Bad Onions


I believe it was Edward Weston who said there are no bad onions, only bad photographs of onions. So when I saw the Free Onions sign I stopped to grab some for a still life. But they were all bad and I didn’t want to stink up my car.

I took a few shots to see if I could capture their beauty even though they are basically pig food now. I’m not sure if this is a good photograph because I’m not a professional onion photographer, but it’s my best out of thirty five.

Weston also said something that I’ve always liked: “Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.” Now all I have to do is explain that to the Amish farmers.

23 thoughts on “Bad Onions

  1. “ out of thirty five.” OMG you make me laugh!
    Good photo – good color, contrast and texture. I’d use it for my food blog if it wasn’t for the smell.
    I think those Amish farmers must know you by now.

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    1. This was less than I usually take, I wanted to get my better camera out and take 35-50 more. But I felt weird standing in the guys driveway and didn’t want to explain the concept of abstract photography. Funny thing is though Sandy sometimes the first or last shot is the keeper, but you never know.

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      1. I understand this. My photo-hubby-buddy and I are at different ends of the multiple shot spectrum. Typically he takes 3x more than me. Normally I give him a hard time. Sometimes though, I have to pilfer his shots to make up for a missing one in mine. .

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    1. Good theory but one I can’t seem to master. My Mirrorless has 179 contrast/phase detection focus points so I take much less but my RX 100 is sort of hit or miss. 🙂


        1. Yes I was thinking about my old film camera with nothing more than a plastic viewfinder. Now I’m spoiled with moveable focus points and fast lenses. At least I don’t pay for all the ones I delete. Thanks Mike.


  2. “not a professional onion photographer” ?!??
    Is that really a profession?!? 😀 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Very good photo, Mike! And I can say that with complete sincerity, as the photo – and its description – completely evokes just that “immersive” feeling which is, to my mind, one of the keys to really having made a “good” photo! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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