Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Beneath the Forest Floor
SmugMug Daily Link
Yesterday on my way into my office building, I spotted these huge mushrooms along the forested walkway. In NC, we have a lot of trees nearly everywhere...a mix of oaks, maples, sweetgums, tulip poplars, and loblolly pines to name a few. I remember in years past large mushrooms popping up in this forest, and I knew right away that I wanted to a picture. I wouldn't say that we've had a lot of rain in the last month in inches, but we've had a lot of overcast days where we had at least a brief shower. There be fungus amongus everywhere:-)
The daily shot is converted to B&W and contrast adjusted. Below, I used a combination of the plaster and bass relief filters and a gradient map. I wish a tad more mushroom fan detail remained in the shot. I redid it several times, and this was the best I could do.
The shot below is a cropped pretty good. I loved the impressionistic forest canopy view. I wish I'd realized how pretty it was, and after close focusing on the mushroom I would have taken several shots without the mushroom in them at all. I just love those blues and greens.