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A Pair of... by Connie Reinhart

November 2019 - A Pair of...

About the Image(s)

We were visiting the Seven Tubs area in Pennsylvania. It was a rather drab day, most of the leaves had fallen. But there were mushrooms galore! Their two little guys were cute. Taken with a Canon 5D Mark IV set at f/6.3, ISO 1600, at 1/100 sec. Processed in Topaz for cropping; setting black point in Basic; HSL Color Tuning for individual colors (masked out the mushroom caps because that color change didn’t look good there); blurred the image then masked out root and mushrooms; added a vignette. In PhotoShop added an adjustment layer to brighten (my monitor is very bright and dark images look great, but regular images look washed out.) Then added the stroke using a color in the image, resized and saved.

4 comments posted

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
I find these mushrooms to be so cute because of the way they're positioned. Fun composition. The frame is very complimentary. If this were my picture, I'd darken all the lighter areas in the background and a little bit on the left vertical log bark. I do that with most of my photos by using the adjustment brush in either Photoshop or Lightroom. I used to do it by burning and dodging with a Photoshop adjustment layer. It does wonders for emphasizing the main subject and driving the viewer's eye right to it. I do have Topaz but don't know if it has the same capability since I use it mostly for special effects.   Posted: 11/04/2019 19:20:35

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
Wow. Really like the detail in the mushrooms and root. The whiteness in the mushrooms really stands out from the background. It almost felt like it was a whole little world you found.   Posted: 11/06/2019 21:03:32

Kerstin Köneke   Kerstin Köneke
A very nice composition and you did good by blurring the background. But nevertheless I tried something out - take a look. The advice from Carole to darken the background included:   Posted: 11/08/2019 23:33:08
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Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Very interesting. Now it looks as though the mushrooms are growing on a root.   Posted: 11/10/2019 18:34:39


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