Leaves in sunlight

Leaves paint daubs effect crop

This is a crop of a photo of foliage highlighted by sunlight with an effect applied in Photoshop.

Leaves in sunlight

The original image has just been lightly processed and cropped in the version above to remove the worst of the lens flare. There was quite a lot, partly because the camera was struggling to capture the amazing light and partly as I was a little overexcited by seeing so much radiant, natural beauty before me. It happens!

Photographing things makes me more aware of how our eyes (even shortsighted ones like mine) are such responsive, flexible, subtle instruments. We should never take them for granted.

Leaves in sunlight with paint daubs effect

I photoshopped a few of the main distractions out in the version above (including the red traffic light) and added a paint daub effect. In the version I led with I cropped out the street context and took back the highlights by about 20% to make the colours pop even more.

The choice of this plant seemed inspired: city landscaping at its simplest and best. Although the colours may appear autumnal, the original shot shows April in St. Petersburg, Florida.

If you have a favourite version, or if you can identify the plant, please let me know in the comments.

13 thoughts on “Leaves in sunlight

  1. sportsattitudes says:

    The “flexible, subtle instruments”…not taking eyes for granted takes me off topic here but serves to confirm your thoughts completely. I get my eyes checked normally every other year but in the past year (the “off” year) I noticed things were really starting to get harder to focus on. I went to get checked. Turns out I had a cataract that had formed – albeit a small one – directly over my line of vision. Even while only being 57 years of age…off I go to get cataract surgery! It went so well I am now rooting for a cataract on the other eye (kidding) to balance them out so I don’t have to wear any glasses at all. The point is I can see these photos so much clearer simply because I didn’t take my eyes for granted. My favorite shot is the last one because it brings into context where the plants are, the wide, impressive size of the area they cover, etc. So much beauty…and located on what seems to be an otherwise standard street scene.

    • susurrus says:

      I’m glad you realised and were able to get it fixed and that you liked the one with the effect. They’re so quick and easy to apply – almost like painting by numbers

    • susurrus says:

      Thanks – it didn’t quite look real even to the eye and I couldn’t get the effect I wanted straight out of the camera, so I thought it would be fun to experiment.

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