Kathleen Townsend  

Morning Snack by Kathleen Townsend

September 2020 - Morning Snack

About the Image(s)

Nikon D3400
50mm lens with UV filter
20mm macro extension tube
Programmed automatic
F5.6 1/100s
ISO 400
No tripod

Hungry Snails on gills of fawn Mushroom
I took the photograph because I was excited to find these little guys munching out and wanted their micro world to be seen.
I used Photo Shop Elements 2020
to crop, resize and sharpen

13 comments posted

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Kathleen. You've captured a detail that I have never seen before. Good seeing and getting your camera and body into position. The snails and mushroom are sharp and well exposed. I do find the foreground and background to be distracting. The out of focus foreground should of been cleaned up before the exposure. I would of also cropped the left side to include the out of focus green leaf from top to bottom and made the image more vertical. No need to include that left part of the mushroom. Also erasing or cloning out the bug and crud from the mushroom will improve the presentation of your image.
Best regards
Bob   Posted: 09/04/2020 14:39:20

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Good morning, Kathleen!

First, and most important - your ability to search and "see" this particular subject - not an easy find - is wonderful!. I really enjoy getting down close and personal with nature...'see as the insects see'...but the shot has caveats.

1. I would like you to begin taking your camera off Program and use either the Aperture or Shutter Priority Mode: for nature and landscape AP Mode will be the correct decision. In this way, some of the "out of focus' concerns Bob Legg has mentioned can be better controlled: in fact, in AP Mode The User (you) are in control of Depth of Field (Dof) and thus a large degree of the "creativity" you have control over - (this is something that should have been discussed in any Landscape and Nature course you have taken).

2. Really, at this point, I feel after you begin taking more control over what Lens opening (or Aperture) some of the issues discussed here will be fixed.

I must also agree with Bob to DELETE the bug (or dust) on the snail - though I use this type of software and USE very carefully and sparingly. Feel free to reach back to me for continued discussion on the items I speak of today.

Admin DD-87 and DD-83 Mono   Posted: 09/06/2020 06:09:25

Kathleen Townsend   Kathleen Townsend
I am loving this great in put and I will try some of the post production ideas when I get time and repost thanks. Must have not taken good notes at my Nature class LOL   Posted: 09/06/2020 12:59:39

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Kat, first, welcome to the group.
I certainly agree with the compliments on seeing this photo op that I believe the vast majority of people would never see. And, of those who might have seen it, few would have dropped to it's level to capture this image.
I also agree with ditching the use of auto mode and moving to aperture and/or shutter priority. I'd suggest you go to aperture first. I also agree with the comments Bob and Lance made.
As a former user of PS Elements, I think this image is a good one for you to experiment with the Spot Healing Brush Tool. There's a lot of detritus, particularly on the mushroom and snails, that you can eliminate pretty easily with that tool.   Posted: 09/14/2020 10:35:30
Kathleen Townsend   Kathleen Townsend
Thanks for the encouragement and i am changing my settings to Aperture priority and will soon be able to use my newer used full frame camera. I look fwd to taking the time with my PS program to clean it up and crop it a bit.   Posted: 09/17/2020 12:50:16

Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Beauty! I don't do macro but it seems tempting. The DOF does not bother me so much as the snails are sharp and in focus as well as the area they are munching on. Cleaning up a few of the small black dirt would be easy with LR or PS. Great shot, love how crisp it is with the nice texture on the mushroom.   Posted: 09/17/2020 00:45:04
Kathleen Townsend   Kathleen Townsend
Stephan thanks , I was obsessed with mushrooms in Georgia this year and took shots of quite few different types. I always wondered what the marks were on the surfaces of so many and Now I know! Before they fully emerge the snails get to them. Then when they grow up this happens to some of them. Quite a buffet. This lens with the macro tube extension helped my Nikon 3400 beginner camera really capture something unique.   Posted: 09/17/2020 12:55:20
Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
I grew up in France and it was common for our family to go mushroom picking, I love wild mushrooms! You just have to get there before the snails:-).
  Posted: 09/17/2020 22:02:17
Kathleen Townsend   Kathleen Townsend
Mushrooms are so diverse and fascinating .. I found a patch of Chanterelles or two this summer and lived to tell the tale =-)   Posted: 09/19/2020 08:23:54

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Kathleen, welcome to our study group!

I really like the image and the fact that you could get down that low..and get up again! We had a mushroom expert in my club years ago and she was a great resource. The out of focus foreground bothers me. I tried blurring the entire background and didn't like the effect. I cropped it to remove most of the foreground. Removing the snails or "dirt" on this is ONLY ok if you are not competing in a nature competition. Nature, PJ and PT are all reality based Divisions and have specific
rules. I am more aware of this since I am involved in the PTD.   Posted: 09/18/2020 11:53:44
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Kathleen Townsend   Kathleen Townsend
Thanks Judy for the welcome and for your attention to my photo. I am still getting my skills with post production and have had a hard time sitting still LOL. Your edits have inspired me. I will be away from my PC for a few days outside camping and photographing . Again thanks   Posted: 09/19/2020 08:19:30

Karen Harris   Karen Harris
Very interesting shot. This is a realm that I have not ever photographed. I like Judy's crop of the bottom blurry part.   Posted: 09/18/2020 12:19:06
Kathleen Townsend   Kathleen Townsend
i agree... It really helped !   Posted: 09/19/2020 08:20:08


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