This arrangement is my attempt to copy Mike Moats in combining leaves with interesting tree bark as a background. Many of the fabulous shots that Mike shows use birch trees which are not plentiful around here. There are however, many sweet gum trees in the Atlanta area so, that’s what I went with. Putting this vibrant red maple leaf on the surface of the gum tree made a nice composition.
It may not be a smooth white backdrop with curls of paper-thin bark peeling up but there is plenty of texture and contrast. It works for me!
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
70mm @ f/22 – 1/6 sec – ISO 400