Growing Mushrooms – The Pink Oyster in Time Lapse
I got this home Pink Oyster growing kit from eBay as an experiment for time lapse and for cooking too. It takes a little while to grow and actually see the mushrooms coming out. I waited 21 days for the mushrooms to ‘brew’ in a closed box and then another 12 days after opening the box. Then just over one night they started shooting out like crazy, little pink things coming out of the black bag with growing material.
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I tried capturing their growth in a Time Lapse with my good old Nikon D200 but I failed miserably for the first 3 days of growth.
As I learned, the LED light I used was a bit too strong when directed right at the little mushrooms as well as the radiator in my home studio dried the air way too much and some of the mushrooms died. I noticed the ones that were shaded from the direct light and a bit more moist did not die but kept growing slowly.
So I had to re-position the camera few times, made sure the bag with mushrooms wouldn’t slide even an inch whilst moist and also keep spraying the area with water every few hours so they wouldn’t dry out. I also pointed the light away from the mushrooms and bounced it off the wall just so to give enough light to take pictures by.
This time it worked. After that I kept recording for another 6 days changing the cameras position every 24 hours as the mushrooms grow so fast they get out of focus and unfortunately I do not have a macro lens yet, as this was just a project to see what can be achieved with growing mushrooms of this kind in Time Lapse. The final video is a compilation of different clips I managed to record over all these days. Still a lot to perfect but I think it came out quite good for the first time.
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