I got excited when NB23 announced the Study of a Pepper challenge. Edward Weston did the penultimate sensually anthropomorphised pepper though, decades ago, so I couldn't compete with that! Looking at NB's examples and the entries so far, I needed to find something in a different direction. But what? ... An idea hatched ... but who do I know that can pull it off? I know! My business partner and ex-friend can sure talk a good game and I'll bet she's got the cojones to pull it off... But that isn't quite the image I had in mind. So we explored the nature of the relationship between a woman and a pepper ... Hmmm. The concept definately needs some work - what is the nature of a pepper that a woman - indeed any human - needs to relate to? How to Study a Pepper? A pepper is hot, and obviously my model (and ex-friend) is too. But how does the pepper fit in ... Hmmmm. A pepper relates to the tongue! It reacts to and reacts with the tongue, indeed the whole mouth get involved with a good, hot, pepper, as my ex-friend shows here: Ok, now we're getting somewhere - the shape and color of that habanero was a perfect contrast to her tongue - look at it, they're twins separated at birth! I told my ex-friend to 'get friendly' with the vegetable, and soon the challenge image was inevitable: https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?p=616886#post616886 Playing with the pepper became just too natural for my former friend and model, though. Watching her "relate" to got me completely distracted, I just kept shooting and shooting .. so, understand me when I say, I really wasn't paying attention when my ex-friend asked, "How do these peppers taste? They look good!" I didn't think about the consequences. ... I was just reacting to the scene in the view finder: I mean you can relate, right? I was not thinking of capsacien concentration, or common chemical sensitivity or any of that stuff. I was just reacting when I replied ... "Sweet!" . . . . . . . . . . . . .