Extreme Magnified Photos Reveal the Hidden World of Fungi in the Forest


For photographer Alison Pollack, strolling through the forest is the best leisure time activity than relaxing. Due to her fascinating photos of fungi and Myxomycetes we’re able to see and the minute objects of nature very well. She’s an open-air photographer. These snaps are the final results of her effort to find her next miniature subject. By using focus stacking and macro photography, Pollack snaps very artistic images of under her themes—which often measure just 1 or 2 millimeters tall. The results are amazing images that explore the world of mushrooms and slime molds that are very rare to see.

Pollack spends time in the forest due to her attraction to the diversity of mushrooms and myxomycetes. She searches for new species to capture. As she walks slowly, Pollack keeps sure to look out for pops of color. Once she finds her desired subject, she uses a magnifying glass to observe it closer and then starts her work.

“The smaller the subjects are, the more appealing they are to me, and the more difficult they are to photograph,” Pollack shared with My Modern Met. “For the really tiny ones, 1 to 2 millimeters tall and even smaller, I use an extreme macro lens, which has five times more magnification than a standard macro lens. This lens is challenging to use, but with practice and patience one can get highly detailed photos that never cease to fascinate.”

To engage in this type of extreme macro photography, Pollack takes a number of photographs from different angles and then by using a software, she tries to put together a crisp, detailed image by combining different images. Sometimes, it will need a number of photos starting from 100 to 300, but the final result is well worth it. In Pollack’s snaps, these miniature treasures look like giants of the forest. With such rich descriptions, viewers are able to have a look at the incredible color and texture of organisms which they have never seen.

In fact, for Pollack part of the satisfaction that she takes in her job is her ability to expose the wonder of the forest to viewers. “I want people to see how amazing and beautiful these tiny organisms are! Many people have never heard of Myxomycetes, and also do not know that there are so many beautiful tiny fungi. My goal is to photograph them to show people the detailed beauty right at their feet as they walk in the forest.”

Pollack continuously moves forward technically and creatively. She has now started travelling to explore various types of environments like Alaska and Colombia to document new species. By searching the diversity of this largely unknown world, she’s helping other people to get further educated. And also she is encouraging them to take a deeper look at the world beyond the limits. However she also helps to prove that the tiniest beings possess the biggest personalities.

Alison Pollack is in love with taking artistic snaps of fungi and Myxomycetes.

Many of the things she snaps are just one or two millimeters tall and require extreme macro photography to be captured properly.

There is a wonderful world at your feet when you move forward in a wet forest.

“Stop and look closely and you can see amazing and diverse beauty.”

Alison Pollack: Instagram

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