Went out for a walk yesterday, my normal every-other-day-five-miler, and I saw a leaf stuck on the side of a tree. I liked how it just hung there, shivering as the breeze tried to dislodge it. I wondered how long it would take before it gave up its grip.
So, smartphone in hand, I made the shot.
Later on, with all these post processing options, I couldn’t make up my mind which way to go:
- a straightforward enhancement
- a B&W contrasty, grainy approach
- a painterly effect
- a swirly exaggerated effect
I suppose it’s up to the beholder and his or her eyes. You may not like any of these treatments. I talk about the “magic” that made me stop and take the shot. It’s that “it” that grabs you. Sometimes I can make the viewer see the magic. Maybe it was the experience I had of wondering how long the leaf would survive. As it turned out, the answer was – about a minute.
But I had the shot…all four of it.
This next one was kind of a no-brainer. It was the bottom of the tree truck on which the leaf above had become wedged in the bark. As I was going through the effects, I really liked this crazy, swirly lines one.