Up and Down

Having spent so much of the last few weeks looking down at leaf litter I thought it was time I looked up before it was too late. Everyone has taken an image like this or has seen one like it on a photographic site (I’ve certainly seen a few on Instagram recently), but it is still fresh when you add one to your own archive – and I am sure that somewhere hiding away in a folder I do have a ‘looking up’ image.

Autumn seems to have hung on longer than usual this year but I suspect that the next few days with forecasts of rain and high winds will finally see this beautiful season draw to a close, and I will miss it.

The road sweepers are also busy clearing up leaves which means that we will also lose the leaves that currently are layered on the pavements. Nature and the elements combine to create their own unique compositions and this was one of a number that I saw earlier this afternoon in town

 

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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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9 Responses to Up and Down

  1. paula graham says:

    Indeed I often look up but never got something that pleased me enough, like your does. Yes, I have never known so many colours for so long ..might soon be over though, just saw the weather forecast!!

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    • LensScaper says:

      Looking up is all about finding the right tree, and having suitable trees to look up within one’s own locality. This tree is on my daily walk to buy the newspaper – I’m very fortunate.

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  2. oneowner says:

    One might think that you may have arranged those leaves but I know for a fact that these things can occure naturally. However, it takes a trained eye to make the most of it, as you have shown here.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Nothing was added and nothing was taken away – an idle five minutes spent searching the pavement while my wife was shopping produced four images like this. It’s a game of ‘hunt the composition’!

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  3. shoreacres says:

    “Found compositions” like your pavement leaves are as much fun as “found poetry” — unexpected bits that never were intended, but that please the eye anyway.

    We’ve been a little short on glorious fall trees this year: at least, I haven’t found many. But there’s still a little time for us, so I’ll keep looking up — and down — and see what I can see.

    What I most like about your tree photo is the way the light coming through the leaves colors the trunk, too. It’s glowing with just a hint of the same color as the leaves.

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    • LensScaper says:

      I suppose you could say that a lot of my photography is ‘found’ insofar as often images that I see are unexpected. One of the real joys of cultivating a Seeing Eye is that there is a permanent state of heightened awareness and strangely when the camera is left at home, that ‘state’ persists and I kick myself for the images I am missing.

      Yes, yellow leaves do alter the colour temperature, and the trunk does acquire a tint. I was standing against the trunk of this tree, camera pointing up and someone said: ‘are you looking for squirrels?’. I said: ‘No, just the leaves’. They looked puzzled…

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