Turning-on an old leaf
“Turning-on an old leaf” was supposed to be a play on words . . . sort of like “turning over a new leaf.” Okay. Doesn’t exactly work, I know.
What I wanted to get to though is the importance of really working a subject. Different angles, perspectives, shutter speeds, f-stops, etc. All trying to tell a story. In this case, earlier today, I took my hour away from the office and visited Carpenter Falls. Normally, this time of year we’d have some of the white stuff to work with. Obviously, I knew before I pulled out of the driveway that this wasn’t going to be the case today. Still, I expected that the falls itself would be interesting.
Actually, there was more water than I’m used to seeing, but the drabness of the whole area, what with only left-over autumn to work with, didn’t lend itself to wonderful waterfalls compositions. So, I had to look a little loser. I started by focusing on a couple foot-high cascades above the main falls (like the header of this post), but it wasn’t really working for me. I couldn’t seem to “see” something I really liked.
Then I noticed a single leaf caught in the undertow of one of the mini cascades. But, it was deep enough that its color was “washed-out” (no pun intended) and the flow of water made it indistinct. So, I didn’t even frame a potential grab. What to do?
I decided that I’d find a leaf and position it where the original one might have been at an earlier point in time. I know, there are some who poo-poo moving anything to help compose a photo. I’m not one of those unless I’m trying to say “this is the way it was.” In other words, I’m not going for a documentary image any more than a painter standing at the falls who might not include an intrusive branch or who might add some color in search of a “pretty” picture.
I ended up liking one(at right) much better than the others. What are your thoughts?