Neal R. Thompson, M.D.  


Milkweed Pod by Neal R. Thompson, M.D.

November 2021 - Milkweed Pod

About the Image(s)

Sony ILCE 6300 with adapted 100 mm Canon Macro; Camera on tripod in field. Wind was blowing:. 1/1600 sec; f/14 with iso at 2500. Single image. PS work with color dodging; and burning after cropping the image. I was surprised that I had those settings as they seemed extreme.


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8 comments posted




Sharon Moir   Sharon Moir
Very interesting shot. Sharpness is fantastic and exposure excellent. Good job!   Posted: 11/07/2021 10:50:28



Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
This is a very pretty shot. However, my eye runs from the body of the center to the filmy pods on my right. So I figured I'd try to get the center of the pod without distraction. I'm not 100% sure I love it but am offering it as an option.



















5   Posted: 11/09/2021 09:06:56
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Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
I see what you mean. The large negative area on the upper right of your photo bothers me a bit but there appears to be too many elements of interest in mine.   Posted: 11/09/2021 12:48:45



David Robb   David Robb
Exquisitely well captured. All the elements came together for a pleasing photograph.   Posted: 11/12/2021 15:24:15



Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
Thank you for the technical data. Impressive capture under difficult conditions. My eye needs a focal point in what is a busy image.   Posted: 11/13/2021 07:10:39



Dennis Hirning   Dennis Hirning
It looks great. I thought that you had done your focus stacking since it looks similar to some of your other images. I do agree with Bev since my eye goes to the brighter portion. To me the interest is on the left side. I have found that it is hard to get anything by burning in the highlights. I don't use PS anymore so I can't tell you how to do it but I tried a severe vignette, with Luminar AI, positioned around the mass of seeds on the left. It does seem to keep the attention drawn the the area of interest to me.   Posted: 11/17/2021 07:50:31
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Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Dennis, I really like your modification. Neal   Posted: 11/18/2021 15:35:05



Than Sint   Than Sint
Fine details can be seen. It is not easy to get such sharpness on a windy day. It will come very nice if you slightly reduce the highlight.   Posted: 11/18/2021 06:46:09