November 9, 2010

Revisit to JD’s Garden

Barry Armer and I were talking about having problems finding inspiration.  Barry indicated that when he got a photographer’s block, he would go to Kemah to solve the problem.
I like Kemah, but do not always find something that really makes me stand-up and take notice like walking around JD’s garden.  There always seems to be something that I find interesting and most of the time they present some technical problem to photograph.
Such was the case the other day when I discovered this patch of mushrooms.  I liked the color and the texture and that is what I tried to capture.
Camera settings:  Nikon D3, Nikon 105mm f/2.8 shot at ISO 800, f/22 and 1/30th of a second on a tripod.
Post Processing:  
Lightroom—Set black and white points, increased mid-tone contrast and changed saturation of yellow and orange, sharpened and reduced noise slightly.


  1. Like the colors and texture within the pix. I am surprised that at f22 that you have so little DOF.

  2. I like your idea but I wish a little more of the photo was in focus, say all of the closest mushroom.

  3. Pretty cool pix. Love the details in the mushroom.

  4. Colors and texture comes through however I do not think that these two elements are sufficient to carry long term interest in the photo. This one seems to have high initial impact but would fade over time.

  5. I like the colors and the texture of the main mushroom. I wished that you had done something with the lighting to make the mushroom pop from the background.

  6. Great monochromatic colors and blend of textures Larry. Nice shot - JD's garden comes through again!