Playing with leaves

8 07 2009

Have you ever noticed the structure  of as simple a thing as a tree leaf? If you are in nature you are surrounded by millions and millions of leaves with different colours, structures and sizes. Sometimes, when a light is right, you can see something more in them. For me the right lightning is a backlightning which was used in both cases below.


~ A Walnut Tree Leaf ~
1/50 sec. @ 70mm, F10, ISO 800
Canon EOS 450D, Canon EF L 70-200 F4 IS USM, HOYA close-up +4 filter

This photo of details of a nice big walnut tree leaf was taken when the leaf was backlit by warm rays of evening sun. As I haven’t chose the composition right on place it was massively cropped and what you see is some 30-40% of original photo. It was also rotated for achieving suitable composition.


~ A Palm Leaf ~
1/160 sec. @ 50mm, F10, ISO 200
Canon EOS 450D, Tamron 17-50 F2.8, HOYA close-up +4 filter

This photo of a huge palm leaf, it had at least 30×50 centimeters, was taken in tropical greenhouse in a zoo and the harsh bright afternoon sunlight was diffused by the water haze sprinkled there to achieve high humidity. This leave had no details when looked closer, no such details as in case of the walnut leaf, but when looked from certain distance the stripes looked really good, creating nice pattern. Every stripe was about 1-1.5 cm wide and the lightning nicely emphasized the leaf texture.

I hope I gave you another tip for your photography trips. Enjoy the day!




4 responses

9 07 2009

Both of these are excellent Tomas, but the first one is the one that really grabs my attention the most with its intriguing design, and the way that you handled your composition.
This is excellent!

Will add you to my blog roll later today or sometime tonight.


9 07 2009
Tomas Turecek

Thanks Michael, it’s real honor for me to hear such kind words from you as well as adding me to your blog roll. Thanks again!

10 07 2009

I agree, both great images. I am also a leaf fanatic – and appreciate your visit and link to my site!

10 07 2009
Tomas Turecek

Thanks Mark for stopping by and for your kind words. To a leaf fanatic, I wouldn’t say that I’m one but it’s true that there is something appealing in them, something “magical”.

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