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Sunday Snapshots: Four Fruits, Four Photos

by Spicie Foodie on June 24, 2012

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Today I’d like to share four photos of four different fruits.

What are your favorite summertime fruits? If I had to choose…I would say berries are my favorite summer fruits. Unfortunately the season is too short.

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I know it isn’t pear season for us in the Northern Hemisphere. But for some reason during this time we have a lot of pears show up alongside the other seasonal fruits. Most likely the pears are imported.

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Even though berries are my favorite I never turn down apricots or merunky as they are called in Czech.

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I love summer and the  abundance of juicy fruits. Happy Sunday everyone! I’ll have a recipe for you tomorrow.

 

*Photography notes*
A great way of practicing your photography is by snapping simple shots of single ingredients. It’s also a good idea to try out different colors and background settings. By doing so you’ll start developing a better eye for how certain foods photograph best. As you can see with the apricot photos I’ve done just that. Honestly I couldn’t decide what background I liked best. Thought the lighter isn’t my typical style I quite liked it. In the pear shot I changed it into a black and white photo. Additionally I added some photo grain to achieve a rougher retro look.
All photos where shot on my balcony using indirect sunlight. Both apricot shots the light was from behind, no reflector used. The berries photo light was from the front, no reflector used. In the pear photo light came from the left side, also no reflector used. 

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa June 24, 2012 at 7:09 AM

Lovely shots! I really like the black and white one. So moody and mysterious…

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie June 24, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Thank you Rosa:)

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3 claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine June 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I never get sweet apricots here they are always dried inside… I love them and you have my mouth all ready for some with that gorgeous photo!

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4 Spicie Foodie June 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Hi Claudia,

That’s too bad that you can’t get sweet juicy ones. Thanks

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5 Patty June 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Love your photos Nancy!

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6 Spicie Foodie June 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Thank you Patty:)

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7 Nandita June 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Lovely photography!!! I liked the 2nd shot of the apricots. The white background made the apricots stand out :)

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8 Spicie Foodie June 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Thanks Nandita:)

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9 EA-The Spicy RD June 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I love all the photos, but it’s especially fun to see the pear in black in white, since most food photos are in color. Favorite summer fruit is so hard to choose…I love berries too, but nectarines hold a special place in my hert since we had a tree growing up :-)

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10 Spicie Foodie June 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

My husband would agree with you on nectarines, he really loves them. Thanks!

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11 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 24, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Beautiful, I love the apricots on the light background – it makes their gorgeous color really pop!

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12 Spicie Foodie June 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Thank you Laura:) I love reading other’s perspective and what they see or love in the photos.

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13 DB-The Foodie Stuntman June 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

I need to improve in this area. Thanks for the hints!

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14 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Thanks DB

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15 Suzanne Perazzini June 24, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I think both apricot shots are equally interesting but create completely different atmospheres. It’s interesting that there is not much in the way of shadows with the back lighting – the light must have been very soft. Down here, our light is much harsher than in the northern hemisphere. My mother (an artist) had never completely understood how Monet got his soft light into his paintings until she travelled to see me in Italy and saw it for herself. Diffusers are a photographer’s best friends down here.

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16 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Thank you Suzanne. Yes, I get very soft light. It’s not direct and also my balcony and window faces north. Which you may already know that for us in the northern hemisphere north facing window light is the best. I’ve also noticed that on humid days it creates an extra softness to the light. Diffusing your light will definitely help with shadows.

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17 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun June 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Lovely to see how you experiment. These are like exquisite still life paintings.

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18 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Thank you Victoria:)

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19 Eha June 24, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Love all the photos, but my eyes also keep returning to that pear: so elegant! Thank you!

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20 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Thanks Eha:)

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21 Frank June 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM

I tell you, I can practically taste those fruits…

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22 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Thanks Frank:)

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23 RecipeNewZ June 25, 2012 at 5:56 AM

I love all the pics, but especially the white background apricots. Orange is such a happy color and it’s a little happier and lighthearted with the white background :-)

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24 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Thanks Elana:)

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25 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 25, 2012 at 6:37 AM

They look amazing! Love the apricot clicks.

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26 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Thank you Angie:)

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27 amelia from z tasty life June 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM

those apricots looks so juicy and sweet!

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28 Spicie Foodie June 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Thanks, they were:)

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29 Holly June 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Thanks for the photography tips! I really need to work on my plating and “placing” when I shoot my food. Nice to know you shoot on your balcony.

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30 Spicie Foodie June 27, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Hi Holly,

It takes time but keep practicing and it’ll become second nature to you.

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31 Nami | Just One Cookbook June 26, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Great tips. I recently learned about background color as well. Some food stands out nicer in lighter/darker background. I just need more practice to figure out… your photos are always beautiful Nancy!

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32 Spicie Foodie June 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Thank you Nami:)

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33 tania@mykitchenstories June 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I love the pear photo Nancy its really gorgeous. looking at the apricots its hard to believe that their colours are so beautiful , lovely photos

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34 Spicie Foodie June 30, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Hi Tania,

Thank you!

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35 Magic of Spice July 3, 2012 at 10:04 PM

They are all beautiful and I really love the pear shot! I need to try out some black and white images one of these days :)
Great tips too :)

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36 Spicie Foodie July 4, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Thanks sweetie!

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