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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Natures Painting

Sometimes a gem of a photo jumps right out at you, and for me this is one of them. I wasn't even sure of what I had when I took this. Here's the story.

I had taken my wife, at lunch time, to a place of business with which our company does business. She needed to pick up some items. While she was inside I took out my camera and was looking around for something to photograph. I looked over towards the woods and I saw this. These were the only leaves left hanging anywhere. So I aimed, framed and fired. About this time my wife came back out and I put my camera down and went back to work.

Later that evening I was looking through the photos that I had downloaded to my PC and this one caught my eye. I couldn't get away from it. I just kept looking at it and couldn't stop. To me this looks more like a painting than a photograph, hence "Natures Painting". I really love this photo and I just had to put it up here for others to see. I hope you enjoy looking at this as much as I do. This one is destined to become a hard copy, matted and framed.


This photo was taken about mid afternoon on a cloudy dull day with snow flurries in the air. My exposure was 2/3 of an f/stop lower than indicated. Other than that the light was a soft even layer. My camera was a Nikon D40 with a Nikkor 18-105 lens. I resized for web viewing in Photoshop Elements 6 and that was it. I didn't use Levels, Contrast or Saturation or anything like that. Now I did add a little vignetting and a small amount of sharpening because of the loss from resizing, but that was it.

This just goes to show that a good photo can be anywhere and sometimes even the best ones show up when you least expect them. But you have to have a camera with you at all times and always be on the look out for something to shoot. I know I don't want to be in the position of saying "man, I wish I had a camera" :-)

You might miss something like this and I know you would not like that. Remember, if you are not looking you will never see.

As usual, this is my world. I love it and you are welcome to it.