As posted two weeks ago, I wanted to shoot some mushrooms this autumn. I don’t do a lot of macro stuff, but after reading some articles about using artificial light in nature photography (and macro in particular) I got excited. So here it is: the first time I ever used a flash in a natural environment. And the results make me want to do more!
Most technical information is stored in the EXIF data (of the full size version), except for the flash. I used an off-camera speedlight (Canon 430EX II) at 1/16th strength, manually fired, with Full CTO filter. There’s a blank sheet of (A4) paper between flash and mushroom acting as a softbox. After partial white balance correction, the mushroom retains some extra warmth while the background turns cold blue.
Another image from the same area, the Schoorlse Duinen in the Netherlands. You’ll be seing a lot more from this place simply because it’s close to home. Landscape photographers tend to think about travelling the world, ticking off their bucket list of locations like Horse Shoe Bend, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Cinque Terre, etc. But the truth is you can never compete with a local who is able to visit that place every day. So I prefer sticking to sites close to my home that I can visit every day and where my photographs can make a difference.
Anyway, back to the actual image. In dunescapes, the landscape is constantly changing. Sand flows through the area much like water does, including the waves. But at a much slower pace, ofcourse. In this image you can see the effect of those waves on the landscape. The pine tree gets engulfed in a wave of about 4 meters (13 feet) high.
So, here’s my first real post on the new site. Let’s start off with the most recent image, shot 9th of October 2018. That evening I was actually looking for mushrooms to do some macro photography. Apparently I was too early though; mushrooms were very hard to find. So when the sun was about to set I switched to plan B, and when silhouette-hunting.