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2) Whoooosh; plus the faint sound of tiny bug screams as the cling to the leaf for dear life.
I like the way Karen's tilting at an angle better conveys the motion downward and also works for me in that regard, but at an angle the stem seems a bit straighter and I don't see the pattern of the curves I liked as strongly because they don't play off the horizontal reference of the frame in the same way when tilted.
I considered tilting they but found the leaving it horizontal created a contrast between the imagined horizon and the compound curve patterns vein and edges of the leaf. I like compound curves and was also thinking more along the lines of frozen moment, static rock in a sea of pebbles than conveying a sense of motion except by putting it on top with a lot of space under it to convey where it was heading. It lower near the bottom adding a motion blur on leaf similar to 2nd curtain sync flash blur trails (conveying where it had come from) but couldn't get it to look realistic and scrapped the idea.
When shooting something moving like that I rarely freeze it completely because while it is neat on a technical level to stop motion blur is a better way to convey that something is moving. For example with hummingbird or dragonfly if you freeze the wings....
It tends to look like a specimen on a pin at a museum, but letting the wings blur and trying to keep the head and eye sharp better conveys the sensation of seeing in person...
All are equally valid approaches. The same content presented with different slants... pardon the pun... will just create different impressions: levitating, slow languid descent to death on the forest floor, or a rapid death spiral.