Monday, August 4, 2014

Variations on a Theme

Here are five close looks at a patch of leaves, wet with rain.  I knew from the start that I wanted to emphasize the curves and patterns of the veins and leaf edges, but as you see, I experimented with different perspectives and framing.  The first three are obviously focused on the same leaf.  After, there is a 1:1 shot of a neighboring leaf, and the final image was shot almost a foot away.  Small world!

The second variation lent itself to a toned "black and white" interpretation, warm brown for the shadows and green for the highlights.

This leaf was almost perfect in its form.  I could "repair" the bite out of the upper edge, but doesn't this natural blemish add to the beauty of form, curves, textures and balance?



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