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More Dead Leaves - sorry :-(
Lens: Pentax 18- 135 Camera: K-5 Photo Location: Rainy woods 
Posted By: tessfully, 03-12-2013, 03:47 PM

Rain, snow, sleet... yuck. So I took out Norman's 18 - 135 as it is water resistant. Even though these are not perfect there was something about each one I liked.


This one I just find very moving...





The Beech leaves have hung on all winter and now they are very thin and ready to let go.






Last Gasp






And I had a 60 second spot of sun and saw this clinging maple leaf.



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03-12-2013, 04:23 PM   #2
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Not bad, I like them, especially the last one, has some contrast and sharp edges even in the bokeh.
I'm a bit surprised about the first one, though. I'm not quite sure how you managed to get the DoF and blur in that shape, I thought you were using some "specialty" lens for that one.
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Thanks for commenting Na Horuk. About the first one... I have trying for a long time to get a picture of the tip of a curved fern using a very shallow depth of field where only the tip and first fronds are in focus and the rest of the fronds and image is out of focus. The fern (or in this case, the leaf) is hanging down in front of me just above eye level and it naturally curves up over. This is as close as I have come to getting the image I imagine. I usually try it with my macro so I am very surprised and pleased with the results of the 18 - 135... I am thinking I should crop a bit off the bottom.
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Fascinating - as soon as I saw the first one, the word, "praying mantis" popped into my head. An unusual and compelling photo, tess - as are they all.

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One thing we love about you Tess, is that you are not afraid to experiment. Great images, I always enjoy your work.
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Define perfect. Once you have the perfect photo don't you have to quit and get a new hobby ? That's why I don't yet have the perfect shot. It's a nice series Tess - soon we'll have a new season and new photo opps.
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A bit of cabin fever? Nice set.
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Fascinating - as soon as I saw the first one, the word, "praying mantis" popped into my head. An unusual and compelling photo, tess - as are they all.

Jer
Thanks so much Jer (and I am so sorry about your troubles the other day)...

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One thing we love about you Tess, is that you are not afraid to experiment. Great images, I always enjoy your work.
Thank you Bob! I always find your words encouraging

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Define perfect. Once you have the perfect photo don't you have to quit and get a new hobby ? That's why I don't yet have the perfect shot. It's a nice series Tess - soon we'll have a new season and new photo opps.
True true...I am very bad at dismissing one of my photos because the tip is not in perfect focus, or some other such technical issue, yet there is something else about the photo that goes beyond that and makes it special for me... as in the first one. That is what is so wonderful about this forum, and you make it really nice to be here Dave. Thanks.

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A bit of cabin fever? Nice set.
Yep! And I woke up to a blanket of snow. I love snow, but not so much in March. Thanks for the nice comment dadipentak

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I enjoyed this series. It really shows how you can find the "extraordinary in the ordinary" if we just stop to take a look an appreciate what we have around us. Nice shots. Thanks for sharing.
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First one has really interesting Oof for my eyes... nice series.
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Really great work, wish I`d have the same eye for bokeh-prettiness
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I enjoyed this series. It really shows how you can find the "extraordinary in the ordinary" if we just stop to take a look an appreciate what we have around us. Nice shots. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much fotogaffer, I always appreciate your comments!

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First one has really interesting Oof for my eyes... nice series.
Thanks repaap! It is strange that the OOF has so much to say.

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Really great work, wish I`d have the same eye for bokeh-prettiness
Thanks Larsenio. I find it is the type of lens and aperture that creates unique bokeh. Each lens I like has a kind of "bokeh signature" ... this is the first time I saw the 18 - 135 is bokeh action and I like it
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DLS - dead leaf syndrome, but they are some very good dead leaf shots, particularly like the last shot with the sun highlighting the leaf, ... spring will be soon.
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Norm had better watch out or he is going to lose another lens. Super series Tess. Love the first two especially.
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Very nice leaf images. I like them. Second one is my favorite.
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