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Yucca seed pods

September 30, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Yucca Pods

When I was at the University of New Mexico, I discovered the seed pods of the Yucca plant while waiting outside of the Max Salazar building for Spanish class to begin. The pods are bean-like, yet short and squat. After cracking one open, to my surprise, I found a row of thin, black discs. They were glossy, and perfectly created with enough wave to them that they seemed individually crafted. I was amazed that something so unique had been hidden behind the skin of the seed pods.


In this photograph, the pods have already dried and cracked distributing their seeds. I love the texture of the outer skin as well as the faint lines on the inside, showing where their black discs had been. In color, the pods seem dried and tired. Dead. But here, in black and white, they seem triumphant, happy to have shed their seeds.

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  1. Infinite Monkeys
    October 1, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    How do you get your backgrounds so dark?

  2. October 2, 2009 at 7:15 am

    In this photo, the pods where in full sunlight, while the background (grove of cottonwood trees ~50 yards behind) were mostly in shadow. The exposure was metered for the background, so the pods had appeared washed out. I lowered the exposure, increased blacks, contrast and clarity. I then adjusted the tone curve to deepen the shadows, giving it more depth, but that was mostly for the pods themselves.

    But, really, the background could have been fairly black simply by setting the exposure for the seed pods. It is most easily done with objects that are pale white, or very bright, against backgrounds in shadow.

  3. Dallin
    October 8, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Wow. LOVE the simplicity.

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