In the back of my mind I have been thinking of sharing some photos on the closing of fall. This one falls into that line of thought and I wanted to share it tonight even though I am in a Forest floor series.
Taken at the field of maples where I have posted a number of photos already, I saw these two leaves suspended on a single branch, that I cloned out to give this in the air effect.
The lighting was perfect for this capture. Three words explain the lighting here....backlit setting sunlight. These are three of my favorite approaches to photography and expression.
The workshop shows the photo as is before processing. Now I know someone is going to say I cheated a little. Ah well perhaps... but I saw this final step before I clicked the shutter. That is the key to capturing a good shot. See it...capture it...share it!
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siolaw (38292) 2006-11-12 20:20
Nice minimalistic compo, with light nicely captured by the diagonal leaves, nice DOF isolating them from BG bokeh;;good work
jtclee77 (492) 2006-11-12 20:24
Good composition and quick hands to capture the still shot of the falling leafs. Good DOF to blur out the background to isolate the leafs. Nice colours.
parbo (11092) 2006-11-12 20:26
Excellent results with splendid lights. I like blurry background and your perfect timing. Rust and black colors are giving an extraordinary contrast. Congratulations.
sothy81 (9630) 2006-11-12 20:30
Great picture. Very simple, but beautiful and interesting. The color is wonderful and the framing is also effective. Regards, Sothy
emilbo (22616) 2006-11-12 20:50
Très belle prise de vue et exellente clarté d'image. Il faut avoir un bon sens d'observation pour prendre de telles photos. L'éclairage est super.
Félicitations pour ta galerie de photos,
roamermark (1592) 2006-11-12 22:04
I will plead guilty as someone who usually complains of this technique ...but...it works here because it is not a portrait (that's where it really annoys me) and the background is still visible but the adjustment has enhanced the lighting in the photo.
Attractive and highly enjoyable for a nature shot (I am not a fan of the genre myself) Well done
dhurjati (2709) 2006-11-12 23:13
Excellent work with light.The blurry b/g actually shifts the focus only to the subject.Nice DOF too.
Greetings from India,
tjanze (5674) 2006-11-13 3:47
I like the simplicity of this composition.great color and light.Nice frame. Regards!
dospordostres (1170) 2006-11-13 7:09
The results of your cheating are great! What's the point of having available means to have a better work if you can't use them? I think pp is a tool and I wish I had your skills to use it and improve my images.
Cormac (26565) 2006-11-13 14:48
This is an amazing shot Paul! The backlighting on the leaves really shows the colour and detail very well, and the dark background helps to show the shape too. The spacing of the leaves in the frame works incredibley well too. Superb!
lasscor (7640) 2006-11-13 16:39
Wonderful colorful minimalist artistic and poetic autumnal composition, full of sensitivity.
DLM (6479) 2006-11-13 16:49
Simple yet beautiful Paul ,wonderful colour and contrast,TFS
dvlazar (6662) 2006-11-13 18:24
I really like what youve done with the post processing. This new one is better than the original in terms of creativity, and having the background simple works great with the 2 leaves.
keribar (43841) 2006-11-14 0:51
Simple but strong autumn picture with the mininum. but a great light makes it all.. Superb colors -
xsanthos (275) 2006-11-14 2:11
Nice color and macro work. Wonderful frame...
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2006-11-14 4:57
this is so softly beautiful, so full of autumn atmosphere, the colours so rich...well done!
Take care, Ivana
clickrick (385) 2006-11-14 12:48
Great idea. You may have cheated a bit, but it was worth it. This makes a wonderfull image. The leaves seem alive, and dying at the same time. I like it a lot.
jjbach (9324) 2006-11-14 16:27
Games with light.
Wonderful picture, splendid work!
Congrats for the original idea.
Ann75 (0) 2006-11-14 23:13
Wow! Excellent shot and what a stunning play of light! I love how these two leaves really stand out against the dark background. Excellent work with stunning colours, I love it!
PS: Man, I didn't know that they had such a nice fall in space too! Thanks for letting me know ;)
prezntime (3946) 2006-11-15 19:00
Well Paul...right now I'm not too much of a fan of post processing...So, your a cheater!...cheater, cheater, cheater!
That said, I too recently posted a photo that I saw in my eye before taking the shot...which required PP. The subway shot, I saw that shot 100% in B&W; so I definately needed to use PS to convert to B&W. The final result is really all that counts. Your photo is beautiful and it is quite haunting how those leaves just hover in the air. The backlighting is just great, and you can't change that with PP.
Now, your still a cheater because you wanted to catch the last leaf falling, this ain't quite it... 8?}
PS. I actually like the workshop, I think you underestimate your picture. Although the effect in your posted shot does make it very distinctive and for that it stands out.
vesalius (861) 2006-11-15 23:03
Nice seeing your photos again, I've been on hiatus. Beautiful colours and composition.
banyanman (7789) 2006-11-16 9:57
Well Paul, you've probably pushed the PP to the point where you have exceeded TrekEarth's TOS (Adam would probably tell you it belongs on TrekLens) but if you had posted it on TL, I wouldn't have seen it, so I don't mind at all that you have posted it here. You have done an excellent cloning job, and with the rest of the PP you have turned this into a superb work of art. This is definitely an image that should be on the wall of an art gallery. Cheers . . . David
macondo (19564) 2006-11-17 2:38
Hi Paul. Just saw a WS you did for papagolf and remembered I hadn't done the rounds for a while. This one is superb! Beautiful lighting which you've rendered perfectly. The position of the leaves and the shallow dof make the leaves seem to almost reach out of the photo. Why call it 'cheating'? You've turned something relatively mundane into something almost magical. The detail on the leaves is marvellous; you can't put into the photo through PP that kind of clarity.
Emile (20352) 2006-11-17 19:59
Very well composed picture with great colors and details, love the way you capture the lights only on the leaves. The blurry and dark DOF enhance the beautiful leaves.
Very well done.
Saludos desde Miami, Florida.
Have a nice weekend.
sssimon (684) 2006-11-19 18:59
I like your note! Thanks for sending the original. We can see how good is your work on this picture! Mastering a tool (probably Photoshop) is often the key to a good picture like that!
I have just learn something new from it!
rajhema (1873) 2006-11-20 5:28
One word. "WOW!".
Another experiment for me to do later.
danielswalsh (13599) 2006-11-26 23:09
This is a great shot Paul;
The leaves in suspended anamation as they seem to be falling to the earth. Very smartly done as the stems are hidden in the shadows.
Nice one Paul,
marjan (6279) 2006-12-02 2:02
hi Paul, very nice compsiton and coloures. TFS
excited (143) 2007-02-15 1:45
fantastik back light , great comp, you really captured this well, great shot, thanks scott
happypoppeye (4819) 2007-08-19 13:23
Yes, perfect lighting...although you cheated a little (just in case no one said it yet). A very simple, yet great looking compostion. The contrast and tones of the leaves are perfect. Also a perfect DOF to isolate the leaves and create a nice smoothly blurred background. Another one that is very original. Nice job picking out a subtle, everyday subject and turning it into a work of art. Good framing to compliment the photo also.
- Copyright: Paul Enns (PJE) (20758)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-11-08
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 F4L, Digital ISO 100
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Fall Color [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-12 20:16
- Favorites: 1 [view]