Tomatoes: Still Life
1 February 2014
I pulled the last of the tomato plants out two days ago — they had some sort of fungus and were more than ‘unwell’. Unfortunately, there were still a few green tomatoes waiting to get ripe. I picked them as well, and then had a photographer’s moment… or hour.
Stage I: Tomatoes, in beautiful wooden fruit bowl, on bed sheet draped over chair beside window.
No post-processing beyond a wee bit of dodge and burn.
Stage II: texture added to the bed sheet via layers in Photoshop.
Texture is a mixture of two images: one of round-leafed foliage; one of river pebbles.
Stage III: previous image put through Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4.
Filters used were Classic Soft Focus, Glamour Glow, and Vignette Blur.
Some dodging around the edges as well.
Stage IV: the previous image partially desaturated–just to see what it looked like.
Stage V: the previous image put through Nik’s Silver Efex Pro.
I started with the Antique Plate and tweaked from there.