1.31.2013

Mushrooms in the Redwoods - A lesson in low light photography


My sister and I went to the Redwoods the other day to scope out some wedding locations for her. There were the most adorable assortment of mushrooms everywhere! And banana slugs! We stopped counting at 20. They're pretty gross actually. Good thing they're yellow, or they'd be really gross. 
It was a nice sunny day, but the forest was dense enough to make it quite dark, which posed a photography challenge for me. I have the least steady hands in the universe so I shot the majority of these at 1/250, f1.8 with a Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. For the more blurry ones I used a macro filter, thus the blurriness. That is something I really have to practice with. But I really love the way these look, even with the blurriness. Adobe Lightroom really came to the rescue enabling me to brighten them up. I highly recommend it and it's not even that expensive!


7 comments:

  1. Looking at these makes me want to go back for another SLOW hike!

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  2. Redwoods forest is incredibly beautiful place. I only hiked there once and was so mesmerized by the grandeur of the redwoods that, unfortunately, I didn't notice any tiny mushrooms down below. Although the slugs are impossible to miss, they're yellow!!!

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  3. Any advice for Nikon users? I am just now getting into more serious photography with my D50 and am always looking for resources!

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    1. I've never used a Nikon, but I have been planning a post about photography equipment and resources! I don't want to do a simple "here's what I use" post so I'm taking some time with it.

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  4. These are great; I actually like the blurry ones quite a bit, gives them a bit of mysteriousness. I just got a nifty fifty and am trying to learn the tricky manual focus at such a low aperture!

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    1. Yes! "nifty fifty" lol
      Doesn't it make you feel like an instant genius compared to standard lenses?!

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  5. Great shots! They remind me of my last autumn photoshoot in the woods here:
    http://taevalejuuksed.blogspot.com/2012/10/muumidega-metsas.html
    Check it out if you like:)

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