Leaves - Ryan Taylor

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Solitary Leaf on Tree Branch

Buck Creek State Park, Springfield, Ohio

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” - John Muir

Something about this image makes me laugh now. Let me explain, I had been anticipating photographing the massive lake at Buck Creek for a while and finally made the day's drive up north. While I did get some gorgeous lake sunset images in later on, this happened to be the first subject that caught my eye. I drove all that way for some grandiose and expansive landscape shot. Yet only to be enamored by what would honestly be an image that could've been taken anywhere. For example some landscape photographers take flights and travel the world just to end up capturing an image of a rock. This sounds silly on paper but I guess it's just the nature of what we do..

I arrived early afternoon as evident by the overhead midday sunlight here. That crisp solid blue sky really provides a nice contrast to the tiny yellow/green leaf. The small amount of sidelight on the branch adds depth as well as the shadows interjecting down the middle of the leaf. To make the shot, I had to lay flat on my back and look up. I intended on a vertical composition to exaggerate the branches' longevity. Leaves are a subject that never bores me! The diversity they bring in such a small single subject really enhances my entire portfolio.

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