocado sitting on my counter. "That might work," I thought. I envisioned the avocado in black and white with the meat a bright white tone contrasted against a stark black background and a dark core. Shot straight down from overhead with the avocado placed squarely in the middle of the frame, I might achieve an ultra-simplistic composition that would highlight the shape and tones.

So, I put the avocado on my black coffee table and positioned my tripod overhead. In order to make the green meat brighten up, I opted for a Green #11 filter. This would also help darken the core, which is more of a reddish tone. My calculated exposure came out to f/22 at 1 second. I used f/22 to get a sufficient depth of field on this subject because being at this close of a shooting distance, my plane of focus shrunk down to almost nothing. Using a cable release and mirror lock-up to minimize vibrations in the 1" exposure, I exposed a few frames at different brightnesses. Turns out my first calculated exposure was the right one. I did a tiny bit of dodge and burn on this photo to eliminate some faint texture that showed up in the background and to further lighten the avocado meat.

Read the backstory on this Photo A Day Challenge here. See previous days here.