Nature Study Group #1: Mike Walker
Title: Fungi in the Pine Forest
Goal: This image is from one of my lunchtime walks looking for fungi in the local nature reserve close to where I used to work
Source: Canon 5D, Sigma 150 macro on a tripod with cable release, ISO 50, 0.8 sec and f6.3.
Technique: Wait for a cloudy day for diffused light and walk around the tracks looking for fungi under the pine trees
Processing: Imported into LR4 as DNG then saved as jpg
Study Group 1 Comments and Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)
Posted by mariak on Jun 6th, 2013I think here the nature story is well said; How big and small mushrooms grow together and environment is well seen .
Diffused light allows to see details and dof is just right . To me mushrooms could benefit from a bit more sharpness or tonal contrast. I like angle from which you look at the subjects.
N 3/ T 2/ P 3 T8
Posted by gautamb on Jun 12th, 2013It is a very good rendition of the fungi. I am not sure on this, but believe the focus could have been sharper. For the composition, I would prefer the fungi to be placed slightly more to the left of the frame.
N=2, T=2, P=2, T=6
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I live in Lima, Peru, having retired from my job and moved here in April 2013. I have used a lot of different equipment from 5 x 4 plate cameras to 16mm Minnox and most sizes in between. I used to process and print black and white, however, now I am fully digital using a 5D Mk2 with Sigma 150 macro and EF 85 1.8, 17-40, 24-105 f4 lenses, various extenders and extension tubes and flash. I always shoot RAW and 95% of the processing is done in Lightroom 4 with PS6 for resizing and saving for web. I took my first picture when I was 5 years old and now I am retired, I think it is about time I learnt how to take a decent picture! I have had a little success in competitions and exhibitions, however I seem to have many more that didn't quite make it. I joined PSA in October 2011 to learn. I have completed the Image Evaluation course and am looking forward to the group's comments and critiques, and taking more courses.