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Where the dead leaf fell, there did it rest. by Vikram Franklin

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Dead leaf.

Nikon D80
Nikkor 50mm
f/9.5 at 1/125 secs
SB800 fired from behind at 1/16th power to create the soft gradation on the plexiglass.
Title: Keats



  • jules572
    jules572over 4 years ago

    So simple, yet such deep meaning. Well done Vikram…Jules

  • Thank you so much Jules. Really pleased that you got the meaning behind this shot.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Neeraj Nema
    Neeraj Nemaover 4 years ago

    Simplicity at its best, Vikram.

  • Thank you so, so much Neeraj – glad you like simple!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image!

  • Thank you so much Marilyn!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Rebecca Cozart
    Rebecca Cozartover 4 years ago


  • :-))) Thank you so much my friend!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Michael Marten
    Michael Martenover 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured, Vikram, and the flash is just right.

    I’m not sure about the bottom 1/3 of the darkened background: I keep moving the image up and down the screen and find I prefer to view it in a square or 4×5ish crop. It’s interesting to me, however, that you’re retained the 3×2 here, because I spend a lot of my time just now trying to work out the better crops – and I tend toward the more square formats at the moment. Having said all that, I’m about to upload a 3×2 image – inconsistency is such a wonderful thing!! :)

  • Thanks Michael – might be all in my head …. but the black was supposed to look like it was going to swallow the dead leaf (too far fetched?)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Hmm … maybe should have had more curvature on the blackness so that it started encircling the leaf?

    – Vikram Franklin

  • JanT
    JanTover 4 years ago

    Ah, lovely work, Vikram! I recognized the Keats, but thanks for explaining your creative lighting!

  • Thank you so much my friend.
    The lighting is just a substitute for not having great natural light at the moment (been raining for 2 weeks now!)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Lynn Stratton
    Lynn Strattonover 4 years ago

    This series is fabulous, keep them coming! Using a flash is hard, you have mastered it though. Excellent photograpy :)

  • Thank you so much Lynn!
    Flash is easier to understand when it’s not on the camera. The moment it is taken off the camera – it’s much, much easier to understand.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 4 years ago

    very nice, and a great title

  • Thank you!!
    I’ll remember to thank Keats on the title I ‘borrowed’ from him.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Michael Marten
    Michael Martenover 4 years ago

    Sorry, Vikram, I realise I sound really negative – not intended, it’s a great image!
    I think the darkness is just a bit too far from the leaf for me to feel as if it is swallowing it – that only makes sense to me now you’ve said it. Perhaps it’s just that I don’t do subtle?! :)

  • LOL – I think it’s all in my head then.
    I’ll have a fiddle with this one to see if it’s worth re-shooting it (5 min jobbie o not a biggy)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 4 years ago

    Awesome image Vickram! This would fit in really well in these two groups…“Lost in Space” and “The Power of Simplicity” I think this is perfect just the way it is!

  • Thank you so much Robin – so pleased you like it the way it is.

    – Vikram Franklin

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