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Something completely different again today. Two weeks ago, I bought a nearly new Tamron 70-300 macro lens (at a whopping 60, it is my most expensive lens yet!). I realised today that I still hadn't used it, so here's my first attempt. The lens is definitely an improvement on my rather fuzzy sigma 70-300.

To keep the background dim, the mushrooms were "light painted" with a narrow beam, using a very low iso and 4 second exposure (almost sounds like I know what I'm talking about doesn't it!Smile)

Please do comment and critique as you see fit. I'm thinking of entering it at the club, so would appreciate your input.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Tamron 70-300 Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Feb 2013 - 1:49 PM
Focal Length:192mm
Aperture:f/38.0
Shutter Speed:4sec
Exposure Comp:-2.0
ISO:50
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Three mushrooms
Username:p12owe p12owe
Uploaded:3 Feb 2013 - 4:14 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Light painting, Macro, Mushrooms
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tonyng
tonyng e2 Member 4tonyng vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 4:40 PM

Like your technique. It works well with this shot. The mushrooms look similar to Shitake.

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mossy
mossy  146 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 4:50 PM

Might steal that idea, i struggle with funghi photos.

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 5:44 PM

I'm not an expert on lighting, so I can't give you any real critique Peter, but it looks very good to me.
Ann

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5241 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 7:06 PM

Nice Image - I like it! No Idea what specie!!

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p12owe
p12owe  1101 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 7:19 PM


Quote: Nice Image - I like it! No Idea what specie!!

Tonyng spotted the species! They are shiitake, a very tasty mushroom originally from Asia, quite easily grown on logs here in the UK, but don't think you'd find many growing wild... These will be ex-mushrooms in a few minutes, cheese and mushroom omelette... Mmmmmm...Smile

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hi14ry
hi14ry  1 England
3 Feb 2013 - 9:07 PM

The omelette was delicious!!! H x

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 10:10 PM

Peter I think this is an amazing fungii image.
We have a fungi expert in our club and his images look lit like this.
I love the little grass stalks with droplets also.
A beautifully composed trio. I love it.
Good luck in competition and let us know how you ger on.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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RuthyJ
RuthyJ  8 England
4 Feb 2013 - 8:48 AM

Stunning image.

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carper123
carper123  280 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 9:18 AM

I think it is a wonderful image, and should do well at your camera club, wonderful lighting and composition.
One minor point that is easily remedied, clone out the highlight in the left mushroom reducing the opacity to about 40%, i think it would improve the image as my eye is drawn to it straight away, you do need the highlight but reduce the intensity.
Hope you except this as constructive critique, it is something that i think the judges would pick up.
Well done, and good luck with your entry.
Darryl. Wink

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p12owe
p12owe  1101 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 9:21 AM


Quote: I think it is a wonderful image, and should do well at your camera club, wonderful lighting and composition.
One minor point that is easily remedied, clone out the highlight in the left mushroom reducing the opacity to about 40%, i think it would improve the image as my eye is drawn to it straight away, you do need the highlight but reduce the intensity.
Hope you except this as constructive critique, it is something that i think the judges would pick up.
Well done, and good luck with your entry.
Darryl. Wink

Thanks Darryl.. You are quite right, I kept looking at it yesterday, thinking the same... consider it done!Smile

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carper123
carper123  280 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 9:30 AM

No problem, i enter a few camera club competitions myself and i know how what judges are liable to pick up on, good luck.
Darryl. Smile

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p12owe
p12owe  1101 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 10:45 AM


Quote: No problem, i enter a few camera club competitions myself and i know how what judges are liable to pick up on, good luck.
Darryl. Smile

Thanks, I might need it.... I'm leading by two points at the moment, but it's an uphill struggle against the serious wildlife toggers who always get nines and tens!

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 11:00 AM

I like this image especially the composition and how you have used light - I enter regularly at club competition level but always keep in my mind the thought - If I like it then thats the most important thing - Elizabethxx

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LynneJoyce
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4 Feb 2013 - 1:24 PM

WOW!

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carper123
carper123  280 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 1:41 PM

Hi, again, please find modification to your image, i hope you think it is a minor improvement. Cloned the area of highlight 81% opacity and added a little extra light to the mushrooms, very small amount to the edge and side of the stork.
good luck.
Darryl. Smile

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