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Rusty leaves by Russ Butler

April 2021 - Rusty leaves

April 2021 - Russ Butler


About the Image(s)

“Rusty Leaves”

This is one of my favorite images. It was created in total darkness and light painted on a mirror. The leaves were part of a flower arrangement our granddaughter gave us for our anniversary. While the black & white is a different look, I prefer the color version. Taking a photo on a mirror causes a “ghosting” effect that can be eliminated by using black plexiglass. I fixed the ghosting with FastStone Image Viewer & then converted to black & white with Silver Efex Pro 2, taken with a Canon T2i, 45/1.8 Tamron, f/16, 4 sec, 800 ISO

12 comments posted

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
(Group 4)
Lovely image, Russ. I can't quite make out the difference between the subject and its reflection, which makes me look harder and longer at the image. And then I still keep coming back to it for another look. Great idea to do it in the dark with light painting so the image is there on a plain black background. It is a great b/w image and I prefer it over the colour version.   Posted: 04/05/2021 04:45:44
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Guy for checking out my image. I am honored you would look at it and for your comments & observation. Hope your day is a good one.   Posted: 04/05/2021 15:49:27

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Hi Russ, I like both images equally, but on the monochrome, I find the bright underside of the rightmost leaf a bit too bright--funny I don't have that response to the color version.
Very clever technique and pleasing images.   Posted: 04/05/2021 17:23:04
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Stephen, I agree with you about the brightness & that leaf is blown out some. I appreciate your comments & looking at this image. Hope your day is a good one.   Posted: 04/05/2021 23:06:46

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I like both and can't decide which is better. I hadn't noticed the ghosting on the colour one but peering hard, I found just a bit on the stem. I tried light painting the other day and found it quite hard to do. Did you use different coloured gels for the colours or just a white light. Giving the camera settings was helpful.   Posted: 04/06/2021 03:31:39
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Diana, the ghosting can be eliminated by using a black plexiglass. While a mirror gives a crisp reflection, ghosting will generally be present. I did not use any colored gels only the light from a LED light. Hope your day is a good one.   Posted: 04/06/2021 17:35:16

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
You made a very interesting image. Thank you for sharing with us how it was made. I would clone out the upper stem from where it curves up. It seems to be pulling my eye out of the image. That would also create better balance with the bottom stem. I like the color image better.   Posted: 04/06/2021 13:12:31
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Tom, I appreciate you comments, view & suggestions. Hope your day is a good one.   Posted: 04/06/2021 17:36:40

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
A beautiful "floating" stem and leaves on a black background. What do we have this month? Fine Art? Great. I love it.
Tom's suggestion about the upward curving stem makes a lot of sense.
  Posted: 04/12/2021 09:34:58
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Wes for looking at my image & comments. It was fun to create. Hope your day is a good one   Posted: 04/12/2021 17:38:45

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
A really nice image Russ, but I must admit that the color version is my choice. The colors are great and the reflection of white captures my eye. The monochrome is nice, but the composition, colors and texture in your color version won me over.   Posted: 04/17/2021 09:06:59
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Lynne, the color version is also my favorite. Thanks for looking at my image and comments. Hope your day is a good one.
  Posted: 04/17/2021 19:08:13


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