This month's theme was selected by last month's winner Dan Wiedbrauk.
This months contest is Leaves. Many macro photographers capture images of flowers but leaves (the botanical kind) are often overlooked as photographic subjects.
Show us your best macro and closeup photographs of a leaf or leaves. Leaves can captured singly, in groups, or arrangements. There can be other elements in the photograph, but the leaf/leaves should be the main subject.
Please include information regarding your equipment, software, and techniques you used with your posts.
Here are a couple of examples from Dan.
Participating in our monthly contests is a fun way help us become better photographers. We can see and learn from all of the entries as our members showcase their best work each month.
These monthly contests are the preliminary rounds for the Annual Nikonians Photo Contest where you have the opportunity to win attractive prizes and have your images highlighted in the Winners Galleries and published in the eZine.
The top images will be selected by the winner of the previous months challenge and will be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. Please keep in mind that images will be selected based on image quality, subject matter, relevance to the theme, and creativity just to name a few.
The winning image will be added to the Macro Forum Winners Gallery. The winner will be recognized in our weekly newsletter and will receive a printable Certificate of Photographic Achievement.
I look forward to seeing how you fulfill this challenge!
RULES: -- Post up to 5 images but only one image per post -- This is a contest Please present your best, portfolio quality, work -- Include shooting info so we can learn from each other -- Previously posted images are welcome but not previous contest winners. -- When posting please do so by hitting the reply link below this top post, not the reply link to another post. -- Include a title in the subject line -- Capture must be shot with a Nikon camera and any lens -- Comments are welcome but NO public critiquing, i.e., how to make it better. This is a contest so PM's are a better way to offer feedback -- WARNING Posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge will not be selected as finalists and may be periodically removed by the moderators without notice.
this is not the most artistic shot, but I found it interesting. if you've ever looked at the bottom of fern leaves (fronds}, you often see some brown spots (inset below}. Sometimes people think this is a disease, but actually it's the spores that the fern drops to reproduce. thought the detail was interesting
d7000, nikkor 105 micro, 1/60, f/20, iso 100 sb700 flash
Cabbage rolls anyone? I wanted to make the leaf texture an important element in the photo so I underexposed the image a little and lit the leaf with high contrast oblique light. Together, these really increased the shadow depth. Converted to BW with NIK Silver Efex Pro 2. Added a sepia overlay to improve the toning.
D700, Nikkor 24-120mm f/4, f/10, 1/25 sec, -0.67EV, ISO 640.
It is cotton harvest time in the Phoenix area. Cotton plants are their most interesting in the fall as their puffy white balls of cotton pop open and their leaves turn to autumn color. If lucky, you might still find the cotton flowers and buds in various stages of development.
D800 AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm 2.8 ISO 100 f/8 1/500
Only post was slight increase in sharpness and saturation to compensate for RAW blahs.
Camera: D600 Lens and Filters: 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 @195mm Film and/or ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter speed: 1/80 Location: Custer, Wisconsin Tripod and Head manfrotto 681B monopod with Manfrotto 222 head
I wanted something a little different, so I used a 36mm extension tube on my AFS 300mm f4 lens. It was attached to my D300, Benro tripod, remote shutter shooting up with tripod at lowest setting. ISO 2000 f7.1, 1/160s, 50% crop, LR5