Making Salsa

Making Salsa

Much to my surprise, the garden of weeds gave up many tomatoes today so salsa and marinara sauce were cooking when we left for an evening drive.  After the long drought and then the driving windstorms that toppled over the staked tomato patch, I had given completely up on the garden.  So I had a pleasant surprise to find many very nice pink, yellow, Mr. Stripey, and red tomatoes in the patch.

When I shot this image today, I thought the narrow depth of field was probably too much for even me.  I\’d score it a 2 on a 7 scale but considering our goal here is 5 images a week, this is the shot that gave me something to think and talk about.  I was thinking about a couple of recent articles I had read.  One small book about the paintings of Edward Hopper (jump to Wikipedia here).  spoke about his custom of painting from memory as a means of running the scene through a filter that reduces it down to the bare essentials.  I love his paintings, very simple yet effective and I find myself looking for scenes that have the same qualities.  The other recent article was from The Online Photographer where John \’s article entitled In Defense of Depth (link here) was an excellent discussion of the use of narrowly thin depth of field, such as this, as a cliche method of producing photographs.  It\’s an excellent article but be sure to read the comments.

“Cliches remind and reassure us that
we\’re not alone, that other have trod this ground long ago.”

Miguel Syjuco