Silver Maple Leaves Falling into the Delaware River at Dawn

Photograph info: This photograph was taken on Monday. We'd had our first hard frost that morning and although there was no breeze, leaves were falling off trees as if someone were vigorously shaking the branches.

I used a very wide aperture, a super-fast shutter and I focused on the leaves in the water -- figuring another leaf would eventually fall in the same focal plane -- which is why the nearest falling leaf looks so crisp and clear against a very "blurred" background.

Of course it took a few tries to get the shot but I wasn't in a hurry to get out of there. :)

Camera settings and post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 85mm f/1.2L lens at f/1.8, 1/6400s, ISO 100. Curves adjustments for contrast and saturation, color balancing for tone.

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Incomprehensibly breathtaking. My favorite in a very long time. Gorgeous.

Posted by Jarrard on October 23, 2008 2:21 AM

This is lovely. I love the mood. It appears so simple but I can see that quite a bit of though and planning went into it.

Posted by Robert on October 23, 2008 2:30 AM

I wonder how many shots you mean by "a few". =)

Good job capturing this very difficult shot.

Posted by michael on October 23, 2008 4:17 AM

michael: Probably 30 or so.

Posted by Kathleen on October 23, 2008 7:36 AM

simply beautiful capture.

Posted by mark on October 23, 2008 8:11 AM

Very, very beautiful. I always appreciate your work.

Posted by Gary on October 23, 2008 9:53 AM

Lovely Kathleen - you're using the 85mm a lot these days - I like it!!

Posted by Betsy Barron on October 23, 2008 11:15 AM

Oh this is a spectacle! I have always wanted to do this...!

Posted by Kokonad on October 23, 2008 12:48 PM

Your 1.2L lens looks very useful. Think I might get one

Posted by flyfishertc on October 23, 2008 3:33 PM

I love these tones! The pink and blue reflections in the forground, the hot spot on the distant shore, the mist/smoke/clouds. Your pallet here reminds me of other favorites like this California tonalist,

So many ways this image is like a it dry yet?

Posted by David Tinnon on October 23, 2008 6:20 PM

A very, very, pretty photograph.

Posted by genevieve on October 23, 2008 11:33 PM

Beautiful photography - I can imagine a lot of patience was required :) Elegant and simple.

Posted by Craig Wilson on October 24, 2008 4:44 AM

Just this morning I tried to capture the leaves falling..just like this. Didn't have nearly the success you did. Love this!!!!

Posted by Marcie on October 24, 2008 3:16 PM

There is such grace in this. I love the gentle mood and the quietness of this one.

Posted by Laurie on October 24, 2008 9:32 PM

Simply fantastic shot. The setting is unique.

Posted by desfocado on October 25, 2008 7:49 AM

Beautiful colors! Simply wonderful!

Posted by Ovidiu on October 25, 2008 3:39 PM

So very cool. It's a great image. I admire your vision with this lens.

Posted by Paul Grecian on October 25, 2008 8:16 PM

Already smells like winter.

Posted by Marta on October 26, 2008 4:19 AM

A not very usual shot, and therefore beautifull!

Posted by Laura on October 26, 2008 5:30 AM

Very beautiful colours and a great atmosphere.

Posted by Wolfgang Burzler on October 26, 2008 7:18 AM

Aaaahhhhhh! Soul refreshed once again. Thank you for such enduring beauty.

Posted by Grosse Pointer on October 26, 2008 11:40 AM

Well done Dof..Nice shot..Bravo!

Posted by jelb on October 26, 2008 3:11 PM

Many are the leaves that have fallen to the water below, symbolic of the loved ones we may and may not know.

These tears have been shed, to mark the passing of those who have died and who have bled.

Let this river carry away all of our sorrows, and help us bring about more peaceful tomorrows.

Posted by Willow on October 27, 2008 3:01 PM

This picture is just really amazing. I love it. I like how the leaves that are falling are really dark and then the water is not still, but not rough either. And with the faded back drop, it brings it all out. :)

Posted by Kayla on October 28, 2008 11:14 AM

perfect and the dof gives strength to it!

Posted by sarto - black and white photography - holga on November 2, 2008 1:27 PM

Wow ! Great colors and atmosphere ! Well done for capturing the falling leaves ;D

Posted by jotabe on November 7, 2008 4:58 AM

The best I have seen in quite some time from anybody.

Posted by Tom K. on November 21, 2008 9:41 PM I dreamed I had a great book written by "Willow" and throughout the book there wonderful pictures by an anonymous was so weird......any body else have.........?

Posted by david tinnon on November 27, 2008 11:43 PM
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