more fall color…

# 8470

# 8470

I’ll make an admission to you if you promise not to tell anyone else; I used to arrange leaves on the forest floor to photograph.  I know, it’s the photographic equivalent of being an outlaw but now my Parole Officer keeps me well in line. Had I placed this orange leaf in this composition I would not have put it over the green leaf.  Nature put it there and I pressed the shutter button.  It took me years of rehab to get to this point but I feel good about it.  However, I won’t blame you if you decide to unsubscribe.

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34 thoughts on “more fall color…

  1. TomDills

    I’ve always felt that Mother Nature isn’t a photographer, so sometimes she needs a little creative assistance. You might not want to bring Aspen leaves back to Webster, but I don’t think anyone will object to a little assistance.

    Nice photos, whether you arranged them or not!

  2. John

    I confess, I’ve been guilty of the same crime. There’s even been times when I’ve moved things out of the way! But, I don’t have a parole officer to reel me in so my destructive ways continue…

    Nice series!

  3. Mark

    My name is Mark, and I am a leaf mover. There, I said it. I blame it on my simplistic brain and when my muse disappears to enable me to make order out of the chaos that nature hands me. But there are times when I do spot it just as it is, and relish in the fact I was in tune with my surroundings enough to spot it. If that parole officer is available for rent, maybe we need to make a deal.

    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, Mark. I know that took a lot of courage. That’s half the battle. Now if we can get you to attend our weekly meetings you will be well on your way to recovery.

  4. Paul

    Wow! I don’t know how to take this admission … I’m shattered, Ken. Oh well. I suppose that everyone deserves another chance. I’m going to see if I can get past my self-righteousness and forgive you … though I have been known to rearrange a scene or two myself, moving ‘errant’ twigs and such, but leaves???. 😀

  5. Malin H

    And I would hate to lose you too. 😉

    I have to admit … I have done the same thing… but I can assure you that no leaf/leaves has been harmed. And I just want to stick together with other like-minded people. 😉

  6. ehpem

    I once arranged leaves on a flight of stairs. But I slipped on one of them and tumbled to the bottom. I swear each of those 12 steps left a bruise. I haven’t arranged a leaf since then.

    I really like the way you processed these – the nearly mono patches amongst the colourful leaves work really well, and I suppose might not even be due to post-processing magic since they look natural. Only problem is, I have not seen this arrangement in nature, so I am thinking you might not be totally cured of arranging leaves.

    1. oneowner Post author

      I guess that’s a 12 step program you can live by!
      I did not de-saturate the background (very much) and it’s what attracted my attention in this part of the woods. Flat lighting helps, too.
      I may not be totally cured of my leaf placement problem but I’m trying real hard.

      1. ehpem

        We don’t have many deciduous trees in this area so maybe that is why I am not familiar with dense dark mats of leaf compost like that. Sure goes well with freshly fallen leaves.

  7. Charles Ford

    I’m a twig mover, so I can’t pass judgement. I think these photos are great. If they have not been….arranged… much the better I guess. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


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