The saying goes, “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight”. We had a beautiful sunset tonight, with the clouds reflecting the last rays of the sun as it set down low in the sky. I took a few shots of the clouds by themselves and then noticed the trees silhouetted against the red sky. I think the sharp focus on the silhouetted leaves adds more depth and dimension to the scene.
I like to look up at the leaves of the trees, so I can see them with the sky as the background. Looking at the leaves from the underside exposes a different texture, the backside of the leaves usually have ridges and veins that branch out and become smaller and smaller as they near the edges of the leaf. The problem is if you expose for the leaf, you blow out the colors of the sky, creating an almost white background which I feel detracts from the leaves. In the photo above, I played with the filters in Photoshop CS5. I used the colored pencil filter on a new layer, then inveresed (spelling) the image, creating an image that looks like a pencil drawing.
I really like our Hosta plants. I like the leaves with their straight lines running, end to end, and I really like when the hostas are in bloom. The dainty little blossoms hang down, and humming birds visit to drink the nectar. My hope is to one day capture an image of a humming bird dining at the hosta blossom.