Red Leaf on a Bench

Red Leaf on a Bench
Red Leaf on a Bench

Determined to see some fall colors, I ventured out today to the closest high point I could find – Chittenango Falls in Chittenango, NY. I did not have to wait long to have my desire fulfilled. As soon as I arrived, I was greeted with a landscape filled with saturated oranges, yellows, and reds. the foliage was peaking everywhere and the leaves which were not still on the trees had created a carpet of color on the ground beneath them. Some had even fallen on the picnic benches allowing for some interesting contrasting textures as seen in this photo of a “Red Leaf on a Bench.”

I had actually found this leaf merely by chance. I had already descended one level on the stair way which lead to the base of the falls and decided to explore the picnic grounds. As I walked, I came across two picnic tables which were set side by side to make one long table – clearly the work of a large family or group who did not want to be separated. The location was beneath some trees which had already started to shed their leaves and as a consequence the benches and tables were littered with fallen leaves. After walking around the tables an exploring different perspectives, I came across this one red leaf which jumped out at me. Its color against the grey, grain of the wooden bench stood in complete contrast and the differing textures of the bench and the leaf were also of some interest. In taking the photo, I tilted the camera to expose the bolts which secured the bench’s wooden planks to the metal frame of the bench adding even more to the contrasting texture of the leaf against the bench. The adjacent yellow, crumpled leaves were exactly as found and were not moved as  they added a bit of balance to the entire image. The sweeping lines of the wood grain added not only texture but implied movement which draws the attention of the viewer from the top left of the photograph diagonally to the red leaf and only aids in describing the subject of the photograph.

The elements in the photograph all coalesce in both direct and indirect ways to draw attention to the leaf utilizing either color, texture and composition. Consequently, there is no denying the subject of this image – the “Red Leaf on a Bench.”

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