Citrus Still Life [101/366]

I love the old school painters. Rembrandt is - and always will be - my most favorite. His use of light, patterns and selective color is inspiring to me.

I also admire many of the traditional 17th - 18th century still life masters. It's no wonder many of photography's base principles stem from the shoulders of these giants.

So, I decided to dip my feet into the pool. I've been wanting to do more still life images, but lack horribly in the prop department.

I just don't have a lot of props. I tend to use what few props I do have over and over, always looking for a new way to stretch my inventory.

Be that as it may, I wanted to give a start to a still life project.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="700" caption="Hasselblad 503cw / Imacon Ixpress v96c with Hasselblad 80 2.8 CFE - f8 @8th 100iso"]Citrus Still Life [101/366][/caption]I think it's a good start. I need to learn how to peel a lemon properly. But, I like the textures and contrast. I was fortunate to have gray props to enhance the yellow naturally without use of (*gag*) the selective color tool in photoshop.

Like the Masters, I used window light. One window from camera left and another behind the camera for fill.