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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: 2006-11-05
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-12 6:07
Viewed: 5085
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Right exposure in this kind of macro shots with low POV is quite dificult to achieve.

If you use natural light you will get a burnt sky for a well exposed subject, and a black subject for a well exposed sky.
Flash is necessary, as the poor light available in the forest floor does not reach the darker places and if we try to use the flash with the subject so close, we only get a harsh light on the subject and a black BG or dark sky.

A fast way to try to solve this problem in the field, is taking the photo begining from the roof :)

- Settle cam for desired POV.
- In manual mode swith flash off, and adjust the aperture value you want to use to achieve the correct DOF or BG blur.
- Then adjust speed for a correct background exposure (no mater about the subject).
- Once you have the BG right, swith on the flash, for macro usually use the softest as posible (if you cam has flash steps).
- Make a try with this configuration. Once you checked how "burnt" is the subject :), start adding layers of diffusers until you get desired flash amount in the subject.

Here I used a paper harkerchief but plastic cap diffusers, polyestirene, many thing can do.

Maybe the result is quite artificial, but it is fast and useful for this kind of descriptive shots getting rid of harsh reflections, and including the enviroment in the BG.

Hope you like!

ISO100 - F:8 - 1/60 - Manual exposure - Minitripod - Diffuse flash.

haraprasan, ppmiranda, mcnk, jcoowanitwong, LordPotty, cysorz, bobcat08, nglen, Evelynn, jmirah, sandpiper2, jmp, JORAPAVI, juanit, jrobertop, elizabeth has marked this note useful
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To LordPotty: You are a bit exagerated :)extramundi 2 08-12 07:32
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Simply marvelous to its picture. It obtained to capture all of the details.

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  • mcnk (22)
  • [2007-08-12 6:40]

Great explanation of how to get this quality.
Great stuff.

Hi Felipe,
A perfect macro shot for this fungus. Sharp and well exposed image. Also thanks for your informative note.

hi felipe,
lovely capture, the lower angle of shoot makes the fungus look very big, the pov is just superb and you have captured this image with perfection, nice lighting, lovely colours, sharp image with good details,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi, Felipe!
And again Your fungus looks very huge and very majestic, but now I know, how did You do it. Very instructive lecture explaining "How to make good photo in the forest". Many thanks!

Hey Felipe.
Thanks so much for this fantastic tutorial on this type of macro shot.
As you know,this is the type of shot I like to take so this information is very useful to me.
Your photo just goes to show that you know exactly what you're talking about.
It is absolutely flawless ... the best of its kind that I've ever seen I think.
The all around exposure, sharpness and DOF is simply fantastic.
A perfect shot ... absolutely amazing.
It will be my goal to acheive this kind of result.
Thanks for showing us and teaching us,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-12 8:21]

Hi Felipe. Your POV on this makes for an amazing shot. It looks like a tree. the detail and rich colours are first class. sharp focusing. with a nice DOF. very well done TFS. very good notes to read thanks.

Hey Felipe,

I used the words from Steve. (sorry Steve) As you know,this is the type of shot I like to take so this information is very useful to me. Kathleen has learn me something like you teached us. But you did indeed try and error. That's the best way I belief. To the point. What a beautiful fungi you captured. Colors ar naturel. Sharp. POV and DOF are oké. Thanks for teaching us. Regards and TFS Bob


Great compo. Outstanding framing. All around great job.


The point of view here makes your fungus almost scary! It's like some alien, giant mutant mushroom!. I think it is a marvelous shot. Thanks so much for the note on how you achieved it.

Evelynn ; )

Hello Felipe & Cristina,
Simply Splendid!
Interesting POV; excellent DOV and composition.
Well done
José Roberto

Hi Felipe,
Another of your super compositions!
Very nice capture. POV is not easy, DOF impressive and the technique described in the note is most interesting!
Saludos! Shir

Hi Felipe and Cristina,
First of all a great tutorial for macro photography in dense forest ground where there is low light is very very useful. And the capture is a nice demo showing how this works. Excellent exposure with great details and lighting. This goes to my favs. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Felipe,
WOW!! Excellent POV showing amazing detail and color. Exposure and focus are right on. Very well composed.


Great shot Felipe and the advise is good for newer TN members.
Great POV and great use of the diffuse flash.
Excellent sharpness. Great texture.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-13 14:11]

Hi Felipe and Cristina,
That is a huge one and looks awesome. Very impressive sharpness and seems like a big umbrella. I like your POV to portray it and your elaborate lesson. Superb composition. Kudos.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-13 14:26]

Hola Felipe y Cristina,
Una imagen perfecta, que demuestra el dominio total de la técnica: exposición perfecta, fondo bellísimo, enorme profundidad de campo, impresionante punto de vista...
¡Me gusta!
José M.

  • JORAPAVI Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 677 W: 0 N: 629] (4643)
  • [2007-08-13 15:01]

Hola Felipe y Cristina,
Excelente y muy didáctico trabajo, tanto técnica como micólogica, en la parte micólogica se aprecian los detalles que son fundamentales a la hora de la clasificación, como el espaciado, forma, color e inserción de láminas, sobre el pié se ve perfectamente la cortina manchada de herrumbre, típica del género Cortinarius, es un placer disfrutar de estas tomas tan claras y nítidas, gracias por compartirlas, saludos
José Ramón

Heelo Felipe and Cristina
Wonderful shot.Superb details and sharpness.
Perfect lighting.excellent notes and a great tip.

What an unusual POV, quite neat. Keep expecting to see a little gnome somewhere! :)
This is very well seen and executed, and your notes are very comprehensive - thank you... I will try this some day. Another good diffuser for a flash is sail cloth. One layer normally drops your flash by half to one stop.

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