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Glowing In The Dark

Glowing In The Dark
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Copyright: Laszlo Kaposvari (Hormon_Manyer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-15
Categories: Fungi
Camera: HP PhotoSmart R607
Exposure: f/4.3
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Fungi of Hungary [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-20 8:30
Viewed: 4677
Points: 28
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A few days ago my great Friend Steve Reekie (Lord Potty) uploaded a wonderful fungi night shot. I feel I'd like to experiment with the very same - although the 2 shots are different from each other.

On my last trip a couple of days ago I photographed 15 fungi species. Here's one of them: Bolbitius vitellinus, which is quite common here these months, and by my opinion a very photogenic specie when young. As You can see, this group was growing just on the roadside!

Usually I don't like photographing mushrooms with flash, but this time I felt it worth a try. Shot was taken late afternoon, and all my pics in flash off mode became full of blown out patches on the sky. Except for one, which I upload as workshop - You can decide which version is the better (although I didn't post-process the WS photo at all except for re-sizing). Camera settings before shot: full auto mode except for manual white balance.

I dedicate this image to Steve (Lord Potty), with the hope he will have good luck with his just-bought new macro lens.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-20 9:20]

Hi Laszlo,no need read the name to understand who take this pic..ehehhe...your style is beautifull,i like a lot as you know,just my best compliments for this other great artwork,have a nice week end,Luciano

Hello Laszlo,
good use of flash to brings out the clarity of the mushrooms with a good low pov!
the image is sharp with good colour and details
well done

Splendida scelta per la composizione l'utilizzo della luce flash per il primo piano e la sottoesposizione dello sfondo che crea una bella atmosfera, ottimo POV, molto buona la nitidezza, molto belli i colori. Mi piace molto anche l'immagine in WS per l'ottima presentazione del fungo, molto valida anche sul piano della documentazione. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-20 12:38]

Hello Lásló
How beautiful these little mushrooms with that shape and the yellow color! I like a lot this shot with such fantastic perspective and the use of flash making the fungi stand out so well. The trees on the oposite add also a beautiful touch to the composition. Nevertheless I like even more the shot in the workshop. There you can see perfectly the shape and textures of the mushrooms, and the POV, colors and composition are wonderful too.
Really I applaude both.
Thank you very much for sharing, dear friend.

I would choose this composition, but I would choose the WS photo, because of the light. While this one is a bit too hard for my personal taste, in the WS the atmosphere is wonderful.
But this perfect forest in the BG definately makes me chose the original version.
Only a question... why full auto mode? In the WS I feel a wider DOF would be nice.
Regards, Felipe.

Hi Laszlo,
Thank you for this wonderful dedication.
These loook very similar to the 'new' fungi I thought I had discovered the other day.
(Clive seems to think it is most likely a Hygrocybe striatolutea though).
Felipe has a good point abouyt the brightness.
In his post Looking Up a while ago, he gives very good detailed instructions on the best method for photographing fungi with flash. Using his method you could have got much closer withough it getting too bright.
This is a beautiful scene though.
Thank you very much.
ps ... I didn't buy the lens.Joe sent it to me for free.Now,I'm just trying to work out how I can fit it to my camera.

Hi Laszlo,
Quite a different look with flash and late evening BG light..
Nice details, glow in the dark colors :) and an interesting overall comp.
Thank you,

Hi Laszlo,
A fine capture of these interesting mushrooms with fine lighting and colours. Also a nice composition my friend.
TFS. Have a nice weekend!


You really "know" about this subject.
Mario with friendly greeings.

Dear Laszlo ,
This is nice too.
They are a family.
Nice light and beautiful colours.
My best wishes

Dear Laszlo,
Beautiful yellow colored fungi. Excellent POV.TFS.

Hello László. Beautiful yellow in pleasant glow. Stunning perspective captured in good depth. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

Hi Laszlo

I have to say that I prefer the workshop version which shows more detail and natural colour in my opinion. Good sharpness and composition.


Szia Laci!
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