Dead Close

CloseUp-29

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

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50 Comments Add yours

  1. i love the contrast between the rich colors of the leaf and the white background

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you, me too. I was surprised when those colours emerged.

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  2. A gem indeed, and as a complete ignoramus, I really appreciate the simplicity of your lightroom workflow list

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you so much! And I’m glad to hear that the workflow is helpful.

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  3. Debbie H says:

    The textures are beautiful in this simple dead leaf. It’s a gorgeous shot!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Deb, I was so happy when editing!

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      1. Debbie H says:

        As you should be! Amazing work. πŸ™‚

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Thank you 😊

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  4. kazg10 says:

    Nice study Desley, I love the curves and texture πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Karen πŸ™‚

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  5. lensaddiction says:

    Do you know about the wabi sabi concept in photography?

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    1. desleyjane says:

      No I don’t. I shall look it up. Wanna give me a rundown?

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      1. lensaddiction says:

        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. desleyjane says:

          Ah ok thanks! So I guess I am familiar with the concept but never knew the name. I will go study it! Thanks so much for the information.

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          1. lensaddiction says:

            No problem, I collect nuggets of info, sometimes the come in handy 😍

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            1. desleyjane says:

              LOL I’m glad you do!

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  6. ItΒ΄s cool. And wow for the editing – my only technique for post-processing my pictures is now cropping in Paint πŸ˜€

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL. It’s a start! Thanks so much.

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  7. andy townend says:

    An excellent shot and with your signature washed out background which is an effect I love!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Andy. It really has become my signature, hasn’t it?! LOL.

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      1. andy townend says:

        Yes, and you do it very well!

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        1. desleyjane says:

          ☺️ thank you

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  8. nalinki says:

    great shot! the contrast is perfect

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚

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  9. 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. desleyjane says:

      Thank you, yes I really like this one. Looking forward to seeing how yours turned out from Sally’s challenge πŸ™‚
      xxx

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      1. Nothing to compare with yours, which are superior. You can also see them on Instagram. I’ll share the link via inbox.

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Thanks, will take a look!! 😘

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  10. pommepal says:

    Thank you for supplying the LR work flow. I have just finished a month free trial and am hooked so today I took the plunge and bought it.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Excellent πŸ™‚ Am glad it’s useful. I have bee doing #imagereboot (you can find it in the Reader) which has the workflows for other shots too.

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      1. pommepal says:

        I’ll take a look thanks for the link…

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        1. desleyjane says:

          My pleasure. Actually, they are under a menu on my main page – Image Reboot.

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          1. pommepal says:

            Thanks will take a look

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  11. Joanne says:

    Love how crisp and clean this capture is (and rather like this new blog theme also…)! πŸ˜‰

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    1. desleyjane says:

      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. Joanne says:

        Blog themes sometimes seem the hardest part of blogging, lol!

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  12. andy says:

    Love the color and the high exposure back ground !!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Andy me too. A lucky one!

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  13. brittabottle says:

    This is gorgeous, Desley. You are so talented at capturing the beauty in the most mundane objects. ❀

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you dearest Britta, I so appreciate your comments. How are you doing these days? X

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      1. brittabottle says:

        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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        1. desleyjane says:

          Sorry you aren’t well, I just saw your post and left you a comment there too. Take care hun.

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          1. brittabottle says:

            Thanks so much, DJ. Feeling much better today. ❀

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            1. desleyjane says:

              Good to hear x.

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  14. Jeremy says:

    You have a good eye! I’m sure most people will ignore a dead leaf, and yet you are able to see the beauty in it. I appreciate this shot.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Jeremy. I appreciate you saying so. I’ve been back to shoot it again (this time more than a single shot!) so it will be good to see how it turns out.

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  15. imanikel says:

    Simply amazing shot, curve and all Desley

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you. I am very happy with this one 😊 I really appreciate your comment.

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