Monday, September 18, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS -- Seed Pod in Black and White


Blogger Chris Fry said...

Wow Micki. Stunning image. I love it!

8:59 AM  
Blogger micki said...

Yesterday’s image was the outside wall to the fitness center where my husband works out every morning and the girls take swim lessons.

This is just a seed pod, there are many of these around starting in the fall. Some get knocked down while they’re still green, but most fall when they’re brown and full of seeds. I’d actually kept this one around since the spring. My son had brought many of them to his sister through the window one warm and sunny afternoon. I liked the look of this one in particular, and knew I wanted to macro shoot it, but I just have the picture in my head yet. So it sat all summer on my desk until one day I noticed it and the picture came into my mind…in black and white.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Tri-X
Shutter Speed - 0.5 seconds
Aperture Setting - f-4.5 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Spot metering
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

And if you’re really interested, I put the seed pod on a piece of white cardstock, and shot this in natural light on the front porch. In the late afternoon there’s a window of about 20 minutes in the summer time when the light shines in between two trees and falls on the porch.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Don said...

I like the macro in black and white. Nice detail.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous david said...

a terrific high-key image; i really like this

9:50 AM  
Anonymous anton said...

That's cool - should have called it alien pod! ;)

9:56 AM  
Anonymous torekimi said...

Wow! Excellent in B&W.

How messy is your desk?

10:07 AM  
Anonymous armeen said...

it feels like a modern-art type of artwork, bothe object and your photograph. your macro photo are very pleasing :)

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Justin said...

Really nice. The shallow dof is perfect for this image.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Kris [PiXistenZ] said...

i love the straightforward composition (subject in the middle) and the narrow dof.. powerful picture!

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Samarth said...

very nice, very different....8.5/10

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Wow, Micki! You sure take a long time to make a shot! ;-) A lovely little seed pod. I'd bet a shot of a bouquet of them would look lovely, as well.

1:04 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

A lovely image with a compelling 'hovering' presence - the shadow of the pod blends with the pod istelf so well that the whole appears to float in high-key space.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I think these are the same as the ones I see all over the streets. They always reminded me of baby bird beeks.

Fantastic shot.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous geof said...

One of natures sculptures. Like it

2:55 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Reminds me of a piece of intricate jewelry – although more complex than anything we can make. Great find, smooth shot.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Robin Freeman said...

Nice graphic B&W shot.
Well done!


3:18 PM  
Anonymous MontereyJohn said...

Eeeeek! A microbe! No, wait...
Nice shot Micki.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Ron: said...

Wicked shot. I think it's my absolute favorite so far.. This one is really great!

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...


I love stuff like this!

6:42 PM  
Anonymous fotojo said...

Wonderful textured and strange little thing, singled out beautifully.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous tuan said...

mwuahahaha! I got it right.

This looks great, like a fine art photo. Would look great framed on a white wall.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Fraser said...

Fabulous shot, Micki!!

8:52 PM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
Really lovely looking abstract image Micki.
Its almost indicative of a graphic movie image of an alien creation.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great shot! Nice macro work in black and white.


9:37 PM  
Anonymous Jason Ertel said...

We used to call them gumballs as kids... I don't know why!? Nice and straight shot!


9:37 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Love this image!

9:58 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Mint!!! I LOVE this shot Micki! A++

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Intern said...

fantastic shot.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Wow looks like some pre-historic find!
You see images in your head too!
(To answer your to when I took my photo today... I think it was mid afternoon)

10:26 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

wow..neat detail...beautiful capture:-)) one of yr best macro shot:-)

10:31 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Right up my alley. Love it:)

11:12 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Excellent macro shot ! Looks good in B/W.

2:27 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Seeing this website really makes me want to buy a 35mm SLR to play around with... It would definitely be better on the bank than the DSLR cameras I secretly drool over. I share some of your views in post-processing, in that I don't do it in my gallery. There's just too much graphic design in the world. :)

2:38 AM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Good macro shot. What kind of seed is this ?

3:31 AM  
Blogger H.O said...

very artistic.

4:09 AM  
Blogger Ankur Shrivastava said...

Great work! And nice variety on your photoblog.


7:31 AM  
Blogger Yanik said...

STUNNING!!! thats all that can be said really...well done..

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Oh, wow, very cool and very alien. Love this.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

What can I say that hasn't already been said by everyone else? I love it! I've never seen a seed pod like that before, and I still can't believe that something that cool can be found in nature. Great call with the card stock and the B&W by the way.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Beautiful work! Really nice choice in composition and background. Makes my feet hurt though. I grew up with these in my yard and they are no fun to walk on!

5:57 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Sweet gum seed pods are all over my yard. Barefoot in the dark, nah nah. Great presentation of these strange things.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Still said...

I like this one a lot!

8:40 AM  

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