I started to open a clementine before dinner and realized for the hundredth time how beautiful this fruit is. So I took it upstairs and used a corner of Virgil as the Summer as a background. As I opened the fruit I took more shots.
This second shot is untouched by the software - just as the camera took it - but that seemed to miss how the fruit seemed to all five senses. The shot was too pale, too bleached out. Tangerines are so vivid, to me, almost lurid or sexual in their sweet potency and in the parting of the sections.
So I played with the intensity and hue of the shots, after uploading them. The fruit itself was long gone at that point, followed by dinner and a game of Scattergories with all but Youngest, and one episode from the Shaun the Sheep, Off the Baa (anything by Nick Park's crew is going to be fun). But looking at these pictures, especially as I augmented the orange so they fit my memory of the taste and smell of a clementine, I could almost believe it was still on my table, luring me with its scent.
Then I tried going further, pushing the colors around the wheel using the software. I liked this image, for the cool light and dark of the sections, the pattern inside the peel, and the contrast to the acid green and rust in the background.