Donald Dunn  

Bottoms Up by Donald Dunn

November 2020 - Bottoms Up

November 2020 - Donald Dunn


About the Image(s)

Date photo made: October 22, 2020
Location: Lorance Creek Natural Area, Arkansas

Camera: Sony a7Riii, tripod assisted
Lens: Tamron E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071
Lens length: 28 mm
Shutter speed: 1/200
Apperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100

Post Processing: Lightroom
Heavily cropped,decreased exposure; increased sharpening and luminance; and decreased post crop vignetting.

6 comments posted

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Very interesting interpretation of a mushroom! Probably one of the largest mushrooms I have ever seen, or is that just an illusion since you have it cropped tight? I like the way the backlighting highlights the underside of the mushroom. And how sharp and clear the image is overall. Nice macro of the shroom!   Posted: 11/09/2020 19:58:34

Jeffrey Pawlan   Jeffrey Pawlan
Do you have a photo of the top of the mushroom's cap or do you remember it well? Please use that and the gills to look up the scientific name of this.
  Posted: 11/12/2020 10:08:08

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Hi Donald.

I'm part of the Digital Discussion Management Team and just dropped by so see how the group is doing.

You have a lovely image but may I suggest you check the Guidelines at the top of the page. Your images seems to have been sized incorrectly resulting in such a small image that we cannot really appreciate it. If it were sized correctly we could enjoy it all the more. Just for fun you might check out Group 67, one of the members in that group posted a mushroom "family".

As for your image I feel your crop is not only creative but the square format removed any and all distractions and really gives the image a bit of pop. Using the gill as your subject shows aside of mushroom that is seldom seem and that adds to the overall impact of the image.

May I suggest that you provide just a bit more space on the right edge (you have plenty in your original) as the image feels a bit cramped on the right. And while you are at it, perhaps you could clone out those two black spots that are a bit distracting. Unless of course you are keeping them to serve as mushroom eyes. :-)

By the way, it is not required that you identify the species of mushroom. That sort of identification is not part of the DD Group guidelines. Nor is it required to identify a location of an image. Many photographers leave this sort of thing out to keep crowds of people from going to a location and ruining it.

  Posted: 11/13/2020 14:37:52
Donald Dunn   Donald Dunn
Larry, thank you so much for the comments. It really helps me to improve and is much appreciated. I will definitely make the suggested edits.

Perhaps I am not reading the guidelines correctly, and if so, please advise. The image forwarded was 541KB and 960X768 pixels (I checked file size on forwarded image). I thought 1 MB was the max as was 768 pixels (tall). Where did I go wrong? Please advise.

Again, thanks so much for the comments.   Posted: 11/13/2020 19:03:04
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
The reason your image appears so small is the your long side is only 960 pixels. It can be as long as 1400.

When I size my images I take the raw image place it in Photoshop then under image size I make the long side 1400 pixels. Then I go to file>save as and select jpg. Then I click OK and then under image options I check preview and then adjust the sliders until I get a file size under 1MB

Good Luck   Posted: 11/14/2020 09:02:09

David Henderson   David Henderson
The gills of the mushroom look amazing with them all being pin sharp, with the backlighting of the mushroom adding great contrast to the image. Just a couple of suggestion I would add in that maybe when you are cropping the image you could twist it slightly so that the stork enters from the bottom of the left hand corner so it can lead your eyes into the image. Also I would darken the highlights in the top of the image as they are drawing my eyes to them.   Posted: 11/21/2020 22:58:13


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