Robert Schleif  

Autumn Colors by Robert Schleif

November 2020 - Autumn Colors

About the Image(s)

For a few days each Fall, the branches of our Japanese Cutleaf Maple display a wonderful color gradient from dark green to fire red, but this year, not a single one was suitable for a photograph. I had to be satisfied with this leaf trio framed by other leaves against the colored background. This was a focus stack made with my new Canon R5 so that the central leaves could be as sharp as possible while the surrounding could be blurred. I first tried a single shot with a very small aperture, expecting to blur the surrounding in post, but I couldn't make all three leaves as sharp as I wanted. In post a few minor distractions were removed, including a stacking artifact in the framing leaves and twigs, brightness was adjusted, and it was slightly cropped.

8 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Those unusual leaves make for a beautiful and very different image. Well done.   Posted: 11/02/2020 10:53:49

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Lovely sharp capture of the three beautifully colored leaves I love the beautiful smooth lovely colored background also.I would crop in to just have the three leaves with that beautiful background
as the image. I would clone out any side images
I would definitely clone out the branch I do not think it adds and distracts from the area of major interest   Posted: 11/05/2020 16:28:15
Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
I have printed the leaves and looked at the version with and without that border "crap" for a couple weeks now. Usually my thoughts on an image eventually come to agree with those of other viewers. In this case however, I still prefer the version with the crap. As best I can tell, this is because I've seen a great many macro shots of single flowers during this virus confinement period, and I want something a little different. This is not to say that I don't like this version without the junk, I just like the one with the framing a little better. Maybe in a month or two...   Posted: 11/07/2020 16:45:20
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Judy Merson   Judy Merson
I understand your position,And as we have all agreed each image incorporates our own artistic choices. (Barring unseen or overlooked objects or distractions which I have had pointed out to me in my images and appreciate, since they often improve my image within my artistic intent)
But this crop is exactly what I meant. I really like this crop.I think it emphasizes the shape of the beautifully colored and shaped leaves and the wonderfully colored background
If you want the surrounding leaves as a frame I would still clone out that branch   Posted: 11/08/2020 13:05:00

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Robert, Congratulations on the new camera. I am enjoying my mirrorless Nikon and my husband loves his mirrorless Fujifilm. Mirrorless is definitely the way to go. I really enjoy the warm light this image has. Great job with the background. At first I preferred the first version, but the the more I look at the two, the more I like the original. I think they are both well done.   Posted: 11/08/2020 14:10:19

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
the leaves are good, color is nice, agree with a crop.   Posted: 11/11/2020 01:09:59

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
Fabulous Fall colors!! I have been trying to grab them around me, but I feel like they never really go this brilliant this year! I sat and debated your framing thought. I see your point. I like the cropped in version where just the three leaves are there. It's not that original version bothers me, I just like the cleaner version better. Maybe try a hybrid? Clean up the bottom left corner and leave everything else!   Posted: 11/11/2020 13:01:07

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
This is a wonderful shot, Robert, one of your best, in my view. I liked Judy's suggested crop, but still prefer your original.
The background is great. I had not thought to use focus stacking to enhance blurring. I think the framing effects of the "crap" adds balance and context to the shot. The branch less so because it stands out from the rest and is somewhat distracting.   Posted: 11/11/2020 14:14:58


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