While wandering around the Conservation Center run by The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests in Concord, NH, I saw a leaf floating in the Merrimack River. The river flows slow and easy through there and the light was playing beautifully across the swells, waves, and ripples. I had no choice but to spend the next 45 minutes or so taking photos.
To get the right angle of light from the late afternoon sun, I needed to wade into the cool water. The lead bobbed around, drifting farther out into the river. At one point, a boat sped past causing some stronger waves. Eventually, the leaf floated so far out I couldn’t get the shots I wanted. So I grabbed another leaf lying on the sand and tossed it into the water. This one had a different texture that offered a different look than the one I originally saw.
Ninety photos of leaves floating on water later, I decided to head home and take a closer look at what I had captured. I really like the abstract shapes of light and clouds and the way the surface of the water seems so soft and smooth. In contrast, the leaf vessel seems rough by comparison as it floats peacefully in the summer sun.
The hard part was deciding which ones I likes best. I tried different treatments (black & white, more vibrance, spot color) on some to see how they would look. Please let me know what you think.