13 March

Fallen Leaves Project – Experimenting Continues

My commitment to the fallen leaves project continues to unfold in a trial and error process. Some ideas are working out pretty good — others are failing.

Frost covered leaf

Earlier this winter on a cold morning, my front yard had several frost-covered leaves. My failed efforts to create images of the frost gave me the idea to freeze them. Using a small lunch dish, I froze a single leaf in a block of ice and carved out openings by carefully running warm tap water over select parts to expose edges. Adding new water and refreezing helped add bubbles and textures.

The following images are my results from this single block of ice. All were created with the same setup as before using a 100mm macro lens.

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

9 January

Fallen Leaves Project – Sketches

Back in November, I committed to a project called Fallen Leaves that would challenge me photographically with what I have collected over the past two autumn seasons and the marco equipment I rarely use.

But other projects and one other pretty good reason, kept me from starting until now.

Macro Setup with Light Tent

The Setup

The setup for this first test is a simple enclosed translucent tent box with a black interior. The lights being used are cheap lamps from the local hardware store and a couple small spring loaded clamps to hold the leaves in position. The lens being used is a Canon 100mm macro.

The following set of images are some of my first experiments. It’s fun not knowing how a slight turn to the right or left can change the frame at such close distances. Here is the quick update. I’m going back to the playing.

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO400, 100mm, f/14, 1.0 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO400, 100mm, f/14, 1.0 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/2.8, 1/13 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/16, 2.0 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/2.8, 1/10 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/4.0, 1/13 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/4.0, 1/13 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/5.6, 0.4 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/2.8, 1/13 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/2.8, 1/6 sec

6 November

Fallen Leaves – What Would You Do?

I park daily under a tree and, during the fall season, the car is often covered with leaves. I was convinced that there must be something I could do photographically, and last year, I started collecting them with the full intentions of making fantastic and artistic images. That never happened.

Fall Leaves

©Stephen DesRoches – Fall Leaves

Now it’s a full year later and I still have that box of leaves. Actually, the collection is even bigger and that shoebox is now a bucket. It’s time to set the procrastination aside and make some hard commitments by talking about the upcoming experiments publicly through an oopoomoo project. At this point, I don’t know how the project will go. Maybe I’ll completely fail. Or maybe I’ll create something pretty cool that would earn a spot on my living room wall. Either or, it should be fun.

Equipped with a macro lens I don’t use enough, a light tent that was used only once, and a cheap focusing rail I just bought from eBay… I hope you’ll find this project as interesting as it sounds in my head.

What would you do with a box of leaves? I have a few ideas that I’ll reveal in the coming months. The results are yet to be defined but the pressure has officially begun.

Fall Parking

©Stephen DesRoches – Fall Parking

Fall Parking

©Stephen DesRoches – Fall Parking

Fall Parking

©Stephen DesRoches – Fall Parking

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