Looking up into the red leaves at the coming winter. Canon XSi EF 50mm f/1.4 at f/1.4 1/1000 ISO 200
I am wondering where all those years have gone. Those years where my little ones tore off through the park, a trail of dry leaves fluttering behind them. Those years where they returned to me so excited and at having found a snake, or a wood bug, or a rock. Those years where I squatted to look them in the eye. I miss having to get down on the ground to look them in the eye. Instead I lean here against this tree and the remnants of my children's youth flutter to the ground next to my feet.
I was wandering around in fall really looking for photos of single leaves on the ground when I looked up. I was really attracted by the mass of colour and the contrast of the brown branches and tree trunk. I love being able to play with the way that the eye moves within a photograph so I composed a shot that pulls your eye upward from the out of focus trunk at the bottom up through the clearly defined shape and form of the leaves to the amorphous mass of colour at the top. The shallow depth of field of my fast 50 made the photograph possible. The imposition of an area of focus within the photograph gives your eye somewhere to travel.