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Micro Landscape

Micro Landscape
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-04
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, Tiffen 62mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/6 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Haaksbergerveen, FUNGI, MUSHROOMS, LICHEN - WORLD WIDE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-11 5:36
Viewed: 5956
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I enjoy landscape photography and I am starting to enjoy the short window of fungi photography. So I thought: "Why not combine the two into one photo."

Here you have a littl landscape with a family of Armillaria lutea (please fungi expert, correct me if I a wrong) set into a micro landscape if fall colored leaves, young green plants and moss.

This was taken the same day as my last two uploads and this one will also be added to my personal theme of the peat moore called 'Haaksbergerveen' A peat moore my dad and I will visit throughout the year to see the changes of nature created by the different seasons.

Shot in RAW, adjusted white balance and converted to JPEG. Tweaked the levels and curves. Added a frame and USM

I am off to find some photo ops for a future trip.....be back this evening.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-11 6:41]

Hello Niek,
I'm glad you've discovered the fun of fungi as well!! It's hard to identify as there are several similar species, you really need to look underneath the hat. I think the bottom part of the shot is excellent, very sharp and colours are natural, I would have cropped the upper half.
TFS, Ulla


The bottom half of the shot is great with good detail and sharpness, but the top have really needed a much greater DOF to get it into focus. Fungi pictures are really strange that way, they just benefit enormously from it. Also I would have removed or at least bent the shoots in the foreground down just so that they were not out of foucs. But you have a really nicely composed and saturated picture there that shows the area really well. Something like F/22 would have just perfected the picture IMHO... especially with your focal length of 180mm.

Its a whole new ball game to landscapes!



I find your 'landscape' composed of fungi, fallen leaves, moss and plants very interesting, Niek.
Apparently, this is just a minor segment of the vast peat moore, but how very attractive. The mushrooms in the foreground have interesting shapes and colours.
Thanks and take care.

Bonjour Niek
Excellent travail de composition.Tu nous envoies un bel assortiments de champignons
Jolies couleurs et finesse du détail et trčs belle présentation.J'espčre qu'ils sont bon a manger.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Me gusta ese formato vertical, una composición muy bonita con esas setas en p.p. y otras por la parte de atras. El musgo es precioso. Enhorabuena y saludos,

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-11-11 14:33]

Hi Niek,
First of all I like the catchy title...well thought out.A lovely well balanced image.I like how you decided to have the background fungi out of focus...in my opinion it has given a sort of mirror effect.Good deep colours showing the damp undergrowth.Wel done and have a good evening.
Regards, David

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-11 16:07]
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Hello Niek, I also found some of these for the first time a couple of weeks ago. They are very rough to the touch. I didn't take a picture as a few had been eaten by slugs. I like your idea here but for me, personally, it's a little busy. I think sometimes it is worth doing some "gardening" here and there to remove distractions etc. It's a very nice image and please forgive my nitpicking. Well done.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-11-11 16:36]

I like the limited pallate here of browns and greens. The DoF is OK for me, too. But I would crop out the botom with those green stems. Otherwise, I like this a lot.

It's easy to overlook thses little photo ops, but you caught a nice one here Niek. The FG dead leaves add to the overall composition nicely. My only nit would be those couple stray blurred stands of grass in the lower right.

Hi Niek,

This is a whole new area for me. I think I agree with the comments about the DOF and the foreground stems. I really want to tighten the composition a bit...I keep slapping my hands BUT I can't help myself; I tried a workshop. I just thnk the composition would benefit from a little more structure. You know me..... : /

Another thing I have learned recently is to use a polarizer more for reflections on foilage than on water etc. That may have toned down a few of the brighter spots that add to the busyness.

Evelynn : )

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-11 18:43]

Hi Niek
Nice fungi landscape shot. Good colours, light, sharpnes and POV.
Well done mf.


beaucoup de finesse dans ce décor autonale et ces divers champignons, bonne réussite tant dans les couleurs que dans les détails POV parfait
merci du partage

Hi Niek

Very beautifull scene forest's of autumn.
Excellent frame work.


Hello Niek,
Seems like a great season for mushroom enthusiasts!
Well, I really can't say since I haven't the any clue to if they are edible...
Well composed presentation, good colours and fine details in the close-up work!
Pablo -

Hello Niek,
your ID is ok. The german name is "Hallimasch". - This is a very nice picture. Great sharpness, details and naturual colours. Very good POV and composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-13 14:37]

What a fine crop of mushrooms. I like this POV and composition as it allows you to get an idea of where they are growing. Excellent colours



I Niek.
I find this shot very nice, I like the short DOF and the perspective. The only thing I would have done is remove the 4 little plants closest to you (bottom right corner) and the same with the 4 in the middle left part of the photo. This would have cleaned the foreground and also open the perspective through the left to the bach part of the shot. We have learnt that in micological photograph, you loose more time studing lights and preparing the shot, than in taking the photo, but of course, it is always a question of personal taste. Some people prefer to capture them as they are, and I respect it. Regards, Felipe.

Beautiful funghi landscape! The light and colours are awesome! Very well composed image!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-15 10:41]

Hello Niek,
this landscape seems to be a mushroom paradise. I like the DOF the sharpness in the front and ebbing to the back, it adds some depth into the landscape. Very nice composition with great details.

An excellent scene, the title is perfect, it's like an aerial view of a forest, only in miniature. Excellent composition, the clump of fungi and the large mossy lump in the mid-ground are perfectly placed. I suppose to be more like a 'traditional' landscape, you should have gone for a wider DOF. You had a lot of room with the aperture, so you could have. I guess it's your own personal taste for what's best.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-15 17:53]

Hi Niek

I am sure I critiqued this photo, but somehow it 'disappeared' which means I probably or rather definitely did not save/update it. Must have been my pensioner’s moment for the day. (!) Problem is now that I can’t remember what I said so I will just have to start all over again. Does this count for two critiques?

Anyway, it is a lovely photo and I am totally fascinated by this micro landscape although I think Evelyn's workshop does some justice to it. Having said that it obviously means that IMHO the photo could benefit from some cropping and a pinch of added darkness. That would also add more tone to the already well saturated colours, but it would mellow down on some of the brighter and reflected areas. The details are excellent and the DOF was well chosen for this shot.

Great work my friend and TFS.

PS. Please give my regards to Rein and tell him I said 'Hi'.

friends romans and fungi...etc
i love to see these in the woods etc and am always pleased to see these families so well behaved
your shot is very woodland and with the surroundings put the fungi in true context...some shots..including mine can be a bit 'bookish'..
thanks..and you have got me more interested in raw now..

Hi Niek,

This photo featured on the main site when I entered TN today. Beautiful photo with fantastic DOF. A real masterpiece, also I agree with Felipe (extramundi) that the oof grass-blades should have been removed (for example my photo bag always contains a scissor to avoid such problems. No joke). Except for this, a bombastic image. Bravo.

Although Armillarias are not too easy to identify, in the last (more than) 3 years nobody realized Your photo shows Armillaria cepistipes Velen. instead of Armillaria gallica Marxm. & Romagn. (= Armillaria lutea Gillet). That species has bigger cap diameter, less compact flesh (even of the younger specimens), with less scaly cap surface and most importantly growing on the ground, not on wood. Another, closed comparison is Armillaria ostoyae (Romagn.) Herink, which has almost the same habit as on Your photo, but it's growing only on pines (mostly on spruce - Picea abies), and there are only leaves of deciduous trees on Your photo, no needles.

Best regards, László

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