Bi-Weekly Challenge - Leaf Textures
seersucker texture of sun-damaged hosta leaf --> Hosta Leaf Detail
As I was driving home yesterday, I was blinded driving west into the setting sun. That's right kiddies, the sun was out for the first time this week. I decided that when I got home, I'd get my camera back out and try and get some shots with more light... not much since the sun was setting... but still. More light, which means more DOF... and hopefully better pictures. So here's some more macros for the challenge. Lemme know what you think (like I have any doubt you wouldn't).
Happy 'hump' day!
A bunch of fun guys and a leaf walked into a bar...
I'm telling you, it's that time of year and I'll have leaves in all of my pictures! Even if they're not originally why I started snapping pictures. For example, while we were hiking this weekend Michael and I came upon three fallen trees that had an enormous cluster of fungi growing on them. I've never seen clusters like this. However, there was also a leaf that had the prettiest shimmer and I couldn't help myself but to include him in the photoshoot.
I intended to make the shots about the fungus... but I think my affection towards leaves won out and they became more about the leaf.
Anyway, same run as the last two days. I'm digging all this honest criticism!
Bonus (all you b&w haters, turn your heads): Leaf
Playin' with leaves.
I been playing around trying to shoot backlit leaves for a few days and these are the most presentable results. My original idea was a set of autumn leaves to form a photo cluster and one thing led to another.
At first, I tried just shooting the dry leaves on a sheet of white paper lit from below but the leaves wouldn't lay flat. I added a sheet of glass to flatten them but this caused odd reflections and broke the drier leaves. Then I got the idea to put them in a clear tray, add water, and then the sheet of glass. After a little soaking even the driest leaves softened enough to flatten. The water removed all the back reflection from the glass and also made the leaves, especially the dry ones, more transparent and made all the veins and blemishes stand out. I tried different leaves and combos of leaves and kind of let them form their own patterns. The only real problem, except for the time I punctured the tray and started losing water, is air bubbles. (I anticipated water spills and had my strobe head covered.) Later, I may introduce bubbles, colored water, and such for different effects.
The setup was my strobe on a tripod as low to the floor as I could get it and between two barstools. I then suspended a sheet of glass with a diffuser sheet on it over the strobe on the stools. I set the plastic tray, (actually the lid for a cheap aluminum roaster pan) on the glass and added enough water to cover the leaves another sheet of glass that fits in the tray. I set my exposure flashing the setup with no leaves and manually adjusted aperture until it just overshot the right side of the histogram and would be sure to be white and slightly burned out. The shutter I set @1/200 to keep any ambient light from affecting the shot. Then I just played with different leaves. It was a pain, I know, but it's been raining and what's a guy to do? If you're wondering what I spent playing with this, not much, 2 bucks for the roaster pan at the dollar store, the glass I got by taking them from some picture frames I seem to collect, the diffuser sheets were actually thin plastic cutting board substitutes that I picked up a flea market 2 for a dollar. Cheap thrills!