Field Strawberries

When I was trying to come up with a title for this blog entry, I was had thought I’d call it ‘Black and White and Red all Over’ because those are the colors in my photograph and it reminded me of the joke we used to say when we were kids.  “What’s black and white, black and white, black and white and red all over?” and the answer, of course, was a nun tumbling down a long staircase. Silly, I know but it did come into my brain for a brief moment but not so brief to not let you in on my initial idea.

It is not unusual for me to take photographs of either flowers from my garden or fruit or veg that I have just bought that looks yummy and delicious. They become my models and no release needed. I try to think of new ways to present them but as I said in yesterday’s post, I find I’m always using the same things.  Sometimes just to get something different, I need to get into crafting mode like I did today. It’s perfectly fine though, because I love doing things with my hands and it pushes me to be more creative.

Today’s subjects were these lovely field strawberries. They are actually difficult to find these days as so many big companies grow them in hot houses and they are genetically modified and stay fresh for a long time. These little strawberries are pretty tiny compared to the imports but what they lack in size they make up in flavor. They also go bad quickly, but not a problem as when you are this yummy,  the distance from photoshoot to belly is not far!

Looking through some craft supplies, I found this wonderful little cotton lace that you can add around  a pillowcase or attach to the top of a basket. At first I tried with a small black box but although the photos were good, there was just not enough breathing space on the sides and I didn’t need that much, so you can imagine how tight the fit was. Whenever possible, I prefer to get the composition as I want it in frame. I will crop later if I like a longer or wider feel to the image, but it’s got to feel right in camera.  This has bitten me in the butt a few times when an image was not exactly straight and after cropping it feels too cramped. But, as you all know, old habits die hard. :-D   So I found a fabric covered navy blue box that was a gift and had a couple of small bottles of porto in it. I knew I could nudge the dark blue to black easily. I taped up the cotton lace all around and redid the shoot. I had to fix the little edges at the top of the lace as it was an un-sewn edge but that was quite simple in Photoshop. Bit of vignetting and selective sharpening and I’m very happy with the final result.

I hope you like it too.



p.s. – still having problems posting linked images in Google+. I’m not the only one, many people with the same problem.