Small Leaf On Rain Dropped Leaf Background

This is a 2 image stacked photo, shot at f/4. It was a windy day, so I did not want to use a small f/stop because the leaves were blowing back & forth. It does not show here, but there was quite a bit of distance between the two main leaf subjects. So with the wind moving the leaves, I did not want a slower shutter speed that would show movement. I shot wide open at f/4 to minimize movement and focused the 2 shots for each main subject. Combined in Photoshop for the final image. I cropped the bottom leaf because there was too much open space in the bottom right corner.

 

Some Fall Leaf Still Life Images

Here are a few more Fall Leaf Still Life photos. These are how I found them, the way they fell naturally. I like looking for interesting leaf compositions, seeing different colors, textures and shapes and how they work with each other. I know we are now in Winter, but did not get a chance to post them before. All were shot with a Canon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS lens. Not the sharpest lens, but can focus fairly close-up and is 28% shorter than a normal 70-300mm lens. This was the 2nd DO lens from Canon. With the right post processing you can pull out quite a bit of detail.

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Backlite Leaves

When I am walking through gardens, parks or woods, I Look for interesting subjects or textures to photograph. Sometimes I use them for the main image or backgrounds or textures for my ebooks to place images or text floating on top, giving a more visual look to the page. Here I was looking for interesting leaves & textures. Interesting skies and clouds also work well for this.

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The above sunflower on the path is not backlie, but still an interesting background for floating images or a text block on the left side.

Wet Fall Leaves

The Fall Leaves are almost all down now and are looking dull and dried out. Saw these in the water and thought they looked interesting.

Leaf above Ice

Going over files from last year and found this one. When the weather starts getting colder, I like looking for interesting ice patterns in streams or along lakes and hopefully with an item in the composition for a focal point.  I found this leaf stuck in a small twig above this ice formation. I liked the early morning low sun backlighting the leaf, adding warmth, highlighting textures & patterns in the ice. Photographed with a Canon Eos 1D MkIII with a Canon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM @ 300mm, 1/100 @ f/8, ISO 400. I also used High Pass Sharpening in Photoshop to help bring out details & textures in the ice and leaf.

Colors of Fall

Fall is moving on, getting colder every day. Most of the leaves are starting to become dull, but the Maple tree in the yard takes a while for the leaves to change color & really come down. This is a sign that Fall Color will be ending soon. Here is a series of colorful Maple leaf images when the Maple leaves started to come down in quantity with bright yellow colors. Starting with a wide view moving to a closer up composition. This helps visually to show the story of the Maple leaves in different views and compositions. Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS, 1/125 sec @ f/11,  ISO 320.

Opening Photo @ 24mm , 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO 125  – effective focal length with 1.3 crop camera body is 31.2mm

105mm, 1/100 sec, f/11, ISO 320  – effective focal length with 1.3 crop camera body is 136.5 mm

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Walk in the Woods

I took a leisurely walk around the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ on Sunday looking for Fall Still Life images. I found a few I liked and also a few general interest Fall images as I was walking along the path. Here are some of what I found. I used my 1D MkIV with the Canon 70-300mm DO lens for the longer zoom range which comes in handy for a wider range of images, especially if you do not know what you will come across while on your walk. It also works well with extension tubes for closeup images when you come across them. The 70-300mm DO makes a great walk around lens especially with the Image Stabilization. I usually carry a 12mm & 20mm extension tubes with me, along with 12″ silver/gold collapsable reflector & 12″ diffuser for either reflecting light into a subject or for diffusing harsh sunlight.

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