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forestgnome
11-04-2009, 06:12 AM
Nothing says "November" like the air above filled with falling leaves in a gust of wind. Ever try capturing it in action? I spent a little time Sunday on the Champney Falls Trail trying to capture it in a beech stand. It's harder than I thought it would be.

I was trying to capture motion but the leaves looked like unnatually blurry lines. If I froze them in mid-air they did not stand out as "falling leaves" but instead blended in with the leaves still on branches in the background.

In the image below I found a sort-of happy medium. I'm thinking it would be better to completely freeze the leaf with a fast shot, but isolate the leave in the open sky with all blue around it so it clearly appears freely falling, thus capturing the fall. This could be surrounded with colorful trees for support of the composition, as long as the falling leaf was completely surrounded by clear sky. However, I am happy with this image.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/nov109aaa5.jpg



thoughts?...

CHRIS
11-04-2009, 07:39 AM
I like it. I really like how you show the motion of the leave falling. You also captured some incredable color.Great job. What would have made it even better is a nice bull moose coming down the trail :D.

mtruman
11-04-2009, 07:41 AM
Very nice Patrick. As usual your patience and effort pay off. I think you did indeed find the happy medium. I'd be interested in seeing the images on both sides of this (blurred and frozen) to compare. In any case you found a beautiful day to be out in the autumn colors and that's enough reward in itself!

Snow Miser
11-04-2009, 07:56 AM
Beautiful photo Patrick! It makes me wish I was there right now.:)

Anna LeBlanc
11-04-2009, 04:59 PM
I love the picture Patrick.The orange colors are beautiful.You can feel the motion looking at it.

You are an inspiration to me as a photographer.


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Anna

Brad
11-04-2009, 05:42 PM
Did you try panning down with the leaf as it was falling - getting the background to blur? The IS #2 setting on the Canon lens can do that but they only talk about horizontal panning. Not sure what it would do in this case. Interesting attempts and nice shot.

EDoubleu
11-05-2009, 11:36 PM
I've always tried to get a shot like this myself. Not too successful yet unfortunately. I have one suggestion as I look at your photo. What if you could reduce the depth of field and just freeze the falling leaf in the foreground? That way you wouldn't need the complete isolation of the leaf against the blue sky and the background could be out of focus some. I guess the trick is being able to have that leaf fall at a set distance so you could focus on it. Anyway, just a thought.
I love the colors you captured in your image by the way. Nice job as always.

TrishandAlex
11-06-2009, 06:21 AM
Looks perfect! Still waiting for you to create a book flled with your beautiful photogroaphs...I'd be first in line to buy it.

forestgnome
11-06-2009, 04:51 PM
Looks perfect! Still waiting for you to create a book flled with your beautiful photogroaphs...I'd be first in line to buy it.

Thanks so much for inspiring feedback...it just so happens that I am meeting with a publisher next week and I'm very excited about it!!!

Brad
11-06-2009, 07:11 PM
Thanks so much for inspiring feedback...it just so happens that I am meeting with a publisher next week and I'm very excited about it!!!
Remember, I am first for a signed copy. It is hard work herding all those moose to you all the time.

KathyC
11-06-2009, 07:41 PM
I love the picture, I could actually feel the autumn when I look at it...

I would def. drive up for a book signing!! Best of luck to you with that, you are extremely talented.

Charlie
11-06-2009, 08:28 PM
and i will be right behind you to get my books ,i need to give some out as gifts

very nice picture

TrishandAlex
11-06-2009, 08:38 PM
Patrick, excellent news! Please keep us posted, I will arm-wrestle the others to be first in line. :D

mtruman
11-07-2009, 08:08 AM
I sense a book signing event coming up... Best of luck in your meeting with the publisher Patrick!

Snow Miser
11-07-2009, 10:27 AM
Good luck with the publisher Patrick! I too would try to make it up for your book signing.

CHRIS
11-07-2009, 12:30 PM
You will definetly have to let us know when it comes out. I will for sure want a signed copy. Your photography along with Jim's inspires me to shoot better. Good luck

Charlie
11-07-2009, 01:00 PM
i think we should have a OBS member book singing event before the public one

Anna LeBlanc
11-07-2009, 09:04 PM
I would love to have one of your books Patrick.I wish you all the luck in the world on this venture.Maybe you could make your book available through the OBS store online too.

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Anna

1HappyHiker
11-07-2009, 10:44 PM
Patrick, I think you did a very nice job of catching Autumn in motion.

Am I correct in thinking that perhaps a photo such as this would use techniques somewhat similar to those employed to capture certain action shots at sporting events, such as football, etc?:confused: