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Backlighting practice - leaf

Incredible color on this backlit Japanese maple leaf (note also that this is the back of the maple leaf, very well lit by the sun). When I shot straight towards the sun, I got a silhouette... this is slightly away from the sun, but still backlit.. Voilà! A whole new image. Wow! Unbelievable! This result amazes me because it feels like this picture is taken in a dark room with some artificial light. I will continue to investigate more. Backlighting is very interesting! I have so much to learn!

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Taken on June 19, 2012