apples projects

Why photography projects are good for the soul?

what do you do when you are stuck and end up with a brain freeze? 
Sun is shining, but it is cold. Winter is here. We picked some apples a while ago and had too much left. After caning some and making apple muffins, I was sick of looking at them. So I decided to watch YouTube and see if I can get inspired to take some shots. What do you know? Imagination started flowing. I got dressed and got my hubby to help. We didn't get too far from the back yard.


Apple 2 - Radial Lightroom Preset

How I created these images?

  • First thing, you need a buddy to help. Preferably three of you, so partner up with your other photogs to play.
  • The next step was somehow to hang the apples from above. Clear fishing lines will do.
  • Check your shutter speed; make sure it is at least 1/2000 sec. It would be best if you had a fast shutter speed to catch the falling leaves. The 3rd person would be helpful to drop the leaves from above. Since we are only the two of us, I had to reach up to scatter the leaves. I am telling you it was not a pretty sight—:) Lots of trial shots.
  • Set your camera to manual mode. Adjust your f-stop to a lower number to blur the background.
  • Set your camera to burst mode or continuous shooting mode to take multiple shots without letting up the shutter button. This way, you have a chance to get the right picture.
  • Camera and lens; I used a wide-angle lens in portrait mode to achieve depth. You could use a zoom lens, but I found it that it outcropped too much from the scene..

the first take

The sky was blue, and the sun was lower to the horizon compared to the summer. I thought this would be a good time to catch some sun rays.
Attached the fishing line to the apple and hung in on a branch above. There was a little breeze, so the apples were swinging and rotating a little.
I thought not bad for a first attempt.
I did not take my own advice, and my camera was set to single-shot mode.


Apple 1 - Radial Lightroom Preset

the second take

This time I made sure I engaged my cameras burst mode to take multiple shots to catch the right composition.
As you see, the apple turned just at the right moment to be light up by the sunrays.


Apple 2 - Radial Lightroom Preset

the third take

So I went on shooting more. This time I had a partner holding up an apple that he bit into. I was holding a camera in on hand and throwing fall leaves from above. This took many more trials, and by the end, I was exhausted and my arms sore, but finally, I got a decent shot. I bit of help would go a long way. You might want to engage your kids in this. Who doesn't want to throw fall leaves up in the air or roll in it?

As for the next project, I will be looking for things that I can do myself. Will see. Keep you posted.


Apple 5 - Radial & Grad Filter Lightroom Preset

the fourth take

By the end of the day, I was pretty tired but also thrilled at the same time. I was happy just to get out and enjoy the cold but sunny day and feeling accomplished. The miserable day turned into something to look forward to in the future. Look out for more projects to come!
The image below was the last minute idea. Feeling heavy-handed holding my camera, I grabbed my tripod and set it up. I placed the apple on the top of the fence post and exposed the light for the clouds to make sure the color and texture weren't blown out. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the image, but when I started post-processing, I found one of my older Lightroom preset and applied it. This gives it an eerie feel and instantly thought of Halloween.


Apple 4 - Desaturated Lightroom Preset

Here are two more versions of red and blue Lightroom Presets.


Apple 3 - Red-Blue Lightroom Preset


Apple 3 - Red-Blue Matte Lightroom preset


Projects are good for the soul. Energizing, uplifting, and nevertheless, fun.
It doesn't have to be expensive. Use the dear what you have.
Find everyday objects and make something different. It doesn't have to be pretty, only creative. Don't know what to do? Read our next project or find inspiration in other's work.

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