Apple Crunch was conceived by a series of events while living at The Mandel Lofts in Downtown Los Angeles. An apple fell off the kitchen island. It rolled under a nearby couch. It remained there for the three years I lived and worked in that loft. When I decided to move to Luma Lofts six blocks away, the movers lifted the couch and I spotted the petrified apple, hard as rock, with a tannin color similar to petrified wood. The apple, now multifaceted had shrunken down to 2 ⅝” tall including the stem. My first thought was this is art, even though the movers didn’t share my enthusiasm. Three years and two lofts later and equipped with a tabletop shooting area for macro photography, I finally got down to capturing my initial vision. I now present to you Apple Crunch.
Nikon D810 DSLR, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 G IF-ED, exposure: f/40, 1/60 sec., ISO 100, exposure program: Manual, shutter: M-up mode, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote, Sekonic L-508 Zoom Master light meter, (2) Pocket Wizard MultiMAX Transceivers, (1) Elinchrom EL-500 monoblock strobe light with Elinchrom 27″ softbox and (1) Elinchrom EL-500 monoblock strobe light with a 40 degree grid, Savage seamless back drop (olive), Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio head, Manfrotto 454 Micro Positioning Plate, depth of field measurement: 1.19″ Simple DoF Calculator app., iPhone 4S, distance from subject to focal plane mark on camera: 16.5″, capture date and time: 4/10/2015, 5:02 pm. subject: petrified apple (2 5/8″ in height including stem).