Tom Pickering, APSA  


Pinecone Petal by Tom Pickering, APSA

March 2023 - Pinecone Petal

About the Image(s)

Specs: D5000, Tamron 60mm Macro, f32, 2s, 1:1, Macro Rig, Adaptalux Lighting Arms

This is a petal from a dried-out pinecone found last Fall. This is basically SOOC with only a little adjustment of the white balance. Suggestions?


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4 comments posted




Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Your subjects are always so fascinating and unusual. I like the texture and the gentle feeling of undulating surface that you've captured. The tonal range also works quite well for this. There are a couple of "soft" areas, but not so obvious that it detracts from the image for me. The crop didn't work as well for me, and I was wondering if you considered a diagonal placement of this subject? I like the image, though. The white balance feels spot-on.   Posted: 03/17/2023 20:34:37
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
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I should have done a stack, but I felt it was sharp enough through most of it to stand.

Yes, I considered a diagonal orientation, but it would necessitate pulling back and leaving 1:1.   Posted: 03/19/2023 14:48:01



Keith Au   Keith Au
Agreed that the subject is sharp enough without focus stacking. I noticed the edges are very sharp against the dark background.. Love it.   Posted: 03/19/2023 21:19:50



Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I can't say I've thought much about the spikes on a pine cone, which I now realise are petals. I learn something every day! I watched a youtube video about cutting them off for kids to play with, and now I've seen a few detatched petals, I don't know which end this is. My guess is it's the outer end, not the inner one, cut off.

Whatever, it makes an interesting picture. As the others say, the colour and texture are really nice. Sharpness is good for f32. Nicely lit with soft shadows. I like the dark but not black backgroound.   Posted: 03/20/2023 15:51:21