A Cornucopia of Chili Peppers
Chili Peppers

A Cornucopia of Chili Peppers

Chili Peppers
Chili Peppers

Cornucopia of Chili Peppers

A variety of chili peppers spill out of a colander. Hardly a traditional cornucopia reminiscent of an end-of-summer harvest. But every bit as colorful. Back in the day, I considered myself an amateur expert of chilis. I collected seed and grew over a dozen varieties. From the relatively mild jalapenos to the hottest habaneros and Thai chilis. And became the neighborhood source for salsa – the hot and hotter variety. African Fire Park Stew, a North African incendiary dish with yams (sweet potatoes) and groundnuts (peanuts) was my favorite. Chili, the traditional kidney bean and ground beef dish would bring sweat to your brow.

“Cornucopia of Chili Peppers” was made with my favorite Olympus camera body and 12 – 40 mm lens. Lighting was a single studio strobe shot through a scrim on camera left and a white card on the right to reflect some light back to the chilis. This is my favorite lighting setup. It gives the subject dimension and shows detail and texture.

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As always, thank you for your support. Be safe. Be well.

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous colours. Would almost tempt me to add some chili to my meal despite me enver doing so. It’s one spice (spice?) I can do without.

    1. Definitely, something best taken in small doses – as is much of life. Thanks.

  2. Ron Mayhew, are you a fan of the spicy stuff?

    1. Yes, but I especially like photographing the brilliant colors.

      1. Ron Mayhew, I do invite you to look at my blog, follow and leave me any comments.

          1. Ron Mayhew, I know that chili peppers, particularly the hotter varieties, are probably better used in certain recipes than consumed fresh off the plant. For people who choose to consume them fresh off of the plant, regardless of the side-effects, do you think that prolonged exposure can be an influence in the buildup of the tolerance that people can have for these things?

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