I found a red leaf in a bush outside my house.
I’m always on the lookout for such things as they make great macro subjects if they are in good condition (and this one was in excellent condition).
I set up my macro lens on a tripod pointing straight down on to the leaf.
I then shone a torch onto the leaf (no expensive lighting rigs for me) and started shooting.
As the centre of the torch beam had a visible ring to it I moved the torch back and forth as the exposures took place – this smoothed out the light.
The white background (in the first photo) is the edge of a glass table that has a white border underneath the glass.
The black backgrounds are the same table but a clear glass part with a black cloth underneath.
For some I shone the torch from below the leaf and for some I shone from above.
I then tired of the red leaf and found some other leaves to shoot.
By altering the angle of the torch and lowering depth of field (by opening up the aperture) I was able to achieve some nice effects.