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Back to the Earth

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 30 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Walking through the Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville, South Carolina one afternoon this week, I found myself looking down, seeking patterns on the forest floor. The cycle of life - returning from the earth which spawned us. It applies to all living things, and in the autumn, it gives us some lovely patterns and textures.

NIKON D90 2/5 seconds F/11.0 ISO 500 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

lovely colors and textures!

30 Oct 2010 8:35am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A wonderful array of colors and funky. Nice day.

30 Oct 2010 8:45am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Beautiful! I love all the different textures shapes layers.

30 Oct 2010 10:32am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Great textures - and this might look good as a B-W too - you have some great contrasts here!

30 Oct 2010 1:46pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


30 Oct 2010 2:30pm

k@ from Paris, France

One of the most beautiful natural woods carpet of the season i've seen - luminous & so colorful.

30 Oct 2010 5:31pm

k@ from Paris, France

A technical question in addition if you permit (since i have the same gear ;) Did you choose a slow shutter speed here on purpose, to get more light not increasing the ISO too much ? And then did you use a tripod or not ? I'm interested in the reason of this slow shutter speed (since i don't make that kind of images but would love to). Thks in advance.

30 Oct 2010 5:34pm

@k@: Sure - I was certainly on a tripod. It is backbreaking work to stand over your tripod with the camera pointed straight down, but really worth the effort, and you cannot get the slow shutter speed without it. The sky was overcast, which helped bring out the luminosity of the wet leaves. I went to iso 500 - did not want to push it much further because of noise issues. I should also say that I process most of my work using the Nik plug in Viveza 2, which yields great results - you can put a pointer at selected areas in an image and work on things like brightness, structure, saturation, etc. Having said that, this image is really not too far from the original - mostly added contrast.

k@ from Paris, France

Thanks a lot for your detailed answer, i guessed right then. Never heard of Nik plug, i'm not a lot in pp, but since you say it's close from original, it's neat - thanks again.

30 Oct 2010 5:59pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Lovely saturated color, Barbara. In regard to the previous comments regarding processing, many people who shoot jpeg do not realize that RAW files require processing.

31 Oct 2010 1:34am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

the colour version is just as wonderful as the b&w i saw previously! in fact i might even like this one better - especially thanks to the pink/purple tones leaves - the look brilliant in this composition!

1 Nov 2010 4:05am

Andrea from Regina, Canada

I just love the colours and the sheen from the rain (?) on the leaves.

1 Nov 2010 2:58pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This is beautiful. Often we forget to look down and look closely at the path we are walking on.

3 Nov 2010 3:17am

2/5 seconds
ISO 500
157 mm (35mm equiv.)