Macro Moss And Mushroom On Tree At Hopeland Gardens In Aiken, SC

Tree Dwellers


Macro Moss and Mushroom on tree at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Tree Dwellers

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I discovered the interesting little scene in my Tree Dwellers piece growing on the side of a limb on one of the large, old trees in Hopeland Gardens.  I was actually searching for interesting looking moss when the tiny mushroom caught my eye.  It was so small that I wanted to get a better look at it through the macro rig lens, and, as soon as I did, I felt that it would make a very nice subject for a composition.  I positioned the mushroom so that the leftmost one third line, using the rule of thirds, nearly bisected it, and then vertically I brought it down a little bit below the center of the frame to keep it from being too neat and tidy.  Artistically I wanted the tiny leaves or blades on the moss to be as sharp as they could be across the entire frame, so I used focus stacking to increase the zone of sharpness.  The high level of detail allows tiny hairs and textures to be seen.



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Author: Steven Dillon

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