Wandering around Hanmer I found a type of pinetree that had extra small pinecones – only about the size of a chicken egg!
The light was filterd and dappled through the tree branches, so I had some fun shooting different angles and compositions. Had an added level of difficulty due to enough breeze to make the branches sway a bit. Thank goodness for very fast camera equipment!
Finally I was playing with some LR presets I recently purchased and I liked this one that when viewed at a larger size picks up the depths of the textures in the surfaces of the pine cone leaves (petals?)
All images taken with the 7D and 70-200F4 IS lens, handheld. Apertures range from 5.0 to 7.1. Focal length varies from 100 to 150 mm. ISO set at 100 as it was a bright sunny day.