there is a tool in photoshop called “drop shadow” that lets you add a shadow to any graphic element in a design that you wish to add some perception of depth to. i don’t need to use the tool for editing STILL photos, but i have seen it used. this photo of hydrangea leaves, tops and bottoms, looks like i was giving a tutorial on the drop shadow tool. i had paired up these leaves by size, and then tucked them under a book for the evening thinking that today i would make some sort of symmetrical composition using leaves of the same size, but with different textures. when i picked up my book this morning, i saw this exact composition, which i had done hastily so that all the leaves would fit under the same book. hastily done perhaps…but still striking. so, instead of symmetry today, you get shadows.
hydrangea leaves in august