I didn’t have to do much apart from being in the right place at the right time and actively looking at my surroundings. These leaves are as I found them, my only choices were the composition and exposure. I was so caught up in the leaves that I failed to notice the bird shaped shadow until I looked at the image on a larger screen
There is a lot to be said for building from a foundation of strength and knowledge (and using a reflector to lighten deep shadows and balance you exposure without resorting to HDR). It can be tricky to get exposure right on something this contrasty so using manual mode is a must.
Same image without the reflector just exposed for the highlights. I actually don’t mind this as there is still a hint of detail in the shadow and the diagonal line from the middle to bottom left is stronger but all that black makes it look top heavy to me. I could work if the image was square though.
Not sure who said it originally but the skills that make a good photographer require regular exercise, not just to maintain them but for any extension of ability. Ultimately it gives you creative choices and control.
An old silent pond…
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.
It’s a numbers game…