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Mushroom Art for Sale by Artist C Ribet

Visit the online gallery to browse Mushroom Artwork for sale as fine art prints, photo prints, greeting cards, canvas prints and other artwork presentation formats ready to hang gallery style. Buy African wildlife photographsCalifornia oak tree photos and landscapes of California's oak clad hillsides at the online photography gallery as well as a huge variety of abstract photography of water and dew artworks for sale by artist C Ribet

If conditions are right, the fungus will continue to grow over many many seasons. This fact that the mushroom is just the fruiting body, and not the long-lived organism itself, is why if you are out mushroom picking, and you are very careful to remove only the mushroom and not disturb the underlying fungus body (the mycelium) you should be able to return again to the same spot for more mushroom picking the next season. On the other hand, if in your mushroom picking you carelessly uproot the mushrooms by ripping and pulling out the mycelium, you will likely damage the fungus itself, and you may kill it and never find it in that spot again.


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One of the wild Mushroom Art Prints for sale by artist C Ribet at the C Ribet Zenfolio gallery section devoted to Mushroom Art and Fungi PhotosBuy African wildlife photographsCalifornia oak tree photos and landscapes of California's oak clad hillsides at the online photography gallery as well as a huge variety of abstract photography of water and dew artworks for sale by artist C Ribet Click on the Mushroom art photograph above to be transported to the gallery section on Mushroom and Fungi artwork. Buy African wildlife photographsCalifornia oak tree photos and landscapes of California's oak clad hillsides at the online photography gallery as well as a huge variety of abstract photography of water and dew artworks for sale by artist C Ribet 

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One of the wild Mushroom Art Prints for sale by artist C Ribet at the C Ribet Zenfolio gallery section devoted to Mushroom Art and Fungi PhotosBuy African wildlife photographsCalifornia oak tree photos and landscapes of California's oak clad hillsides at the online photography gallery as well as a huge variety of abstract photography of water and dew artworks for sale by artist C Ribet Click on the Mushroom art photograph above to be transported to the gallery section on Mushroom and Fungi artwork. Visit the online gallery to browse Mushroom Artwork for sale as fine art prints, photo prints, greeting cards, canvas prints and other artwork presentation formats ready to hang gallery style.

Many things which some might view as hassles are in fact what make the process of stalking mushrooms for fungi watercolor art appealing, while other difficulties and technical problems are and always will be just simple drudgery and trouble. There is a certain practical challenge involved in squirming into a moldy patch of forest debris while chasing the perfect angle on a little mycena, but being up close in the natural environment of that mushroom is its own reward too. While that may be true, as soon as it comes time to change a camera lens, the drudgery and trouble appears in force. When you are out hunting pictures of mushrooms, not only is there often plenty of mud, dust and debris, but there are always lots of fungus spores on the ground and stirred up into the air. It's like a macroscopic encounter with quantum mechanics - because the act of capturing the mushrooms photograph sets the state of the subject. Unfortunately, the fungus spores would like nothing better than to settle inside a camera body or inside the bellows of a lens mechanism.

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There is no question that from a purely mechanical and practical standpoint, mushroom picking can make mushroom photography a technically much easier process. However, in addition to physically disturbing the delicate natural features of the mushroom's natural micro-environment, and risking inflicting physical damage upon the mushroom itself, mushroom picking disrupts the scene's natural composition. Most frequently, the natural elements present in the surroundings of a mushroom are what draw me to that particular mushroom in the first place for mushroom art prints. It may be because the natural light conditions are highlighting the mushroom. A ray of sunlight may be filtered and cut by surrounding trees to spotlight a lone mushroom, for example. A mushroom troop may be back-lit against the sky. These moments are often fleeting, and often come when the sun is low on the horizon and moving quickly to dusk. Visit the online gallery to browse Mushroom Artwork for sale as fine art prints, photo prints, greeting cards, canvas prints and other artwork presentation formats ready to hang gallery style. Buy African wildlife photographsCalifornia oak tree photos and landscapes of California's oak clad hillsides at the online photography gallery as well as a huge variety of abstract photography of water and dew artworks for sale by artist C Ribet

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Buy African wildlife photographsCalifornia oak tree photos and landscapes of California's oak clad hillsides at the online photography gallery as well as a huge variety of abstract photography of water and dew artworks for sale by artist C Ribet

Visit the online gallery to browse Mushroom Artwork for sale as fine art prints, photo prints, greeting cards, canvas prints and other artwork presentation formats ready to hang gallery style. While not the case for mushroom art prints, for the purpose of mushroom identification and mycology studies, it is perfectly acceptable and in many circumstances absolutely essential to pick the mushroom. If the mushroom is growing so that the gills are not visible, or if one needs to take a spore print, or if one needs to examine the base of the mushroom stem to determine if it is tapered or bulbous, one often can't do any of that satisfactorily without picking the mushroom. For a mushroom photograph to adequately present a subject for safe mushroom identification (which you certainly want if you are out mushroom picking), it should show clearly every feature of the mushroom. How does a mushroom photograph show the top and the bottom of a mushroom, from cap to base of stem, if the there wasn't at least a little mushroom picking in the photographic process! 

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One of the wild Mushroom Art Prints for sale by artist C Ribet at the C Ribet Zenfolio gallery section devoted to Mushroom Art and Fungi Photos. Click on the Mushroom art photograph above to be transported to the gallery section on Mushroom and Fungi artwork. Buy African wildlife photographsCalifornia oak tree photos and landscapes of California's oak clad hillsides at the online photography gallery as well as a huge variety of abstract photography of water and dew artworks for sale by artist C Ribet 

My mushroom photography for my mushroom art prints is most often not so much mycological photography of the mushrooms themselves as it is photography of the mushroom micro-environment and the surroundings there. Each mushroom photograph uses a mushroom as either the emotional focus or the primary visual focus of the print, but the mushroom itself may be not of much use to a mycology expert. In some cases, the mushroom is a very small feature of the overall image presented in the ultimate mushroom art print, for example, in the two giclees shown at Gallery California, Mute Ovation and Impasse. In Mute Ovation the little mushroom is clearly the emotional focus of the print, but it is far from the dominating feature of the print. On the other hand, in Impasse, one might say the small band of adventuring mushrooms are the dominating feature, but they are nonetheless diminutive and tiny against the dramatic backdrop of their environment. Visit the online gallery to browse Mushroom Artwork for sale as fine art prints, photo prints, greeting cards, canvas prints and other artwork presentation formats ready to hang gallery style.

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Buy African wildlife photographsCalifornia oak tree photos and landscapes of California's oak clad hillsides at the online photography gallery as well as a huge variety of abstract photography of water and dew artworks for sale by artist C Ribet Visit the online gallery to browse Mushroom Artwork for sale as fine art prints, photo prints, greeting cards, canvas prints and other artwork presentation formats ready to hang gallery style.

Why is it that taking pictures of mushrooms presents a special challenge for someone wanting to make mushroom watercolor giclee art from these images? Well, it is a mix of technical, personal, and practical reasons. Many of these challenges are unique to fungi art photography (although one might imagine many are also shared by the mold photographer...). Happily, the end goal of creating the final piece of fungi art makes it all worthwhile, and luckily some "special challenges" are in fact part of the fun! 

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Sometimes it is best to use the scene's natural light, although this kind of low light photography (particularly under a dense forest canopy) can be difficult. Sometimes it is beneficial to augment natural lighting conditions with a remote flash or a macro flash to complement (or even overcome) the natural lighting and make the perfect art print. Whatever the technical details of lighting to get the pictues of mushrooms, the original natural scene composition which drew me at first glance is virtually always the scene which I will try to capture in the mushroom photographs destined to become fine art giclee mushroom fine art prints. Visit the online gallery to browse Mushroom Artwork for sale as fine art prints, photo prints, greeting cards, canvas prints and other artwork presentation formats ready to hang gallery style.

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