But it was fun seeing how the afternoon sunlight made shadows and how those shadows changed when the sun went behind the clouds. I found myself standing around staring impatiently at the sun while waiting for the light to come back! I'd taken a bunch of pictures and had forgotten my camera was set on "RAW." I don't have a way of converting those photos so my computer can't open them at the moment. I changed the setting and went out to get more photos. The one above is one of the last things I tried. The leaf is resting on a background canvas that is covered in old dictionary pages and painted. It is sitting on the railing of my patio. The sun was shining down on my right side as I took the photo. This, to me, seems obvious here, but I have had to learn how to look to the shadows to find the direction of the light.
My first photo setting choice was on an old cedar stump that is a leftover from Hurricane Rita. The tree was blown over and we cut the stump but we never dug it completely out. Now a small oak tree is growing tenaciously up through a crack in the trunk. I'm waiting to see how that is going to work out for the oak tree!