08.23.2018 Here you go, Andrew…a waterfall and a mushroom

This past Sunday I visited Bear’s Den to see how the waterfall was doing.  It was doing very well.  Lots and lots of water.  (I posted a tannin colored cascade from here the other day)

And there was also an Amanita muscaria.

In case you are wondering, yesterday (or this morning depending on your time zone) Andrew suggested I return to shoot some mushrooms but, as he said, alas, no waterfall.  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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17 Responses to 08.23.2018 Here you go, Andrew…a waterfall and a mushroom

  1. A real beauty this morning. Well done. I’ve always meant to ask … how do you keep the highlights off the cascades? Do you use a polarizer in this instance? Also … I never found the ‘surprise’ in your last contribution – and no one commented on its whereabouts.

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    • I focus on the brightest part of the cascade/waterfall for my exposure. That usually keeps it from blowing out. If the rest of the image is too dark I will then lengthen the exposure until it does blow out. Sometimes in extreme conditions I blend exposures but not too often. I really should be more scientific and carry my spot meter with me.
      In the title…Fungaretum as in arboretum.

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      • OK … I was looking for something in the image itself! I wonder, in this day-and-age of Adobe, whether spot metering (or plain-old-exposure) is really much help. Once can always correct for exposure. But … one can’t always regain detail lost in an area blown out by too much light.

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      • Yeah, putting it at the end may have been misleading…plus maybe not all that clever.
        Losing it all in a blow out is one way spot metering can help, but one can spot meter in camera. That’s why I don’t carry my old Sekonic.


  2. Andrew says:

    Those are superb Steve. The mushroom is especially fine. Thanks for sharing these gems. I suspect your sense of exposure is sufficiently well honed not to need an exposure meter. I missed the Fungaretum too!

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  3. And the whirlpool at the left of the first photograph could almost pass for the cap of a mushroom.

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  4. The waterfall is lovely, but that mushroom!!! Love it!! I’ve never seen one like that one. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Beautiful find with the mossy boulder as added scenery. Love this one and also the eddy or whirling of the water to the (readers) left.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    The swirl looks like a rose that’s dropped into the water and is floating downstream. I like the correspondence between the mushroom’s cap and its base. Turned 90 degrees, it could evoke any number of things: a paperweight, a knife rest, a hand weight…

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    • It does have a nice definition to it. In real time it was like a bunch of puffy clouds floating around in an atmospheric eddy.
      What was immediately interesting to me about the mushroom was that the volva (the base) is completely above the ground where it usually is at least partially in the ground or entirely within a layer of duff. About the only part of the fungal “flower” not visible is the web of mycelia.

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  7. bluebrightly says:

    Wow, that Amanita was at the peak of perfection, and how cool that you were able to show the entire mushroom so well. Gorgeous! And the whirlpool by that waterfall is impressive too!.

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