Solitary Leaf

Singular promise

To me, a big part of the enjoyment of being in Nature is allowing the vibrations of the environment to wash over myself and becoming more attuned to the surroundings. As that happens, I tend to discover the little things that are everywhere, such as in today’s image.

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Solitary Leaf

The solitary leaf stands tentatively, capturing the morning sun among its many competitors, here at the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. ย As I was walking I noticed these singular leaves popping up, standing filled with expectation for a future filled with promise.

What do you discover during your walks?

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 100mm f/2.8 lens. ย Exposure settings were 1/80 second at f/11 and 400 ISO.

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

14 thoughts on “Solitary Leaf”

  1. Isn’t it wonderful when we keep our eyes open. The ordinary things and moments in nature really become extraordinary. Love this image Frank, and your words here.

  2. I love the way light plays in the leaves…I have some great ones from last fall I should get posted! Thanks for offering your talent so freely ๐Ÿ™‚ Always a feast of the eyes!

      1. I can see! I have resorted to taking most of my images with my WINPhone and have pleasantly found that natural light can do wonders for a scene ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you so much for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Probably — I’ve been opposed to getting an iPhone because I didn’t like the idea of having to go back to the company to purchase apps without being able to use competitors technologies, but having just read about the WINPhone demise, I’m lamenting having to give it up after this phone iteration *sigh* First World problems ๐Ÿ˜‰

      3. I know….I used to be an ardent Android user until they changed the format – now users basically have to build the entire phone from apps. Good news, highly customization; Bad news, there are endless apps to choose from and you have to install. Every. One. Then you can try it out, download the next new thing….sigh….totally a first world problem, but I love WinPhone 10 because you get a version of everything standard, and extras you can find and use, but it’s not necessary to call, take pretty great images, text, check in online….and as I read this, I realize maybe I’m just being belligerent; old and set in my ways. Not a pretty look ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for your *always* kind, generous words! ๐Ÿ™‚

      4. Maybe ๐Ÿ˜‰ With so many proverbial balls in the air, I get so ingrained in what works for me and am like a 2 ton train that just wants to stay on track. As I emerge from the fog of mothering and homeschooling young children to having confident, more self-reliant young men, I’m able to take on more challenges. Even *gulp* learning new technology ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for the laugh this morning!

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