50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Design, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

Some of the most interesting and ornate patterns can be found in nature.  Every year, we have an interesting combination of man made structure and natural elements that comes together in our driveway.  As the leaves pile up on damp days, they leave an impression on the driveway.  It only lasts a few days, but I love the patterns the leaves impress upon the asphalt:

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/200

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/200

This was the image that I created from this year’s offering.  I started here:

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ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/200

This is one of the original photos.  I shot a bracketed exposure and this was the darkest version.  I used Photomatix to create my HDR version.  The original HDR version looked like this:

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ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/200

The final version, which is the first photo in this post has been cropped in Photoshop and then had a warming photo filter applied to it. I also sharpened the photo to bring out the texture of the driveway. In a few days it will rain and these impressions will be gone.

What do you think of these fleeting natural impressions? Do you have a version that you prefer over the others?  Feel free to leave a comment below.



28 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

  1. What I liked most about this post (after the wonderful blend of nature and man-made leaf patterns) was the way you explained the different steps involved in creating the photos. Very well done and thanks for the photography lesson aka much appreciated 🙂


  2. I love the final version. Beautiful driveway to look at, even if not for long. The patterns of the leaves do look like they are drawn into the ground. Love the fact you included that one real leaf into the shot. It may be small, but it can certainly leave it’s mark in this world.


  3. poppytump says:

    I’ve never considered aspalt as ornate Amy 😉 Nature did a marvellous job here … how fascinating those leaf imprints … and then the touch of gold . I think I’m veering towards middle picture . Lovely !


  4. barbaramarincel says:

    My first visit to your blog, and it won’t be my last. As a beginning photographer, and eager to learn, I appreciate your explanations and the way you draw the reader in to your photo shoot, so to speak! I also like the first photo the best. Happy shooting!


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