Yesterday on Sunday afternoon I went to visit a friend of mine who has a Christmas Trees land. Initially, I was planning to do a quick visit and then go to a country park nearby. As I wandering around his field I found lots of fungi down on the ground which I thought they were mushroom but apparently I was wrong. So I ended up searching for another fungi in his field instead of go the country park for shooting the trees and leaves for autumn photos.
Shooting trees and leaves in the autumn is my habit at the moment and now I’ve grown up my new habit that is shooting fungi or mushrooms. I read some article on internet that say autumn is an ideal time to see the fruiting bodies of them so this is become my new habit at the moment.
I couldn’t identify all the fungi that I saw in my friend’s land, only a few of them. But hope you all enjoy it!
Here they are:
Fly Agaric (Fly Amanita) Fungi
Honey Waxcap Fungi
By the way have you ever heard a joke says “why is the mushroom funny?”
I got this recipe from Delia Online called Cherry and Almond Crunchies. Since I don’t have dried cherries so I substituted it with dried cranberries and any other dried fruits. I’ve been making these cookies many times and have altered with my own ingredients as suggested in the recipe.
I’ve substituted the dried cherry with the cranberries and also with sultanas, raisins, apricots, and crystallized gingers. I added 60gr mixed of ground chestnuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds, linseed, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, and melon seeds) to every recipe that I made.
Also I’ve used half-half white self-raising flour and wholemeal self-raising flour.
Cranberries and Almond Crunchies
Raisins, Sultanas, Apricots, Ginger, and Almond Crunchies
The photo below was the photo that I submitted for the second New Picture Critique and you can read Otto’s comment as follow:
This is a photograph with a poignant ambiance. It radiates calmness, peace and tranquility. Compositional it’s quite simple with few elements. The sun has just set behind the horizon with a lone duck smoothly moving across a darkening pond. Its passage creates subtle waves which breaks the stillness of the water. The world is about to go to sleep. The colours in this image are intense and beautiful, and I really like the limited colour palette with only tones of various oranges and reddish. The duck is nicely placed in the golden triangle – or one third in from the left and bottom edges – which is a traditional compositional technique to create a more dynamic arrangement in a picture. In the background – the shoreline on the other side of the pond – we see a lush landscape of a deciduous forest which increases the rural and tranquil atmosphere. I would have loved to see the trees more clearly against the sky, as a sharp silhouette against a more intense and burning sky. As it is now the trees blend in a little with the sky. One way to achieve more separation is by locally increase the contrast and brighten the sky quite a bit. That will also bring out even more saturated colours in the sky. You have chosen to place the horizon high up in the image. I like that; it creates a vibrant and forceful baseline for the composition. Maybe you should have considered the opposite, though, placing the horizon equally low in the image instead. I don’t know how the sky looked like, but I think it might have been more interesting than the monotonous pond in the foreground. The colours in the pond are great, but it’s a big empty space. By moving the camera up, and maybe even lowering yourself and the camera’s position at the same time, you would also have the duck visually getting closer to the viewer by getting closer to the edge of the frame. Still it’s a beautiful picture, I really like.
My lesson learned:
I think the photo above is lack of dimension. Maybe that’s why Otto suggested me to move the camera up and lowering myself and the camera at the same time. But as far as I could remember I already lowered myself by laid my back on the rock nearby and instead of moving the camera up I did the opposite way. This is why now I’m practicing about moving the camera up or down when shooting landscape. I noted also about the contrast and composition.
Thank you very much for your constructive criticism, Otto. I really do appreciate it and hopefully I could improve myself.
Hmmm…that is a great idea to join this week theme of WPC: Escape! But I decided to chose monochrome to escape from colours.
So here my entry for this week theme:
Bear it in mind that I am in a learning process to understand about B&W photos. I’ll be back with another post of what I’ve learned so far. So any feedback or constructive comments are welcome. Thank you in advance. 🙂
This is my very first time joining Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. The reason why I join it for this week theme is because I’m currently forcing myself to shooting in Black and White photos as I’ve mentioned it on my early post here: Ongoing Project.
To me shooting in B&W mode is more complicated than the colour one.