Murphy Hektner, APSA  


The Mushroom Family  by Murphy Hektner, APSA

November 2020 - The Mushroom Family

About the Image(s)



Nikon D700 plus
Nikon 105 macro lens on tripod
ISO 200
1 second
f/16
Photoflex soft-gold reflector
cloudy low light.

Maker's Aims and Comments:
Photographed this fall season in my wooded vacant lot next door.
The mushrooms were growing at the base of a moss cover tree. It was rather low light in the woods, so used a soft-gold reflector to add a little extra lumination to the mushroom grouping.
I do not use fill flash in this situation as the flash fills in all natural shadows, and then the end result is your subject appears very flat looking and unnatural.


This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted




Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Very nice. Well crafted image with good interest. The picture is a bit bi-sected and either side would make a good
image by itself. It does work well though.   Posted: 11/05/2020 18:20:29



Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Murphy
Very nice image. The lighting and colors work well. I like the added warmth on the mushrooms.
BarbarašŸ˜Š   Posted: 11/07/2020 08:19:38



Priscilla Farrell   Priscilla Farrell
Hi Murphy; Color, composition and clarity in this composition are strong points. Lighting as well. The contrasting colors of the tan mushrooms against their green background is a pleasing combination. I like the spaced composition of the two groups with the dominant group being on the right. If my image, I might consider removing the three small mushrooms between the groups to divide the groups even more. The sharp focus brings out the textures in the mushrooms. Lighting could not be better. The reflector is a great tool.   Posted: 11/14/2020 08:42:00
Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Priscilla: Thank you for your positive comments on 'The Mushroom Family'. A great suggestion removing those 3 small mushrooms to make two groups instead of one large group. Had not considered that.   Posted: 11/25/2020 19:03:53



Richard Story   Richard Story
MURPHY,
I LIKE MUSHROOMS IN THE WILD,,SO YOU GET HIGHER SCORE WITH ME..

THE COLORS DO WORK WELL AS BROUGHT OUT BY THE OTHERS.

AS FAR AS THE CLUSTER I THIMK THEY WORK JUST AS IT IS, THEY CREATE A LEADING DIAGONIAL LINE FROM THE LEFT TO THE RIGHT LEADING UP TO THE LARGER CLUSTER SEPERATING OR REMOVING OTHER SHROOMS WOULD TAKE AWAY FROM THAT LINE.

THE USE OF A REFLECTOR IS A GREAT TOOL, I KEEP A SMALL FOUR WAY IN MY VEST POCKET AT ALL TIMES.
THEY LOOK GOOD ENOUGH EAT!!

SIDE NOTE I DON'T THINK THOSE ARE EDIBLE (MAYBE IF YOUR A HIPPY TYPE, BUT WOULDN'T ADVISE TRYING THEM).   Posted: 11/25/2020 19:12:19