Pear in BW

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Macro, Monochrome, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 17 comments

I have always loved the shape and texture and color of pears, but have never before photographed them. I cut this one up for Sunshine’s snack a few days ago. As I popped it in the plastic bag to save for later, I began to admire the polka dot skin, the rough cuts, and the shiny seeds just peeking through. The light filtering through our north-facing window was perfect, so I placed it on a plate on the coffee table, got out my camera and macro lens, and went to work. I’ll have another shot of this pear on Thursday, in color and from a different angle. This was a fun experiment. Although this one was with a bosc pear, I plan to try one of the red-hued ones someday.


  1. Nice still life. I like your choice of dish to present it in.

    • @ABarlow, Thanks! These are our old dishes, but we have a few left. The new pattern is much more distracting and the modern floral pattern wouldn't fit it at all.

  2. very nice details here, nice shot!

    *it's much more fun eating them.. ;D

  3. Excellent details in this terrific macro Caryn

  4. Beautiful in mono–great still life.

  5. Love the range. Almost white to almost black.

    • @Nick, Thanks! I set it near a north-facing window so I could get some nice, creamy light and silky shadows.

  6. This is a photo that seems almost sensual to me for some reason. Maybe it's because I love a good pear myself, but it's a great shot!

  7. Wonderful presentation, details, and array of tones.

  8. I like it, but I miss the juicyness

    • @Chantal, These pears weren't quite as juicy as some I've had. I don't think we'll get the bosc pears again.

  9. splendid proposal, facinating photo

  10. Great use of b&w – creating a nice piece of artwork!

  11. Neat piece, Caryn. Great focus.

  12. Thanks! I had a lot of fun with this impromptu photo shoot, especially since it was so different from my usual subjects.

  13. Superb.

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