A victim of frost and cold, this hosta leaf, once green and white, is still beautiful in fall tones.
Canon 5DIII 1/50s f/7.1 ISO640 100mm
By the end of the day yesterday, our driveway was covered in leaves from the two ash trees in our front yard. I had run some errands around town last evening and returned just as the sun was going out of view between our neighbors’ houses across the street. I turned back to look at the non-descript jumble of leaves on the driveway and noticed a patch of sunshine lighting up a very small area.
I got my camera, which still had the 50mm 1.2 lens attached from yesterday’s table shoot, and looked for a suitable subject for the ray of light. Knowing that I had only a minute or two, I quickly found a single, yellow maple leaf. I knew that if I arranged it just right, the gentle backlighting of the setting sun might bring it to life.
And it did. You might think that I did something in software to enhance this photo. But aside from a few minor tweaks, the color and contrast you see here are what the camera recorded. Critics might suggest that the leaf is not properly focused, and I guess I would agree. But I think that the shallow depth of field and soft, unfocused parts of the yellow leaf lend to a feeling of decadence.
This photo is yet another example of the importance of being in the right place at the right instant. But it is also an example of what it means to be a photographer: seeing things that others might not otherwise see. A child might lie prone to study a single leaf. And so would some photographers.
We are closing in on the end of September in South Dakota and that means that fall is here. While there plenty of leaves on the ground, there are also tenacious plans that aren’t quite ready to give up.
When I saw these leaves, what caught my attention was the subtle backlighting caused by the low western sun. When I pointed my camera at this leaf, I was hoping that I could isolate this one leaf from all the rest. In fact, when I took the photo, I was thinking of using it here with the title “E pluribus unum.” But who wants to figure out Latin in a photo blog?
One of the problems with the iPhone is that you need to touch a spot on the back screen to take a photo. Thus, you can only really use one hand to hold the camera. In the case of the “Big Green Leaf,” found in the Como Park Conservatory, the camera used a pretty slow shutter speed, and it was hard not to have a shaky camera. I’ll figure this out, I’m sure.
The lines on the leaf are what begged me to take this photo. Do I really hear things talk to me when I’m out taking photos? Yes. In fact some times they shout.
iPhone 4 1/15s f/2.8 ISO160 3.85mm
I found these brightly colored leaves in the heart of downtown Seattle. I had wandered out of the conference I was attending during my lunch hour to look for a few photo opportunities. I found this tree in a courtyard of an office building. After I had taken a few photos, I noticed two armed security guards walking my way and they weren’t smiling. They told me to stop taking photos. I said that I was only taking pictures of leaves. But that didn’t matter. They told me I was on private property and that I would be charged with trespassing if I didn’t leave the property. So I left.
But I got this photo!
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