Hanging There

It was wall-to-wall sunshine yesterday, an unusual phenomenon recently (normal service has been resumed today – it’s raining)! A beautiful day for getting out there and capturing the colours of Autumn.

We returned to Wrest Park to walk through the woodland and find some images.  My area of central England seems to me to be devoid of rolling countryside with attractive forest; or maybe it’s just that I don’t look hard enough for it. What I do see, everywhere I go, is the beauty in the detail. The small clusters of leaves, the terminal branches and that one single leaf – defying logic, just hanging there waiting for the moment when it too will join the thousands already carpeting the ground.


I search for these, focusing in with a long lens – 375mm film equiv in this instance – shooting into the canopy but standing back.  I call these MicroScapes. Using a long lens, my angle of view means I am able to shoot across the canopy rather than up through it to the sky. And that allows me to get a subdued background to the shot that allows the beauty of that one leaf to stand out un-confused.


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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23 Responses to Hanging There

  1. Len says:

    Beautiful colors Andy. I like how the blues and the greens in the blurred background show the details of the leaf.

  2. athyfoto says:

    Sounds like a very good technique you are using. The end product is very attractive and I really like the (the word Bokeh just got stuck in my throat) soft background and colours.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Frank. ‘Bokeh’ isn’t a very attractive word to describe out-of-focus highlights is it. The word sounds harsh – which is the exact opposite of what we are aiming for.

  3. Lovely capture Andy! Wonderful lighting and bokeh! A beautiful fall feel! 🙂

  4. Beautiful Andy and I love the bokeh.

  5. oneowner says:

    The yellow and blue is my favorite combination. This is really very nice.

  6. Great fall capture Andy.

  7. Great shot, love how it stands out, and great bokeh

  8. Great way to isolate the subject, Andy. Beauty of a shot, man.

  9. ShimonZ says:

    Beautiful image. I like the way you used the lens to get that interesting background.

  10. poppytump says:

    Such a beautiful compliment of blue and gold and so luminous !
    I love the slight imperfection of the leaf with what looks like a nibble taken out of it 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks so much for commenting and welcome to my blog. You seldom get a perfect leaf in Autumn – that’s what makes them all the more interesting, as you say.

  11. Wow, Andy. Often, I’ve been struck by a single leaf hanging on. You captured that little natural drama so very well here. It’s a beautiful image.

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