Bowl of fruit

Hmmm...Colour.... How do I do this?
As I have expressed a dislike of over saturated colours that smack me between the eyes, I have tried to give this a slightly subdued yet vibrant and, hopefully, realistic look.
No idea if I have succeeded but it's a start!

A sepia-toned version is work in progress, except it ain't working! Enough time spent on it for today
You are on such a color kick. LOVE the light and vibrant colors in this gorgeous still life. Super textures with the bowl, cloth and fruits, too. Big fav!
posted January 30th, 2015  
Perfection, fav
posted January 30th, 2015  
Well done you -- we will make you a lover of colour yet !! A great composition , capture, a good source of light and presentation ! Almost looks three D against the dark background ! A very colourful fav !!
posted January 30th, 2015  
A beautiful still life, very colourful. Fav! 😃
posted January 30th, 2015  
A budding Paul Cezanne !
posted January 30th, 2015  
Nicely done...not that I like fruit...it's just so...fresh
posted January 30th, 2015  
Gorgeous still life David!
posted January 30th, 2015  
Great composition
posted January 30th, 2015  
This is very very good :) FAV
posted January 31st, 2015  
Really great still life
posted January 31st, 2015  
It almost feels like you can stretch your hand out and grab one! And it fills the space so wonderfully, noting is too much and nothing is too little - great composition.
posted January 31st, 2015  
Great shot! What did you use for lighting? Fav.
posted February 1st, 2015  
Lovely still life
posted February 1st, 2015  
Fab! Looks like its straight out a painting :)
posted February 1st, 2015  
Wonderful colourful shot
posted February 1st, 2015  
I missed this on my last visit - nice still-life... and you're an old fraud - you loved that the colours came out so well.
posted February 6th, 2015  
@vignouse Guilty as charged (I am indeed pleased with the colour), But on the count of fraud, not guilty! Evidence: I have made the following claims on 365:
1) Colour can stop the eye at the surface of a photograph, whereas the ability b&w to get beyond that is one of its strengths.
2) I don't like over-saturated colours concentrated into a small area, such as a back- lit screen
3)There is too much over-saturation on 365 - actually I might not have actually spelled this out - probably because it has impact. Impact, like colour, is superficial - it doesn't stand up to the much more rewarding detailed examination
4) I am aware that colour properly used can add depth to a photograph; a good artist knows how to use colour to get this effect. I don't have that ability.
.....but I am pleased that I have kept the natural colour of the fruit and, I think, created some depth.
Richard,I am sure that you will, after some deliberation, return a verdict of Not Guilty! :-)
posted February 7th, 2015  
@yrhenwr You have every right to be pleased with the colour in this classic still-life arrangement. As to your plea of mitigation:
1) Interesting, you've articulated something which I do without really thinking about it. If I have a photo' that I'not sure about, I do a one-click conversion to B&W - if it still looks interesting, I'll make a decision about it's subsequent treatment. Often though, once converted to B&W, it ceases to look interesting - it's 'beauty' was only skin deep - so I delete it without further ado.
2) All the more surprising then that your recent sunsets have been over-saturated to the point of distortion!
3) There is indeed too much over-saturation on 365 to my taste too. But much of the 'critical appreciation' on here is limited to a quick look on the Home feed followed by one or two words of appreciation - it's instant gratification and move on to the next image.
4) A good artist knows how to use shape and form, light and shade, contrast and textures, leading lines and subject placement... and you have those abilities in spades as your B&W work attests most days.
You are guilty as hell... of being a shameless attention seeker - just look at all these words you've made me type!
posted February 7th, 2015  
@vignouse Thanks for your comprehensive response,Richard. I appreciate your generosity with your time and your comments. I expected something about over-saturation in the sunset shots! I turned it up in the RAW file (I am careful with the resulting jpeg because of the attendant risks) to get the incredible blood red sky that I saw. But that is subjective so I may have got it wrong... but the red deepens in successive shots so maybe it wasn't so wrong. I think you are the first person in all my 71 years to call me a shameless attention seeker!! Thank you for that! :-)
posted February 8th, 2015  
@vignouse PS Interesting that you convert to b/w if you have a shot that you are not sure about. Your b/w photos are so convincing and are often works of such beauty that I was sure that you 'see' in b&w and then process to reproduce what you saw.
posted February 8th, 2015  
@yrhenwr It's my turn to plead guilty... to a lack of clarity in my explanation. I do tend to see in B&W and the subsequent processing is exactly as you describe. What I was referring to was what I do when I'm not sure about a colour image - seeing it in B&W removes any allure that the colour may have added and allows me to decide if the image as I composed it has any intrinsic value. If it doesn't, I delete it; if I think it might have some value, then I will do whatever seems appropriate to recreate what I saw when I pushed ( sorry - squeezed gently) the shutter button... but in colour. There is seldom any ambiguity in my mind about which image is a colour one and which a black and white one - only a year ago however, I was petrified at the thought of doing B&W February 2014... what an excellent training ground this is!
posted February 8th, 2015  
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