Demonic Red Pepper
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:
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:
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.