Lynne Hollingsworth  

Fern with spores by Lynne Hollingsworth

July 2021 - Fern with spores

About the Image(s)

This is a wild fern that grows in my flower beds if not periodically cut. So we did some gardening, cut the leafy beast and I brought a few fronds inside to shoot. I took the underside of the frond to capture the spores along with the odd shape of a few of the leaves. I took seven shots, stacked and blended in photoshop.

Post processing included NIK software to sharpen and then Silver Effects Pro to convert to B&W using Dark Selenium. Let me know your thoughts.

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8 comments posted

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
That was a great idea to take the back side of the fern so that the spores are showing. To me it looks kind of like a dragon tail. I like the contrast, and the light background. I flipped the image to put the tip in the upper right, and a lead in from the lower left. What do you think?   Posted: 07/06/2021 15:23:44
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Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I like your version. Yes - the image reminds me of a dragon tail or large reptile tail too. The spores are oddly shaped which tells me they're maturing and more allergic sneezing awaits   Posted: 07/06/2021 19:08:43

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Nice capture Lynne. It has good impact, composition is nicely done. Also I like the border. I like Tom's version as well.   Posted: 07/06/2021 16:49:37

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
When I first saw this image and how well the spores stand out, I thought perhaps you scanned a fern with a scanner. I'm impressed you were able to get so much detail in the photograph, but I've not tried stacking and blending images, which appears to help bring those fine details. That seems like a lot of work in post-processing, though. Did you use a dedicated macro lens to take the 7 separate images that you combined? It does look like a tail of something prehistoric, particularly after Tom's flip.   Posted: 07/06/2021 23:34:29
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I used my Nikon 105mm macro lens for the shot. The leaf is on a light box with some overhead lighting to eliminate the shadows. The backlight was needed so the leaf didn't look flat. A lot of people use Zerene Stacker for post processing image stacking, but it's pricey for a plug-in that has only one function. I use photoshop which does the work for me.   Posted: 07/07/2021 05:43:21

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Well done. I think Tom's realignment is an improvement.
I use Helicon Focus, not too expensive and so super easy.   Posted: 07/07/2021 11:23:09

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I slightly favor Tom's flip because upwards is the direction that plants grow. Of course leaves will droop down like that, but without the context of the whole plant, I prefer upwards.
No suggestions for an excellent composition and a sharp image.   Posted: 07/10/2021 15:51:27

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Lovely detail of the spores and I like both versions. I can see that just using one frond keeps it simple, but I wonder if there is too much white canvas. However I am thinking that this shot would be great as part of a triptych of fern fronds, with two side panels leading in to a central square one which could have three upward pointing fronds. Please do some more gardening and try it!   Posted: 07/12/2021 09:23:01