White Birch Tree And Yellow Leaf In Autumn-Featured Photograph

White Birch Tree And Yellow Leaf In Autumn

White Birch Tree And Yellow Leaf In Autumn



White Birch Tree And Yellow Leaf In Autumn.

A single backlit yellow leaf hangs on a white birch tree during autumn. Near Boston, Massachusetts.

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White Birch Tree And Yellow Leaf In Autumn

About The Photograph

Photographer’s Statement

For the purpose of this discussion, I would characterize this photograph as a found recorded observation.

In other words, this was an unplanned photograph that I created as a spontaneous response to the visual I was experiencing with my eyes and mind.

The Backstory

The Process Of Making The Photograph/Overview of the process of composition.

This photograph was made while walking around a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts on a bright sunny day during Autumn.

Because it was later in the day and the sun was low in the sky.

And s I was passing a wooded area I heard the sound of flowing water.  And as I looked toward the sound I noticed that the trees were backlit.

As a result of the trees being backlit, the leaves glowed with the back-lighting.

Seeing and thinking

While wanting to incorporate as much visual information possible to communicate what I was experiencing I began to scan the scene and decided to simplify the composition to accomplish this.

In other words, the visual elements within the frame would be kept to a minimum.

Framing and content

As previously mentioned, I decided to fill the frame with only a few visual elements. 

Consequently, I included a single leaf,  the tree trunk, the incidental twigs and branches and the stream in the back of the tree. 

I decided to keep the specular highlights reflecting off the water in the frame as an additional visual interest.


I spot metered for the leaf to a mid-tone and then increased tonality by one stop.


I focused on the leaf.

Additional composition considerations


The Critique Of The Photograph

Above all, I need to see the final photograph as a result of my process of making the picture. Because when viewed from that perspective I can critique my composition in a useful way.

The Visual

A single backlit leaf suspended at the end of a twig hangs against a dark background and resides in the upper left of the photograph

In addition, the trunk of the tree that splits the frame. And surrounding the trunk branches are visible. 

The background in back of the trunk and extending to the right of the photograph is a lighter tonality due to the water flowing behind the tree. While to the extreme lower right the specular highlights reflecting off the water can be seen.

The Psychology

Because of the single leaf, there’s a feeling of solitude.

Furthermore, the yellow color of the leave imparts the thought of changing seasons which can easily draw comparisons to the human condition.

Because as humans, we’re constantly experiencing change.

And our lives an be seen as the changing seasons.



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