Introducing The Peanut – the second image in my series The Smaller Side of Snacks. I have always enjoyed macro photography but have never really set out on a mission to capture a series of related images. The Peanut is a composite of three images with a bright white fill layer. It was a lot of fun blending the three images together with layer masks to achieve the overall exposure without blowing out the peaks or losing shadow details in the shell. The Peanut was a bit of a challenge in the post processing world and I found myself continuing to make minor tweaks that did not add to nor detract from the overall image. I finally called it complete when I realized that the little tweaks were leading me down the pixel peaking path and that I should either just be happy with the image, or re-shoot it. I chose to be happy. Who is up next? Our little green friend we all know and love, The Pistachio.
This was a fun shoot and I wound up with some interesting photos. I initially had a tough time selecting one over the others, but I bet you’ll agree this one stood out from the bunch.