I’ve been thinking about making this image for ages, but when this bathmat has its turn in the bathroom somehow one of us get out of the shower and steps on it, before I can make an image! The pile on the bathmat is deep and the mat is soft. I had the idea that with some side or back lighting I might be able to show footstep in the mat. This time my request was “Please don’t stand on the bathmat until after I’ve made an image.” I wanted to make it high key and after my friend in the US sent me a gorgeous high key image last week I thought right, this week.. That was the nudge I needed. High key doesn’t seem come easily to me. I have work for them. I love black and white, but my conversions are more often low rather than high key. Getting the whites to be white meant a bit of fiddling with the camera settings but it was worth it to hear husbands reaction, which was “That’s really cool”.
I made my image for Week 63 before I went to Wellington for two days for a photography job, but didn’t have time to edit before leaving.
It is an image of my husband's old jeans, drying on the line and shot from below. At least they were jeans, once. He wanted me to patch the knees, but I decided they had worn in several places so there wasn’t a lot of point in spending time patching the knees when something else was on the point of wearing out as well. He took some convincing, but agreed. I got the scissors, he put them on, and off came the legs. He’s taken to wearing them quite often, amazingly. When our daughter saw him wearing them she couldn’t quite believe her eyes. Her normally conservative dressing father, wearing a pair of cutoffs? Whatever next!
Another 9x16 crop, because I am enjoying it. I tried an edit with the lines of the washing line removed, but I think they should be there to add some context. Is that because my eyes saw the lines and it looked odd without them?
I think these cute little citrus fruit are only available in New Zealand infrequently. They all had little labels on them, which unfortunately I picked off before making a photo, and now I can’t remember what they are called. They come from the US, which goes against the grain a bit when buying fruit and vegetables, because I really prefer to buy locally grown produce. Not that we worry about that with some things, like bananas which don’t grow in New Zealand. We buy them anyway, because we love bananas. Last time I was at the supermarket I found the little oranges. I really like the bulges at the top, because they are more interesting visually than a normal round orange.
I tried arranging them on our dark bench top, looking for reflections, which I got, but the shelf was not wide enough and the reflections were sort of amputated through the middle. I thought that looked weird. So I arranged them on the black glass cook top with a black card behind, and lit them from the left with a flash, off camera. Much better. Now we can eat them.
My friend in the US commented as follows, "This particular orange, if purchased from the USA, is referred to as a “Sumo” mandarin orange because the top knot resembles the top knot of hair on a Sumo wrestler. At least, that is what our grocer told me when I asked. I thought that made sense. He said it is a relatively new fruit here and did not hit the markets until about 2011. The original fruit came from Japan and were sold with the name “Dekopon”.
So there you go. They taste good too, quite sweet, not tart at all, as I thought they might be.
A walk in the garden with my camera is always good for some inspiration, and today was no exception. We planted two raspberry canes in 2014, hoping for a great things. They did nothing! A few sour, late, pale offerings and that was that, before winter robbed the canes of any chance of delivering the bumper crop we hoped for. This summer, now almost gone, also yielded pretty much nothing, until about 3 weeks ago. Amazingly we have had several bowls of these late treats. We expected nothing, as nothing happened during the height of the summer, then to our delight these beauties ripened into delicious surprises. Good things do come to those who wait, if you can wait long enough. Now the dilemma will be how to prune them, because they are growing into the feijoa bushes. We'll have to tame them or there will be no feijoas. Growing your own food is wonderful. It is for patient people. Over the last few weeks we have had a lesson in patience, from a raspberry. They deserve at least a pavlova and some whipped cream.
They taste better when freshly picked, IMO, so will leave the rest alone until the pavlova is ready, then take my bowl outside. I set this one on a white tile I bought recently as a plain background for food photography. It was sitting on the bench under the kitchen window. The shadows are from the window frame. Again, the 16:9 crop. I am enjoying this crop. It seems to suit what I’m doing at present for this project, so I’ll keep going with it.
My husband went to visit our neighbours, to talk cars, after I posted the above comments . The conversation turned to gardens and they said they were enjoying their autumn raspberries. My husband was very interested in this comment, and the youtube video they suggested we watch about pruning autumn raspberries, which is different from pruning summer fruiting raspberries. We didn't know there are two sorts. Next spring we'll buy summer fruiting raspberry plants, to extend the season. Raspberries are my favourite summer berries, with strawberries a close second.
Each week I'll publish a new image as part of a joint Project 52, with my friend in the USA. We both make an image every week, and send them to each other. We are now in the 2nd year of this project. We find it challenging, stimulating and fun. Life should be fun.