Pepper Flower |

We got a whole bunch of hot chili peppers in from our CSA, and I wanted to take a picture of them. I got the idea to arrange them so they looked like a flower, and this is the result:

1/80s, f/7.1, ISO-200, 50mm

This was lit by an on-camera flash bounced off the ceiling at high power.

I don’t like doing this kind of photography very often — it’s way too much work to set everything up! It also required a fair bit of retouching in postprocessing to get the effect I wanted, but I’m pretty happy with the end result.

Edit – for the curious, here is the original shot:

And here is a bit better view of my setup: