Demonic Red Pepper

WIRR 2009 Oct2

Technical Data:  Canon Rebel XTi; Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM; f/2.8 at 1/13; ISO 200; Photomatix, Photoshop Elements.

We grew this pepper in our backyard garden.  When I picked it to bring it in, it was green, but starting to turn red in various places.  It gradually turned color, until I became convinced it would make a fun photo subject.  I put up a sign to protect the pepper from interference:

Do Not Eat

When the time was right, I set up my rig and went to work.  The image above was created by tone-mapping a raw image and boosting up the colors with Photomatix.  That gave me a wild-looking pepper, but the bed sheet professional background cloth was a funky color as well.  So I used Photoshop Elements to cut out the demonic evil pepper, and paste it back onto the original image.

My photo studio: 

Pepper Photo Studio

Special Thanks to Baby Nate for being patient with the photography, as well as for putting up with the non-color-coordinated socks that Daddy made you wear.