Allen Tucker  

Weathered Pine Cone by Allen Tucker

November 2020 - Weathered Pine Cone

November 2020 - Allen Tucker

Original 1

November 2020 - Allen Tucker

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Looking for wildflowers on an overcast (soft light) spring day, I came across this large, perfectly intact pine cone, its textured grey weathering set off by the lush green new growth. I went for the color contrast in the first shot, monochrome tonal contrast in the second, then cropped to focus on pine cone detail. Captured with Fuji X100F: 35mm(eq) lens,1/250, f/8, ISO 400. Monochrome conversion in Silver Efex, final image finished in Lightroom with contrast, clarity, and texture boosts. Suggestions?

8 comments posted

Peter Hornbostel   Peter Hornbostel
The cut makes the pine cone more mysterious. Sharp lines and a good light. This is a very good photo. I like this very much!   Posted: 11/04/2020 03:22:23
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Thanks for the compliments. Fuji's small (easy to carry) X100F gets credit for the sharpness.   Posted: 11/05/2020 12:35:43

Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
I like the tighter crop of the original image to emphasize the texture and detail of the pine cone. I am still trying to decide if is too grainy/textured as it doesn't seem natural to me - - but can't say why. Overall I like the image, but something seem off. Help me out.

  Posted: 11/04/2020 19:28:02
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
An initial reaction from fresh eyes is helpful, I may have pushed Lightroom's texture slider too far.   Posted: 11/05/2020 12:41:17

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
I like where you were going with this. The processing seems very appropriate to the subject. I have two small concerns: I don't like the way the tip of one of the "spikes" got cut off at the top of the frame. Also the out of focus spike in the lower right corner is a distraction. Otherwise, this makes for a great "what is it?" type image.   Posted: 11/12/2020 11:47:07
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Thanks for the careful critique.   Posted: 11/13/2020 21:09:58

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I really like the close up crop and the composition. My only comment is that the image seems flat. Perhaps side lighting would give some shadows and more interest to the image.   Posted: 11/12/2020 19:50:29

Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
Without your original I would have let my imagination run away with me and think that it was a closeup of a prehistoric skin or skeleton. It is an interesting subject that made me sit and ponder for quite some time. Neat shot :)   Posted: 11/15/2020 22:44:06


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