Farm Fresh #180
Award: Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk 2015 Top 10 Finalist
Chris McNaught Photographer
Scott Kelby’s comments:
“It’s hard to take a fruit shot that doesn’t look like a snapshot, but the combination of colors (dig the blue containers), and the composition of the scene is just a winner. Liked it the moment it appeared on my screen, and it kept making the cut again and again. Nice job.”
On October 3, 2015, I participated in the Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. The walk, led by my friend Paul Pulley, was spent mostly around the capitol area farmer’s market. The first honor was being chosen by our walk leader as the winner of the local walk. This image then went on to be reviewed by Scott Kelby himself, with the winning images from the thousand or so other walks. The second honor was to be chosen by Scott as one of the top ten images. It was quite surprising, and humbling.
I’ve been to downtown Boise many times on different photo walks, alone and in groups. And I’ve been to the farmer’s market as many times. I always get caught up in the busy-ness of the market. There are so many people, so many booths and so many photo opportunities, it’s difficult to focus on details. For me, the importance of a place is found in the details. In such an active place, finding the details can be difficult. But if I can slow down, find a place to stand still amidst all the commotion, and see what’s around me, I can discover important elements that tell the story of the market.
This morning, I happened to stand near one of the local produce stands. These tomatoes stored in blue containers, caught my eye. I took probably a dozen images looking for the right composition and right elements. I almost always take multiple images of a scene, especially when it holds my attention. Some subjects just demand extra time and thought - like this one.
Which tomato do I highlight?
Where do I put the focus?
What is it about these tomatoes that seem so interesting to me?
After reviewing all the images on the home monitor, I settled on this one as the best of the group. I don’t always obey the principle of thirds, but for this image it made sense. The blue of the cardboard containers leads my eye to a strong compositional position. From that point, a diagonal line moves through the largest yellow tomato. I like the repeating patterns of the elongated tomatoes that contrast with the also repeating patterns of the spherical fruits. The stems and leaves add nicely contrasting elements of hard lines and different colors.
Camera and Settings
Fujifilm X-T1, 18-135 lens at 93mm
f/5.6 for 1/100 sec, ISO 400
Initial processing in Lightroom
Contrast +50, Highlights -57, Shadows +100, Blacks -57, Clarity +26, Vibrance +74, Saturation +33
Subtle vignette to darken the edges and corners
Secondary processing in Photoshop
Nik Effects: Detail Extractor, Viveza, then Output sharpening