Sunday, September 13, 2009


Well, this was another unexpected shot. My daughter picked up this strange, orange, spiky *thing* in the grocery store yesterday. It's called a Kiwano, or Horned Melon.

Having no idea what it was, we immediately bought it. How often do you get a chance to buy a horned melon?

Anyhow, cutting it open I was presented with an absolutely amazing sight. The geometric pattern and strong colour contrast made me run for the camera.

Horned Melon

I had a limited amount of time to frame, light and shoot this little beauty, so technically there are some errors. I had the aperture too open, so the focus is not sharp enough, and the background is a too uneven and shadowed, but this was a shoot-it-and-pray situation. I think the subject matter carries this picture anyhow.

The real big news at the moment though? It's Sunday. The Lions are playing. Time to go!


  1. Really nice shot non-the-less! What sort of settings/setup did you use?

  2. That was shot with the 50mm f/1.8 II handheld.

    Very much a spur of the moment shot so the base and the background are both white polypropylene cutting boards. I moved them to a window, but there wasn't sufficient lighting, so I used the on-board flash.

    Exif says: 1/160 shutter, f/2.8, flash fired.

    I should probably have used a slightly narrower aperture, the left side of the Kiwano is out of focus.

    Live and learn :)