Fall of the Chilis

Strings of Chili Ristas from Espanola Valley hangs in front of the Holiday Nursery in Gallup on Wednesday. The chili season runs from August to September, with the red colored chilis grown by leaving them to grow longer before harversting in the second half of the season.

When I first arrived to start taking the photos I thought I was going to be in trouble. The lighting was harsh and high overhead. The colors were washed out and contrasty at the same time. I took three test frames and knew that no amount of post work in Photoshop would make the images look good. So it was time for the circular polarizing filter. Suddenly the blue sky was rich, the peppers were not muddy in color and the highlights still sparkled to give some three dimensional aspects for them.
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