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BARRIE THOMAS TROPHY


"Autumn Duo"
Susie Thompson


I love taking Still Life images, however this year I havenít focussed on it as much and have found myself wandering down the beach and as you all know - I love my shells! LOL!! Iím always on the hunt for little things to pick up to photograph. I enjoy taking photos of the leaves from the Liquidambar tree (related to the Canadian Maple and this variety is native to Australia and New Zealand). Iíve created a few other Still Life images with these photogenic leaves. Thereís a tree just down the road from me - Iím sure if someone saw me they would be giving me a peculiar look as I carefully selected a few leaves off the footpath where they fell. They really are a beautiful tree to watch change colours with the Winter season approaching. I placed the two leaves on background of white cardboard and set my tripod up so I could directly shoot above the two leaves. I didnít take many photos of these leaves as I already had envisioned my final image I wanted to create. What a time saver!! I then opened them in Nik Collection: Silver Efex Pro2 and tweaked it a little and finished with Levels and Contrast in Photoshop Elements. I then applied a texture to the background and burnt around the edges a little. To add a creative twist I used the Nudge Tool and applied a curve to both of the stems and lengthened them so they would extend beyond the frame of the image.  Nikon D7000 - f18 - 1/50th sec  - ISO 800 - no flash - tripod - 60mm Macro Lens .