I simply adore this shot. It’s just a dead leaf, but I am fascinated with the shapes and textures. And only a couple of centimetres across.

I was doing a shoot in the front garden for The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge (Close Up) and spotted this just above eye level, hanging down from a planter basket in a tree. The sunlight was coming from behind it and it was just a single quick shot before moving on.

When it came to editing, I was so pleasantly surprised to find this gem. It struck me that this might be a good photo for #imagereboot. Here is my Lightroom workflow:

  • camera correction and noise reduction on import
  • cropped to portrait orientation
  • increased exposure to +0.90
  • increased contrast to +100
  • decreased highlights to -79
  • increased shadows to +44
  • increased whites to +47
  • decreased blacks to -36
  • increased clarity to +100
  • some minor tweaking to individual colour saturation

Obviously, I’m sending this to Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab Clinic πŸ™‚

x desleyjane

Posted by:desleyjane

photographer, blogger, planner, scientist, dog lover, frequent flyer, daughter, sister, BFF, human

50 replies on “Dead Close

      1. Minimalism and soft focus and lots of Negative space. Its it my thing but we had a talk on it at my camera club and this image is exactly it. I hadn’t heard if it before the talk either. It’s a Japanese minimalist concept applied to photography

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  1. The photo is exceptionally composed and the execution is fabulous. The white background is divine, and something I love too. I tried some with my iPhone for Sally’s challenge when she gave us some links from a photographer to learn about it.
    Well done my dearest!

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    1. Thanks Joanne! And thanks for your comment on the blog. I switched to a different one but had a few people complain that it was taking over a minute to load each page! Diabolical! So I quickly changed to this one last night and I do love the cleanness of it. I’m still tweaking πŸ˜‰

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      1. Absolutely! Funny you ask. I’m just writing up a Weekend Coffee Share post right now. I’ve been a bit absent from blogging because life is so busy, but I so miss catching up with all of you in the blogosphere. I’m doing quite well, though I’m a bit under the weather at the moment.

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