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Fungi Still Life I


Fungi Still Life I
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-13
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Sigma 24-70 2.8 EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-26 9:04
Viewed: 4188
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all, long time no post!

This photo was taken in the woods at Ashridge Park Estate, Ringshall, Hertfordshire, UK.

Photo opportunities have been pretty few and far between of late, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to shoot some of the fungi that are sprouting at this time of year. Had I known what a satisfying and challenging subject fungi made, I would have done this a long time ago!
As you are no doubt aware, fungus usually grow best in dark, damp areas, usually in woods or forests. This means poor light. Because of this, a tripod is essential. Of course, most fungi is found extremely close to the ground, so a very flexible tripod is a great bonus! Then there's the miniscule DOF leading to tiny apertures and exposure times running into several seconds, not to mention the shadows underneath requiring some sort of a reflector. All great fun, and I heartily reccomend it if you yearn for something more than 'point and shoot'. It may seem like a strange thing to be shooting (cue strange comments from your loved ones!) but I love the results I've got and it's very satisfying to get photos like this.

Sorry I can't tell you a thing about the species!

Any comments welcomed, good or bad. The more honest the better. (See my intro!)

Andy

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Fabulosa población de "mini hongos"
Perfecta luz que hace más creíble la pequeñez de estas plantas.
Buena nota. JL.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-26 9:54]

Hi Andy.
You really long were absent but return is nice. I like great DOF and sharpness level of almost entire image. The colour and detail reproduction of the fungi and especially of the moss is brilliant. Green colour is surprising and nice too. Shot is composed and framed very well. Pieces of old wood create the ground of the picture and are looked perfectly. My compliments and TFS.
Alexei.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-26 10:20]

I'm not sure I want to taste your fungi, but composition and detail is very good. Thanks for sharing

This sounds like another convert, the species looks to be Mycena. Not sure about the POV I may have put main subject on the left or croped out some of the empty space. The big brown leaf and the top of anther fungi on the far side of the wood I would have removed :)
Clive

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-26 16:22]

Hello Andy,
Simply Beautiful!
composition, colors, shrpness... perfect
Regards, Dejan

Fantastic photo. You won't get a better shot. One thing I don't like is the crop. As much as it a top notch photo and looks perfect; the wood on an angle tells me the crop should have been different. Just my opinion because others might argue. Well done!

Well done. I like the POV and color composition. Matched perfectly.
TFS
Best regards,
Kean

Hi Andy,
A wonderful little family of these wonderful fungi. I really like the landscape aspect to this photo. You're not only showing the fungi but also its placement. The old wooden beams, the different mosses, the dead leaves and all the very small plants and living creatures make for a beautiful environment. Composition, DOF and sharpness are all pefect. I do think that your photo is a bit too yellow. But this could be an unwanting effect from the creative border.
TFS,
Niek

Hi Andy,
You've captured this group of Mycena nicely.
Good DOF and sharpness with true colour.
I think you could have left a little more room on the left however,and I don't think the frame really does the shot any favours.It seems to give the impression of softening the image. Just my opinion.
A competent shot though.
Well done.
Stev

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