When I arrived home Sunday afternoon it was raining. I happened to notice some wet maple leaves lying on the walk. I love how the color seems more saturated when the leaves are wet. So I gathered a few leaves and took them inside to my little studio.

I wanted to go for a background where everything appears to be white. I lined the box that my new computer came in with white paper and placed a lamp inside it. Then I placed a diffuser over the top and covered it with an old window. After arranging the leaves on top of the glass, I set up another light along with my flash.

I processed the image using Lightroom 3, along with Nik’s family of plugins.





  1. Jan Winther October 5, 2012 at 4:12 am #

    Thats a really great shot Phillip. Very simple and elegant.. And thanks for the description of your setup.

    • Phillip October 5, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      Thanks Jan! It was a lot of fun and simple. I was pleased with the results. I may change my set up a little the next time.

  2. Len Saltiel October 5, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    Cool setup for this shot Phillip. The results speak for itself. Well done.

    • Phillip October 5, 2012 at 9:19 am #

      Thanks Len I appreciate it. I’m planning on trying some more of this this weekend.

  3. Tony Triolo October 5, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    Very nice Phillip. Makes me fell like autumn is really here.

    • Phillip October 5, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      Thank you Tony. It’s a beautiful time of the year, but it means that winter is just around the corner. 🙂

  4. Journey Photographic October 11, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    I love this – so simple, but so vibrant.

  5. Jimi Jones October 11, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    Very creative shot, Phillip. This would make an excellent piece for framing and matting. Well done.

    • Phillip October 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

      Thanks Jimi. I want to return to this style sometime. I was going to do it the past weekend, but it just didn’t work out.

  6. janina October 12, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    My favourite time to photograph is after the rain, for exactly the reason you give. Particularly here, some of our trees’ barks look absolutely fabulous when wet, bringing out rich detail and colours one doesn’t see when dry. It is what I call Nature’s Art.

    Your leaves look wonderful. Your little setup seems to have worked very well, and I wish you more success with it.

    • Phillip October 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

      Thank you for Visiting Janina. I appreciate the comment!

  7. DaniLew October 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I love your little studio, Philip, and the image is superb!

    • Phillip October 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      Thanks Dani. I have several changes that I want to make, but it was a lot a fun.

  8. Andrew Graeme Gould October 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    What beautiful colours and patterns, Phillip. Surely this fine image would have a commercial application.

    • Phillip October 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

      Thanks for saying so. I had a couple of problems with the light box that I want to redesign. So there will probably be another post in the future, because I plan to return to this project.

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