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December 5, 2011

This is my last autumn photos from the Botanical Garden in Aarhus. And this is the leaf from a Ginkgo (in Danish: “Tempeltræ” – translation: Temple-tree). This tree has one of the most beautiful and distinctive leaves – in my view.
Therefore, I took many photographs of these leaves (in the beginning of November). But I had to be very careful – a little touch was enough to make them fall dawn ….

Taking many photos is a nice job (especially with my new camera!) – but it can be difficult to choose the best one! And this time I need your help again to choose which of the three following is the best one?

If you read Carsten’s comment, I had to try his idea!

So here is an an additional fourth version:

Carsten inspired me to make version 4 of “Ginkgo”.

Journey Photographic Inspired me to this version 5!:

How do you like that 😉 ?

Reading Carsten’s last comment pushed me to do this sixth version:

52 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2011 2:17 am

    I do love the ginkgo, the leaves change colours in the most magnificent way.


    • December 6, 2011 9:59 pm

      The ginkgo’s must be in green summer dress now in New Zealand 😉


  2. December 5, 2011 7:00 am

    Difficult question Truels.
    The light on the leaf is similar in the first and last – and better than the middle. I prefer the background in the last with the blue light. For that reason I’d pick the last.
    You might play a little more with the composition. What if you made a square crop and found an angle with either less or more symmetry?


    • December 6, 2011 11:15 pm

      Dear Carsten. If you look at my updated post now, you will see how much I appreciate your comments 😉 – THANK YOU!


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        December 7, 2011 5:47 pm

        I like your fourth image. 🙂
        Very often the good image is hidden in the uncropped photo.


        • December 8, 2011 11:19 pm

          Thank you for your help to draw from your experiences, Carsten!


  3. December 5, 2011 11:00 am

    I think the last one is the best, cant really say why though…just a feeling!


  4. December 5, 2011 1:41 pm

    I like the subject but for me, the images are a little dark. Each could use a boost in contrast to make the subject pop off the dark background. As for composition, I like the third best. The addition of the blue bokehs in the backgroud makes it the clear winner.


    • December 6, 2011 11:17 pm

      Thank you so much for your great comments. The third WAS the best I think!


  5. December 5, 2011 5:04 pm

    Do not ask me which is best! I have that same issue with my photos! 🙂 I love this series of Ginko photos. It reminds me when i first discovered one of these trees, and I was amazed at those leaves. 🙂

    Wait, I think if I have to chose, I like the last one best. It’s more in your face, and the bokeh behind it. It’s screaming “Look at me!” 🙂


    • December 6, 2011 11:20 pm

      It looks like many others think the same as you – even me! That’s the fine thing doing this: To get so much response and suddenly see something you had not seen 🙂


  6. December 5, 2011 6:06 pm

    I do like the colour in the one in the middle best!


    • December 6, 2011 11:23 pm

      The color of the leaf in the second – that is real autumn color, that’s why I liked this one too.


  7. December 5, 2011 6:44 pm

    That’s so difficult! I like each of them but for different reasons: I like the first one for the plain background; the second one for the yellow colour; and the third one for the bokeh, the shape of the leaf, and the more vertical composition!


    • December 6, 2011 11:27 pm

      Are you perhaps a mind reader?! Your comments are exactly the thoughts and arguments that I had! But what do you think about Carstens proposal – which became number 4?


  8. December 5, 2011 7:03 pm

    Extraordinary nice work, especially on the first one. I vote for that one – the “dots” on the other ones can be a bit distracting. Maybe only “flisespikkerier” 🙂


    • December 6, 2011 11:28 pm

      Thank you for your comments, Rune. How do you like number 4?!


      • December 7, 2011 1:36 pm

        I guess it is a re-edit of No. 3 🙂
        I’m fond of 1:1, and it this case the vlue dots were not so distracting, but gave an additional balance since you have cropped the leaf.


  9. December 6, 2011 6:13 am

    What a beautifully shaped leaf. We have this tree here as well.


  10. December 6, 2011 8:02 am

    I love the last one most of all! The second is interesting, but without seeing the plant in live, I cannot have idea from its “real” color.


    • December 6, 2011 11:30 pm

      The second leaf was just further on in the process of developing the yellow autumn colors, I think.


  11. December 7, 2011 6:11 am

    I have a ginkgo tree in my backyard and missed taking a picture of it this year. I have to say I like the second image best, I like the warm colors.


  12. December 7, 2011 3:35 pm

    The second one is the best for me , how it enters your frame and the color is very delicate . Lovely soft green line is the sign of living there .
    Happy green days for you and your family .


    • December 8, 2011 11:26 pm

      Oh yes, you’ve got a point about the warm colors of that image, they are nice in autumn – and now in the cold winter. I send you all my warmest thoughts and greetings to you and your family!


  13. December 7, 2011 8:32 pm

    Beautiful images. I like the DOF and textures


  14. December 7, 2011 11:24 pm

    I’ve always liked the ginko leaf, ever since I was a kid and had to do a leaf collection.

    I like the third one best.


  15. December 8, 2011 2:53 pm

    What do think about this one ?


    • December 8, 2011 11:31 pm

      WOW – that’s MY favorite now, Farnaz! I think you can teach me a lot about photography 😉 Can I have some more lessons???


      • December 13, 2011 10:35 pm

        Farnaz – have you seen the new versions – inspired by you, Carsten and more lovely people 🙂


  16. December 8, 2011 3:57 pm

    Such a lovely set of pictures! Well done!


  17. December 8, 2011 9:32 pm

    Not later than yesterday I was admiring the fallen leaves of a gingko tree. Beautiful shaped leaves. I like the way you cropped the fourth photo but my favourite remains the second one for its soft texture and colour.


    • December 8, 2011 11:37 pm

      You are right about the colors in the second. The third has cold colors, but is still my favorite – How do you like Farnaz’s cropping of the third?!


  18. December 8, 2011 10:20 pm

    Very interesting work!


  19. December 9, 2011 9:59 am

    I think the last, with a bit of a contrast boost. I like the rotated version, although I’d be interested to see what a rotated but uncropped version looked like.


    • December 10, 2011 1:13 pm

      I’m really happy for all those creative comments – and your comments here got me going again with a fifth version ….


  20. December 10, 2011 12:22 pm

    I like all the shots Truels, I keep looking and trying to identify my favourite, but keep changing my mind!


  21. December 12, 2011 9:49 pm

    Your fifth version has enhanced color saturation. I like that much. But I’m not sure on the symmetrical image now it is on display. The left side of the leaf doesn’t add anything to the image – in my opinion. But the light on the right side is very good.
    Now we are talking details. Your image is fine. But maybe it coud be very fine?


    • December 12, 2011 10:06 pm

      Taking a look at the fifth version again – I must say that you are right. So why not give it a sixth version?!


  22. December 19, 2011 4:37 am

    I like the third one. It brings back such memories of those stinky trees! I remember they smell bad in the fall. I also know that they are used for a memory enhancement.


    • December 19, 2011 10:51 pm

      Stinky – and smelling bad in fall – hmmmm, interesting! I did not know that! Too late for testing it now, but next fall….!



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