The ornament shown includes a fairly large leaf with very fine vein patterns and a little acorn at the top. The leaf reminded me of some of the scenes that I saw while wandering about this fall. Some plants have this occur where the body of the leaf crumbles away, leaving a lacy pattern of the vein structure.
I thought this would be a simple shot to capture the golden colors of this ornament for the Christmas Challenge but, no such luck! The issue here was trying to light this so that the detail of the veins in the leaf are visible without over exposing the shiny acorn. I had to do a little combination of exposures in Photoshop to get the full effect that I wanted but I like the final product.
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 8 sec – ISO 100