Buna Shimeji [40/366]

Boy, time does fly when you're having fun! I stopped by Whole Foods today for the fixings for dinner and I spotted these delightful Beech Mushrooms (a.k.a. Buna Shimeji).  Loved their form and texture so much, I had to do something with them photographically.

So, I created a little forest scene.

[caption id="attachment_4768" align="aligncenter" width="700" caption="Hasselblad 503cw / Imacon Ixpress v96c with Hasselblad 120 f4 CF Makro-Plannar #32 tube - f5.6 @500th 50iso"][/caption]I started this "little" shoot at noon and just now looked at the clock and it's almost 6!!!  Time just flew by.  I was having so much fun painting with light.  When all was said and done, I used 4 strobes, a mirror and a diffusion screen. Oh, and a bottle of water.

My key came from above to imitate the sky coming down from the canopy.  The diffusion screen softened the light.  I added a beauty dish camera left and back to give the 'shrooms some definition and bounced some of the light with a mirror placed directly camera right.  The fill was handled with a bare bulb pointed up into the corner of the room - giving me "true" light.  Finally, I used a squirt bottle to give me some bokeh and to simulate a little rain in the background.  I needed a gridded strobe camera right in the back to highlight the drops.

Here is a basic lighting diagram: