Gerard Blair  

Animated Seed Pods by Gerard Blair

November 2021 - Animated Seed Pods

November 2021 - Gerard Blair


November 2021 - Gerard Blair

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About the Image(s)

I was walking around the neighborhood yesterday and found a tree that had shed hundreds of seed pods (about 4 to 9 inches long) and so I took a few home to work with.
I came up with three arrangement that I liked - this being my favorite.

As you may agree, the post-processing seems to me to be essential in making the image more interesting. Because I used a white background, I am able to add a background easily - and I decided to create one from a picture of the same seed pods taken with a macro lens (hoping that the texture of the background would resonate with the texture of the subject).

Canon EOS 6D Mark II - EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM
f/9.0 0.4 ISO 100 24mm
(tripod - remote trigger - dining-room table - big LED so that I can play after sunset when the house is quiet)

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Gerard, VERY creative. Your treatment of the background beans gives it the appearance of being fabric. I like the composition and the slight sepia toning (you did sepia tone it, right?) gives a nod to the original color of the pods. Well done!   Posted: 11/02/2021 22:57:17

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
May I comment on my own picture?
Since I posted this, I have been looking at material in a course on lighting and in particular the inverse square law (the drop-off of light intensity from its source). What interests me in my image is the darkness off to the left and bottom. This was NOT photoshopped except that it resulted from contrast enhancement of the original. The light source was very close to the subject coming in horizontally, and what you see here is mostly the effect of that drop-off. So - if the width of the image is the same as the distance as the light to the nearest edge, the light on the far edge is a quarter that of the near edge - and I think that means I need to keep this in mind when I place the light next time.   Posted: 11/03/2021 10:25:47

Randy Andre   Randy Andre
Good image, I like all of the texture and shadows seen in the seed pods and in the background. Your comment on the lighting is very interesting also, I think I would have liked to see the top right corner a little darker so some details could be seen in the background. The top right being so bright pulls my eye towards it. I was wondering how you arrived at your title?   Posted: 11/04/2021 05:07:59
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Randy, thanks for the feedback
My title? I found the seed pods on the ground, dropped from the branches. But I felt that the arrangement of these three pods was like a bird rising upwards: animated with new life and movement, hence ...   Posted: 11/04/2021 10:56:14

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Gerard,
Nicely done. You succeeded in capturing great texture. Using the seed pods to create a background was a great idea. It worked well. You managed to use simple seed pods and create a great image.   Posted: 11/04/2021 10:34:08

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Great image. I really like the textures in this and it might make a very pleasing print on fine art paper. The intensity of the light on the top right is a little over-powering and I would like to see more of the bean pod texture in that part of the image. Good title and I see the bird rising. Mono works well but those pods are such a great colour that it would look fine that way too.   Posted: 11/04/2021 12:14:22

Leanne Moore
Gerard I just love this images and great idea to use a macro shot of the pod as the background.....It blends together so well. The use of mono works so well too. You have brought out all the textures and detail in the 3 pods which makes the image. My only critique is I would dull down the right top corner a bit. Its a bit too white and bright for my liking. Otherwise great creativity and fantastic image.   Posted: 11/06/2021 18:53:26

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Great image. The line on the right side leads my eyes right to the subject. Beautiful tones of white and gray. Love the patterns on the pods. That was a great idea. Keep them coming.   Posted: 11/21/2021 19:06:12