I don’t always listen to my wife’s advice, but on this occasion she was right, and I’m glad I did. Last Friday she arrived home from our local supermarket with a week’s worth of food and told me that the Acers in the supermarket car-park were beautiful and I should go and see them even though the light was dull.
I was sceptical; but the following day I went down there on another dull day. She was right: the Acers were remarkable despite totally flat light and in the spirit of ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’ I started to take some images. And then I saw a solitary leaf hanging under a tree suspended in space. It would have been so easy to miss it, or simply brush it aside.
One small leaf, on a slender thread of Spider’s silk at chest height. Just hanging there, defying gravity. Not easy to capture a clean shot. It spun, it swung. It just would not stay still. I wound the ISO up to 800 and got a shutter speed of 1/45 at F9.5. I set the shutter on Continuous and the Autofocus to track. And fired a series of bursts as the leaf danced on its thread. Out of 20 shots, I got one that was sufficiently sharp to present to you today.
I must mention a strange coincidence. I’ve followed Marcie Scudder’s blog for many months. There’s no-one who combines images and writing in such an extraordinary way as Marcie does. If you haven’t come across her blog you’ve missed something special. Last week Marcie published an image of a falling leaf that grabbed my attention. Click here to view that post. The moment I saw this leaf I thought of Marcie and was inspired to start shooting. Thank you Marcie.