RAW to Jpeg Conversion in Adobe RAW 4.2, Cropped, Duplicate Layer, Auto-Levels, Duplicate Layer, Convert to Black & White (Pin Light Blending,) Blue Filter, Merge Visible, Spot Healing Brush and Clone Stamp to remove part of a leaf, Magic Wand to select Blue Background in order to apply Gaussian Blur, Resized, Auto-Sharpened, Saved for Web...
Place: 381 out of 394 Avg (all users): 4.5625 Avg (commenters): 6.0000 Avg (participants): 4.4719 Avg (non-participants): 4.7692 Views since voting: 614 Views during voting: 216 Votes: 128 Comments: 3 Favorites: 0
This is a bold photo, with a simple but strong composition and feel. The choice of blue background contrasts and compliments the green of the leaves well, although it might be better if the blue of the background was smoother - if I tip my screen right back, the background becomes much darker, and that looks really cool! The back-lighting is lovely, and I can quite see why you were drawn to photograph them. I do feel that the central leaf, the bright one that draws the eye, could be in a little sharper focus; that said, I can see that it is a tricky job to get sharp enough focus on the critical parts whilst still throwing the subsidiary parts into a soft blur. The diagonal composition was a good choice.
With a smoother and deeper, darker background I suspect this would have scored better. A simple subject such as these leaves needs to be technically perfect to hit the right buttons with the viewer - for me, it is a case of very nearly there.