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I couldn't pass up taking this leaf from the park so I could take pictures of it at home.


My set up is always very simple when I take "studio" pictures at home (the studio being my dining room table and inadequate lighting). For this photo, I used a small halogen desk lamp for lighting and a black bed sheet for the background. I used a spray bottle to add water droplets to the leaf. I held the leaf stem in such a way that it was hidden by the leaf itself (I'm a big fan of trying to avoid any distracting elements) -- and I had to avoid getting my hand in the frame at the same time. For post-processing, I turned up the contrast (which is what I almost always do with my photos because my S2IS doesn't take the clearest pictures in the world). I also sharpened it up a little bit, too, which really brought out the definition that a DSLR would have captured. (9/25/2009)

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Taken on September 25, 2009