Ginkgo leaves turn a particularly beautiful shade of golden yellow in the fall, and I came across a small group of trees at Descanso Gardens (La Cañada Flintridge, California, USA) that had dropped most of their leaves. The resulting golden carpet was punctuated with some shiny brown magnolia leaves and beautiful to behold. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/5.6, 1/40 sec, ISO 400, morning sun, handheld) The texture is Brasserie from Les Textures 1 at Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures. Subtle painterly effects were done with native Photoshop filters and Topaz filters (all on multiple masked layers).
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