Well, today is my day off and its pouring rain outside. So, I thought I’d put on Spotify, and goof around in Photoshop for a while. This is another image of Oak Leaves which are just starting to shoot. I photographed them with my 105 Macro mounted on a tripod, and I put a white sheet of paper behind for a clear background. I posted a high key shot the other day, and for today, I thought I would try an over the top effect complete with a texture. I love textures, but have not really been pleased with my past results. Todays attempt seems a bit more to my liking. Interestingly enough, it is also my most blatant use of a texture and I like it more than when I try to be more subtle. Who would have guessed. I guess it just goes to show you a little experimentation yields some interesting results. Have a great day and all the best to you!!
I’m so happy that Spring is finally arriving here in the Northeast. March was our snowiest month of the Winter, and April was no bargain either. Finally however, May has brought Spring like weather. Even though today’s high was a meager 48F and the house’s heat actually kicked on a few times today, Spring is here…this is how I know.
Earlier this week, I made my first journey to the yard and began the dreaded spring clean up. Dead leaves that fell after I was done raking for the season, a host of limbs and branches and all sorts of entropy laden factors made my yard a serious mess. But any trip to my yard usually provides and opportunity for photographic inspiration as well, and so we have today’s picture.
While out raking, mowing and blowing, I couldn’t help but notice the tiny leaves that had emerged from their buds in the last few days. Their colors and details were so beautiful. Like mini, concentrated versions of their full grown selves, they took on a unique quality. I knew I had to capture them somehow. So, when I was finally done with my real work, I ran into the house, and grabbed my camera and Macro lens. I also got a clip board and taped some plain white paper to it to use as a background. I’d seen this done with flowers and though I’d give it a try with these tiny leaves. Well, despite all the peril inherent in Macro photography, my consistent banging of the background into the stem as I fired the shutter, and the wind, I managed a few shots I am pleased to say are keepers. Here’s one of those shots today for you to see. I hope you like it and Happy Spring to those of you in the northern hemisphere. All the best!!
A Rainbow of Leaves
Do you like what I did there? A rainbow of leaves? It’s true. If you look hard enough, and use your imagination just a little, you can see the entire ROY G BIV we all once learned about in science class. Of course, they were talking about rainbows there, and these leaves are not rainbows, but hopefully you see the artistic slant in all this. People who see this bush, which has grown in my front yard for the last 20 years, are amazed by what it does in the fall. Eventually, the leaves will all go to a bright yellow, but they don’t drop. They just slowly loose their color, and get really thick for the winter. The cool thing is that they progress through all these different colors first, and almost never in unison, so you wind up with this bizarre looking plant. I can’t account for the flower in this picture, beyond the fact that it has been unseasonably mild this fall, and perhaps this poor guy got his seasons mixed up. Sometimes people see one of my pictures of this bush and assume I’ve photoshopped the colors. That sort of drives me nuts. I’ll admit to using photoshop, but I don’t manufacture false images unless they are obviously so. I’m more of the subtle enhancement kind of guy, and almost every picture gets a vignette.
For this picture, I got most of my bang out of the contrast slider in lightroom, and I did make the jump to photoshop for some sharpening, and curves adjustments in the channels. Back in lightroom, I applied some more sharpening (not sure why) and I’ll admit hitting the vibrance slider a bit, but the base colors are all genuine; I promise. Fall continues to progress here in the northeast, but we continue to enjoy a mild run of days. We have not seen a snow yet that has stuck, and by that I mean accumulate, or at least not melt on contact with the ground. This has the skiers pulling their hair out, but most everyone else is pretty ok with it. There have been some heavy frosts lately, and I’ve been fortunate enough to put a few hours together to get out and grab some shots of the frosty landscape. I look forward to sharing them with you soon. Have a great day!!!
I especially like when the sun is low enough in the sky that it just hits the tops of the trees. The leaves seem to glow in that golden light, and really look great. If the light reaches the tree bark, as in the case of these pines, the trunks take on a reddish orange color that provides a great contrast against the sky, which is usually turning darker and darker blue as the sun sets lower in the sky. If you haven’t noticed, trees are one of my favorite subjects to shoot, and believe it or not, I’m especially fond of them when they have dropped some, or all of their leaves. I love this type of composition, with all the branches splitting off in different directions. Shooting pictures up through trees is a little rough on the neck, but worth it if you ask me. You’re amply rewarded for your pain, and a little ibuprofen goes a long way once you get home.
On this particular day, the sun was fading fast. We had hoped to be off the trail by this time, and near a lake shore where we could get some sunset pictures. Unfortunately, we were moving to slow and never got there in time. As a result, this is my sunset picture for the day, and I’m glad for it. Things don’t always work out as planned, but I guess if you’re having fun with what you’re doing anyway, there’s no harm in it. As it was, we had a great little hike, and came away with a picture or two for the effort. All in all, a great day. I wish you all the best in the coming days. I hope you are able to get out there and find what inspires you most, and make something great of it. See you all soon!!!