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Leaf of tree

By TOTON2017
This is a leaf of tree...

Tags: Leafs Wildlife and nature

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chase Plus
14 1.6k 389 England
15 Mar 2020 9:57AM
The leaf is nicely isolated from the bg and I like the position in the frame, almost a diagonal but...

The highlights are way over exposed and do take over the image for me.
Generally this looks a touch noisy, did you crop from a larger image ?
The RHS seems to be in focus but then drops off towards the bottom.

You could use a piece of plain card behind your subject to isolate it further or even a square of greaseproof paper behind just to filter the highlights a touch.
I do like all the shades of green you have captured.
I will attempt a mod.

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chase Plus
14 1.6k 389 England
15 Mar 2020 10:18AM
In my mod..
I attempted to reduce the highlights, I used the patch tool ( Photoshop) on a separate layer.
Darkened the bg using levels.
Tried to remove some of the noise on a separate layer in Photoshop, I used the noise removal filter and applied it to only the bg.
Filled in a few of the holes with the clone tool.
I do like the rim light you have captured on the edges of the leaf.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4141 Canada
15 Mar 2020 1:39PM
This is a situation,. with a bright light behind the leaf, where you could do one of two thinks differently; one is to raise the flash, ans set to 1/4 power (your in M mode) or increase exposure by +2/3 stop to ensure the leaf is bright.

If I assume you are at or close to the minimum, focusing distance for that lens, which is 18 inches, then at f/2.8, you depth of field that you need to fit the entire leaf into is 1/110th an inches in front of the leaf, and 1/10th of an inch behind, so the leaf has to be very, very flat or some parts will be out of focus. It would be better ti use something like f/5.6 for safety.

I brightened the leaf in a mod, rotated it a little and removed the very dark stalks to make the leaf the only subject, while adding a simple frame. I also applied some sharpening. Something to keep in mind is that the closer the lens is to a subject, the shallower the depth of field at ANY aperture, and the opposite is also true, the further away, the greater the depth.



mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2236 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2020 5:46PM
You have some good ideas. Backlighting can give a magical effect for semi-transparent subjects, leaves and petals, but you need to watch the background very carefully. Prominent bright areas can affect the exposure calculation and also create dominating blown highlights as here. Best to circle round, looking through the lens, to find a more subdued background.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2144 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2020 5:59PM
I like to photograph leaves, too, Toton.

I wonder if you chose this leaf because of its attractive shape and also because of the holes in it?
I think those are the two things that make it interesting. It looks like it has 2 eyesSmile.
If not, then you needed to hunt around the tree for a more perfect specimen. But sometimes it's the imperfections that capture the attention.

Always be aware of what is in the background of your picture because it's the background that will make or break an image. Here you are shooting into bright light. Far better to check where the light is coming from and try to have it to the side or behind you. However, for the bright rim effect that you have achieved here, you do need the light in front of you, but also a background that is cleaner. That backlighting has also accentuated the veins in the leaf quite nicely. But it also renders the leaf a bit dark, so you could have used some positive Exposure Compensation here.

I like the diagonal that you have placed the leaf on, but it's a good idea to try to get the leaf stem emanating from the corner. You almost achieved this, but not quite.

It's a great subject to experiment with.

dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1670 England
17 Mar 2020 10:28PM
I wonder if this was pushing hte limits, in a couple of ways...

Minimum focus, and then crop quite a lot? And maximum aperture to isolate the leaf, and then, because the leaf wasn't absolutely flat on to the camera, not all of it is sharp. Focus is absolutely critical for an image like this - a tiny bit of breeze, or swaying slightly between focussing and exposure will throw it out.. Be prepared to shoot twenty frames to get one that's perfect.

And, on the exposure side, I really can't recommend Aperture priority and use of exposure compensation highly enough.

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