Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The Last Leaf of Autumn (With apologies to Georgia O'Keeffe.)
What prompts us to film this, but not that? What attracts our attention to a particular subject - and I'm not talking leaves in general, but this particular leaf? The answer to that is probably more philosophical than technical in nature. Anyway, I didn't give too much thought to the actual filming of it and it wasn't until later while reviewing all the leaf images that I really became attracted to this image.
Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) should also be applied to photography. Usually the simpler you can make a composition, the more compelling it will be. That is certainly part of the attraction of Georgia O'Keeffe's artwork. And that is what I like about this particular leaf. It has simple flowing lines that transform it into a work of art while the highlights on the branch are so blown out that it also simplifies this detail. One might almost look for brushstrokes thinking it a painting and not a photograph.