Jeff Fleisher  

Mushroom by Jeff Fleisher

October 2020 - Mushroom

About the Image(s)

We have had a lot of rain this past month so the mushrooms are out and the leaves are turning colors so this provided a good combination for this image.

Continuing with my theme of closeup panorama I created this scene which is actually a stacked panorama. There are 6 locations across the scene with each containing a stack of 20 images for a total of 120 images. The camera settings were as follows: ISO 100, 1/100 sec at f/6.3. The final image was 14,857 x 3835 pixels with the size for each image of the group as 1024 x 513 pixel.

This image is still a work in progress. Each stack of 20 images were processed with Helicon Focus to create 6 stacked images. The 6 images were then combined into a panorama image using On1 Photo Raw. Basic tonal and contrast adjustments were made to the images and a vignette was applied to the final panorama. This was done so I could submit it for this month's group of images. I'm still working with the raw images in Helicon Focus because if you look close you can still see some halos. This is my first stacked panorama so it has been 'interesting' processing all of these images!

3 comments posted

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
I am enjoying the natural tableau this image provides and appreciate the amount of effort you expended to generate this shot. I will ask an obvious question though. Given that this is more of a close-up image rather than a macro image, was this level of effort required? I often get lost in the process of shot generation and at times spend more time stacking an image than might be required. The subjects (leaves, mushrooms and branch) appear to be large enough that with a small aperture (f/18 or higher) you might have sufficient depth-of-field to yield a series of sharp images to stitch together in your panorama. As provided, I do not get a sense of hyper-sharpness that might warrant the extra stacking effort. Perhaps you did try this though and thought that the individual unstitched images were not sharp enough for your liking. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.

Finally, the rate of focus drop off in the upper portion of the image appears a bit extreme or at least "out of place". In truth that was one of the first things that popped into my head when I first viewed the image. I have learned to pay attention to these first impressions, and to at least communicate what it was that first grabbed my attention.
  Posted: 10/05/2020 13:37:31

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
I like that you are showing us the old leaves which depict the beauty of aging and impermanence, contrasting the mushrooms, which remind me that life is not wasted. Like Charles, I am not convinced that it was necessary for you to put so much effort this particular image. However, I feel that you probably did so to increase your understanding of the process. To my eye, the falloff in sharpness helps to frame your subject.

However, I would like to see less brightness and saturation in the dominant green, and the bright areas on the fallen limb keep drawing my eye away from the leaves and mushrooms.

  Posted: 10/06/2020 16:57:14

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Thank you for sharing the rich colors and textures of a fall scene. The diagonal line of the leaf helps as leading line to draw our eyes into the picture. The lines of the texture of the leaves and tree trunks contrast with the round mushrooms and dots on top . The drop in focus at the top is a good way to show depth of field although I am expecting more of a drop in height in the background to achieve the result.
One question I always ask myself is : where do I want my viewers to look at first = what is my focus ?
If this were my image I would include more from the left so that the 2 mushrooms are about the same distance from the edge.
Like the green dots left in the red leaf. Nature is beautiful in all stages. It is the viewers who need to learn to appreciate them...
.and this is what photography has shown me.   Posted: 10/26/2020 12:15:02


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