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Sugar Maple Leaf (10)
PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213)
Lots of work to get this shot, and I'm pretty proud of it. I picked a leaf from the huge sugar maple in my back yard. Then I brought it inside and hung it up in a window that was facing a VERY bright afternoon sun. The backlighting was so strong that every little detail of the leaf came to life, and when I saw that I knew I had a great picture. I loaded it onto my computer, adjusted levels, made it black and white, sharped the edges, tried to level out the brightness across the picture (the upper right corner is still a bit dark, though)... added the frame and my "signature" ... and wha-lah! I hope you like it!

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PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213)
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Edited by:PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213)

Hi Niek.. I'm glad you liked this picture so much. I posted this extra for you, and for anyone else who would like to learn more about how it was taken. I had to take my camera off of the tripod to get the shot, but at least this way you can see where I had the tripod in relation to the leaf (VERY close to it). I can't emphasize how bright the sun was that afternoon.. it was perfect.