Maple Leaves

Photograph info: This photo was taken on Monday afternoon, the same day as the previous pear shot. We had lovely light and warm weather that day, ideal conditions for raking up piles of fallen leaves and jumping into them afterward... and photographing the results. :)

Camera settings and post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 85mm f/1.2L lens at f/2.8, 1/320s, ISO 200. Removed some spots/dust/dirt, curves adjustments for contrast, brightness, saturation and de-saturation, color balancing for tone.

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On a different note, I started feeling a little sad about how people are treating each other during this presidential election season, so I designed a few tee-shirts to remind everyone that beneath our campaign buttons, we're still human beings with hearts!

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The Fall Girl. Leaves in her hair, trees in her eyes.....and a little lip gloss?.....Beautiful.

Love your framing. Now, which rake did you use?

Posted by david tinnon on October 18, 2008 2:52 AM


Posted by yz on October 18, 2008 4:15 AM

Great idea and great work. I really like how the skin tones and the color of maple leaves match.

Posted by Tero on October 18, 2008 4:18 AM

Awesome. Her eyes are filled with stars. Wonderful light.
Can't stop to look to this picture, it's really impressive.

Posted by JDG on October 18, 2008 4:19 AM

exactly like my pic

Posted by Mmahdi on October 18, 2008 4:20 AM

Reaaly awesome! I love it.

Posted by frans on October 18, 2008 5:38 AM

Outstanding work.

Posted by PiXistenZ on October 18, 2008 7:06 AM

Very nice!

Posted by Flo on October 18, 2008 7:09 AM

david tinnon: Chapstick. :)

Mmahdi: Love it! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Kathleen on October 18, 2008 8:06 AM

This is wonderful! The catchlights in her eyes are really amazing...Gorgeous! The light is just perfect.

It brings back memories of the flower shots you did of me at Round Valley a few years back, only you have a much prettier model here. :)

We still don't have enough leaves down to really do much raking around here just yet. Soon though, very soon.

Posted by Laurie on October 18, 2008 8:42 AM

Incredible color. This image caught my attention immediately. Beautiful subject.

Posted by Mike Hren on October 18, 2008 12:08 PM

such a pretty face :) its a lovely picture and the leaves are amazing. Love fallen maple leaves

Posted by Zain on October 18, 2008 1:55 PM

That's a very original picture. Love it :)

Posted by Chris CB on October 18, 2008 2:21 PM

A perfect book cover.
The book itself probably still to be written.

Posted by Marta on October 18, 2008 4:49 PM

Marta, probably a Face Book.

Kathleen, a Beautiful Pear and a Beautiful Pair all in one afternoon--that's a productive day!

I also appreciate your political commentary and have fwd'd it to others. You do a lot of hearts good, thanks #.....(where'd I put the big calculator?......)

Posted by david tinnon on October 19, 2008 11:14 AM

The catchlights in your subjects warm brown eyes make this photo...that, and the composition. Bravo. And thank you so much for the t-shirt commentary. Here, here!

Posted by Marie on October 19, 2008 10:24 PM

just.. woww...

Posted by BC on October 20, 2008 4:25 AM

What a breathtakingly wonderful photograph! You continue to amaze Kathleen!

Posted by Willow on October 20, 2008 6:22 AM

stunning shot! the contrast from the brittle leaves to the soft skin, the simple use of colour, and the eyes... those eyes just sparkle! Awesome shot!

Posted by mark on October 20, 2008 8:12 AM

FUN! Reminds me of images of people buried in sand on a beach.

Posted by Marcie on October 20, 2008 12:25 PM

I love the light in the eyes. Great shot!

Posted by michael on October 20, 2008 3:55 PM

Wow! Stunning image! The light in the eyes is superb!

Posted by Neuroknitter on October 20, 2008 6:46 PM

I only saw the top part of the photo on the screen and nearly jumped out of my skin when I scrolled down and saw the face--not because it's not a beautiful face and a great picture, but because it startled me. Unexpected.

Posted by RD on October 20, 2008 9:38 PM

Adorable eyes! Very artistic shot

Posted by Dirk Essl on October 21, 2008 9:25 AM

What a beautiful image! It is excellent in so many areas, but I just love the tones and colouring!

Posted by martie on October 21, 2008 12:35 PM

This is the loveliest portrait you've done, I think. Autumn immortal.

Posted by Beth on October 22, 2008 10:10 AM

Nice sentiment with the T-shirts! Love the colours and the tones, those golds are beautiful.

Posted by Craig Wilson on October 22, 2008 10:44 AM

Great capture. It is a very strong portrait.

Posted by Babak on October 22, 2008 4:22 PM

Outstanding shot and idea! Very creative I must say.

Posted by on October 23, 2008 2:08 PM

just amazing! And creative! I might have to "steal" the idea, and take some shots of my boys in the leaves. :)

Posted by Glaucia on October 24, 2008 10:24 PM

a lovely photo. very nice, also the glance in her eyes.

Posted by derLitograph on October 28, 2008 11:48 AM


Posted by LiaL on November 8, 2008 12:15 PM

Been follwing your pictures from some time thru google reader. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy them

Posted by Debi on November 16, 2008 10:10 AM

Merry Christmas to you and yours Kathleen!

How did I miss this one before? :)

Posted by matto on December 25, 2008 11:13 AM

amazing shot

Posted by c harden iii on January 16, 2009 10:53 PM

this is an absolutely beautiful photo. the subject (girl) is SO beautiful... She should be a model!!!

Posted by ROBIN on February 20, 2010 2:55 AM

Flawless beauty... You can see into her soul by looking into her eyes!!!

Posted by ROBIN on February 20, 2010 2:57 AM
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