Inside a Gooseberry (a.k.a. Kiwi)

I’ve enjoyed the challenge of taking something and trying to photograph it in something that will appeal to onlookers. While I enjoy making attempts at landscape photography, I’ve also given other things a try – like this here gooseberry.

photo cut kiwi fruit center layers

Canon 60D | 100mm | 25 seconds | f/10 | ISO 100 | RAW

Why did a call it a gooseberry? Isn’t it a kiwi? I thought the same thing, until my good friend Wikipedia filled me in on the proper history of a kiwifruit (or kiwi outside of New Zealand). I’d never heard it called a gooseberry before, but now I can consider myself educated on the fruits of another nation.

After slicing the fruit down the middle, I carried my gear to the little area of my basement where I have set up shop and got things ready. Originally, I used my two Canon Speedlite 430EXII’s, but the flesh of the fruit was coming out more brown than green. So I ditched that idea and went for the long exposure – 25 seconds. Since there was still light making its way through my basement window, this approach worked great… and I was pleased with the colors in my photo as well.

I adjusted the angle a few different times to capture a little more of the brown fuzzy skin, because that is a very iconic element of any good gooseberry, right? 🙂

I should say that when I looked at the photo information in Lightroom before posting this, I was baffled that I had my f-stop set to f/10. I could have sworn I had it at f/8. Oh well for this photo. I’ll have to keep a closer eye on it for next time.

My edits in Lightroom weren’t much; just the usual adjustments here and there to help brighten it up and bring out the contrast. But I did make the green a little darker so it popped away from the white a little more. Either way, it was a fun shoot and I have two more gooseberry’s in the fridge that I may try pulling out in the next few days and placing into my aquarium filled with water to see if any bubbles form… or something like that.

~signed, Carltonaut

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