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king of the woods

By liversalts
Tripod mounted shot. Local gardening attended to and think i used a reflector

Tags: Fungi Nature Close up Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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Adam_H 12 62 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2008 1:24PM
Great close-up with lovely detail & colour, Well captured & composed.
Regards Adam..

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pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2116 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2008 9:00PM
Hello, Paul. A very attractive fly agaric with good rich dark forest debris in the background to highlight the red and white. I had a chuckle when you said "local gardening attended to", but that's often very essential for a shot like this so that there is nothing messy intruding onto your mushroom. You found a perfect specimen as your subject, one that hasn't yet been attacked by slugs. A bit of a lower angle is what most fungi photographers aim for, but I like to see the top of the cap as well, so I quite like the angle you have here. I like the way it leans a little to the left, too, so that it doesn't look too central. You say you think you used a reflector, and there is a very white area on the stem, so perhaps you did. These are often used to light the underside when shooting from a lower angle, so maybe it wasn't necessary on this one. You say you used a tripod, which is ideal, but maybe that prevented you from getting any lower. I personally use a bean bag to steady the camera, it is very low to the ground. Another handy piece of equipment that I use is a pastry brush. I use it to gently brush debris from the cap without marking it at all. In my modification, I used the burn tool to darken the shaft and the dodge tool to lighten the little shadow under the cap. I cloned the debris from the cap, as if I were using my pastry brush, then added slight contrast. Very subtle changes to a fine image.

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