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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-04
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-25 10:52
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This are Armillarias, are one of the most common species in TN, so plenty information is availble about them.

I will talk inestead about the technique I used to get some light under this umbrelas. One of the main problems of fungi photography is the light. Mushrooms use to grow in moody places, and the underneath is always very dark and difficult to photograph in its own enviroment.

If you use flash, you get a lot of details, but natural atmosphere is lost, and colours change very much, even with diffuser it is difficult to handle.

In this case I used another technique. It consists in making 2 identical shots, one natural, and another with flash. Then both shots are merged, the natural one with 100% opacity and the "flashed" one with opacity to taste :)

In this case, I used a 33% opacity, so what you are actually looking at are 1.3 captures :D

I posted as workshops the original shots without any postprocess except crop, resize and frame:

You can try to merge them yourself to see how it works.

The merged shot is also free of postprocess except for crop, resize , frame and USM 0.3 - 125%. Maybe it could be improved by adjusting shadows, levels and colours, but I liked to leave it this way to appreciate the technique better.

Hope you find it useful!

F:8 - 1/13 sec. - Manual exposure - Tripod
F:8 - 1/25 sec. - Manual exposure - Diffuse flash - Tripod

Hormon_Manyer, Amadeo, crs, red45, nglen, aes_thor, alikox, marhowie, sandpiper2, ppmiranda, RII, Dave has marked this note useful
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Hi Felipe and Cristina,
This is indeed a very well exposured shot. Light is well managed and you have not lost the effect of sunlight illuminating the caps from above. POV and composition is excellent and many thanks for the photography tip,
Best regards

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-25 11:15]

Hola Felipe, bonita fotografia, la luz la destacaria posiblemente por ella me da la sensación de volumen y profundidad. Una composición acertada y tonos de color agrdables y naturales. Un saludo

Hola Felipe,
The way You used the technique is beautiful. Like the pictures themselves. I like each, but - strange to say, but this is the truth - my fave image of the 3 is the one with flash. Don't know why though, as I don't like flash in most of the cases. But I can easily imagine that version a little more darkened and with a little white balance correction (into cooler colors). Maybe this isn't what You're waiting for, so I'm not workshopping Your workshop. :) Just gave my personal ideas.
Tfs the photos and the note, buenos noches, László

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-06-25 12:09]

Hi Felipe,

Your photo looks very good. The image is nice and clear with a good composition. Choosing these mushrooms and the green moss bellow makes the photo look great.

The technique for s good lighting solution you presented seem to be very usefull.

Thank you for sharing,

An excellent mushroom photograph.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-06-25 12:53]

Hi FeCr!

Excellent idea! You took best things from both shots and merge them into final one which I like most. Version with flash is too bright and as you said with unnatural colours, version without flash is too dark. Merged one is perfect. Thank you for presenting us such useful technique!

BTW did you heard about HDR photography? One takes three shots - underexposured, normal and overexposured and then merge them in Photoshop [ver.2 and higher have got special option]. Sometimes result is surprisingly good.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-25 13:05]

Hi to you both, Once again your picture loks 3D on my computer they look as if i could just touch the fungi. To me they look like a family mum ,dad, and some kids. I like your POV looking up from be low. great detail and natural colours. I can even see what looks like spiders web from the large one. well done TFs.

Hi Felipe.
This is wonderfull shot of this common mushrooms, great details, colours, excellent POV. Beautifull moss araoun and on the armillarias, nice BG.
Well done shot!

I see you had an urge to "merge" Felipe :)
Excellent work - Excellent post, technique, & note describing how you acccomplished this..
Very well done!

Nice colours, like the way they seam to be erupting out of the liverwarts. Interesting use of the flash.

Hi Felipe

Excellent note.
Excellent result, the master continues to experiment and grow.
I have recently tried the HRD technique with 3 exposures at +1, 0 -1 EV. the results are OK and I will post those soon, but thi stechnique works quite good too. In fact its excellent.
This shot results in a really nice 3D effect. Everything is illuminated and rich in detail. I hope many other your note and practice the technique. I will give it go and let you know.

Well done my friend, great work.


Beautiful Armillaria Felipe.
These look much more solid and fleshy than most of our species.
I guess it is a lot drier there though.
Excellent DOF and clarity.
Perfect work!
Well done :)

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-07-15 12:16]

Hola Felipe.

Excelente foto, y que interesante la tecnica que describes y utilizaste para esta foto, notable el cambio,te felicito, me eres una referencia pues tenemos camaras hermanas.


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2008-07-22 6:50]

Such an amazing talent to make one feel as if they have entered an enchanted fairyland. So awesome Felipe!

Hi Filipe,

Nice group of Fungis.
This indeed a common fungi but you show it very well.

They're absolutely beautiful. The Opacity merge is really helping it, but what I really like is the DOF. The DOF makes for a nice backround with just enough detail. A very rich and rewarding shot! All good with the DOF, POV and framing. TFS Trevor

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