As we continue to explore the amazing world and universe, in which we find ourselves, I find myself continually drawn into the simple aspects of the natural world that surrounds us. And when I say simple, I’m referring to the commonplace items, such as leaves, which show shape and variety seemingly without bounds.
On this beautiful Summer’s day, it was pure joy to look at the interplay of light and shadows among these variegated leaves. These leaves already have stunning form and structure, which would also be a wonderful subject for a macro study (maybe later). The bright light of the day just made them look that much more imposing.
When I see scenes of this kind, I very much enjoy approaching them from an angle that is low to the ground, as it allows the featured artists to be even bigger stars. Looking up to the blue sky, the verdant leaves are imposing in their size, shape and beauty. It is as if we find ourselves surrounded by an army of green giants, who are ever marching toward the sun.
Hope you enjoy this little bit of wonderment.
I captured this image with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens. Exposure settings were 1/50 second at f/16 and 100 ISO (yes, there was a lot of light).
I did perform a bit of post processing in PhotoShop with an adjustment to crop this to a 4:5 aspect ratio and some minor sharpening and contrast adjustment. The other ‘trick’ that I used was Topaz Labs Texture Effects with a mild application of the Lilac Tinge effect and the addition of a bit of Light Leak to get the sunburst in play.