Ah, finally a challenge I could get into, details. I had a macro lens, a full camera battery, and… oh, wait, not a lot of time. This past week, I moved out of the airbnb, got back on the road, and moved campgrounds twice. Which, as it turned out, didn’t leave a lot of time for staring at details of whatever crossed my path.
Early in the week, I took a few shots around Gainesville, figuring I could use one of them as backups in case time really got away from me later. This ivy climbing a brick wall caught my eye.
Wed, I finally moved on from Gainesville and the airbnb, staying at my first campground in 4.5 months. It was so lush, so green, that my eyes had trouble seeing the details at first. This palm frond called my name towards the end of one walk. I took several shots and edited this one in Lightroom till I found the level of detail I wanted.
Saturday, I drove up to coastal Georgia, still in the land of the live oaks and southern magnolias. I took a walk around the campground on Sunday morning with my 80mm macro lens. Back and forth from one side of the road to the other I went, looking for gold. I took a few dozen shots, but it was these leaves that made me stop in my tracks. I played with the light, the angle, and the focal point until sweat dripped into my eyes.
When I got back to my trailer, I had a half dozen potential images from the walk. I played with them all, but I kept coming back to the leaves. I played with filters and crops, finally settling on this one because it emphasizes the veins of the leaves. The filter added a bit of rusty color to provide more contrast and visual interest.
I do think it’s funny that in the middle of this incredibily humid summer, I picked a bunch of dried out leaves for this week’s image! But, in photography, sometimes the subject chooses the shooter and not the other way around.
Everything made by human hands looks terrible under magnification–crude, rough, and asymmetrical. But in nature every bit of life is lovely. And the more magnification we use, the more details are brought out, perfectly formed, like endless sets of boxes within boxes.