Bill Foy  

Water On A Leaf by Bill Foy

November 2020 - Water On A Leaf

About the Image(s)

I made this image a few months ago at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. There had been some rain the night before so I went to the Arboretum when it opened hoping to find some raindrop photo ops. I liked this one best because it shows a leaf as I've never seen one before. All adjustments made in Adobe Camera Raw & Photoshop - crop, contrast, texture, highlights/shadows. Nikon D500s, Sigma 150mm Macro lens, f/8, 1/200, ISO-800, no flash, handheld.

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10 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Very interesting. The presence of a single non-green item makes it a neatural focus of attention, but it's not very sharp, which is a pity. The bottom left is blurred as well - would a crop of the bottom 15-20% improve it?   Posted: 11/09/2020 13:18:04
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Stuart. Two things - first, that seed cover was in focus in my lens but I'm guessing the water drop changed that - second, that the blurring appears around the entire perimeter, so I left it as a kind of vignette - which, obviously, didn't work the way I wanted it to.   Posted: 11/18/2020 15:03:28
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I couldn't figure out what it was. I wouldn't expect that the water made a difference unless it arrived after you'd focussed?
I hadn't noticed that it is a "blur vignette". Good idea! It looks to me a bit like we are looking down a tube with the periphery a bit closer hence blurred.   Posted: 11/18/2020 15:59:43

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
I love these pictures within a water drop images! They are so difficult, esp when it comes to focus. I think the capture was brilliant, but the focus is a bit too soft on the leaf. They are basically impossible handheld, unfortunately. A larger DOF might have helped, but really and truly, a beanbag or some other stabilizer for the camera?   Posted: 11/10/2020 10:50:31
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Carol. There are very few places in the Arboretum to use a beanbag. I have uni/tripod that I left in the car!! You're absolutely correct about trying that handheld, but there are few things of that nature that I'm unwilling to challenge.   Posted: 11/18/2020 15:06:15
Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Challenges are good, and a way to stretch our boundaries. Kudos to you!   Posted: 11/19/2020 11:06:53

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
I like the subject. You managed to capture the fine details.   Posted: 11/12/2020 15:47:49
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Barbara.   Posted: 11/18/2020 15:06:42

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
It looks as though your lens is soft at the edges, which I usually see when I add a magnifying lens onto my zoom lens. Did you apply any lens correction in post?

I cropped out the soft edges and added some clarity to really bring out the detailed areas. Thoughts?   Posted: 11/19/2020 17:15:36
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Nilan Herath
Like the simplicity. Little bit of sharpness may help the overall presentation.
  Posted: 11/20/2020 10:20:09