Charles Ginsburgh  

Leaf by Charles Ginsburgh

March 2023 - Leaf

About the Image(s)

This image was taken at a local succulent nursery (a wonderful place to shoot when they allow tripods). Here I used my tripod mounted Canon R6 with a 100 mm f/2.8 macro lens (1/20 sec, f/14, Iso 500) as a stack of 15 images. The images were stacked using Helicon Focus and was edited in Photoshop to remove distractions and to enhance detail.

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6 comments posted

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
A wonderfully sharp capture of the leaf The back lighting is perfect   Posted: 03/09/2023 15:41:34

Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Charlie: Very sharp detail on the structure of the leaf, then the hairs really stand out well against the dark background. Very dramatic backlighting and your composition is very well thought out with the main stem leaning to the right on a diagonal.

You do mention 15 stacked images and I do wonder if it was your intension to have the lower left corner out of sharp focus?? I kind of miss the small narrow border you most always use on this type of a scene.   Posted: 03/13/2023 09:45:47
Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
I was not as concerned with making the lower left corner sharp. In this case being just slightly soft and dark helped to frame the subject. I did go back and forth regarding a pinstripe border. I decided that in this case the backlit halo of light fibers surrounding the leaf was a critical element, and that adding the border might compete with this essential design element.   Posted: 03/13/2023 15:36:40

Raymond Tice   Raymond Tice
Charlie, - great image and enjoyable to look at. It is photographer's choice but I would have cloned out or maybe cropped out that one little leaf in the lower left that is out of focus as for some reason that I cannot explain, I find its presence distracting. Cropping might have resulted in too much of the upper leaf on that side being cropped out.   Posted: 03/13/2023 18:21:10

Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Hi Charlie! I'm I right thinking this is a begonia leaf? Not sure but in any case it sure is beautiful. Your composition is wonderful pulling me into the deep, red center surrounded with all the veins and then the "hairs". WoW! In my opinion the out of focus leaf doesn't bother me and I am also glad you did not add a border which I think would have bothered me. The deep dark maroon background is great. Is there a lite behind the leaf? Well done Charlie.   Posted: 03/14/2023 20:24:40

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
Charlie, you mentioned in a comment you begin to recognize the style of a member. Concerning your style e immediately recognize it...
I agree with your concerns of the lower left corner when taking the pictures. To place the leaf in the center with a dark (black) background would have been another picture, but a possibility. Just a suggestion...
Sharpness is just great.   Posted: 03/20/2023 04:56:53