Daily Archives: February 9, 2015

Lovers @ Magnolia’s. (One Four Challenge: Feb Week 1)

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Good Evening:

Sorry to have gotten a little with this month’s One Four Challenge, but life has gotten a little, um, challenging but in a good way, details to follow later. Here is the raw material for this month’s study, a candid street photo of two people who seem to have found The One, which just happens to be each other. Taken with my point-and-shoot, I have not edited anything in the picture yet.

Magnolia's, Masonic & Haight, San Francisco, California.

Magnolia’s, Masonic & Haight, San Francisco, California.

Magnolia’s is a terrific brewpub at the intersection of Haight & Masonic, and something interesting always seems to happen there.

Vonn Scott Bair

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Still Life Pictures, 8 February 2015. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale)

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Good Afternoon:

I could not resist having a bit of fun with this week’s Challenge; besides, I hadn’t practiced close up still life photography with my new iPhone yet. Made a few very interesting discoveries.

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First, I can’t clean my kitchen scale without smearing the markings. Second, I also discovered that strawberries are surprisingly hard to photograph…

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…which is why you won’t see any. Unlike the onions and citrus, the strawberries always lost their brilliant luster. I suspect that professional food photogs have a few tricks up their sleeves (spritzing with water? Furniture polish?).

However, citrus performs well:

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And for good clean dramatic fun, there’s nothing quite the contrast of white on white.


IMG_6801Finally, I learned that I cannot balance a banana without help.

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One of these days, I’ll figure out food photography.

Vonn Scott Bair