‘Playing’ with pears!

My Mother, and probably yours too, used to warn us all the time–“Don’t play with your food!”, but I decided to do it anyway!

Here are the originals of three tabletop set-ups in natural lighting I did last week:

Pears-Bartlett and Seckel

Pears-Bartlett and Seckel

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Pears-Bosc

Pears-Bosc

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Pears-Nine

Pears-Nine

They’re OK, but I wanted to see what more I could do to enhance their wonderful forms.

The ‘playing’ began with cropping and adjusting Pears-Bartlett and Seckel:

Pears-Bartlett and Seckel

Lots of burning and dodging, along with subduing the color, but I felt it needed something more!

‘Something’ being ‘watercolor’ (after going through all the filters available!).

I enjoy what happened with the light, shadows and colors here...

I enjoy what happened with the light, shadows and colors here…

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…so I did the same with Pears-Bosc!

Nice, but not nearly as nice as...

Nice, but not nearly as nice as…

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...what happened when I applied the watercolor Artistic Filter.  Ooh, mysterious Boscs!

…what happened when I applied the watercolor Artistic Filter. Ooh, mysterious Boscs!

I did something different with Pears-Nine besides shooting at an alternative angle.

A lot of dodging and burning to bring out the light and colors worked fine, but I felt it still was lacking.  After reducing the saturation somewhat, I took it through all the filters...

A lot of dodging and burning to bring out the light and colors worked fine, but I felt it still was lacking. After reducing the saturation somewhat, I took it through all the filters…

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...and used the Texturizer in Canvas mode to give it the appearance of a very realistic painting!

…and used the Texturizer in Canvas mode to give it the appearance of a very realistic painting!

I really can paint like this, but it does take an awful lot of time…and technically analyzing and processing an image allows me to be as creative as possible, because I tend to ‘push’ the software to places it really does not want to go…but then I have to settle for something like this, with a very ‘mechanical’ canvas-look which I hate!

Perhaps when I’ve finished the on-going Spring cleaning, I’ll rework this particular image…because the more I look at it, the more it screams, “HELP!”

In the meantime, our promised “6 to 10 inches” snowstorm has begun with a few flurries…and it’s time for me to slather my hands with lotion and wash down some more woodwork!

Have a great day!

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