I found this curious calabasa (Spanish for pumpkin) by happenstance on a hike in Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space, and as legend has it the town of Calabasas, California was named after the small, wild pumpkins that grew on the hillsides there. They are only about 2″- 4″ in height, but the Chumash Native Americans in the area made use of them as a food source…even though they were not too impressive on Halloween. I picked up one of these curious pumpkins and stuck it in my pocket. When I got back to my loft in Downtown Los Angeles, I was amazed it wasn’t broken since the inside was hollow from baking in the Southern California sun and the outer skin was as thin and fragile as an eggshell. So I stuck it in a box for a year. A few weeks ago, I opened the box and to my amazement, it still wasn’t broken. I took this as a sign that it must be captured now, or it never will be.
Nikon D810 DSLR, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 G IF-ED, Vello BG-N7Battery Grip, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote, Sekonic L-508 Zoom Master light meter, Elinchrom EL-500 monoblock strobe lights (2), Elinchrom 27″ softbox, Elinchrom 10 degree grid, Savage seamless back drop (bone color), Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio head, Manfrotto 454 Micro Positioning Plate, Simple DoF Calculator, iPhone 4S.
Capture Date and Time: 12/11/2014, 4:51 pm
exposure: f/25, 1/60 sec. (Electronic Front Curtain Shutter), ISO 100, Flash sync speed: 1/60 sec.,
Post Processing: Nikon RAW-NEF 36 MP 14-bit file/Adobe Bridge/ Camera RAW/Photoshop CC 2014