Baby corn with long tresses

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© Richard Seah
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This image can be enjoyed both horizontally or vertically. Turn your head to see how the vertical version looks, lol!

Baby corn is normally sold "naked" - stripped of its skin and with its silk or 'hair' removed.

But on one marketing trip more than 10 years ago, I found some whole baby corn and was surprised to uncover such long 'hair' inside.

This inspired my first - and one of my very few - attempts at so called "real" still life photography, where I purposely set up the image and adjust the lighting. (Most of my other still life images are captured as is, and I call them "candid still life".)

The set up was simple. I used a black t-shirt for the background of this image and, in another, a brown envelope.

As I do not own any studio lighting, I used the natural sunlight coming in from the window. This was in the 1990s when I lived in a corner apartment that faced North-east and had the morning sun coming in from a side window. Unfortunately, I no longer enjoy this luxury. My current apartment faces South and it is sandwiched between two others, so there are no side windows anyway :-(

The result may not be as brilliant as "regular" still life done with professional studio lighting. But I prefer the sunlight.

And although these images were done about 15 years ago, some of my friends still remember them. In particular, one who is generally not generous with his compliments just commented the other day that he thinks this series is good.

I think so too ;-)

28 responses

  • Tony Edwards

    Tony Edwards (Deleted) gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    This almost looks like a horse's mane. Very nice nautral lighting.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    this is beautiful and very intriguing. my vote.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    Very nice! I've never seen corn look so beautiful! :)

  • Mayette Ignacio

    Mayette Ignacio gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    Oh my goodnes Richard, this is just absolutely amazing!!! one for sure yeah from me!!!

  • Richard Seah

    Richard Seah said (22 Aug 2008):

    Thanks to all who commented, fav'ed and voted on this so far. It's only about 7 hours since I posted this and I already have 7 yeahs from 31 views. I think this is a great start.
    Thanks especially to Tony Edwards for suggesting that I submit this image. Sometimes, when I have too many choices, I fail to recognise which is my true treasure.

  • Joseph

    Joseph (Deleted) gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    this is stunning and yeah much better without studio lighting

  • Tatiana Watson

    Tatiana Watson gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    my vote for this beautiful and original image!

  • Danny Monster

    Danny Monster gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    you gave corn a new beauty

  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    Awesome details and capture :)

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (24 Aug 2008):

    What a cool shot!

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (25 Aug 2008):

    Beautifully photographed!

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (26 Aug 2008):

    Awesome image, Richard!

  • Wiktor Figiel

    Wiktor Figiel (Deleted) gave props (30 Aug 2008):

    b e a u t i f u l. and very inspirational

  • Andrew Fritts

    Andrew Fritts said (3 Sep 2008):

    Rule of thirds! haha! Nice photo.

  • Slimeface

    Slimeface said (10 Sep 2008):

    Good one!

  • Joe Messina

    Joe Messina said (11 Sep 2008):

    another 'yeah' here, this is awesome!

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (12 Sep 2008):

    Voted+. Good job !

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2008):

    What a cool and unique entry - my vote!

  • Umesh Kale

    Umesh Kale gave props (16 Sep 2008):

    beauty!!! my vote!

  • Wesley

    Wesley gave props (29 Sep 2008):

    Just beautiful.

  • Hwee-Kheng Tan

    Hwee-Kheng Tan said (20 Oct 2008):

    Gee, my first impression was what a seductive image - of a beautiful woman with long flowing hair. Great pic.

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    awesome shot!

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (23 Nov 2008):


  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (10 Dec 2008):

    GRATZ on Being Published Richard! Beautiful Shot!

  • Thomas Brandenburg

    Thomas Brandenburg gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    such a poetic image! it is great you got it published, you deserve the honors. It is now going to be one of my favorites for a source of inspiration

  • Luke Chua

    Luke Chua gave props (12 Mar 2010):


  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (1 Aug 2010):

    And worth to be published!

  • Apple Villalobos

    Apple Villalobos gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    i thought it was real senior hair. fab!!!:)

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