The Leaf

I was visiting my parents for the Christmas holiday and I always enjoy looking around my dad’s property for little details. He has some large maple trees that he’s nurtured over the years and this late in December all the leaves have pretty much dropped. I was sitting on his front porch just enjoying a few minutes of solitude, watching the snow melt and admiring how well my father keeps his hedges, when I spotted a lone leaf sitting among his hedge next to the melting snow. Something simple, but with so much detail.

I’m not sure where I heard this, but sometimes as a photographer you just need to spend 10 minutes just observing things around you. Many times we are rushing to set up for a sunrise or a sunset or getting prepared to shoot the bride and groom who are about to kiss and it’s a frantic rush to get the settings right or the focus correct in order to capture the moment. This time the moment just stood still and was waiting for my eye to catch that moment. The small detail that I probably walked by two or three times that day, but it wasn’t until I sat down and really took in the full scene that the leaf stood out ready for me to capture the beauty.

The Leaf - ©2012 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.
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Capture Notes:

  • Really nice composition and focus Rick. It is amazing how the simple things take a while to see but they are always well worth it.

  • Agree 100% man! We all forget to look around sometimes! Awesome work here, love the details, great find!

  • fabulous shot Rick, really well done and glad you slowed down enough to see it! I do the same thing, always rushing this way and that, and slowing down is one thing I am trying to do more of! good advice my friend!

  • Well said Rick. I agree, keen perception from the start is key to exposing all the awesome subjects and ideas around you. Love the early morning frost. Well done.

  • Great find Rick. I love it when I actually notice things like this, which doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. Well done.

  • Great details!

  • You’re absolutely right in what you say in this post. We can be in too much of a hurry and miss the detail that is right there is only we take the time to slow down and then the images just come to you. I love picturing single leaves.

  • This is the sort of thing I’d normally just walk past and not notice! Great job Rick.

  • I have a bad habit of looking right over shots like this and my portfolio suffers from it. Wonderfully captured Rick!