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Fungi and flash

By Pete      
I believe this is a first on ePHOTOzine. I'm a regular of the new Critique Buddy Challenges and this month's theme is light play. I've already submitted my entry, but the challenge had got me thinking about the use of flash and I thought I'd have a go at flash with fungi.

I started out using coloured gels on slave flashes and the results looked dreadful, this lead me to creating backlighting. Backlit flash of fungi.

This image is a combination of two shots - the backlit one and a front lit one. The results looked great on LCD, but were less exciting when I got home on the larger PC screen. So I had to do some Photoshop work to remove my hand etc.

Now I know what I'm doing my next attempts will be better prepared and better executed, but I am really pleased with this example, and I'm hopefully pushing boundaries to shroom photography.

No shroom was hurt in this process. I always shoot them in their natural location.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Flash and lighting

Voters: mudge, rocky41, somnathchatterjee and 82 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes



mudge 20 1.0k 75 England
26 Oct 2009 11:47AM
Unusual but very effective approach
Nice end result
somnathchatterjee 13 67 175 India
26 Oct 2009 11:48AM
wonderful lighting here.
LeeFisher 13 59 8 England
26 Oct 2009 11:50AM
great shot, love the light,
26 Oct 2009 11:53AM
well caught
EMJAYCEE 13 10 10 England
26 Oct 2009 11:56AM
Great work me thinks.
motorsportpictures 14 289 23 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 11:59AM
Stunning shot.
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
26 Oct 2009 12:15PM
Grand work indeed thanks for sharing Colin
Scaramanga 15 60 6 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 12:23PM
The lighting is reallyl effective. Like someone has flicked on a switch inside the cup.
Stace 14 2 2 England
26 Oct 2009 12:25PM
This works really well, and suits this fungi, done a mod to remove some of the fg and to make the fungi more prominent

JOKEN 13 3 10 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 12:31PM
Excellent- I think it would be equally good if it were cropped to concentrate on the lovely fungus.
Benas 13 1 Poland
26 Oct 2009 12:32PM
cassiecat 14 39 46 England
26 Oct 2009 12:54PM
do like the light, stace's mod works well.lesley
Mynett 14 142 6 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 12:59PM
AMAZING results wow I love them both, this is new indeed and very nice....

KarenFB Plus
16 5.9k 184 England
26 Oct 2009 1:25PM
I definitely prefer version 1! Though I do prefer the foreground (lower left) in version 2. Beautiful lighting and the fungi looks wonderful. I especially like the two threads of web which look to be holding it up - almost like a suspension bridge! Smile
conrad 18 10.9k 116
26 Oct 2009 1:35PM
I really like this, it was a great idea! There's something to be said for the crop in the mod, but I don't think it's absolutely necessary to crop it.
Pete 21 18.8k 97 England
26 Oct 2009 1:53PM
Thanks all Smile
26 Oct 2009 1:59PM
Great work - like V1 best

Glynn 17 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 2:39PM
Unusual to say the least and certainly pushing. Where were the flash gun positioned each time Pete ?

Steve_S Plus
17 183 3 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 3:05PM
v1 is excellent Pete. Great lighting...looks like an electric mushroom!
MikefromEbbw 15 69 2 Wales
26 Oct 2009 3:25PM
Certainly an interesting effect and well executed.Nice work Pete.
Diana 16 2.0k 19 Netherlands
26 Oct 2009 5:10PM
this is fantastic, you could almost put some dolls house furniture round it to make it look like a little lamp stand

great use of flash ...

JouŠo 18 56 Finland
26 Oct 2009 5:26PM
good shot, Pete!

V1 for me too..........

HUMIE 16 2 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 5:44PM
Brilliant !

chase Plus
17 2.5k 669 England
26 Oct 2009 6:07PM
Great technique Pete & well worked.Love the 'zip-wires'!
Eviscera 16 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 7:10PM
Great tec, Looks like the shroom has rimlighting as well up large.
Ian-Munro 15 200 15 Wales
26 Oct 2009 7:22PM
great effort that appeals to me. I like the light.

Roly 15 Wales
26 Oct 2009 8:23PM
V1 is a belter.
Platchet 16 5 8 Wales
26 Oct 2009 11:00PM
CSP....Creative Shroom Photography, like it.
Scutter 15 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2009 11:32AM
Pete, this has inspired me to try it with some Porcelain fungi - their translucence should provide some interesting effects (although their sliminess might hinder it!). I have been using my R1C1 kit mounted as a "ring flash" I will have a go demounted now I have seen the possibilities! ...but don't hold your breath for anything spectacular any time soon!
garymcparland 16 343 3 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2009 1:22PM
This is great Pete, would love to try this myself.

woodrow 16 153 Scotland
27 Oct 2009 2:45PM
whether it was harmed was not even on my list!

a pleasing result!

Pete 21 18.8k 97 England
27 Oct 2009 11:19PM
Thanks all, this has become my second highest scoring pic this year. Glad I went flashing Wink
27 Oct 2009 11:21PM
like v2,my friend
28 Oct 2009 8:57AM
he he !! this is a cracking good shot

28 Oct 2009 10:37AM
Nice photo.
fauxtography 17 6.6k 36
28 Oct 2009 12:33PM
Well, as ever, I'm going to be awkward and say that I prefer something between the two. Grin I prefer a bit of detail in the background just to give it some context and help hold the image together. The flash has worked well here, give you some nice rim lighting, but a touch intense in places.
Pegon 17 78 1 England
28 Oct 2009 10:31PM
Excellent work, it looks great. I like the strands of web too.
exposure Plus
18 6.1k United Kingdom
30 Oct 2009 9:20PM
A Beautiful effect and detail Pete.
MickS 18 23 14 England
30 Oct 2009 11:41PM
Watcha Pete,
like it, the thumbnail wasn't doing it justice but the full size makes it all clear, that web is so important.
KBan 18 512 4 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2009 9:27PM
superb light here Pete

P.S. always wondered how Pixies got on top of mushrooms !

nickyv32 15 135 England
2 Nov 2009 7:56PM
Great shots but it has to be No 1 for me, great lighting

paulcr 18 1.5k 9 Ireland
4 Nov 2009 10:25AM
Beautifully done Pete, great result. Paul
tigertimb 15 40 66 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2009 12:27PM
Beautiful shot, very inventive with the technique which has produced an eye catching result and I love the light on both the fungi and the web.
Maybe a shame that it's nearly central, but not sure you'd want to lose too much of the moss on the right.

But my big question - would you have awarded this an HC if someone else had posted it?

PatriciaWilson 19 617 58 Greece
5 Feb 2010 5:15PM
This is stunning. The light is wonderful and great to hear how you did it.
Have to disagree with Tim though. IMHO it has to be central to get that lovely symmetry with the web. The moss itself is a delight and it's good to see the 'habitat' and get a good séance of place.

It may not get an EC/HC but it gets an award from meSmile
Pete 21 18.8k 97 England
5 Feb 2010 5:52PM
Thank you Patricia that means a lot Smile

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