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Leaf for Markus

Leaf for Markus
Foto informatie
Auteursrechten: myold profile (gondox) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Kleur
Datum Opname: 2008-03-21
CategorieŽn: Trees
Camera: Nikon D40 DSLR, Nikkor 35mm f/1.4, Digital RAW 400, Soligor Blueline UV 52mm
Belichting: f/2, 1/250 Seconden
Fotoversie: Originele versie
Thema's: My own abstracts and close ups [view contributor(s)]
Datum inzending: 2008-03-21 11:09
Gezien: 3400
Punten: 10
[Richtlijnen voor opmerkingen] Opmerking van de fotograaf
Leaf for Markus

I'd like to dedicate this small leaf to Markus (Heaven) for his friendship and guidance here on TN! Your shots and our conversations help me find my way around here, and in photography in general. I thought this one might be something for your taste.

Today I could release myself from the office, and due to bad weather I was looking for something that needs not too sophisacated lights to look good. This leaf let even this low light through so it looked fine for me. I can't tell you what type of tree this was hanging on.

Found it in the usual area I go for a walk to in the forests on Mecsek mountain.

I know it's not totally sharp, but I chose a bigger aperture (2 or 2.8, not sure) to keep dof low to blur out bg as much as I can. I had to crop quite much, this was a very small subject I couldn't get closer to with my 35/1.4 Nikkor.

PP-wise I cropped as I said, added contrast brightness and saturation in Lightroom, framed resized and sharpened in The Gimp.

I hope you like it!

Best regards,

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Hello Andor
A fine dedication..and a fine picture to boot!
i like this a lotur choice of aperture has worked superbly giving a really out of focus background whilst still giving an almost xray look to the leaf.
I like this a lot.
my best regards

Hello Andor,
A very fine art and a nice dedication indeed!
good use of light to have the full details on the leaf!
a great composition
well done

Hello Andor,

Good sharp with much detail, also good pov.The leaf comes free from the BG.
Good use of the light.

Regards Gert

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-25 1:17]

Hi Andor,
a perfgect tribute to Markus, i am sure he would recognise himself as the inspiration here. Very well framed, well seen and some super fine detail where it matters - great work.

Hi Andor!

I discover this dedication only this morning. I would like to thank you for this attention very warmly. I'm not sure if I really merit it because I didn't do so much for you...

Concerning that leaf, I agree with you that it is the kind of pictures I like. It's simple, yet very pleasant. The main subject is just a common leaf with its shapes and structures. Simplicity is the main character of nature, and I like pictures showing this. The most common things as ordinary leaves, even if they are dead, offer us interesting forms and shapes and invite us for contemplation. Moreover, I like close ups showing a section, a cut out full of details of anything in nature, because these close ups allow us to realize how rich in beauty our nature is. Sometimes I'm surprised that even the surface of a "banal" rock with just a couple of lines and some tiny colour tones can fascinate me.

Concerning the technical aspect of your picture I like the diagonal composition, but also notice as you have said that the choice of a wide angle lense for a close up is not ideal. Cropping offers a lot of possibilities, but does not replace a macro objective or a zoom. I often use my 28-70mm lense for my close ups, sometimes the 100mm macro. In your picture, you have reached or even over passed the limits of cropping. But the overall expression of the picture is pleasant and interesting.

Thank you very much for this wonderful dedication!

Kind regards


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