Barbara Asacker  

Pine Cone by Barbara Asacker

October 2020 - Pine Cone

About the Image(s)

Equipment and settings: Nikon D500; Macro 90mm lens; f/16; ISO 100; 1/60 second; flash 1/64

This is a shot of the top of a tiny pine cone. I handheld the camera and used a flash. It was processed in Adobe Camera Raw, cropped and sharpened. An adjustment layer was added to darken the levels. I"m trying to practice using a flash so I can walk around and take handheld
shots. All your comments are welcome.

12 comments posted

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
This is a perspective we don't usually see on a pine cone. You've caught the texture and details beautifully. I like your balance of highlights and shadows, and would love to see more detail in those shadow areas without losing the feeling of light v. dark. Was that a dead spider in there? I think the only suggestion I would make is that the subject should be maybe more apparent? I couldn't discern what was the main subject?   Posted: 10/04/2020 18:14:49
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Carol
Thank you for your comments. There is no spider in the image. It's just the dried, ed up leaves on the top of a pine cone.
I agree it does look like a spider.
  Posted: 10/08/2020 19:08:08

Sarfaraz Choudhury   Sarfaraz Choudhury
Lovely capture. Could have been more appealing if reduce the blank space at the bottom.
Don mind madam it's my view only, you know better then me, I am just an ameture in this field.   Posted: 10/08/2020 11:04:22
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Thank you Sarfaraz,
I appreciate your suggestions. I,too, am an amateur in Macro.
  Posted: 10/08/2020 18:48:26

Nilan Herath
Nice colour tone. Confused a bit what is the object is. If your object is that spider background clutter disturb the subject.   Posted: 10/08/2020 11:23:37
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Nilan
Thank you for your comments. There is no spider in the image. Its just dried leaves on top of the pine cone. However, as I look more closely it does appear to be a spider.
Barbara   Posted: 10/08/2020 19:00:59

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Very interesting image, Barbara. I'd have never know I was looking at a pine cone had you not told us. I like the color range and area of sharpness. Wish I could see more of the pine cone itself.   Posted: 10/12/2020 13:15:52
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Thank you, Bill. I tried to capture the texture in the image but failed to present it well.
  Posted: 10/12/2020 15:55:28

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I have to start off with the controversy about the spider. While you insist that there isn't one, the configuration of the eight legs is too much like a spider to be something else. While I've seen spiders that are naturally masquerading as other insects, I've never seen a plant with parts that masquerade as the 8 segmented legs of a spider. While we cannot see the body from this angle, I'm convinced it must be one.

Now that that's out of the way, you captured some amazing detail here. Using flash for macro is a tricky endeavor, especially as the lens can cause shadows and the light can be rather harsh unless you diffuse it. The best macro diffuser I've seen can be found here:

It is certainly difficult to dscern what your subject is, mainly because the shallow DOF blurs details in the surrounding parts of the pine cone so we cannot tell what we're looking at. Course who am I to talk when a lot of my images don't look like anything we're used to seeing. d;¬{D

Frankly, I think it's great that you tackled this difficult subject and I say, keep at it! d:¬{D   Posted: 10/16/2020 17:12:41
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Tom
Thank you for your suggestion. I'll try a diffuser with the flash. I think I'm going to stick with flowers as subjects.
Barbara   Posted: 10/16/2020 17:50:03
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
When I was starting into macro, as I indicated on Carol's image, mums proved to be a great subject for macro work. Plus, you can often get cheap bouquets at local supermarkets that provide marvelous subjects. d;¬{D   Posted: 10/16/2020 18:02:46

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
The supermarket is my favorite florist.😊   Posted: 10/17/2020 09:00:36


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