Rock and Leaf_Mariners Falls_Apollo Bay
The above image was made at Mariners Falls near Apollo Bay on Victoria's Great Ocean Road. The rock was in a narrow creek just downstream from the waterfall. Naturally I was drawn in by the color of the leaf and its position on top of the rock. From a design point of view the circular shape of the rock provides another major focal point within the image, as well as a natural frame that places further emphasise on the leaf. The variation in density (brightness) around the rock adds tonal variety to what would otherwise be a pretty sombre image.
The image was made with a Canon 180mm f3.5 Macro L series USM lens. While not as popular as the Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro L series USM lens the stronger telephoto nature of the 180mm Macro allows the photographer to stand roughly twice as far away (180 is almost double 100) to achieve the same composition. In this case it meant I didn't need to get my feet wet to make the image. It can also mean that, when further back from your subject, you are less likely to cast a shadow over it and, in the case of an insect on bug, less likely to frighten it to flight.
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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography