Jacob Wat  

Mushrooms by Jacob Wat

October 2019 - Mushrooms

About the Image(s)

I titled the photo mushrooms. The photo was taken in the early morning around 8-9 am and was taken using a iPhone 6s. The photo was taken while taking advantage of the iPhone's automatic focusing. The photo was unedited but I have future goals to edit it but input would be great.

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9 comments posted

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Please join me in welcoming Jacob to our group.

Jacob, I like the angle that you took this and the fact that you got down low. The background is nicely blurred, as is the receding line of mushrooms. My only suggestion is to get down even lower or a little further away to capture the base of the front mushroom.   Posted: 10/02/2019 16:31:14

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Jacob,
Welcome to this group.
Nice work... and with an iPhone! Wow!
Nice fading of the focus with this row of mushrooms. Nice guiding line. One of the way to increase the depth of field would be to focus on the second mushroom instead of the front one. Focussing at approximately 1/3 of the distance between the foreground and the background is the best way to maximize this factor (especially when you do not really have control on the f stop!).
An other technical point: when possible try to provide a complete separation of the elements. For example, moving your camera to the right could have help keeping the 2 first mushrooms separated.
Nice.   Posted: 10/06/2019 12:51:24

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Welcome to the group Jacob. My wife and I did spend a year in the north of your country and it was a highlight of our life. I Phones are coming all the rage. I attended Australian photographic conference last year and one of the presenters claimed that in a few years most people will be using I Phones instead of the lumpy cameras we use today. They are developing so rapidly. Great shot but I thought that I Phones had a facility to multi focus (if that is the right word). Maybe you can enlighten me. Good to have you in the group.   Posted: 10/06/2019 17:40:23

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Hi Jacob,
There are some very good photographers in this group, so I am sure you'll get lots of good suggestions. Do you have another camera besides the IPhone?   Posted: 10/06/2019 18:24:45
Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
Hi Dean,
The camera I do own an old camera, it is a lumix camera from I think six years ago. I have been saving for a better camera but got overwhelmed by all of the brand options.   Posted: 10/11/2019 13:10:28
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther

There are many camera options out there and the technology and models keep changing. If you need help thinking that through, I can help. The main thing is to get out there and keep taking pictures. A six-year old camera will work just fine. My main camera is about three years old and I don't plan on replacing it anytime soon.   Posted: 10/11/2019 14:59:47
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Jacob,
I agree with Dean. The art of photography including composition, angle of view, cropping, etc, etc, is far more important that the equipment used to create the image. The small cameras, by having very high f/stops frequently allow significant depth of field. The ability to change the f/stop and shutter speed are part of this creative process that I have difficulty to grasp with the iPhone.
The creation of the image is primordial. The equipment to capture it is secondary.
Nice work.   Posted: 10/19/2019 08:49:56

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Jacob, I'm in Fort Wayne, a couple of hours from you! But heading to Florida for six months, but maybe we can shoot together in the Spring.

If you are going to be using the iPhone, you'll find that Snap Seed is a free app to post-process and crop. It's really easy to use and you can google its many features.

Lots of great comments above, which I agree with.
I think it would look better with the grass darkened gently so that the mushrooms stand out more. The mushrooms seem to be centered, and I'd be tempted to crop a bit off from the right to make the composition have a bit more energy.

Glad to have you!
  Posted: 10/08/2019 19:54:22

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Welcome to our group Jacob. Good work with the iPhone. I would suggest trying some work with a camera to have more control with the image.

I agree with everything that has been said, lots of good suggestions. Your mushroom in the foreground is nice and detailed and sharp. a bit of cropping down from the top might be helpful. Also, frequently greens are an overpowering color in an image. It is sometimes helpful to reduce the saturation of the yellows and cyans in the greens.   Posted: 10/12/2019 14:41:12