MINI_CHALLENGE # 293 : "Fruit"

pegellipegelli Major grinsBelgiumRegistered Users Posts: 8,332 Major grins

This mini will feature the theme of "Fruit"

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, "Fruit, in its strict botanical sense, is the fleshy or dry ripened ovary of a plant, enclosing the seed or seeds." They also tend to grow from the flowers of the plants. That definition includes produce popularly thought of as fruit — including apples, bananas, and berries — but it also applies to beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, olives, avocados, and pumpkin. So the choice of subjects is very broad and I also encourage you to think out of the box, obviously a classical still life is possible, but also fruit being processed or prepared, rotten fruit, fruit still on the plant in earlier stages (but not as early as flowers or blossoms), zooming in on details or textures etc. etc.

Here's a few examples very mundane from me:

But I'm sure you can all do much better and be more innovative :)

Good luck, happy shooting and this mini will stay open until Saturday December 21, 2019, midnight, NWE time.

1. Have fun sharing and seeing what others share!
2. The host supplies a topic and you post 1-3 images. The host judges the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and is not eligible to enter.
The 1st place winner then chooses the next topic, judges the winner and then passes on the baton to the new champion.
3. Any photo you’ve taken is eligible, regardless of when taken or camera used, but for this challenge new photo's are strongly encouraged.
4. Any amount of post-processing is allowed. However, it is helpful if you list your camera and lens along with your photo.
You may comment on other contestant's images. If you want someone to leave you some critique or criticism, just ask within your post.
5. The winner has up to three days (72 hours) to begin a new mini-challenge, or the honor goes to the #2 finisher and so forth.

1. Enter 1-3 photos and put them in a single post.
2. Either embed your image in the thread or, if you must, supply a link to it. Keep in mind, however, most people don't want to click to open photos hosted elsewhere (i.e. on your website).
3. Also try and resize your photos prior to posting so they're sized appropriately for viewing without having to scroll (~800 pixels on the longest side works best.)
4. Give each image you enter a title.
5. Enjoy discussion with members about their images, don't let this just be an entry thread!
6. When quoting a post change the IMG urls to a 200x200 size picture so it is clear your post is feedback and not another entry. (see here for help)
7. Don't be hesitant, share'em and enter!

Mini-Challenge pointers:
1. Upon winning a mini-challenge round your first step is coming up with a new theme, and start a new thread using the same format as others have used.
2. Make sure to notify the admin of this thread to update the main thread links with your entry thread.
3. Feel free to watch the thread as it grows or wait to the end time and look at all the entries all at once.
4. After the time/date has passed, then officially close the thread with a single post notifying everyone of the fact.
5. After you're finished judging start a new thread (again use the prior formats) and post your Winner and runners-up, it is important to have runners up in case the winner does not show within the 72hr window.
6. PM the winner with this info above and let them know they have 72hrs.
7. After the 72hrs and the winner does not show up, notify the next runner-up and post a message on the Winner thread of the fact.
8. Remember, if you're the Winner, you run the next show.

Pieter, aka pegelli
My SmugMug


  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaRegistered Users Posts: 2,951 Major grins

    Good topic, Pieter! Here are mine:

    'tween harvest and imbibing - Bray Vineyards, Shenandoan Valley, Ca:

    Pumpkin Textures - Vista Ranch, Merced, Ca:

    Pearls of Chardonnay - Gold Hill Vineyards, Placerville, Ca:

  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumRegistered Users Posts: 8,332 Major grins

    Thanks for starting it off with some great images Jo :)

    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyRegistered Users Posts: 3,626 Major grins
    edited December 6, 2019

    Here are my three...

    1) Hillside apples (Bad Gastein, Austria)

    2) Black gold (tomatoes from the garden of one of our accommodations in Burgundy)

    3) An Osage orange (Maclura pomifera). To quote from Wikipedia. "Due to its latex secretions and woody pulp, the fruit is typically not eaten by humans and rarely by foraging animals, giving it distinction as an anachronistic "ghost of evolution"."

  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKSuper Moderators Posts: 9,037 moderator

    Great challenge Pieter! Here are my entries.

    1 Tomato Tower

    2 Dried Pepper

    3 Banana Slice Macro

  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumRegistered Users Posts: 8,332 Major grins

    Thanks Sara and Joyce, you're making it difficult for me :)

    There's still plenty days to go, so I'm looking forward to more entries for sure

    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,905 Major grins

    First - Cocoa pod as demonstrated in Grenada

    Second - My husband's breakfast - Figs

    Third - A still life painting that I did in an early painting class. We were only allowed to use three colors

    “" adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • DavidRGillespieDavidRGillespie Chilliwack, British Columbia, CanadaRegistered Users Posts: 819 Many Grins

    Pieter @pegelli, wonderful challenge and fabulous images. I am glad I don't have to pick an image from the set!

    1. Golden plums ready for harvest

    1. rose hips and fall colour

    1. First blackberry fruit of the season

  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumRegistered Users Posts: 8,332 Major grins

    @grandmaR : I like your "early" painting class result. I don't think I'll ever reach a level like that in drawing or painting.
    @DavidRGillespie : You're not making it any easier ;)

    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,905 Major grins
    edited December 11, 2019

    I'm not good at drawing because I'm not a good draftsman. And I also can't do watercolor because that can't be corrected. But oil paint is very forgiving. And you can always say it was meant to be an abstract.

    “" adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumRegistered Users Posts: 8,332 Major grins

    One more day to go. We could use a few more entries :)

    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • RalphMoonRalphMoon San Francisco Bay AreaRegistered Users Posts: 116 Major grins
    edited December 21, 2019

    Alright then, here are three more:

    1) Two Fuyu

    2) Still Life with Puppet

    3) Pumpkin Couture -- withdrawn

    4) Retreat Supplies

    Smugmug site:

    --Ralph Moon

    "You look one moment and there's everything, next moment it's gone.
    Photography is very philosophical." -- Joel Meyerowitz

  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumRegistered Users Posts: 8,332 Major grins

    Thanks for these last entries Ralph.

    This mini is now closed but I'm out most of today, so will probably post the results tomorrow (dec 23)

    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
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