Of Mighty Oaks and Fungi

The last days have been filled with the sorting and editing of the photos taken in Sherwood Forest last week and the concomitant learning of how to handle Adobe programs (from Lightroom and Photoshop to InDesign and Illustrator). One of the (soon to be due) assignments of the MSc is to write and illustrate an article on the use of photographic techniques using the Sherwood photos.

For this article we had, amongst other things, experimented with different lighting techniques in macro photography whilst in Sherwood. The models on that day were mainly fungi. They are abundant in Nottinghamshire at the moment and they are inclined to hold still long enough in order to position the reflector, the flash and of course the camera, (which at the moment still takes a painfully long time and large amount of test photos). I found the use of flash in order to create a black backdrop for the subject particularly challenging. Especially as I tended to set my shutter speed too high, which resulted in me often actually photographing the camera shutter and not the subject.

Below some of the Sherwood photos – I’m happy to say that in the end not all of them actually show fungi.

Sherwood forest
Sherwood forest

Mycena galericulata -Common Bonnet
Mycena galericulata -Common Bonnet

Collybia butyracea - Butter Cap*
Collybia butyracea – Butter Cap*

Araneus diadematus - European garden spider*
Araneus diadematus – European garden spider*

Oak winter buds
Oak winter buds

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