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30 Pictures in 30 Days - Day 19

Rainbows are the theme for Day 19 in our 30 Pictures in 30 Days Challenge.

For Day 19, the theme is RAINBOWS OF COLOR. There's a trick, though.  You can't actually submit a photograph of a rainbow (as in one from the sky)!  It has to be either a rainbow made out of something else, or simply a profusion of different colors.

Think outside the box and impress me!  Today I didn't really impress myself, so I'm hoping you people can! 

Fruit 1 and 2:  My first attempt. I tried so hard to get every color represented with fruit.  I managed red (raspberries), orange (kumquats), yellow (pineapple), green (limes), blue (blueberries), indigo (blackberries), and violet (ok, I struck out here, so I used a pinkish yogurt as a dip). 

In this first series, I love the raspberries, but because the pineapple chunks are too high, I lose everything else behind it.  So while I like the photograph, it's not really a score for today's theme.

My second plan was to shoot from above (Fruit 3).  I really wish I had a different dish, but I'm at the studio today without any other plates or bowls, so short of having Angel hold the fruit with her bare hands, I think this is it. 

I chose to not use flash today.  In Fruit 1 and 2 the tray is facing the indirect light coming from a narrow window.  In Fruit 3, I am facing the opposite direction, hence the backlighting on the fruit (which I think is a bit stark).  

I am also using a 100m Macro lens (prime lens that doesn't zoom in or out), so it's a little tight. 

I may play around with this a bit more at home over the weekend.  I'm excited to have my kids try the kumquats. 

You might be surprised that I am posting images that I am less than thrilled with. The reason is that when trying new things we don't always get the results we want the first time around (or the second or third), and that's OK.  Part of the challenge is not to spend all day on an image, but to shoot it, learn from it and then maybe the next time you try something similar, whether later in the day or two months from now, you'll have some learning behind you to get better results!  

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Maris Ehlers March 04, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Hi, Mark: I shoot with Canon exclusively, and I used the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens for this image. It's a great lens.
Maris Ehlers March 13, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Okay, so your lizard friend is a rainbow of colors, but he's kind of creeping me out!
Maris Ehlers March 13, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Dana, I like the candle shot. :)
Mark A. Schaffer March 13, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I will second that! Love the colors of the candles.
Mark A. Schaffer March 13, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Ah...we thought he was rather cute and playful. :-) We normally don't buy any "trinkets" when we travel but this one was too cool to pass up. He was hand carved and painted by one of the indigenous Indian tribes of Panama. Where there are bugs...the Gecko's are your friend as they eat the bugs!

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