As I was titling this post, I wondered if there was another post out in the blogsphere with this title…..I decided to play about bit before making lunch this weekend (Peter had a few things to say when he realized he would be eating my photography subject after I had been messing around with it for 20 minutes). I was surprised at the different ways to interpret a lowly old head of cabbage.
This project reminded me a bit of photographing a Nautilus shell. Different angles highlighted the different curves, lines and shadows.
Equipment: Canon 65 MP-E lens at 3-4x magnification and a Canon 180mm telephoto lens. Tripod. Head of cabbage sliced in half through the stem.
Technique: I used the highest aperture possible where I was still able to see through the lens and made sure the camera was parallel to the cabbage to improve depth of field. Then it was playtime. I moved and rotated the cabbage and changed my camera angles. At one point the cabbage almost touched the lens.
Processing: I used Topaz Restyle on two of the images to accentuate the lines and curves, and change the interpretation from literal to abstract.
This was one of those projects where I could have spent hours, but then I would have had a hungry and angry husband.