making it better, part 2

by     /    April 11, 2008   

I wanted to show an alterate version of the photograph of the Japanese maple leaf I had in my last post. This version shares the same balance between colors, and between sharp and soft focus. But in this one, the sharpness falls on the center of the leaf and the stem instead of the outside edge. While I prefer the other version, this one does have a good feel about it.

Sunlight 2 (photograph of a Japanese Maple Leaf) by Daniel Sroka ©2008

These photographs are from a small tree in the back yard of our old house. While I do most of my photography in the studio, this was a ‘safari’ shot, handheld in the wild, as the wind blew through the leaves. It required some degree of patience, since the leaves never sit still in the breeze! I just stood there, swaying a little to match the movement of the tree, staring through the lens, and waiting for the right moment. This style of photography is part planning, and a lot chance. It can produce some great work, although it is very tough on your back! (Zak, the lens I used was my just trusty ol’ 105mm macro. No PC lens, extension tube, etc.)

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Kesha Bruce  (April 12th, 2008):

Nice subtle differences. In any case, I like both equally.

Actually, if I had a gun to my head and had to choose, I prefer the one in this post. But please don’t put a gun to my head.


Paul Grecian  (April 12th, 2008):

Dan said – “It can produce some great work, although it is very tough on your back! ”

Hence the shirt, right? BTW – I bought one early on and it is comfortable!

Daniel Sroka  (April 12th, 2008):

You know, now that I am really looking at this photograph again, it does have its charms! I think I have been biased against it because my first attempts to work with it weren’t that productive. This is why I always keep a number of variations of every photograph. You never know what will work better later on, as your techniques, and the technology, get better.

Angela Fehr  (April 12th, 2008):

Oh, I like the first one you posted…it’s all about the edges for me.

Zak  (April 12th, 2008):

You know, Daniel, if you stop down the aperture you can get more of the leaf in focus. Just in case you didn’t realize…. 🙂

Jean Levert Hood  (April 13th, 2008):

Tough choice!! I think perhaps compositionally, this one may be “better”, but If I had to choose, it would be the other. That edge does it for me!!
It looks like you’re having some great fun there, Dan!

Melody Madden  (April 18th, 2008):

Breathtakingly beautiful Dan