fish-eye and tele walk -- lawns, lichens, and surprising mushrooms

in GEMS7 months ago (edited)

Yesterday's walk in the park was fruitful and brought some unexpected results. What is a good thing with photography, you never know what you will meet. For the first time since, god knows how many months, I swept dust from my tripod and -- the idea was, to make a macro session with lichens, using tripod and natural sun light -- and I had in mind the focus stacking afterwards. The funny (or maybe sad?) part is: I didnt even unholstered the tripod, heh... The hand job I do like better..

In a shady part of the park, under the dry leaves, I discovered there appeared some fresh tiny little mushrooms (more then 3... I think there were two dozens, but I didnt count) -- same as in @bambuka's post. I didnt find them too foto-friendly, the light was poor, so I postponed them - and later found myself out of the film (i.e. room on my CF), so maybe I will portrait them next time. I was after lichens, after all.

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(You cant see their brown caps between the dead leaves, but they are there. I will take care of you the other day).

This park is not formally 'a park' (otherwise it would have been prohibited for entering, like my local Victory Park is). Just an empty lawn territory with a lot of trees with a huge pond in the middle of it, with a few alleys crossing location chaotically.

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So, dozens of parents with children, jogging lovers, dogs masters, bird watchers, duck feeders, cyclists etc etc fill its alleys fearlessly (i.e. not scared being taking by the police forces for prohibiting municipal authorities orders -- keep off the parks, sporting places and playgrounds -- happily, this place formally is not one of them!).

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Sufficient part of this area has grown with apple trees that went wild -- probably once it was an orchard but now its not. It was exactly where I was heading, cause the apple trees' branches occure to be very lichen-friendly (and fungi-friendly too, tho I didnt witness it myself... yet).

But I didnt go there straightly, not before I walked around myself and took some landscape pics, to have a pleasure of sharing these spring impressions with you.

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This contra-light photo, and all the rest landscape non-macros, were captured with Zenitar 16mm -- my cheap artsy wide-angle substitute. It is a soviet manual fish-eye lens, which is rather hard to operate, but I always getting so much fun out of it. (Probably it would be a good idea to use something more reliable / predictable for a pro, commercial photoshoot session). But, I should note, this lens doing the contra-light job very well, considering it is a fish-eye and has almost a symbolic blend.

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A young poplar growing from the roots of an old one -- with a punch of x-processing effect.

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Very dull bokeh -- probably, Mr Helios would do this job better then my Sigma tele. Nevertheless, these are apple trees preparing to bloom, and they are charming, with or without bokeh.

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Mushrooms

And on a broken apple tree trunk I discovered... fungi!
Intresting colony of a hairy Polypora mushrooms, crunchy woodened survivors (I guess they finished growing last autumn).

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This is the said trunk. I took a few shots with fish-eye, and then swapped lenses to the macro. I also took one wilted mushroom home, to take a capture with more decent lighting.

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I think, I have to come back to that trunk, to make a series of pictures for a good focus-stacking job, I like this hairy little fella so much!


Lichens

Focus stacking of images will take enormous time, but let me share a few pictures in advance, without editing. After all, this is what I was after, this is what I lured you with, in the title :P

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Those lichens look really awesome!
And I like the roots on the giant tree too.

thank you! well, these roots are effective without any my efforts on any day, even with bad weather :)) lichens, I hope, is my "job done", seems I did something good to them. more be posted in a while!

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Вот смотрю на фото с рыбьего глаза, да думаю - надо мне такой, или нет.)) Мечта давно уже такая есть, только не осуществится никак... Особенно эффектно фото с ним получаются в помещениях, ИМХО.)))

А для мхов я бы купил комплект макроколец дешовских.) можно даже китайских.) Правда будет мучение с фокусом, но оно того стоит.)))

Вот эта фоточка больше всего понравилась.)

хе, забавно. спасибо за оценку, это всегда любопытно и важно.
конкретно данное фото с корнями, вообще с меня никаких усилий не потребовало. у пруда таких деревцов штук 12-ть, я просто обошел, общелкал каждое и усё. даже не редактировал никапельки.

у меня было еще неск.сессий с ним - в него влюбляешься просто. он легкий, маленький, прикольный, "расширяет творческие возможности", да так что мне даже не хочется его снимать, когда одет. у меня есть кеноновский 16-35L, который я бог знает сколько лет хотел. почти одновременно оба и приобрел. знаешь, я понимаю что лишних денег никогда нет, но вот он - стоит чтобы если не иметь, то хоть у знакомых брать поюзать... я бэу брал за 4500. вот, можно какой нить с царапиной на просветлении, еще подешевле урвать. и он точно лучше пеленга.

в помещениях... фигня в том что он резкость хорошую выдает на 11-16, я меньше 11 даже и не ставлю теперь. соответственно, в помешении - уже темновато выходит. выставку новогодних товаров с ним фоткал в декабре, чтобы рбеспечить масштабы явления. в общем был пздец какой свет и... короче я не знаю, насколько я согласен с твоим утверждением. но, когда места нету, а нужен масштаб - да, вариантов-то не так уж и много. приходится крутиться. я всячески тебе советую эту мечту с какогонить гонорара реализовать.

Когда нибудь это случится.))

В темных помещениях я стараюсь со штатива снимать - опять же с ручным фокусом проще резкость навести. Вообще, все советские стекла для неспешной съемки в удовольствие.) ради интереса пробовал раз репортаж снимать с Юпитером 21 - ну из 10 кадров 1 более менее.)) А вот всякие цветочки мхи бабочки жуки камушки листики - прям в самый раз.))

It seems to me that such a plane is in every post-Soviet city)

haha, maybe so! at least this is a good example of old junk new life way.