I’ve always been fascinated with seeds and seed heads – they make such interesting silhouettes.
Here are some of my seed photos:
This is a huge seedpod – you can see its size up against the lens cap from my camera. It’s from the sausage tree, found in Botswana. You definitely wouldn’t want to be standing under the tree when one of these drops off!
freshly picked lotus seed heads – the seeds are considered a great delicacy and taste a bit like hazel nuts or almonds
seeds and pods from the Annato tree (this is where henna comes from)
Nigella aka Love-in-the-mist seedpods – they produce flowers varying in colour from white through pink to deep blue and self-seed easily
how could I not include an image of poppies and their distinctive seed pods
these giant thistleheads can often be found nailed to the front doors of houses in Southern France as protection against the evil eye
and finally, two pieces of artwork created using seeds and seedpods by Marie Noelle Fontan
View more seeds by following the links on Ailsa’s post
Here are a few macro photos I took of a yellow goat’s beard seed head, Tragopogon Pratensis (aka Meadow Salsify and Jack go to bed at noon) and a thistle. I loved the golden colours and the way the seeds shone in the sunlight.
They were taken with an Iphone 6S with in the in-phone camera. I decided not to edit them in any way as they are beautiful in their own right.
See Sally’s original post and links to other beautiful macro shots here.
In case you hadn’t guessed, my challenger’s choice is “architecture”. The following 3 photos were taken with the iphone 6+ in camera app and were edited using various settings in the Enlight app. This app produces some great abstract effects.
Bellapais abbey, Northern Cyprus
Bath abbey, UK
a chapel in Clifton, Bristol, UK
take a peek at other challenger’s choices
I was particularly interested to read Sally’s latest post about preferring to use her iphone as opposed to her trusty old Nikon. I, too, have made the transition from my Canon Eos 450 (with which I was never entirely happy) to my iphone 6+ which I’ve had for just over a year now. I am rarely without it and only use the bulky Canon when we’re on an important trip, when I like to have the security of a second camera just in case ….
I use the Lenka app for my black and white photography. The advantage of this little app is that it takes both a black and white photo and a colour one so that if you’re not happy with the results of the black and white one you can always run the colour one through another app to achieve a black and white image. These are all SOOC (straight out of the camera).
For Lens and Pens
This is the bud
the ephemeral beauty of night-flowering cacti plants. Within half an hour of my taking this shot the flower had already started to wither
the ephemeral beauty of the last persimmons/kaki/sharon fruit in the garden – ephemeral because it’s a question of who gets them – me or the birds. I think the birds are winning ….
All photos were taken with an iphone 6+ using the Camera+ app, and the macro setting for the first two
Find other contributions here
This extraordinary sculpture is in the grounds of Hauser & Wirth’s gallery in Somerset, UK.
Taken with an iphone 6+ and edited in Filterstorm Neu and DistressedFX.
The foliage is made from saucepans and kitchen implements. Not only do they have an art gallery – with a truly awful exhibition the day we went there, but an excellent restaurant and a perennial meadow garden, designed by the renowned landscape artist Piet Oudolf
You will find other inspirational black and white photos on Sally’s blog.
There is something intensely appealing to me about abandoned buildings. Apart from the fact that I find beauty in decay there are always unanswerable questions – who lived there, what were their lives like, what inspired them to build the building and why in this particular place?
The original photo was converted to a watercolour image
the same original photo was converted to a pencil sketch
the two resulting images were then combined
and given a different colour cast
This was the original photo
this is a larger view of the same building – unifinished – I suspect it was going to be a hotel and the owners simply ran out of money to complete the project
Which one do you prefer?
Inspired by Sally Donatello