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    Posted: 21 February 2021 at 10:55
After a long period of absence from Dyxum, it's time to reacquaint myself with posting images, and get more active in the Dyxum community. Lockdown has focussed my attention primarily on local club activity via Zoom, and some projects at home. One such project is demonstrated in the attached image.

Back in the Autumn of 2020 I collected a large quantity of wet leaves from a local park, and on taking them home, watched them adopt some very strange shapes as they dried out. They were then shot on my little tabletop studio, and subsequently processed to arrive at the kind of image you see below. Lots of fun to do, and lots more to see if Dyxumers are interested in the result.

 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 February 2021 at 12:55
mgjsmith: Interesting image, Martin. The vertical mirroring gives the leaf a mask-like appearance. "Overhead" lighting was a good choice so that the mirror didn't artificially create a second light source. Some shadows might have given the gray frame some implied curvature to replicate prison bars although this might have been difficult if you wanted to maintain the appearance of a single light source (i.e., the bars would have been back-lit).

A nice result on what must have been a fun (and safe) experiment.

Cheers... Brian
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Hi Brian, Thank you for your reply. This and other leaf images were lit by very diffuse light from above using a single studio light and a soft box. For a number of images I also placed some white foam board under the subject to reflect a little light onto the underbelly. For some reason I decided to crop the image and then thought I would flip it horizontally to see how it would look and liked the result. Cropping the leaf in different ways resulted in a different look each time. I then started shooting more leaves to see what I could come up with, and I will show some of these images in subsequent posts. Thanks again for your interest.

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Hi Martin,

First, great to see an image from you after a 'sabbatical' and, as always, this one is beautifully presented.

As an image I think it works really well; yes, we all know it's a leaf but, as Brian points out (and in line with our current global predicament) it also looks like a decaying and disused mask of sorts - the stem of the leaf being particularly illustrative of a tie of sorts.

The lighting has been really well handled and balanced - to lapse into 'Camera Club Speak' there are no blown highlights to drag the eye away; nothing that needs 'toning down' or 'lifting to show detail' - but that just makes it sound like a flat and uninteresting shot and this is far from that. There is a lovely sense of the texture of the drying surface and the colours are both subtle but rich in parts where it matters. The framing is unusual but, in this context, works very well and it's nice to see someone taking care on the presentation of the overall whole rather than just the image itself.

No doubt this would make a truly lovely image - A3 at least - and hung on a wall for everyone to really enjoy.

Thanks for sharing - take care and stay safe.

best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 February 2021 at 10:47
Hi Martin, great to see you back

Very nice image and a good show of what can be achieved turning photos into digital art.
I hope you don't mind giving a suggestion to consider putting in some kind of shadow from the bars on the leaf, I think that would enhance the 3D feeling of the whole scene.    
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