February 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Being back in class again means shooting assignments rather than what I might choose to shoot.  The first assigned task was to shoot an apple.  Yes, an ordinary apple!  Before picking up the camera, I considered four possibilities: a straight forward shoot well lit on a decorative plate, a smashed apple ( as a political statement), a mirrored shot so that one apple becomes many, and an image using the inside of an apple.


I started with the last one. The apple was cut cleanly 90 degrees to the core.  Examine the layers I could see the star shape growing in size until the seed appeared.  And then growing smaller down to nothing............and hence the "Birth and Death of a Star".

Here s the image I started with:

​​​​​​​By the way, to keep the apple from browning up while I worked, each slice was placed in lemon juice as soon as it was cut.  Next I Made a selection of the apple parts only and put it in a new layer with mask. Underneath that layer I created a background layer using Adobe Texture Pro.  Here is the final product:

At this point I do not know whether I will submit this image to the class.  Next I will try a mirrored image.




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