What’s in our backyard? Through Alison Pollack’s photography you will discover wonders you may not have realized are there!
Alison’s passion for mushroom photography is a happy merger of three interests – the art of nature photography, mushrooms, and science. She has spent countless hours in the woods, taking time to compose and photograph the treasures of the forest.
She is especially fascinated by the tiny ones, fungi and slime molds just millimeters tall. She uses a magnifying lens to observe more closely, and then captures them with her camera and macro lens.
When doing closeup photography with macro lenses, especially at high magnifications, the camera can focus only on a small portion of the subject. Alison uses a digital image processing technique called focus stacking, which combines many images (from a few to many dozen) taken at different focal distances to create an image that is sharply in focus at all distances. Some of the images in the exhibit represent hours of work.
Alison says of her work, “I absolutely love finding and photographing mushrooms and slime molds. I think they are beautiful, and I am fascinated by their variety in form and color. Most of the photos in this exhibit were taken in our local woodlands. We have a huge variety of treasures that can be found in the forest. I’ve learned to look closely! I am constantly in awe of what I find and I love to share my discoveries through my photography. More of my mushroom and slime mold photographs can be seen online in my Instagram feed under the name @Marin_Mushrooms.”
Treasures of the Forest will be on display at the Fairfax Library through January 31, 2019.