Happy Halloween Apple

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18mm, f/3,5, 1/5, ISO 3200

This one (above) is my favorite and the one I returned to our still life assignment. I love colors and focus – and I even succeed with lighting. 🙂 I’m also pretty surprised I made this sharp photo without tripod with shutter speed 1/5.

In Finland people don’t usually celebrate Halloween. However I know that big amount of you, my dear readers is from States or other countries where Halloween is celebrated. Thus I wanted to do Happy Halloween post. 🙂 I think making pumpkin would be difficult and messy so I decided to share you my Jack-O-Lantern kind of apple I did for my photography assignment last spring in Ohio.

The idea to this apple came when I googled ideas for still life shoot. Still life = fruit basket or fruits looking pretty on table. Boring! I decided to refresh that fruit concept and this apple is the result. 😀

Shooting that apple guy was quite challenging. I was in dark bathroom with flashlight, apple guy and my camera. When it’s that dark the auto focus or any autoexposure program doesn’t help you at all. Further I didn’t had tripod so I was holding camera in my other hand and flash light in other (or something crazier – like flashlight in mouth and camera leaning on my knee 😀 ). Focusing and getting sharp photos in dark place can be pretty hard.

I think my roommate thought I’m insane when I was hanging out in dark locked bathroom with camera for like an hour trying to reach perfect exposure. 😀 I took a lot of shots and tried to bracket the perfect exposure. I think I got couple great shots.


36mm, f/4,5, 1/2, ISO 400

This Photoshop effect works great in this picture I think! 🙂


50mm, f/5,6, 1/60, ISO 400, built-in-flash used

Our teacher told us not to use flash in any still lives – he said it’s boring and doesn’t work. Well I took it as a challenge and I think I made a flash shot that looks damn good because of the flash!


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