2014—Las Hojas

The Placer Camera Club’s November topic is “leaves.” Even though I won’t be able to attend the November meeting, I still thought about what I might photograph for this topic. I always learn from the member discussions of my images so I’m sorry I won’t be able to go to the meeting but I’m not so sorry that I’d forego my trip. Since my trip involves several days in Barcelona, I dusted off my ancient English/Spanish dictionary and leafed through the pages. Then, it struck me that I wouldn’t have to search for the almost nonexistent fall leaf colors for a leaf image. The book I was holding contained lots of leaves, more than 600. Las hojas means “the leaves” in Spanish.

I placed the dictionary on my window seat with a black background behind it, OTT lights on either side and, a third light behind a diffuser. Then I turned on a little fan, riffled the pages of the book, and clicked away. The lighting was not ideal so I had to up the ISO to 500 and it was difficult to get the focal point of the pages in focus, but in the end, I liked this image.

Focal Length 36mm, ISO 500, f/8, 1/100


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