I really like shooting the bark of birch trees. It has a lot of character with all the textures and lines. The interesting bark makes for a great background to show off this richly colored fall maple leaf. This is as simple as just finding a nice part of the trunk, and hanging a leaf in the curls of the bark. I placed the main part of the leaf in the upper thirds of the frame and positioned the stem on a diagonal to give it a less composed and more natural look. I shoot these with an aperture of f/32 for maximum depth of field. Be creative and look for other subjects to place in the bark.
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