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Old Oct 20, 2006, 6:00 AM   #1
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A short trip to the dark woods.
This is a good opportunity for some studies with natural and flash light.
FZ5, no additional lenses needed

This is natural light, camera lying on the ground


There was sun light, but slightly out of track.
A golden reflector helped in this case
This is a selfmade part - ingredients:
- foldable sun shade for car windows
- the cloth is covered/replaced by silver/golden foil on both sides
(this foil is a part of the rescue pack in all cars here)


Low light alarm!
A first test: indirect onboard flash - bounce card.
The object is isolated. This looks like a night shot.


Second test: natural light - tripod


A combination: natural light with the assistance of the bounced flash


This "lamp" did not need any help - natural light again, tripod


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these pictures and some leftovers:
http://people.freenet.de/seemolf/funghiLight.html
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Old Oct 20, 2006, 8:04 AM   #2
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Very enjoyable study in light. ) The last mushroom is quite interesting. I have never seen one so glossy.
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Old Oct 20, 2006, 8:08 AM   #3
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Very nice pics Seemolf.

How do you call the second one (macrolepiota pr.) in German ?
It is "mazza di tamburo" (drum stick) in Italian.

I was in search of funghi some weeks ago and only took some quick shoots you ve already seen.
It's true, that one has to study light and situation before composing. I also use a (not big) reflector made with a paper on which silver kitchen-paper is glued.

I generally like natural light more than artificial one, but In the penultimate shot the flash made a better job eliminating the slender bluish-cast of the previous nat. light one.


First and last my favourite ones here, but also the second one of the leftovers and obviously your old fly agaric (amanita muscaria)
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Old Oct 20, 2006, 8:13 AM   #4
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btw...I often go you to your webpage where you discuss light and the FZ5 to remind myself what is possible. I am still learning and hope to really clarify this in the coming months. When I go out to shoot I usually have my 3 yr old with me and it is not possible to "reflect" like I would like to and I am unlearned enough to not just know what to do in each situation. Practice, practice...but it can be hard with a little one with you. :G
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Old Oct 20, 2006, 9:31 AM   #5
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those are super shots and I like the lighting...gives a new perspective on our funghi friends!!!
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Old Oct 20, 2006, 9:44 AM   #6
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Sven,

All good shot with good info to back them up. I believe I like the third one best with the dark isolated look.
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Old Oct 20, 2006, 9:53 AM   #7
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Sven, uh whats the deal with the first one? It appears gigantic! What seem to be ferns must not be and its throwing my ability to judge its size.
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Always a joy to see your work Sven. All of your shots are excellent and the comparisons are great. I love the effects on#3. It's not as detailed but it's a beautiful photograph.

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Old Oct 20, 2006, 11:05 AM   #9
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Very interesting workand informative Sven.I love the combination of natural light and bounced flash (picture #5). I am a proponent of natural light, but in cases as you have exhibited bounce flash is warranted.

Thanks for sharing.

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Experiment is the mother of innovation. Good effort and good results too.
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