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on Oct 23, 2009 in Field Reports

The Leaf That Kicked My Butt!

Yep, this one leaf that so caught my eye just wouldn’t let me make the image I was seeing come to life in the viewfinder. Seriously! As you can see, its red is pretty intense and it just was hanging out there screaming to be photographed before it fell to the forest floor and lost to the winter snow.

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I went to the 200f2 at first and then added the 1.7x. That didn’t help. Narrowing down the angle of view I think was the start down the path of no success.

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Moved closer but as I did, the background changed because I started to shoot up more. That didn’t help. Joe being curious what I was seeing came over and looked through the lens. After looking through the viewfinder he looked at me and I made a funny face and said, “too busy.”

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So then I moved closer, didn’t help. I was getting frustrated because the original image that I saw is now getting further away and not closer to coming to life in the viewfinder.

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Moved closer again, still no help. I never got the photo I first saw and wanted. Back engineering my woes, I think I should have stayed where I first spied the leaf and then gone up higher and to the 200-400. I neither had a ladder or the lens so that’s that and it’s how it goes sometimes when you’re out shooting. Lesson to learn, and a memory to cherish.

Photos captured by D3x, 200f2 on Lexar UDMA digital film