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Fruit series watermelon
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Copyright: ROBERTO INTILE (rintile) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 979 W: 66 N: 2708] (15972)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-06
Categories: Food, Nature
Exposure: f/2.8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-06 17:20
Viewed: 3509
Points: 106
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
David Livingstone, an explorer of Africa, described watermelon as abundant in the Kalahari Desert, where it is believed to have originated. There, the ancestral melon grows wild and is known as the Tsamma melon (Citrullus lanatus var citroides).[citation needed] It is recognizable by its pinnatifid leaves and prolific fruit, up to 100 melons on a single vine. For this reason it is a popular source of water in the diet of the indigenous people. The flesh is similar to the rind of a watermelon and is often known as citron melon (distinct from the actual citron, of the citrus family); it is used for making pickles, and because of its high content of pectin is popular as a constituent of jams, jellies, and other gelled preserves. It has established itself in the wild in Baja California.

Triangular Watermelon slicesIt is not known when the plant was first cultivated, but Zohary and Hopf note evidence of its cultivation in the Nile Valley from at least as early as the second millennium BC. Finds of the characteristically large seed are reported in Twelfth dynasty sites; numerous watermelon seeds were recovered from the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

By the 10th century AD, watermelons were being cultivated in China, which is today the world's single largest watermelon producer. By the 13th century, Moorish invaders had introduced the fruit to Europe; and, according to John Mariani's The Dictionary of American Food and Drink, "watermelon" made its first appearance in an English dictionary in 1615.

Museums Online South Africa list watermelons as having been introduced to North American Indians in the 1500s. Early French explorers found Native Americans cultivating the fruit in the Mississippi Valley. Many sources list the watermelon as being introduced in Massachusetts as early as 1629. Southern food historian John Egerton has said he believes African slaves helped introduce the watermelon to the United States. Texas Agricultural Extension horticulturalist Jerry Parsons, Ph.D., lists African slaves and European colonists as having distributed watermelons to many areas of the world. Parsons also mentions the crop being farmed by Native Americans in Florida (by 1664) and the Colorado River area (by 1799). Other early watermelon sightings include the Midwestern states (1673), Connecticut (1747), and the Illiana region (1822).

Until the 1940s, however, it was hard to find watermelons in good condition at grocery stores. Melon lovers had to grow their own, which tended not to keep for long, purchase them from local grocers supplied by truck farmers, or purchase them from roadside produce stands. Now they can be found in most any local grocery store, and if preferred in slices or whole, with seeds or without.

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absolutely appetizing ... it looks so real ... very well done, Roberto. And I appreciate your very informative notes as well. A pleasure!

thanks + greetings


Hi Robero: The colours are very vivid here and the arranement is well put together.I like the sharpness and Black background .....Regards Romy

Hello Roberto!
Lovely picture!
Nice colours and perspective!
Well done!

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-04-06 18:14]

Juicy sweet and the favorite eat of the summer months! beautiful color and great pov! TFS

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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2007-04-06 18:18]

They seem very appetizing. Beautiful color, clearness and details.
Thanks for sharing

Such sharpness, vivid colours! Yummy!

The colors are so vibrant against the black background. Great arrangement and it looks absolutely delicious. Now I'm craving watermelon. :)

Very nice image,excellent colours,sharpness and composition.Good shot.
well done.
Best regards

* Piotr *

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2007-04-06 19:51]

Hello Roberto.
As usual ... looks great. Wonderful colors and perspective. Beautiful and very effective!
Best Regards
Janek J-23

Hello Roberto

A very eye catching thumbnail and a wonderful large image .The colours saturation is excellent and the contrast very well done.Good job lighting and composing your shot.It really has impact visually.TFS


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  • jafsc Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 47 N: 88] (4688)
  • [2007-04-06 20:18]
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Roberto, es simplemente una belleza de fotografia...composicion,colores y nitidez! sin duda que dan deseos de darle una mascada:)

Bonsoir Roberto,
Very nice composition and notes of the watermelon,great naturels colors,sharpness and a good point of view..Well done.
Have a nice easter week-end..

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-04-06 23:12]

Hi Robero

The dark background, appears to saturate the greens & reds of the watermelon. Well composed, with superb sharpness, colour & lighting. Tfs!

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-04-06 23:14]

Hi Roberto,
Very good close-up on this watermelon. Very good sharpness and acuity of colors and details. The black background enhances this vivid red. Bravo! Annie

Great colors and comp. my mouth is watering.
TFS Dave

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-04-07 4:40]

Hola Roberto,
has logrado un disparo maravilloso,
el bg, sa vida a este riqusimo fruto...
saludos amigo.

Yummy subject! Good lighting and colors! Wanna make me go out and grab some wm from a grocery store. TFS


Good sharp picture of the watermelon. Well done.

Hi Roberto,
Very appetizing shot. Colors and detail are superb. Looks nice on the black bg. Very well done:) TFS


Ol Roberto,

Aprecio bastante a melancia e esta aqui de sua foto parece-me ainda mais saborosa devido alta qualidade do seu trabalho.

Hola Roberto,
This is my favorite summer fruit. Your presentation is gorgeous, it looks sharp with good colors. The watermelons look moist and inviting. Happy Easter. Danilo

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  • lopa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 239 N: 849] (8975)
  • [2007-04-08 4:26]

Hi Roberto,
Again excellent composition. Love the way you frame it. Excellent colour and details. I like very much the dark background.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmm makes me hungry!! Beautiful color and sharp photo..Looks good enough to eat! TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks very much for your comments on my photo " New River Gorge Bridge (II) (20)":o)

Tres belle composition !! Le rouge de la pasteque ressort de maniere tranchante sur le noir.

Hi Roberta,
When I see the watermelon, I immediately think of lovely warm trade winds - of the Carabbean Sea - of holidays and of the mess my husband makes when he is eating a watermelon...
It's a very decorative fruit - and you made a fantastic picture.

! :)))

Wonderful, Roberto, muy hermosa! I love this lively, colourful presentation of a few slices of watermelon. It is a good play with light and shade, and with forms. Also, I very much like your gallery, you do very artistic work. Thank you for sharing it with us! - Have a good week ahead. Saludos, Cordelia :))

Hola Roberto,

And our series of exotic fruits continues in the most beautiful visual. I am amazed with the sharp and beauty of this watermelon.
Lovely picture!
Nice colours and perspective!
Congratulations my friend...


Una hermosa foto de sandia. Los colores hacen ver la fruta apetecible. La luminosidad y brillos de las nervaduras en lo interno de la fruta la hacen sentir fresca. Excelente foto. Felicidades

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  • tracer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
  • [2007-04-11 10:04]

this is a winner for me! thanks for sharing. good action, looks like being tossed in the air

Saludos Roberto

Para comerse la nitidez impresionante excelente trabajo te felicito


Hi Roberto!Beautiful!!!Niceshot!

Hola Roberto:
Wonderful notes (have read about David Livinstone) Beautifully 'arranged' here and the details are endless with very fine exposures, and the choice of black against the melon in superb:)

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  • Lee1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 185 W: 20 N: 111] (541)
  • [2007-05-11 22:31]

Hi Rintile, your black background really illuminates the colors here. Nice colors and good lighting. I'm a fan of the watermelon myself:-). Good composition, thanks.


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  • kbeall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
  • [2007-05-15 18:20]

Hola Roberto,
What a treat to browse through your gallery, on a very warm day where I am. Flores bonitas y frutas deliciosas!
The black background deepens the shades of the colors and makes the mouth water.
My entire family enjoys watermelon, except for my son, who was upset that he didn't enjoy it the way we did. He would taste it every time we served it, hoping that he would start enjoying it. He finally got his wish, and now enjoys it as much as we do.
My apologies for going on so long,

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  • Alita Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 157 W: 29 N: 0] (917)
  • [2007-06-14 9:09]

Hola Roberto!
That is my most favourite fruit of all!
I can't resist to it :)
I like the sharpness here and detail, colors are just yummy :)

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  • SILVA Gold Star Critiquer [C: 321 W: 0 N: 0] (3917)
  • [2007-06-15 14:29]

fantastico trabajo..grandes colores,saludos amigo

Nice picture,beautifull colors,good idea to take a pic like this!
Very sharp and good contrast between the colors!tfs

Hi Roberto,
What a simple but excellent shot.
Nice colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing.
M.D.Seyfettin Gner.

In spite of the narrow cropping, this is a fantastic image. Everything's excellent (compo, sharpness, color balance) except the cropping. This should be 9 out of 10 for me, but here on TL 2 is the max, so the greenie's dark green, of course...

Hola Roberto,
This is one of the most delicious photo here on TL:)
I love watermelon and love this photo a lot.
Great lighting,focus,sharpness,colors,pp work,dark bg,note and frame.Gracias:)

Yo my man Rintile! What's up? Don't go eating all your fruits you'll end up fat;) joking it's not true. Do eat fruit as much as you can mate it's beautiful and healthy!

Good picture with nice colors and great sharpening!

Hey Roberto,
Cool picture. It looks so yummy! Nice detail on the watermelon. I like the dark background. Thanks for sharing.


Great, you really want to bite in it!!



Me encanta el contraste de colores y la nitidez de esta foto. He visto que aplicas tcnicas similares en otras fotos, especialmente de flores. Muy buen trabajo!

hello!apetite view!great compo!tfs

HI Roberto!
This will probably be my wallpaper for the winter, to reminds me on summer, great and sooo tasty shot!


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  • AJ786 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 743 W: 57 N: 1045] (6681)
  • [2008-01-03 23:55]

Hi my friend,

Beautiful melon.. a simple composition, yet a super post with good POV, great combination of colours (black/red/green). Amazing details and i could just touch and eat it...great presentation



Sweet and delicious. My favorite fruit and image.

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  • Hudda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 17 N: 59] (296)
  • [2008-06-15 12:08]

Wow they loook so fresh, i wanna eat them
very nice background sharp n balanced image
n very informative note

Hi Roberto,
The water melons have perfect contrast, vibrant colours. The details and sharpness of your photo is just excellent. You chose a good background, too. TFS.

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  • sebak Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 131 W: 12 N: 25] (433)
  • [2008-10-08 12:16]

hey.. just great ;) nice picture ^^

all the best

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