In the midst of the wonderful Japanese gardens surrounding the shogun palace in Kyoto, these young pine cones sat silently, almost hidden from view.

I have to admit I love this shot, partly as it turned out unexpectedly well, due not only to the unusual subject matter, but to my wonderful, much loved first digital camera.
I had been dreaming of owning a Minolta for many years, long before digital photography was around. So when I finally succumbed to the temptation of this new technology and left my luddite days behind me, I obviously chose a Minolta; by then, they had joined forces with Konica.

It was not until I downloaded this photo upon our return that i suddenly realised just how amazing digital photography really was, but also just what remarkable wonders the macro setting with the Carl Zeiss lens (I had no idea what that was or that it was good until I showed a friend this photo and he told me) could perform!
What a turning point moment and image this turned out to be!

taken with a Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 with Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens
macro setting
shutter speed 1/250 second
aperture f/3.2
focal length 10.28mm
ISO 50

This camera was replaced within months of taking this photo by the Sony DSC-H9, when Minolta sold their photo technology to Sony


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An avid photographer, both still and moving, since I was 10 years old, I later discovered and developed a particular love of macro, which is now one of my main genres. More recently, however, my repertoire has broadened to include stained glass windows and particularly the stunning beauty of outback New South Wales and South, Australia.
I hope you enjoy the beauty of the Creation, captured and presented here for you.

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  • Jamie Peterson
    Jamie Petersonabout 6 years ago

    Great shot…. I have never seen a pine cone at this stage. You have a wonderful eye.

  • I hadn’t either Jamie. It was only that we were in the grounds of a Shinto Temple (I think) in Japan, with wonderful Japanese gardens that I could actually see this, at eye level. Normally I suspect such things are way above our heads and therefore go unseen!
    It fascinated me and, being the macro nut I am, I simply had to take a shot of it! ; )
    Thank you for your comments.

    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    August 29, 2010

  • Very many thanks…only just came in here out of the blue and noticed it had been featured. Thank you so very much…it’s actually one of my favourite shots, it not No.1 actually, as I took it while on holiday in Kyoto and Osaka…!

    : ))))

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

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