Frosty Leaf by Daniel Frost
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Frosty Leaf

November 23, 2019
90mm · f/7.1 · 1/125s · ISO 1600
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Tom Reichner's picture

Just noticed your surname is Frost ...... how fitting is that!

Spectacular image! I love the way that the frost forms more heavily on the veins of the leaf. I'm sure there are physics behind that that cause it to be that way, but I am equally sure that I would never understand those physics if they were explained to me.

I am interested in knowing two things:

1: What were the colors in the background like before you turned them into grey?

2: The way the bottom right of the leaf falls out of the plane of focus and is softer than the rest of the leaf - was that intentional? Do you have other frames of this leaf in which the DOF is deep enough so that the entire leaf is in sharp focus?

Daniel Frost's picture

Thanks! It had a bit of a cooler blue tone. I dropped the blues because i thought it gave it a nice contrast. As far as the depth of field it was the best i was able to get on a somewhat windy day shooting hand held. I really didn't want to jack the iso past 1600. But after i got it into lightroom i didnt find the fall off distracting enough to not enjoy the photo.

Tom Reichner's picture

Oh, no, I wasn't criticizing the fact that the bottom part of the leaf is a bit soft. I just wondered if it was intentional or not. I think if I had been shooting it, I would have perhaps tried to get some with the entire leaf sharp, and others with a portion of the leaf falling away from the plane of focus, and then when I had a chance to view them on the big monitor at home I would decide which I liked best. But, as you say, there are sometimes limitations that prevent us from trying all possible techniques. And it's wonderful as it is, so that may be what I would have chosen, even if there were other options to choose from.

Daniel Frost's picture

Thank you! i didn't take it as criticism just explaining how it came about. Often we're slaves to the conditions presented to us.