Oranges – Still Life

I am back posting at the moment simply because my hip has got worse and walking is now a thing that is getting painful to do. I’m off to see the surgeon on Monday Evening so hopefully I’m not too long before I have another new hip. I’ve already had the right hip replaced back in 2017 and it is marvellous.. I just can’t wait to get the left one operated on.

Mind you things don’t look to hopeful for non-urgent operations here in the UK with Covid being rampant again. But I live in hope that it will get done sooner rather than later.

So now I going through the archives finding a few images to play around with.

Just waiting for a good couple of days to get back in the bedroom and do my still life again. As you can image it is rather painful going up and down stairs and I limit myself to the bare minimum of stair climbing activities I can do in a day; at this precise moment.

So today I’ve been playing with a still life image I took awhile ago.

Oranges in a Box and Vase Still Life Image

Camera Settings

Camera: Canon EOS 70D
EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-6.6 IS STIM

Focal Distance: 35mm
Shutter Speed:
1.0 sec
Adobe Lightroom Classic

In Lightroom

  • Added a Preset I got from ViewBug when I upgraded my account.
  • Added some radial filters to add light.
  • Cropped the image
  • Decreased the Saturation to -31
  • Added some more radial filters to increase light.
  • Copied the settings.
Oranges and Vase Still Life Image

Camera Settings

Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Lens: EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-6.6 IS STIM
F/Number: f/4.5
ISO: 100

Focal Distance: 35mm
Shutter Speed:
2.0 sec
Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic

In Lightroom

  • Pasted settings from previous image – Oranges in a Box and Vase (above)
  • Cropped Image
  • Added a gradient filter to highlight the oranges more
  • Local adjustment to adjust the hue of the oranges and rose.
  • Exported to Photoshop

In Photoshop

  • Added a texture using the Soft Light Blend Mode.
  • Removed the texture from some of the oranges and vase by using a layer mask
  • Added a Hue Saturation Adjustment Layer and clipped it to the texture layer… where I increased the Hue to +19 and lowered the Saturation to -34. Again using a layer mask I removed a little more of this adjustment with a brush set at a very low flow and opacity number.
  • Saved back into Lightroom

Back in Lightroom

  • Added another Preset from Viewbug called 2VBlack Nature
  • Added a couple of radial filters and adjusted the exposure to increase Light
  • Cropped the image.

On another note I thought it might be helpful to my readers if I added the camera settings I used to achieve the still life image.

About the Author

Bren is a female amateur photographer, fibromyalgia sufferer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Brashley Photography which showcases the places they’ve visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

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