Lynne Hollingsworth  

A Solitary Leaf  by Lynne Hollingsworth

September 2021 - A Solitary Leaf

About the Image(s)

This leaf was was taken on a light-box using daylight from a window for front lighting. I took seven shots beginning 3 stops lighter than what would be considered proper exposure, increasing the exposure one stop at a time until 3 stops under exposed. I used the lightest image first, then added the the next lightest, and so on. On each added image I used a layer mask, painting back in those specific parts of the image I wanted to enhance.

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3 comments posted

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
What a fun and simple image. The technique you have described is an effective process for capturing detail in a "high key" environment, and this the process described by Harold Davis in his "Photographing Flowers for Transparency" workshops. You harnessed it quite nicely in this image. While all of the detail is present in the leaf you still have avoided an overly "flat affect" that one often gets using alternate techniques (such as the more traditional focus stacking). I too have a light box that I can employ so I will need to try this myself. You have inspired me. Nice job   Posted: 09/10/2021 10:20:15
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Thank you! I really enjoy the effect Harold Davis creates in his images. I recently watched his Photographing Flowers for Transparency" workshops on you tube and not only did I enjoy it, but also learned a lot.   Posted: 09/10/2021 19:56:41

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Lynne, As a supplement to Charles's comments, your treatment has resulted in an image that looks naturally soft and realistic. Your use of negative space is spot on. I love the way you have turned a simple ordinary leaf into a work of art. I wish the leaf was not centered. To my eyes the that placement mage that placement caused the image to appears a bit static. My VF should give you an idea of what I mean.   Posted: 09/10/2021 18:33:33
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