Isolating Leaves

I captured this image today on an afternoon bike ride through Golden Gate Park. For some reason I have become fascinated by the way leaves become illuminated in magic-hour sunlight. It took a good bit of consideration to get this leaf looking like this. I had to hold it at a very precise angle to flatten out the shadows. I also had to compose the shot in such a way so that a shady area of the park would appear behind the leaf. Dealing with the wind was another factor. The “Think Green.” part came to me while I was touching the image up in Photoshop. I have been thinking green a lot lately, especially in doing my latest project, which is to create a green business website for the the City of Richmond.