American Sycamore Leaf Detail (Platanus occidentalis)
Sara Lee Arnovitz Nature Preserve, Xenia, Ohio
"Nature is the one song of praise that never stops singing." - Richard Rohr
If you're determined enough, you will find a way to make things work. In this case I wanted to use the shade in the wet woods to escape the harsh midday light. However being quite exposed, I used my extension tube to simulate macro and raised my lens many stops to a wide aperture. A wider aperture will allow more light in, thus making the image brighter overall. If you notice the rather strange diagonal line of light that changes through the frame, this is caused by an external flash. Like most nature photographers I prefer to use natural light wherever possible however am not afraid to take out the artificial light.
The flash was positioned to the left of the leaf, illuminating that side. In a weird way I enjoy this harsh change in the light. The attempts made with the flash firing straight on had not nearly as an impact. Just when you think you've exhausted all your choices, you open up a whole new avenue of options.
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