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The Life of a Leaf by ejosh The Life of a Leaf by ejosh
Life goes deeper than what you can see.

You have to look at the full version to see the detail. Thanks for looking.


Edit: 2-26-05 1:22pm
Imagine my surprise when I logged on DeviantART this morning to find loads of comments and favorites clogging my DA messages page. I was totally perplexed, until I thought to myself, "No way, I didn't get a daily deviation, did I?" I found that all the favorites were pointing to my picture "The Life of a Leaf" and when I went to take a look, my jaw dropped.

This image was one of about nine total frames. I experimented with different aperture sizes and angles. I chose this one because I liked the short depth of field. Some of the other images with a wider aperture seemed to be almost too busy and didn't really lead the eye anywhere. With a shorter depth of field, it really helps to isolate the leaf and emphasize the texture and detail.

The leaf was given to me by a friend who had found it some years ago and kept it sealed in a plastic bag. It had a natural curve to it, which I thought was kind of neat, and helped add some interest to the picture. The lighting was all natural. It was kind of a sunny day with the sun off to the side a little. The sunlight was filtered by a small bush, which cast some interesting shadows across the picture.

I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who has commented and/or faved it. I really do appreciate every single comment and fav a ton.


Taken:12-14-2004 1:00pm
Camera: Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel
Shutter: 1/500
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
RAW Format
Lens: EFS 18-55mm
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Given 2005-02-26
This image makes me wonder what is life anyway. different things depending on if you are you or if you are a leaf? The Life of a Leaf by ~ejosh ( Suggested by Image-Ninja and Featured by suzi9mm )
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thecr4zYc4ndY Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
you have been featured here [link]
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:iconpumpkinandpie:
pumpkinandpie Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wowww. very nice.
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:iconspiggo:
spiggo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Nice one [link] my leaf:)
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:iconla-dolly-vita:
La-Dolly-Vita Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
:clap: Great work, congrats on the DD :deviation:
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aekou Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
It's been said, but this photograph is amazing! It really caught my eye. I love photos of leaves anyway :) I try to take photographs when I find leaves like this but they never turn out well..
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:iconmorbid-comtesse:
morbid-comtesse Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
just beautiful
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:iconaimelle:
Aimelle Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
great texture details :thumbsup:
nice focus and lovely shadowing.
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SilverMixx Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here

:)
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:icon33xit:
33xiT Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome ;)
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:iconsilvermixx:
SilverMixx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad I finally found this. :heart:
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:iconyazmoogle:
Yazmoogle Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really beautiful... delicate, fragile... wonderful shot :]
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OneWhisker Featured By Owner May 22, 2007   Photographer
the shadows are really effective
nice work
~peace~
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:iconencodedlogic:
encodedlogic Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
I know you got the DD a while ago, but congrats all the same!

Paul
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:iconceleste-blacke:
celeste-blacke Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
hello,
I've used your image here.. [link]

do have a look at it..
i hope you like it, and if you have any objection, i could take it off.. :)
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:iconmeryovi:
Meryovi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Great picture.
I love it. :D

Congrats! :thumbsup:!!
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slopa91 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006   Photographer
wow, this is amazing. I love the angle, and the depth of field really adds to the effect of the pic.
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johnypolo17 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
Beautiful picture :)
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:iconcybersprinters:
cybersprinters Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2005
U leave hardly any space for critisizm,
Amazing shot,great shadows,everything great.
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:iconshubat:
shubat Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
seriously amazing. The idea is classic. The composition really pulls it together. The shadow adds a lot of extra interest to the left area which would have been boring without it. The veins of the leaf really have great focus and they tell a story. It is almost as if this leaf doesn't want to be forgotten forever.
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:iconejosh:
ejosh Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005  Professional Photographer
Thanks a lot. I really don't think I could have been any more happy with how it turned out. I appreciate the comment. Interesting personification.
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shubat Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
i really enjoyed it.
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:icongwydi:
gwydi Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005
thats so beautiful, i like it a lot! *loves*
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:iconmickie31:
mickie31 Featured By Owner May 31, 2005   Photographer
this is a breathtaker. so delicate and humble just like nature itself :star:
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s-a-i-n-t Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
oh wow.

:+fav:
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UncleOutrage Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! its amazing! i luv how u said 'Life goes deeper than what you can see', it really got me to see the pic in a whole new way after i read that and looked at it again, and i swear, every time i look at it, it gets even more beautiful!
chrissy
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dark2 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005
interesting concept and composition u got there!! very unique...nice job!
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bullseyepimp Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005
absolutely beautiful shot dude.
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Aquila-eagle Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
Wow, this photo is really awesome, I like the colours, and the way the shadow of the leaf falls. I don't know much about photography, but this looks really awesome to me!
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pawwwprint Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
that's a great idea and photograph... you did well to convey that much detail in such a natural setting.

I used a sceletal leaf like this as the basis for these two prints :

[link]

[link]

:)
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sahroe Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005   Photographer
Amazing! The leaf looks transparent, with beautiful lace-like holes through it. Is it really like that or is it just a trick of the eye?
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ejosh Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
No trix here. It's just a bare skeleton with just the veins left. All the flesh of the leaf decayed. I don't know how it happened, but it did.
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sahroe Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005   Photographer
Wow. That's simply amazing. o.o
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usedtoit03 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
very nice leaf you have there :).

i just wish the depth of field was a little larger, especially since there was enough light for a 1/500th of a second exposure at f/5.6. nice border, and nice colors. great image!
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mi- Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
These images, these details of little things are the ones that get me thinking about life... I would be writing a big load of thoughts but right now I'm observing, gathering, more than building up a logical line of thoughts about it...
The leaf is beautiful now as Im sure it was in its lushing days... as we are...
Great capture... congrats... its a fav for me, one more in the bunch! :+fav:
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ejosh Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
Interesting thoughts. :nod: Thanks for sharing.
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blackpearleyes Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005   General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful, and definitely worthy of a DD. Congratulations. :claps:

There's something about this picture that... I dunno. Reminds me of graduation day from high school. A mix of poignant thoughts and happy ones. (I'm sentimental... heheheh...) Again, wonderful work. :heart: Must :+fav:
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Iocus Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
:jawdrop: Gah! Incredibly impressive... and crisp... and beautiful...
You make me wish I could do something other than take photos...

- ][ocus
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Five-Farthings Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
You totally deserve this Daily Deviantion and all the comments and faves you get sugah! This is some amazing work, so simple, yet so totally complex at the same time. Well done!
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rissdemeanour Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
Wonderful shot! :clap:
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Davidtrials Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
Simply beautiful. I love it. :) Another :+fav: for you!
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
I love the shadows of the lacy veins that remain after the leaf's substance has been chewed away. This has a neat composition. I favorited it too, it's something thought provoking!
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Red-Isabell Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
The picture looks so fragile, like if I touched it it'd break. That's awesome!!
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:iconmidorigin:
midorigin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
well, well, well. you found beauty in death.
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SadGirl311 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
oh this is very beautiful :+fav:
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chouka Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
Awesome! The intricacy of the leaf's veins are stunning.
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Zlatty Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
what a beautiful captures
the shadows and the dof are really awesome
though the title and image are bit depressiing
since there is nothing colorful and fun to uplift the mood
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randomdude Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005   Writer
the blur could use a little work, it makes the viewer wonder if there really is a focal point
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ejosh Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
I see what you mean. It is a little hard to tell from the small version. That's why I reccomend the full view so you can see all the detail.
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randomdude Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005   Writer
i did full view it, i guess it's pretty good...i do like the detail on the unblurred portion
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SlLVERandCOLD Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
This is sooo amazing!
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December 14, 2004
Image Size
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Favourites
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Camera Data

Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
Shutter Speed
1/500 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
49 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Dec 14, 2004, 12:59:32 PM
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