Gourd in Window
(Tucson, Arizona, USA)
Gourd on Meyer Ave
This old gourd is in a little window in a former shop that used to sell snowcones in the neighborhood where I grew up.
I had seen it many times before and finally decided to take some photos.
The gourd being so old and in such bad condition I felt that it would not last much longer.
I used subtle flash in this shot (even though it was the middle of the day). I felt that flash would enhance the detail of the gourd.
I was very please with the detail that came out in the end.
Since the window in the background was so busy, I decide to remove the gourd from the background using Photoshop and place it on a much less busy canvas.
In the end, the gourd for me is the most important aspect of this photograph.
I think Richard did the right thing here in using a little flash.
Never restrict yourself to using flash for night time only. In fact, look at professional photographers (at a wedding, perhaps), the flash is always on the go.
Many cameras even have a "fill-in" flash mode. This forces the flash to fire, even in broad daylight, and its job is to "fill-in" darker areas of a scene.
Thanks for the submission Richard, and well done for preserving a memory!
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