||Polarizing Filter, Kenko 85, Hoya 81C
||Natural Light from window
This image has been indelibly ingrained on my mind for the past one week.
Finally, I found the time and executed the idea last Sunday. The theme was
to create a moody, stark and dramatic image. I figure juxtaposing the
gourds to simulate a happy family might be a workable idea. The simulation
was on the left is Mama gourd leaning on Papa gourd and the toddler
playing with the grapes on a warm evening.
1 - The first task was to find three papayas with three different sizes
and shapes to form the family. After much effort, I found them on a bunch
of fruit where the merchant has almost discarded them.
2 - To compliment the subjects and to stabilize the shot I figure placing
an old and decay wood at the bottom would fit the idea nicely. After a mad
search, I was fortunate enough to discover it near the local railway
3 - To obtain a warm and diffuse lighting, I hung a piece of deep yellow
cloth near the window. A piece of black velvet was used to block some
lights and to create that "triangle" shadow of the background.
4 - To further enhance the mood of the background I applied a few strokes
of paint at the appropriate places. I found that I have to setup the
subjects beforehand such that I could determine precisely where to paint.
However, to ensure I have achieved the desired effect, checking through
the viewfinder and adjusting the DOF consistently were absolutely
5 - To further enhance the warmth feeling of the image, I utilized 2
pieces of warm filters namely Kenko 85 and Hoya 81C. A circular polarizing
filter was used to get rid of the unflattering flare and reflections from
the fruits and also to increase the saturations of the colors.
6 - Surprisingly the juxtaposition of the subjects was accomplished almost
effortlessly. Perhaps it was due to the fact that the image has been
depicted strongly on my mind.
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