Decay and Vitality

I took my annual trip to Yates Cider Mill last month and of course I brought my camera with me. It was towards the end of the foliage decay in this particular section of town, so there weren’t too many subjects to photograph, but I managed.

I used my 50mm lens, partly because I forgot to stick my macro lens on – however, as I’ve mentioned before, I seem to get some really fantastic bokeh shots with this lens and it continues to be my go-to lens for every day photography.

Anyway, here’s a few shots from the day.

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I really like the way the above photo turned out. I think it shows a great contrast between colors, but also between the decay and vitality of nature and how strongly something like a leaf can hang on to it’s live-giving branch. That sounds super poetic, but nature is poetic.

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I had a tough time choosing between the above photo and another, landscape version of the same leaves. But ultimately, like that poppy picture from this summer, I like the contrast between the orange of the leaves and the serene blue background.

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In this last photo, I found this stalk of leaves sprouting out of the ground surrounded by mostly trees with falling leaves and I thought it was just brilliant to see this bright green foliage defying the autumn season.

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Our front yard has leaves scattered all over and the variety of colors is gorgeous, but the bicolored red/orange ones are always among my favorite.

85mm macro lens, on my knees, the sun was shining straight through the leaf at me.

As an aside, I had a small discussion last night with a former professor who gave me some good advice and critiques of my photography and mentioned that employers/people are interested in the process behind the final work.

I think once I finish this 365 challenge, I’ll be updating this blog with more informational posts and behind-the-scenes pics/info of how I work my magic with the camera. What do you guys think? DOES ANYONE READ THIS???

P.S. Personal plug: follow me on Instagram for more photos. @lovelikeangels

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