Leaf Skeleton Pictures


I love photography and I also love hiking. I was looking for a new creative thing to do with my Lomography projects so while hiking, I realized the answer was right under my feet. I decided to experiment by making different Leaf Skeleton Masks for my LC-Wide.

With the first roll, I experimented by putting a rectangular piece of a leaf skeleton directly behind the lens of my LC-Wide. I used a double-sided tape to secure the mask. Then, I realized that I didn’t really put it on the right place because the leaf skeleton didn’t always imprint on the film. When it did, it came out almost as a thick shadow of the main veins of a leaf.

For the second roll, I decided to use a rectangular part of a leaf skeleton that again had the main spine, or midrib of the leaf. This time, I used a purple paint pen and colored the front and back of the piece of leaf. I also attached the leaf skeleton piece to the inside of the small plastic half-frame insert for the LC-Wide. The results were better than I could have hoped for, but using a piece of leaf skeleton with the midrib or main spine of the leaf was a little too distracting in pictures.

So with the third roll, I decided to paint the leaf skeleton piece black and only use the veins of the leaf, so it wouldn’t disturb the subject of the actual photo. Again, I attached it to the small plastic half-frame insert. (This was my favorite set-up)

Just a warning, it is sometimes difficult to get clear double exposures because the film is not seeing as much light with the leaf mask in front of it.

The leaf skeleton mask really adds a uniqueness to you photos! Try it! Happy shooting!

written by jcasserino on 2011-09-12 #gear #tutorials #nature #trees #camera #masks #tipster #leaf #lc-a #lc-wide


  1. analogmonolog
    analogmonolog ·

    great one

  2. nerpman
    nerpman ·

    Interesting idea! It gives the effect of watching everything from behind a fence.

  3. oxgn
    oxgn ·

    Cool frame! Do you use fresh leaf or dry leaf? Thanks for the great idea!

  4. jcasserino
    jcasserino ·

    All of the leaves that I used were decomposed, so they had been sitting around on the forest floor for quite sometime. They were dry when I cut them to put in my camera.

  5. jaydeepee
    jaydeepee ·

    beautiful effect. will try it some day!

  6. sharktopus
    sharktopus ·

    i did a similar thing but with snakeskin

  7. lomomomma
    lomomomma ·

    Great tip! I really liked the way the second roll came out, with the thick spine :)

  8. lastyear
    lastyear ·

    Bad ass!

  9. kingt4
    kingt4 ·


  10. davzoku
    davzoku ·

    This is pretty cool!

  11. iamdnierod
    iamdnierod ·

    this is awesome! gonna try this! thanks

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