South Downs Fungi

October 30, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

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And now for something completely different! I recently aquired a Sigma 28-80 zoom with a macro function at 80mm. This was a pretty good bargain at £42 on ebay and a cheap way to try out Macro.

This shot was taken on Tuesday 29th October a rare sunny skies day in recent weather. I headed up to some woods on the South Downs to try some macro on fungi

The picture was taken using a mini tripod with a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 lens at 80 mm. I used one RAW image to create 2 extra exposures for a false HDR. The images were opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs. 


The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix 5 Beta using detail enhancer settings with manual adjustments.


The tonemapped tiff file was first opened in Camera Raw using the Open as command in Photoshop. Extra exposure was then added to the main fungi only to make this really stand out from the background.

Topaz Adjust was used on a duplicate layer with a layer mask to bring in more detail on the main fungi only.

General adjustments in levels to lighten a little with a layer mask and brush used to exclude highlights.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

Second duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius using Unsharp mask (Clarity Effect) The settings were 38 amount and 38 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

The healing tool and clone tool were used to remove the distracting fungi from the right of the picture.


Below are the Before and After images. First the original. Then the tonemapped image and then the final result.

Original at 0EV

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Tonemapped image

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Final Image

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Edwin Jones


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