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By mojave79
i know its not the most technically gifted image but its not everyday u come across a big group of mushrooms like this. i wanted to use a wide dof to show off this collection of mushrooms. please tell me what u think.
tripod, cable release, and silver reflector used
ISO 200
ex comp -2
shutter spd 1.3
aperture 29
retouched in photoshop to rid of unwanted bits.

Tags: Fungi Nature Mushrooms Forest General Woodland Low light Toadstools Landscape and travel Secret location Wildlife and nature Night and low light Auterm

Voters: saeidNL, AJG, 330bmw and 7 more

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saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
5 Oct 2010 8:12PM
Beautiful image with superb detail and colours,

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GillyB Plus
11 317 8 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2010 8:15PM
An impressive display of mushrooms but just a tad dark on my monitor.
If you intended it to be dark then you have got the result you wanted.

I think the -2 exp comp may be just a bit too much.
bfgstew 10 668 105 England
7 Oct 2010 9:13PM

Quote:An impressive display of mushrooms but just a tad dark on my monitor.
If you intended it to be dark then you have got the result you wanted.

I think the -2 exp comp may be just a bit too much.

I agree with Gill on exposure, I have also noticed on your other shots they all seem very dark, I did think it was my monitor but they are the same on another one. I am wondering how you are setting your metering up? Are you intentionally wanting them dark? Set your metering point on a mid tone colour this should give a more balanced exposure over the whole shot. I have said before it is hard in a dark forest to get exposure right but, get it right and natures colours come out so much better. Try carrying a small piece of light grey card with you, when composing the shot, hold the card in front of the subject to set the exposure, then you should get better result..
I hope this helps.
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2010 9:50AM
As commented above, this is under-exposed and by about a full stop. Getting the exposure right by eye is hard in the woods because it's so dark. However, it's dead easy to get it right by trial and error by looking at the histogram.

For a scene light this that includes both dark areas (the log) and bright areas (the gills and reflections on the mushrooms), the histogram should come close to both sides of the scale, if possible without bunching up at either end. Sometimes it's not possible to avoid it piling up at one end or the other and, in this case, it's best to let it happen on the left, which corresponds to loss of detail in the shadows, rather than blown out highlights. Our eyes seem to be more accepting of black areas as 'too dark to see' than of blocks of pure white in photos. Increasing the exposure (positive exposure correction) shifts the histogram to the right; decreasing it (-ve EC) shifts it to the left.

So, the easiest way to meter in the forest is to take a test shot and use exposure compensation to get it right. What's more, you'll usually find that the same EC will work for your next few shots as well, as long as they're lit in a similar way.

In the case of this shot, the histogram is entirely in the left half of the scale. Not reaching the right indicates underexposure; only coming half way indicates one stop. If you use a levels adjustment to fix the histogram, this shot really comes to life!

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