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Random shot while walking the forest of Maple Valley, WA

Random shot while walking the forest of Maple Valley, WA
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DB-Photography Ultimate
 
DB-Photography December 09, 2019
Thanks @paultaylor_7131 @macpwm I really appreciate it
DB-Photography Ultimate
 
DB-Photography December 20, 2019
Thanks @ashley_missen I appreciate the kind words and support :)
jagimage
 
jagimage January 08, 2020
Great closeup aand shot.
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Thank you Jag!
fatimaouhdidou
 
fatimaouhdidou December 06, 2020
Beautiful
DB-Photography Ultimate
Thank you so much. Nature did the work, I just pressed the button πŸ˜€
justins_shotz
 
justins_shotz December 16, 2020
Very nice
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Thanks Justin!
IStevieWonderWhy
 
IStevieWonderWhy April 18, 2021
Great capture
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Ok very cool profile name Stevie! thanks for looking and liking my shot. I really appreciate it
BenitoMuszasty PRO
 
BenitoMuszasty May 09, 2021
❀
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Thanks Benito! πŸ˜€
caseyshockley
 
caseyshockley May 13, 2021
Love it
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Thanks Casey!
michi_8574
 
michi_8574 May 20, 2021
Wow so intriguing!!
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Thanks Michi! im glad you like it. I always find it interesting to see what shots resonate with people in the community. For a complete accidental shot (meaning I was literally looking at leaves while on a walk) I was pretty happy with the result
DreamBig13
 
DreamBig13 May 22, 2021
love this shot.
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Thanks so much, Im clearly terrible at replies, my apologies.
yolandacacholeistikow
 
yolandacacholeistikow July 20, 2021
Hallo guy's
paulmichaelelliott_1495
 
paulmichaelelliott_1495 August 10, 2021
Nature at its best
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Mother Nature never disappoints. Our challenge is finding the hidden gems she provides. This shot was a photowalk accident.
mariarosarioteixeiraavelar
 
mariarosarioteixeiraavelar September 02, 2021
Very nice this photo
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Thank you for the kind words and looking at my work
faizhakim
 
faizhakim October 22, 2021
Your work is amazing
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Thank you VERY much. I wish I could shoot more and share more. Thanks for looking
bernardguerbiche
 
bernardguerbiche December 16, 2021
Hello
bernardguerbiche
 
bernardguerbiche December 16, 2021
Hello
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Hi
marcileilima
 
marcileilima December 30, 2021
πŸ’πŸ’–
Birgitta PRO+
 
Birgitta Jan 17
Flawless.
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I really appreciate the kind words
kristylewis_9804
 
Beautiful
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Thanks so much!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on a walk in the hills of Maple Valley, WA. Nothing particularly interesting about the location, I was drawn by the contract of the leaf stem and the leaf structure. These leaves were laying on the ground on the trail. Surrounded by thousands of others. I'm not really sure what caught my eye initially, but when I got it back home to do my B&W conversion I was happy with it.
Time
This was taken around 3 PM in the dead of winter. Being Maple Valley is in WA, it was overcast and drizzly the day the image was shot.
Lighting
Being this is a winter shot in Washington, the sky was a heavy overcast and light was generally terrible. Since I was under a canopy of trees that were shedding their leaves the natural light that did exist was muted.
Equipment
NIkon D300, Nikkor 28-70mm f2.8 lens. Hand held, no filders.
Inspiration
Often times, I would just go for a walk and see what I can see. The entire exercise is training my eye to notice that which others wont or miss. So, this was a practice shot with that goal in mind. There were thousands of these scenes all over the place. The dark black stem of this leaf caught my eye so I shot it knowing it would look good in B&W.
Editing
This is a simple B&W conversion in Photoshop. Sharpening was added to make the areas in sharp focus pop. The rest is as mother nature left it for me.
In my camera bag
I am a 100% Nikon Shooter. Typically I travel with my D810 and a D700 as a back-up. I often carry my F5 and film (just in case). All of my lenses are Nikkor, either prime of f2.8 at a min. Generally, when I am out and about, I have 2 bodies and 4 lenses. I carry wide, journalism, zoom and macro with me unless its a specific shoot then I only carry what's needed.
Feedback
This shot is a happy accident taken while experiencing nature and looking for something to shoot. Take your camera everywhere, press the button often. Pictures are free now (no film costs) so exercise the shutter and see what you get. Try different angles, lenses and perspectives of the same subject to see what and how these small changes impact the overall composition. It's amazing when you practice like this and get a good shot.

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