by ESP on May 5, 2011 · 18 comments

Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Photo Contest: May, 2011:


Theme: ‘Lighting: A Closer Look’.

Here is my entry:

Tiny moisture laden spores and toadstools on a shard of mulch.

Judge: Alan Detrick: http://www.alandetrick.com/

Stay Tuned for:

“Escargots Monsieur?”


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1 Gardenista May 6, 2011 at 6:08 am

Absolutely awesome! I’ll be interested in reading more about how you got the shot!

2 ESP May 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

Hi TD.

The shot was taken on my stomach, (macro mode on my point and click). These almost transparent spores were quite numerous, in fact all of the soft blue dots in the background are also toadstools receding into the distance. The way the light-beam hit this scene actually made me notice it in the first place, foliage left and right created the dark negative space, furthering the illusion of viewing a “secret place” as well as adding depth and perspective to the image.


3 Malinda May 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

Wow! What a shot – very cool. I have to admit I bought a point and click just for the macro ability! Love the colors.

4 Pam/Digging May 6, 2011 at 10:03 am

Very otherworldly. Good luck, ESP.

5 ESP May 6, 2011 at 10:14 am

Thanks Pippin :-)

6 Katina May 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

1) great picture of the toadstools.

2) did you do any post processing on it?

7 Gail May 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm


8 ESP May 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Hi Katina, I either ramped up the blue values post processing or ran it through a Photoshop filter? Cannot remember.

9 ESP May 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Thanks Gail.

10 Bob Pool May 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Uh come on now, you didn’t take that picture. I remember that scene in Avatar. That was right after the little floaty, tree pollen thingys were flying around.

For real though, you are the absolute King of the point and shoot.

11 ESP May 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Bob…I am watching Avatar (yet again) as I type this!…And I did use those floaty thingy-ma-jigs in one of my “looks like” images…(the milk thistle seeds)!
The point and shoot camera is a marvelous thing…It is all I know!
Thanks B…

12 forest May 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Just magical. Incredible bokeh. How did you take it?

13 ESP May 15, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Thanks forest.
Nothing special…just a basic small point-and-click camera…added you to my blogroll.

14 One May 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Hi! I was just commenting this morning that your photo is one of the best in GGW. It is eye catching and I really would like to see more of such shots.

Great to receive a message from Networked Blogs.

15 ESP May 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Thank you One.
Should I call you One?
Happy to connect.

16 Town Mouse June 2, 2011 at 8:28 am

Wow, that was my favourite image of the lot. Congratulations!

17 ESP June 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Thanks Town Mouse.

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