Jason Stewart  

Mushrooms by Jason Stewart

November 2021 - Mushrooms

About the Image(s)

I was looking for something different to photograph than my norm. I seen many examples of light painting with mushrooms and figured i would give it a try. These mushrooms did not have as much of a translucent skin as I had hoped for but i liked their grouping. By the time they were found my Litra torch's battery had died and i lit the top portion of the photo with my cell flashlight. there was some dirt on the mushroom caps that was edited out in photoshop.
Canon 5Diii with Tamron 90mm macro 1/160 sec. f/10 90mm ISO 2000

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8 comments posted

Cindy Bilinsky   Cindy Bilinsky
This is a great grouping of mushrooms. The overhead lighting helps to bring out the mushroom caps and highlight them as the focal point. Since mushrooms do not move much I might consider focus stacking with this image to get more depth of field out of this image. The out of focus green vegetation in the front is a little distracting. You could also play around with cropping a little of the foreground out.   Posted: 11/03/2021 11:09:12

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
You have created a quite powerful image of fungi. The soft light is really flattering. I also applaud the crop you chose as it compliments the subject and keeps attention centered where it should be.

There are several pieces of spider webs that really do not add anything of value to the image and you could easily spot them out. Don't forget to remove the horizontal piece in the center.

This is an excellent candidate for a focus stack. The amount of out of focus material in the foreground detracts from the fine art quality of the image. This subject will not move so the focus stack would be easy. Just be certain that after you take the focus stack series you take an extra final image with the background OUT OF FOCUS. You must take this separately because your camera will try to get the backgound in focus and so you will need to delete that image from your stack and and the out of focus background image it its place.

If you have Topaz Sharpen you might try running the image through that as well.   Posted: 11/05/2021 11:46:39

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Jason this is one of your best. I really enjoy the creativity of your light Painting. The composition of the Mushrooms is prefect. I do agree the foreground could be sharper. If not Focus Stacking then Maybe a higher f-stop would have helped. The spider web in the center of the image could be removed. The one on the right does not bother me as much because I know what it is and would expect it to be there. The one n the center I am not sure what is is. I still think it is a wonderful image.   Posted: 11/06/2021 08:45:55

Bud Ralston   Bud Ralston
Jason: Great subject and the lighting works well. My preference would have been for maybe a 16x9 crop to eliminate the OOF foreground and bring the sides in slightly. I agree with everyone - you did good!

  Posted: 11/06/2021 11:42:05

Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
Thank you all. I will definitely crop up and to the side. I have never done focus stacking before.   Posted: 11/10/2021 18:03:45

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Wow, the light painting worked really well for you. And the image captures the atmosphere of the dark forest floor. You might try warming up the image a bit - the lighting, although extremely well placed, looks a little artificial to me.   Posted: 11/18/2021 10:19:09

David Kepley   David Kepley
Jason, This is a great subject! I've been collecting mushroom shots for some time. You have to get on the groupd to do them justice, which is what you did! Great job! Several of the mushrooms are in focus, but others are not, so Larry's suggestion about focus stacking seems in order. I would also clone out the spider webs, as they do not add to the story. I'm also bothered by some black blotches in the background. Not sure where they came from, but I would clone them out in PS.   Posted: 11/22/2021 13:32:39
Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
I find that when i lower the quality of the image in photoshop to resize it for the group it really degrades the background in all my photos. Thats why most of what I present here has a lot of background blotches or waves. If there is another way to resize that wont have this problem im all ears! lol
  Posted: 11/25/2021 08:48:47