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Unexpected Visitors.

By salopian
These handsome fungi appeared on my lawn. I found the texture of the topsides fascinating and decided to use the low afternoon sun to try to accentuate the detail as is done in aerial reconnaissance photos. I would have liked to have found something natural to give a sense of their size ( ca 120cm across ) but the dead leaves don't do that. I also tried to photo the undersides by putting the camera on the ground but that didn't work either! What sort of mushroom they are I have no idea but I do like the colour and texture.


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dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
24 Oct 2016 3:46PM
Well the leaves do help to give some sense of scale, but more so the clover. Do you nean 12 cm? 120 sounds far too much.

Good use of the low sun but this has caused some contrast problems. The camera has handled the extremes well but if that's the case with the jpg a RAW file would enable you to retain more detail, with careful processing.

They look smooth and softer light would have been fine for allowing maximum detail.
Ideally, soft but directional light would have been good, just as the sun is disappearing or emerging fully from behind a cloud, Alternatively, using a diffuser, not one that softens the light totally, as some shadow would be attractive and work well here.

I can't help with ID as so many fungi can look like this, you need to see the gills and in some cases that's not enough either.

Well done for exploring different angles.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2016 4:47PM
When I was identifying mushrooms in the New Forest, I would pick one and place it either on its side or upside-down next to one of the same kind that was still growing. This gave me a lot more information to work with when I got home, because identifying mushrooms is quite a difficult task, and of course it also needs great care because of the poisonous ones.

So, there is no reason why you can't do the same with these two, and it also serves to make a more interesting composition, because the gills and stems are a very attractive part of a mushroom.
When they are close to the ground like this, it won't be easy to get a shot of their gills.

The light will be more favourable and kinder to your subjects if you shoot these in the early morning or late afternoon.


paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2016 5:44PM
It is a perfectly reasonable record, but would cause some issues with identification. Ideally, as Pamela says, one should be inverted to show the gills. That would make it a rather better scientific record.

For a more dramatic image, if the caps had any elevation from the ground, camera on the ground and a side view. much more impact then. I get into trouble from the boss for laying on the ground for such images.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2016 6:57PM
The 'aerial reconnaissance' approach is interesting, I'm not sure that it is entirely successful as it doesn't show the overall structure. Plus a sense of scale is probably better conveyed by vertical rather than horizontal comparison. Height of grasses, rather than width of leaves...

It's the time of year to look for more opportunities. You might look at this member's portfolio , he really does fungi very well. Might give you ideas.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
24 Oct 2016 10:13PM
I now regret not anchoring up this afternoon to shoot a couple of tall fungi by the roadside in Hermitage in Berkshire. But I knew I'd have to rush the shot, and I'm nat a natural history type. Bu they looked unusual...

However, you took the shot, and you had the light. I'd say that I/D doesn't matter for a pictorial shot, so you need to make it as good as you possibly can, and the aerial view works nicely for me.

The only thing is that the composition is too rectilinear, so I've done a rotation and a pretty random reframing, complete with (c) dudler awful cloning. I know you've cropped this, so I wonder if you can do a rotation of some sort that works better than mine, and requires no cloning to complete it?
salopian 9 3 28 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2016 6:39PM
Thanks for the helpful comments and tips.
I can see that softer, but still directional light would be better. I did consider turning one upside down to show the gills but the lady next door said " they look so nice as they are so I shouldn't" !! I actually agreed with her.
There are two more similar fungi on another part of the lawn, so perhaps I should get out at first ( soft ) light, turn one over and take a shot before next door is up !!
Yes Keith 12cm is correct
Finally, John's diagonal cropping improves the shot no end and I shall treat the uncropped original as you suggest.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
25 Oct 2016 7:14PM
Yes, the diagonal composition looks good.

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