Fig Leaf, 03 October 2010


Y’know, in case you need to cover your shame, or something like that.


Photo Information:

Camera Location: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 60mm f/2.8
ISO Equivalency: 100
Color Setting: Vivid

Yes, a rather simple composition, but then again, look at the vein structure in that leaf…pretty, right? One of the nicer effects of using a full-frame 60mm macro lens on a DX-formatted DSLR is that the lens becomes a short telephoto lens, along with being a macro lens. This makes it easier to further isolate a subject, or “zoom in” on a subject, such as this one, making the vein structure even easier to accentuate. Oh, and at the widest aperture setting, it also makes the background nicely fuzzy…like it is above. Nice, ain’t it?

Anyways, I got this shot by shooting the leaf from below – I had to crouch down fairly low to the ground, since the tree is a bit more of a shrub right now. It was early in the morning (around 0930), so while the sun was still a bit to the east, it was relatively high in the sky, making the leaf nicely “backlit” – from above, that is. Worked out well, I think.



[1]: Yes, I know…a third post for today. Well, as I stated in one of the earlier ones, I’ve had a bit to drink this evening, and that tends to make me loquacious. So, it was either this, or musing on philosophy and such. I think we can all agree that the above post is much preferable to philosophical musings. Especially the drunken kind.

[2]: And in case y’all are wondering, I knew this was a fig leaf for two reasons: a) it’s hard not to recognize the shape after studying art history and seeing them plastered all over ancient sculptures and paintings of human figures, and more importantly, b) there were figs on the tree…kinda gives it away, doesn’t it?


2 Responses to “Fig Leaf, 03 October 2010”

  1. gardentruth Says:

    Very nice picture. It seems like you can see the cells right through the leaf. Wonderful work!

    • seeker312 Says:

      Not the actual cells, of course, as those are microscopic, but I get what you’re saying. It’s what attracted me to this shot in the first place!

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