Friday, November 18, 2011

Photo of the day: Bigleaf Maple

Bigleaf Maple by The Bacher Family
Bigleaf Maple, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
I'm not sure why I like photos of leaves so much. Maybe it's just because they're often so beautiful, especially in the autumn when they've turned yellow and orange and red, creating splashes of color against the sky or on an otherwise drab forest floor. Maybe there's something metapyhysical about something once so full of life drifting to the ground to slowly return to the earth -- and maybe I'm overreaching for significance where, really, there's only a nice abstract pattern. Regardless of the reason, I do love leaves, and I love it when they make interesting layers of shape and color. This one caught my eye because it's such a bright yellow amid the browns and dark greens of everything else around it. The trick is composing the image in a way that's equally interesting. I chose, in this case, to center the leaf, but oriented at a 45 degree angle. There's no artistic or photographic principle at work -- it just looked good to me. And in the end, that's the standard I rely on most.

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