Both of these images remind me of the famous line from Walter de la Mer’s poem “The Listeners” – Of the forest’s ferny floor. If there is one thing I remember about alliteration from English class in school it’s this one line 🙂
The composition of both images are almost identical in terms of camera position and framing. The only difference in fact is the point of focus. Shooting wide open at f/2.8 which has created a very shallow depth-of-field I am able to isolate certain parts of the frame. In the top image my intent was to isolate the soft light falling across the orange leaf in the front left corner of the frame, while in the second image the point of focus changes to the small group of green leaves towards the back left.
This should hopefully highlight how something as simple as a shallow depth-of-field and changing the point of focus can be used as a creative tool in your photography.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 400