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Beauty and the Leaf
There is so much beauty to see everywhere around us, even in a leaf in a puddle. All we have to do is open our eyes, look up from our devices, and look. People today seem so contained in their little boxes that they miss out on the beauty and the good that surrounds them. Admittedly, I was walking with the purpose of finding images when I took this photo, but that is often the way I travel anyway. Always looking, observing, finding, seeing. Yes, you do have to slow down, but it is worth it, and since many of you won’t do it I am happy to make images and share them with you.
Just a leaf in a puddle. I thought the contrast and the textures were interesting. I found it on what use to be an outdoor basketball court that, like the leaf, was in a state of decay. The concrete is broken in places, the paint was peeling away, and all that was left of the hoops are holes in the concrete.
Contrasts stand out in the dry gray cement as it transition to the yellow/orange and gray wet concrete. The strong rust colored leaf lends more contrast.
I decided to do a black and white version. Tonal levels were adjusted to slightly brighten the mid-tones and darken blacks. Hightlights were left unchanged. I also adjusted the color levels; pumping up the reds which added texture to the leaf, and toning down the cyans and blues which added texture to the dry concrete area on the right.
I prefer the color version. How about you? Comment below.
Canon 60D; EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens; f/5.6, 1/800 sec.; ISO 200.