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Fallen leaves

September 25th, 2009
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__TS-E90mm f/2.8__3.0 sec at f / 32

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__TS-E90mm f/2.8__3.0 sec at f / 32

There is an small saping tree growing in my front yard.  I don’t know the species but it might a walnut tree.  It sprung up out of an old ground squirrel hole.  The leaves have been falling to the ground in this late summer heat – about 95 degrees now.  The other evening, I noticed some wonderful textures in one leaf so I collected a handful and put them in a box with the idea of creating an image.  This morning I photographed them in several lighting conditions.  This frame was made indoors by window light, with a sunlit interior wall reflecting light onto the leaves.



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  2. Thanks, Stacey and Radek,

    The leaves are in a cardboard box, put in as I collected them. This process was fairly random, with some tweaks to cover the cardboard and give interesting angles to leaf lines.

  3. Radek says:

    Beautiful and powerful image. Not sure how many times I would have to go out and take photos of leaves under different conditions, before I realized that I can move the leaves 😉

  4. Stacey says:

    Bill, I have to agree, the color and texture of these simple leaves is quite wonderful. Thanks for sharing them. I do have a question though. When you lay down a group of leaves like this, do you do much arranging or let them fall where they may and work the compositions from the camera (with maybe some minor tweaks)? Just curious.

  5. Rhoda Maurer says:

    Serendipity… just this morning I photographed some dead maple leaves outside my back door that had fallen off in our last windstorm. I find the brown color of decomposing leaves very beautiful and I’m glad other people see this beauty too!

  6. I will have to put an ebook together of “Home” photographs. Thanks.

  7. Bob Cole says:

    Beautiful image, Bill, of something others might simply ignore as debris on the ground. Beauty is everywhere, if we just look!

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