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Sycamore Leaf by Dick States

March 2020 - Sycamore Leaf

About the Image(s)

We have had a mild winter here in Ohio. Went for a walk yesterday in a wooded area along a creek, a good place to find Sycamore trees growing. I was looking for some brown leaves that I might be able to use for a previsualized shot I had in mind. The dead leaves tend to hold their brown color well into the winter even though they are on the ground. I was looking for ones with unique shapes and not just flat ones. Well I found what I was looking for. Placed the leaf on my black Plexiglas and the result is this month image. Hope you like it. Something different.
This is a 13 stack image using Helicon focus. Taken with my 200mm macro lens on a tripod with a polarizer on the lens. Taken at f-8, I/2 sec. exp., ISO 200 -2.3 stops to get the histogram correct to prevent blown out areas.


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9 comments posted

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
(Group 2)
Wow! I love this image. the details in the leaves, the reflection from the black Plexiglas both make this composition captivating!   Posted: 03/01/2020 09:55:19
Dick States   Dick States
Thanks Karen, I had this picture in mind before I took it. Went for a walk, last Sunday, where Sycamore trees were growing. I found several leaves I liked out of hundreds, this one worked. Not just any leaf would work like this one. I like how the top points to the right keeping your eye in the frame and pointing to the far right point. This in itself creates a nice line in the image. Thanks again, nice to know people from other groups look at our work.   Posted: 03/01/2020 14:12:32

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
(Groups 64 & 95)
Nice picture, Dick. Fab textures and lovely simple colours. Muted reflection to complement not compete. Super execution as usual.

I would have liked the stem to visually protrude a bit more, I thought it was a crease in the leaf at first.   Posted: 03/06/2020 13:43:50
Dick States   Dick States
Thanks Stuart, for the visit and the nice comments. We will miss you. Hope you can come back.   Posted: 03/06/2020 15:01:01

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Dick.
The simplicity of your subject and placement you chose made for a really elegant portrayal of the leaf. The touch of a reflection gave a nice finishing touch.
Great detail and lighting - very pleasing to look at.
Beautifully done! I like it very much.
Janet   Posted: 03/15/2020 14:33:22

John Roach   John Roach
(Groups 52 & 64)
Very nice image. I like its creative presentation.   Posted: 03/16/2020 11:00:26

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
This is gorgeous! I love the twists and turns of the leave, and the composition, which is balanced out and made wonderful by the reflection.   Posted: 03/22/2020 22:16:16

Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Sorry about this, I've found your image lac of references with environment. Reflection on black plastic is perfect but I feel disturbed because of not seing "the final of the table".   Posted: 03/26/2020 20:34:13
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Dick States   Dick States
Interesting your take on this. Appreciate your comments and ideas. Makes me rethink what I had in mind when I did this and would I do anything different. As I view this image, to me it's art.
I had no intention to make any reference to environment. When I shot this, like I said, I had in mind the world of art. I shot this on a 18" square of black Plexiglas and shot it on an angle so not to include a table edge in the background. Everything black is the Plexiglas. In your fix I now see a hard line with the upper third a lighter gray. To my eye this is a very disturbing line and a distraction to my eye. It takes away from the subject.
I only wish you would have made your comments early in the month so others had time to react. I would love to see what others thing of your fix. I do appreciate your thoughts and comments. It's always good to rethink the image and would I do anything different.

  Posted: 03/26/2020 21:32:56