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Vegetable Portraits

Updated: Jan 16, 2019

A vegan photo - homage to Rembrandt


Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn - a Dutch master of portraits. Considered to be one of the greatest painters in the history of art. Innovator and genius.

He's probably the most famous painter among photographers, thanks to his dramatic lighting used for most of his works. So called Rembrandt Lighting is a simple light setup used in studio portraiture photography. It gives the face a natural yet quite dramatic look.

"Rembrandt lighting is characterised by an illuminated triangle under the eye of the subject on the less illuminated side of the face". This basic setup can be easily achieved using just one light and a reflector. Simple but effective.

So how did I pay homage to this great painter? I obviously used his lighting. But not for portraits, well not typical portraits. I used it for food photography. To be more precise I shot vegetables using this lighting technique. This low key light has the fantastic capacity to enhance texture and rawness of the subject. What better way to light veggies? See them for yourselves below. Can you spot the resemblance?















Tags: food, food photography, food photographer, foodie, vegetables, veggies, vegan, vegetable portraits, lighting, lighting style

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