Bitter Melon – Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA
I love to rummage in Asian produce markets and farmer’s markets not to find something to eat, but rather to find something to photograph. That’s where I was on Wednesday morning, at the farmer’s market in Pershing Square just a block from my loft. Nearly at the bottom of a cardboard box full of bitter melons, still unscathed, I found this melon/prehistoric creature. Carrying it to the girl at the register in cupped hands with a wondrous expression on my face, I looked to her for some sort of profound explanation. She said, “That will be $1.63. Would you like a bag for it?” Fair enough!
Nikon D3 DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, Nikon MC-20 remote cable, Manfrotto 3221 tripod, Manfrotto 3047 studio head, exposure subject: f/11.0, 0.8 sec., ISO 200, exposure compensation: -1.00, exposure background: f/11.0, 0.4 sec., ISO 200, exposure compensation: -2.00, lighting: north facing window light, Mirror-Up mode. The RAW file captures were made in my studio with a seamless paper background (brown).