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292/365: "Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." ~ Rachel Carson

292/365: "Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life."  ~ Rachel Carson
2 more pictures in notes above! :)

About a week ago, I discovered some special mushrooms growing down by the road where I saw them last year. Because I know that these ones live for weeks, I didn't rush to take pictures, and instead waited for the right time. Well, today was the day! Steve had the camera on a photo shoot until this afternoon, which meant the sun was in the perfect placement for these mushrooms. In the morning the area is in deep shadow and only when the sun begins to dip towards the horizon does the light look just right for this area of the property.

I took Moosie and Zoe with me and as I approached the spot, I noticed that there were other mushrooms too! Taking one look at the large, gorgeous mushrooms, I immediately plopped down and groomed the area for taking pictures while Moosie and Zoe had fun nosing around and exploring nearby. When I got home, I was very happy to find that there were many nice images to choose between, but in the end, I ended up merging two pictures: one with an aperture of 2.8 for a soft background, and one with an aperture of 16 for deep focus on this mushroom, which was about 6" tall! I used a Topaz filter called ReMask to get a clean mask around the mushroom and then placed it into the image with the 2.8 aperture. A bit of massaging to remove bits of the original mushroom, a bit more massaging to work the crisp mushroom into place, and voila! Picture of the Day! :) (If you are interested, Topaz Labs has a 30 day free trial for all of their products, including ReMask: www.topazlabs.com/downloads

Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Wikipedia: Rachel Carson

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Gabriella Siglinde, Chris10, Anne Moilanen, and 32 other people have particularly liked this photo

20 comments - The latest ones
 Julien Rappaport
Julien Rappaport club
Bien photographié
8 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
This is superb !
8 years ago.
 Elizabeth Roberts
Elizabeth Roberts
Well this is beautiful, lovely focus and depth of field
Have a lovely Sunday my friend.
8 years ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
8 years ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
An appealing shot!
8 years ago.
 Mike (Bogger3)
Mike (Bogger3)
Beautiful capture Janet, looks like a little thatched cottage Lol ;-)
8 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Exceptional mushroom!
8 years ago.
 Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Great worm's eye view here, Janet, and some great processing work too. Makes for a lovely image.
Enjoy your Sunday.
8 years ago.
belle saisie
8 years ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
so adorable mushroom, superb macro and DOF !
8 years ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Fantastic capture.
8 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
With all the trimming and flattening etc., and putting together the composite, there is an amazing amount of work gone into making this photo..................BUT BOY WAS IT WORTH IT! I particularly like your attention to small details, such as getting some light under the umbrella of the mushroom, it makes such a difference.
8 years ago.
 Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon
it's a beauty!
8 years ago.
 Eric Marchand
Eric Marchand
Excellente macro !
8 years ago.
Magnificent work again!

Thanks for adding your high quality picture on Nature Fine Pictures Gallery
Nature Fine Pictures Gallery
Nature fine pictures gallery
8 years ago.
 Ken Dies
Ken Dies
Indeed a professional mushroom photo. Your best mushroom photo I have seen so far. Cheers!!!!
8 years ago.
Annemarie club
this is beautiful Janet!
8 years ago.
 Willard Joudrey
Willard Joudrey
it's gorgeous Janet, enjoyed your writeup, beautiful colour
8 years ago.
 Chantal HILLENVECK dite Chalâme
Grandeur... d'âme de la forêt !!!
8 years ago.
Chris10 club
Really wonderful mushroom picture Janet.

Hope you are fine... Greetz, Christien.
4 years ago.

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