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25/02/2014 - 10:32 AM

Light in the Woods

Light in the WoodsBeautiful directional light here Kate. I see some have suggested softening the image; difficult to do without losing impact. One possibility though is to mess around with the optikVerve Labs virtual photographer plug in if you use Photoshop. It is free to download and easy to use; even I can use it. There is an option for softening images to varying extents although the image does sometimes need to be sharpened slightly again. I often use it on woodland images.

Phil.
18/10/2013 - 8:31 AM

Honey Fungus

Honey FungusThe light on the tree trunk and the fungi is really good Kate. A larger lens aperture would throw the distracting background more out of focus, although you will also lose some definition on such a large group of fungi.

Phil.
11/10/2013 - 1:39 PM

Family

FamilyThis is an excellent mushroom macro with great light and colour. The depth of field is sufficient for the mushrooms to be in focus but the background is not too distracting.

Phil.
15/09/2009 - 10:10 PM

Tiny

Tiny
Quote: How did you light this and yet achieve that pure black ?

(so curious as this series is brill)

Thanks for asking. It's all natural light. The mushroom was growing from decaying wood and I managed to use a tree trunk as a dark background. It was very dark in the forest, hence the long exposure, but the available light was coming down from the tree canopy above and behind the tree trunk so the mushroom is lit from behind and above. A lot of these smaller mushrooms are translucent and some light passes through them hence it almost looks as though they are lit from within. Sometimes I use aluminium foil to reflect light onto the underside of a mushroom but not in this case - just available light, a long exposure and praying that there isn't a breath of wind to cause any movement. Hope this explains it.

Phil.
14/09/2009 - 10:47 PM

room to move

room to moveDespite the competition between the two areas of highlights the title holds it all together. The quality of the lighting is excellent and the processing work is top notch. Would it be better with the orange areas at the top right and near the bottom right cloned out? Nevertheless a beautiful image which captures the mood of the forest.

Phil.