Chavs: You are most kind and thank you : ) In the case of the apples, I normally ignore frames altogether (as I think they're better suited to fun/cool/popular hobby type things like scrapbooking and lovely handmade cards) and I just focus (pardon the pun) on what's inside when it comes to photography. But I'm weird that way lol. My digital cameras all have black/white options, so just assumed that's what you did. I must say that I rather liked your originals (so thanks for the links) and either one would have been great to post, as my compliment referred more to "content/arrangement" and "artistic eye" than anything else. I don't think you need to worry about "drama" either - your still-life compositions so far have been fabulous.
As a postscript for anyone who cares (and certainly not in reference to anyone's photos here LOL!), I once was a helper (aka "gofer") for a local photographer who mostly took photos for advertising purposes. The majority of his "jobs" were shoots regarding food. There are loads of "tricks" (that have absolutely nothing to do with a camera, or even photoediting software for that matter lol) to make things look better, especially in colour. In the case of apples and many other fruits, they'd have been liberally doused in lemon juice immediately upon slicing so that any browning wouldn't happen within the 5 minutes required to capture them, corn syrup would be added to certain dishes to make them "glisten", shoe polish would be painted on meats for that "perfectly grilled look", spray on deodorant on grapes to make them look icy, white glue instead of milk/ice cream etc ad nauseum. Is that "art"? Perhaps. Are you going to be disappointed when the food in the menu picture arrives at your table? Absolutely LOL!
SpanishLiz: How wonderful that folks in your area still have "fairs" - with judging and everything! We only have "farmer's markets" in this city, not nearly as much fun, sigh.
Edited by Jakeroo (Fri Jul 20 2012 08:53 PM)
As much as I love my friends, I won't jump off a bridge WITH them. Instead, I think it's in our mutual interest for one of us to try to catch the other when they fall.