Mushrooms on tree trunk

These kind of photos always seem popular. At least in my part of the world.
I asked some people why that is and the answer was: it's something magica...
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These kind of photos always seem popular. At least in my part of the world.
I asked some people why that is and the answer was: it's something magical and "fairy taley" about them. So here's my fairy tale.
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39 Comments | Report
gajagobi September 01, 2016
Really........Very Nice:)
lindapersson September 01, 2016
Thank you, I appreciate it. :-)
Tnkb12281927 September 03, 2016
I absolutely love this photograph
lindapersson September 04, 2016
Thank you very much! I'm happy you like it.
Tnkb12281927 September 03, 2016
Well done
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trainwoman September 04, 2016
It is like a stairway to the top of the stump....
lindapersson September 04, 2016
:-) I'm still waiting for a little gnome to peak around the corner.
RNGnikon September 11, 2016
This is super pretty. I loooooooooooooooooooooooooove it ????????????????
lindapersson September 12, 2016
Thank you so much!
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malread September 15, 2016
lindapersson September 15, 2016
Thank you! I appreciate your comment.
zuzolot September 26, 2016
You can almost smell this fairy tale forest... Beautiful!
lindapersson September 26, 2016
Thank you very much!
terrysigns13 September 28, 2016
Delightful! Great find.
I do however, think the photo might benefit from a cropping out the top of the stump to make it look more like a growing tree instead of a stump. just sayin'
lindapersson September 28, 2016
I have a few shots like that too but the light is better here and the mushrooms just seem more magical here as well. It's about the feeling, you know. :-)
Beegirl September 29, 2016
Great shot
lindapersson September 30, 2016
Thank you! :-)
helencurtis October 14, 2016
This is gorgeous! I'm sure a little pixie is going to pop out any time soon!! :-D
lindapersson October 14, 2016
I'd love that. Thank you! :-)
neilvendeiro October 24, 2016
Love the different layers. Cool photo
lindapersson October 24, 2016
Thank you, I appreciate it.
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kensilagy November 11, 2016
Hi Linda, love your work!
lindapersson November 12, 2016
Thank you, happy to hear it! :-)
sweetpea72 November 15, 2016
this is absolutely awesome, Love it! シ
lindapersson November 15, 2016
Thank you so much!
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lindapersson November 21, 2016
Thank you kindly!
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trainwoman December 08, 2016
Wonderful feature on composition technique... congratulations
lindapersson December 09, 2016
Oh, how cool! Thank you so much. :-)
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snowdon December 08, 2016
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in the Composition competition..
lindapersson December 09, 2016
Thank you so much! :-)
DeniluxPhotography December 09, 2016
I have no criticism of your image. It is lovely. I do have a question... Are those brick cap mushrooms (Hypholoma sublateritium)?
lindapersson December 10, 2016
Thank you! I can't swear on it but it does look like it somewhat.
ovosphotography December 13, 2016
like it!
lindapersson December 13, 2016
I'm happy you do, thank you!
heavenlyraine December 19, 2016
Wonderful shot, so magical!
lindapersson December 19, 2016
Thank you so much!
terrysigns13 December 20, 2016
Congratulations Linda!!!! I'm tickled for you being a finalist in the Composition Techniques contest! Well deserved....wooo hooo!!!
lindapersson December 20, 2016
Thank you so much!
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trainwoman December 20, 2016
Congratulations on grand jury winner in compositions. Very happy for you
lindapersson December 20, 2016
I almost fell off the chair when I read their Winner e-mail. Thank you for your support. It means a lot!
Beegirl December 20, 2016
Congratulations !
lindapersson December 20, 2016
Thank you kindly!
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lindagagnon December 20, 2016
Great job and congratulations on your grand jury winner in composition.
lindapersson December 20, 2016
My most humble Thank You!
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KayBrewer December 21, 2016
Congratulations - winner Composition contest!
lindapersson December 21, 2016
Thank you very much!
jacqueslouischabot January 03, 2017
Excellent Fairytale
lindapersson January 03, 2017
Thank you!
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blunder January 16, 2017
Thanks for the inspiration. I went looking for my mushroom shots!
lindapersson January 16, 2017
Oh, you're welcome! :-)
tommurray January 21, 2017
Very nice! Been trying to take this exact same photo for ages, but mine don't look anything like this!!
lindapersson January 21, 2017
Thank you! I would say it's all about timing with the light. I did a light touch up to warm up the image but I was at the right place at the right time for this one.
joynshannon February 24, 2017
Beautiful. Beautiful. Spectacular shot
lindapersson February 24, 2017
I appreciate it so much, thank you!
mioyshi March 31, 2017
sweet shot
lindapersson March 31, 2017
Thank you! :-)
STFord April 21, 2017
Would make an awesome image for a composite.....little fairies or something magical...Great Shot
lindapersson April 21, 2017
Thank you. I was thinking little trolls or gnomes. :-)
Merlot May 18, 2017
Linda, This image is magical and so pure and real, I can smell them thanks for sharing.cheers Peter
lindapersson May 18, 2017
I thank you so much for all the kind things you say about my photography. It makes me happy my photos speak to others. It means a lot!
ashleysowter June 04, 2017
Lovely scene and light Linda
lindapersson June 05, 2017
Thank you, Ashley!
brianbaitystudio July 19, 2017
i have a challenge you may like
lindapersson July 19, 2017
michaelsteely December 02, 2017
I do think mushrooms may have a fairy tale aspect that makes them interesting but I have a different theory regarding why people “like” them. I noticed 2 things a rose and the moon are probably the things most photographed. They are beautiful and awe inspiring. Yet they get the least “likes”. I believe this is the case because they have been photographed so much it exhausts our collective response. We still appreciate beauty but also the unusual. In everyday life we pass over fungi with no appreciation if not for outright disdain. A good, not necessarily perfect mushroom picture is unusually pleasing. I have taken photos of some ugly fungi which have not elicited a favorable response.
lindapersson December 02, 2017
Thank for writing. Yes, I think you are on to something when it comes to commonly photographed objects/subjects.
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Elizane January 31, 2018
That looks like a perfect pace to sit and think
lindapersson January 31, 2018
It is a nice area to walk in.
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Byronfairphotography May 23, 2018
Great find and capture. / Voted
lindapersson May 23, 2018
Thank you kindly!
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traceygodby June 17, 2018
Reminds me of a fairy tale. Gorgeous
lindapersson June 17, 2018
Thank you so much!
Threedragonsart June 18, 2018
That's funny I was asking myself the same question, what made me stop to comment on this photo. I just Like it. Good Job.
lindapersson June 18, 2018
Thank you so much. It's a big compliment.
samanthahoegler October 07, 2020
Great capture
lindapersson October 08, 2020
Thank you very much!
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Behind The Lens

In the woods between Bollebygd and Rävlanda, Sweden in the fall of 2016.
Afternoon as far as I remember. It wasn't the brightest of day but when I passed this stump, as you can see, the rays of sun came through for a moment in the background.
What's good about a cloudy day is that the light is spread evenly. If the sun is out then you have to watch the angles of your object/subject. You don't want to photograph the shaded area.
Nikon d7100, nikkor 24-70mm, Andersson Pro polarizer filter, handheld.
When I saw the cluster of mushrooms my instinct was so raise the camera, kneel down and just "snap it". I have seen mushroom photos many times before and for some reason they evoke a mysterious feeling to the spectator. It seems to work every time if you compose it right. Usually macro but this is just a close up.
I did a bit of warming of colors and details, the normal raw to jpg convertion but in general the photo is as I took it. It was just a bit flat in color as it was cloudy that day.
In my camera bag
Nikon d750, 24-70, 70-200, 200-500 mm at the moment. A remote release and a few nd filters just in case I want to do long exposures.
Mushrooms on tree stumps only last for a few days before they disappear (rot) so don't wait to take the photo another day, they could be gone already. Take the photo and do post processing instead. It's my number one tip for a photo like this. Oh, and stay low to the ground! It will make the composition so much more interesting to view as most people only see these things from above. It will give them a new perspective, which in its turn is alluring and captivating.

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