Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)


At home, kitchen
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I bought this piece of broccoli with the intention of photographing it, then eating it. I put both off for a few days, which meant the latter wasn't going to be much good. I set up the broccoli on our kitchen table in front of the purple wall (to contrast with the green vegetable), propped up by an oven mit. I had the camera sitting on the table, propped up with one of Evelyn's bibs - to change the angle ever-so-slightly.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II @ 27mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (macro mode)
Exposure: 1" @ f/20, ISO 1600

Post processing:

Lightroom - I raised almost every level in sight. I upped the blacks, fill light and clarity, to add punch and definition to the ... let's call them nodules. I also set a severe curve, highlights to +100, darks down to -100.

The wash-up:

I would have cut off a floret so that it stood alone (no brothers along the sides). I actually tried this, but couldn't cut it long enough and it wouldn't stand by itself (this would have required choosing a different one at the shops, requiring more forward planning). Also by that time I just wanted to go to bed so gave up.

What would you do?

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