Rowan Leaf

Rowan Leaf

Rowan Leaf

EMERGING LEAF of ROWAN TREE (Sorbus aucuparia)

This newly emerging leaf was sprouting from a small 4ft (120cm) rowan tree growing in my garden that started from a seed about 3 years ago, probably brought in by a bird who had consumed a berry of the species. I knew that at a certain time of the year the tree starts it's annual growth of new fresh green leaves. These young shoots are very attractive when photographed before they completely uncurl. I selected a suitable leaf and made sure that I had a plain out-of-focus background; in this case a brick wall. I also waited until the sun disappeared behind a cloud so as to give a soft illumination to the leaf and ensure the background was not too bright. There was a slight but intermittent wind, and using a remote wireless shutter release I fired of many shots at different apertures and shutter speeds when the wind was still. I used a small torch to illuminate the leaf from the rear to give the impression of backlighting, and a long focus lens and narrow aperture ensured the depth of field was adequate to keep the majority of the leaf in focus.

Sony A700; 70-300 Sony/Zeiss lens; f14 at 1/15 sec; ISO 100; tripod; manual focus; remote release; small torch for backlight. My garden, Norfolk, UK
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16/04/12
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