On Sunday, I accompanied some friends to an orchard for some apple picking. Being my first ever trip to do any sort of apple picking, I decided to carry my camera with me to capture the orchards being harvested by the visitors and to get some interesting shots of apples.It was particularly overcast and wet that day and that provided excellent diffused light throughout the orchard as well as interesting water patterns which I will illustrate in subsequent posts. However, this combination of conditions allowed me to make the photograph observed on the left which has been titled “Apple Nectar”.
thanks to the light, misty rain which fell constantly, the water accumulated on the apples hanging in the orchards in beads and when the beads became to heavy, the streaked down the sides of the apple, formed droplets and fell to the ground. In this photograph, I chose to ignore the tops of the apple and focus on this one droplet of water which had accumulated in the constant rain and was preparing to eventually drop.To eliminate as much distraction as possible, I used a shallow depth of field, hiding the rows of orchard trees which stretched out in equally spaced rows from one end of the field to the other. Further, I chose to keep color in this image because I think the color itself helped to draw attention to the fruit which was situated in the upper left hand corner of the photo.
In essence, I was trying to capture the droplet of water as if it were nectar oozing out of the apple, filled with the sweet juice that lay within, hence the name Apple Nectar.However, I will leave it up to the viewer to determine whether I was effective or not in presenting the image in a way which communicated this idea.