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Macro Timelapse Reveals the Development Means of King Oyster Mushrooms

Macro photographer Jens Braun has captured cinematic macro timelapse footage of mushrooms he grew at house in his basement over the course of ten days.

Braun, previously Jens Heidler, is a macro photographer and videographer who has created quite a few macro movies of vegetation, mushrooms, and bugs on his YouTube channel Another Perspective, comparable to his video of growing shiitake mushrooms.

This time, Braun has taken his ardour for the fungi world to the following stage and created a YouTube channel referred to as HappyMushrooms that particularly focuses on all issues mushrooms — from recommendation on how one can develop them to DIY tutorials, experiments, and timelapses.

His newest video reveals a cinematic tackle the expansion technique of king oyster mushrooms. He grew them himself in his basement utilizing a combination that contained 80% beech pellets and 20% wheat bran at 17-degrees Celsius (63-degrees Fahrenheit).

Jens Braun's mushroom macro timelapse setup

Braun took the macro pictures with two cameras — Sony a7R IV and Sony a6000. The method of capturing the footage was moreover difficult as a result of he needed to preserve 100% humidity whereas additionally attempting to keep away from the humid air affecting his digicam gear and interrupting the clear seize.

Jens Braun's mushroom macro timelapse setup

To maintain the correct humidity ranges, Braun purchased a fruiting tent which incorporates an automatic air system that blows recent air from exterior into the tent to maintain the temperature low and to cut back the CO2 stage.

Jens Braun's mushroom macro timelapse setup

The cinematic photographs of the footage have been filmed with Sony a7R IV and Laowa 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe lens which permits excessive close-ups and creates what Braun calls a “bug-eye perspective.” The digicam was additionally fitted on a slider, though some photographs have been filmed handheld at 100fps, slowed down 4 occasions, and stabilized throughout post-processing.

Jens Braun's mushroom macro timelapse setup Jens Braun's mushroom macro timelapse setup Jens Braun's mushroom macro timelapse setup

For the timelapse, Braun used two macro lenses, though he notes {that a} macro lens was not wanted for half of the photographs. These photographs have been lit with a primary softbox and a 5W LED gentle.

Because the timelapse footage consisted of each 24-megapixel and 27-megapixel pictures, more often than not within the post-processing was spent on rendering them. Though making a timelapse video from 24-megapixel photographs wasn’t an issue, Braun tells PetaPixel that the 27-megapixel footage pushed his pc to the restrict and the rendering of these clips took ten occasions greater than the 24-megapixel ones.

Extra of Braun’s timelapses might be seen on his HappyMushroom and Another Perspective YouTube channels and on his Instagram.

Picture credit: All pictures by Jens Braun and used with permission.

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