One autumn day, while I was photographing at my favorite spot on Morgan Run Creek, I watched a brightly colored maple leaf float by, flipping and twisting as it was carried over and around the obstacles in the creek. I had been looking for something to experiment with, so I started to photograph the leaves, one by one, as they were carried past me. The exposures captured not only the leaves, but also the colors of the creek bed, and even the turbulence of the water itself. Some of the photos look like a leaf "portrait"; other images seem almost completely abstract.
I also did some experimenting with the maple trees at my home. Using a slow shutter speed and rotating the camera during the exposure, I was able to capture some images that turned the maple leaves into abstractions.
All of the effects in the photos in this project were done "in camera"; these are not Photoshop tricks, which don't hold much interest for me.