It’s the time of year when I traditionally use my photography to help local schools to achieve their targets. The dragonflies and butterflies are starting to hide away for another year, so I am turning my macro lens towards the ground in search of photogenic fungus. Luckily, Southampton Common has lots of wooded areas for me to scramble through in my quest for all things mushroom. This generally requires me to wander along muddy tracks and duck under low branches, seeking out that magical... continue reading
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I believe we can all agree that the Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria) is, by far, the most recognizable mushroom in the world. It is the Poster-boy for trouble, the Icon for poisonous mushrooms.However, not many people know that it's widely consumed throughout the northern hemisphere, especially in northern Europe and Asia. A simple 30 minute parboiling turns this unmistakable red warning sign into a delicious food.So why is it that a perfectly edible mushroom is the cover face for the bad... continue reading
Many of us love to pick our own food. Some of us even grow it. I moved to Finland recently and one of the country's rule made me very happy: One can pick whatever berry or edible mushroom from any forest they wish. They call this “Every man’s right” and it means that one can walk freely in the forest (no matter who owns it).I love walking in the forest. I love the sound of the wind, the trees voices howling, the rays of sun passing through the trees, coloring everything in gold.... continue reading
Hi! Today I want to say a few words about tinder.Tinder is a fungus that grows on the trunks of trees. Tinder increase for a long time, the duration of the increase can reach 30 years. The germination of the fungus has the form of a bracket which has a size between 10 to 30 cm and a thickness of up to 20 cm. Neolithic period, was used to ignite tinder fire. In the middle ages it was boiled and then soaked crust cleaned with a solution of ammonium nitrate or urine and dried. Such prepared, it was... continue reading
Did you know summer end today? That's right, it's autumn now. But guess what, autumn is a mushroom season in many areas. I don't eat mushrooms, but I can help others to pick them and of course these are great object to photograph too.So, I'd like to show you some of what I've captured during previous mushroom seasons. Firstly, here are some of my favourite mushrooms - fly-agarics of course. These are so beautiful and colorful mushrooms.Next, i've found one pretty interesting,... continue reading
Today I sold a photograph of three puffball mushrooms. (Thank you buyer!) The reason I took this pictures was that they looked like very strange objects in the middle of a green landscape.I passed them while riding on my bike and immediately stopped to have a better look.The puffball is really a giant mushroom. It can reach a cutting edge of 50 cm. They come forward after a long dry and warm period. They look beautiful and, if fresh, they can be eaten. It seems that people already ate them in... continue reading
Wow. I love when I make something new, here on dreamstime.A year ago I put my first illustration online, I was very happy because got accepted. I was very new at this and I'm still very new.Now my first photo got accepted, that is awesome . After some rejections, there it is, a mushroom is up.That is the start of a new learning curve in my life, photography.I wish I could share the happiness, is lke my first sale, or my first assignment file accepted.I want to thank you for this achievement,... continue reading
The golden Autumn is not far and you can make a little walk in the forest and find some early mushrooms even today.You should not forget to take with you your little pocketknife and little bucket to pick some mushrooms.You can make some cool photos or just pick mushrooms and make a good tasty mushroom sauce - the choice is yours :)One more thing! While in the forest take extra care... continue reading
Shooting a concert outdoor with plenty of light is relatively simple. Shooting a concert indoor, NOT in the press pit and surrounded by horde of dancers is not as easy. Things get more complicated if you are dancing while shooting, which put my Alpha's sensor stabilizer under exteme pressure.But how much fun. This was my first time and I went through a steep learning curve, not sure I could have pulled any shot in almost complete darkness and with the poor ISO performance of my entry level DSLR.... continue reading
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