I am still in the mood for shallow depth photo today. I actually started taking photos of a bowl of fruits that was sitting in my friend’s brand spanking new buffet table. The spot light fell on the fruits just so making the normal looking objects suddenly looked quite attractive. And the new buffet table has a special texture as well I thought I’d try to capture it.
But then I got distracted. What else is new. Oh, the photos of those bowls of fruits turned out well, by the way, but I could not help but thinking there was nothing “oomph” about the photos. Besides, how many times have we seen photos/drawings/paintings of a bowl of fruits? It’s almost like a mandatory shot for still life photography 101, isn’t it? So I thought why don’t I try with one fruit and try to shoot it differently. Luckily, there was this “ordinary” looking little black Ikea table hanging around my friend’s house. At a closer look, the ordinary table has quite an unusual surface. The black laminate of the table has some sort of sparkly finish to it. Not smooth, and not matte, but strangely shiny in the non lacquer way. And it just reflect lights in the most unusual way.
Again, I moved things around the house (that is not my own), and positioned the table under one of the many spot lights in the house, and put my one red apple on the table and shoot. I used manual focus and opened the aperture at its widest (f/1.4).
I would like to say special thanks to my good friend AS and PK in Sydney for letting me moving around furniture, dropping one table on the floor (placing a table on top of another table is just a recipe for disaster, btw), and also for letting me heavily manhandled your fruits. Remember to wash them before eating!!!