The loosest of holds

More birch bark…this time I think it was from a yellow birch, but I’m not sure. The forest floor enchants me…it’s messy and alive and complex. Normally my approach is to isolate a mushroom, but this time it was growing in a way that was too interesting - the bark, the bit of grass and the dying fern are all part of the magic of this little scene. Oh and I think the shroom is a hygrocybe cantharellus.

Specific Feedback Requested

Is it too much about the whole scene and not enough about the bark? The mushroom is pretty vivid…should I reduce the effect? I didn’t play with any of the color saturation or luminance for this.

Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
Lumix GH3
Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 @ 31mm (62mm equiv.)
f/4.5 | .4 sec | ISO 160

Lr processed for longitudinal crop, control of highlights & some brush work to emphasize the bark and the texture there. White balance adjustment. Ps to remove a distraction.


Kris, the mushroom dominates this fine forest floor scene both with it’s color and it’s position in the frame. The bits of fern leaf poking in from the right frame are a distraction. The stalk of grass in interesting and might be used well in a vertical alternative.

Chaos doesn’t work for everyone. Yeah the mushroom steals the scene from the bark. Good point about the grass, hadn’t thought of that.