Paul Swepston  


Japanese Maple Seed by Paul Swepston

October 2020 - Japanese Maple Seed

About the Image(s)


Nikon D850
Nikkor 85mm Micro lens
tripod
4 sec @ f/36
Iso 100


9 comments posted




Timothy Morton   Timothy Morton
Till looking at the title assumed this was a butter fly but then realizing it's a seed the focus is very well handled with the colours make one see how it nature and thus POP.   Posted: 10/09/2020 06:57:28



Barbara Dunn   Barbara Dunn
Colorful little seed pods, the oranges contrast well with the background. I like the way that it looks like an insects wings, ready to take off.   Posted: 10/09/2020 12:38:17



Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi
Till

This is an interesting subject to photograph. You have used color (orange and green complementary) and lighting well.

If you wished this to be a portrait of the seed, you might consider:

1. tighter crop and moving the sleed slightly to camera right (less centred).

2. removing leafs on the seed which are distracting

3. increasing the brightness on the seed pod, and darkening the background to make the pod stand out more

If you wished to have minimum editing, next time, you could eliminate distractions on your subject by changing your position, or tying back the overlapping leaf.

It depends on your intent: environmental vs portrait image.

I have attached a suggestion for another crop, and removed a leaf covering the pod for you to consider. However, I still kept the framing around the pod.   Posted: 10/09/2020 12:59:50
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Paul Swepston   Paul Swepston
Actually I should have titled it "From this to that" as I was most interested in the life cycle of the Japanese Maple. That is why I did not try to make it a seed portrait but rather a seed within the leaves. I didn't mention it but I did use the brighten center filter in Color Efex Pro to highlight the seed.

Thanks for the feedback.   Posted: 10/18/2020 13:29:38



Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi
Till

This is an interesting subject to photograph. You have used color (orange and green complementary) and lighting well.

If you wished this to be a portrait of the seed, you might consider:

1. tighter crop and moving the sleed slightly to camera right (less centred).

2. removing leafs on the seed which are distracting

3. increasing the brightness on the seed pod, and darkening the background to make the pod stand out more

If you wished to have minimum editing, next time, you could eliminate distractions on your subject by changing your position, or tying back the overlapping leaf.

It depends on your intent: environmental vs portrait image.

I have attached a suggestion for another crop, and removed a leaf covering the pod for you to consider. However, I still kept the framing around the pod.   Posted: 10/09/2020 12:59:52
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Steven Wharram   Steven Wharram
The colours of the seed pod help to make it stand out from the background though you could have increased the contrast a little. I like the composition which means it's not centred and is a little above the half way point.   Posted: 10/13/2020 05:40:33
Paul Swepston   Paul Swepston
I didn't mention it but I did use filter in Color Efex Pro to brighten the center and darken the surrounding area. I didn't want to overdo it since I really was trying to contrast the shape and color of the seed with leaves of the tree.

Thank you for the comment.   Posted: 10/18/2020 13:31:14



Wendy Stanford   Wendy Stanford
Hi Paul, what an interesting seed pod, wonderful colours, nature is marvelous on the way plants disperse the seed, I like the way the pod is surround by leaves, showing the natural environment, nice lighting showing great detail and colour.   Posted: 10/20/2020 05:51:18



Paul Swepston   Paul Swepston
Thank you Wendy. I love Japanese Maples and have about 14 different ones that I have planted and another 10 that I have raised from volunteers. Plus another 30 volunteers that I am raising in pots and small banzai containers. I get great spring colors but something about my climate doesn't always give me much in the fall.   Posted: 10/20/2020 06:12:58



 

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