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
shutter speed 1/250 second
focal length 10.28mm