Oct 30, 2010

Trying to Catch an Image of a Falling Leaf

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I had this idea yesterday that I would run outside and take a few pictures of falling leaves. In my vision of the planned activity, I would just set up the camera, look for a leaf, and POOF! Instant image.

Reality, however, was a long distance from my simplistic plan.

For starters, leaves are in constant motions, and the first few images I took were quite blurry. After fooling with the shutter speed for a bit, I came to the conclusion that it would be virtually impossible to try and predict the sudden twists and turns a leaf might take, and that an automatic setting was just as good as trying to plan this shot. I wanted top contrast the bright blue sky with a red, yellow, or brown leaf as it wafted to the ground. Easy enough, right?

I snapped dozens of pictures, achieving clarity on some half-leaves while winding up with muddled, out-of-focus images of many other leaves. Finally, on what might have been my 50th image, I was rewarded with an image that, well, did not quite suck.

I did not get all of the stem on this one, but it satisfied my desire to capture the image of a falling leaf. After I finished, my neighbor said I should have just taken a picture of a leaf still attached to a tree and then cropped it.

I would have called him a wiseguy, but his method would have achieved the same effect in 1/10 of the time, and truth be told: it is more fun to simply watch falling leaves than to get irritated trying to preserve such images for posterity.

5 comments:

SensorG said...

Since you didn't get all of the stem anyway, wouldn't it have been easier to just hold up a leaf to the blue sky by the end of the stem?

Poof - "falling leaf" :)

microdot said...

PHOTO SHOP!!!!

historymike said...

Nah, not true PhotoShoopery, Microdot, though I did use GIMP 2.6 to enhance the color saturation and contrast.

microdot said...

I didn't mean to level an accusation, but offer a suggestion as to what I would have done...
I'm sitting in a room here in France, it's all photoshopped, none of this is real...it's great!

carl said...

I would probably have airbrushed the top of the stem long before 50 tries. But I guess that would have been cheating.