To be more accurate, some are yellow, green and orange but I like the lyric for the title. But the sky was gray when I shot these leaves. A dark gray. It was raining in Webster (Where Life is Worth Living) and I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t get the shots of foliage that I wanted. I wanted the low sun shining through the leaves in the trees. Since there was no sun, I walked through the park and gathered leaves that I liked and took them home. I cleaned them in water and sorted them out. I left them in room temperature water in a stainless steel bowl (don’t tell Mickey) while I set up the “studio” which consisted of a lightbox made from an old x-ray viewer that I bought for $5 US and the camera with the macro lens on a tripod. The location of the studio was the living room but I was alone for two days and I felt I could shoot one day and clean up the mess the second day and no one would be the wiser. I shot each leaf individually on the light box. Each one looked great on the LCD panel on the back of the camera but when I looked at them in LR5 I could see every defect and flaw on the surface of the lightbox. It was easy but time consuming to clone them out but the leaves looked pretty nice. Emo kept me company all the time and, as a reward, got a little extra Gerber Turkey Baby Food (say that 5 times really fast) for a treat that night.
This is the first of a two part post. Stay tuned for part 2. Click on any photo to enter the gallery: