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I went in to Clumber Park today to see if I could find any good fungi. As I got there I saw Polish fungi collectors which was disappointing. They had bags full of them. I had a feeling they'd have found my spot. Luckily the undergrowth is too much trouble.

This was taken on a fallen branch just above ground level. I used a tripod with macro arm to enable me to get the camera to a really low level. A polariser was used to kill glare on the cap and a reflector to pop some light under the cap.

The shroom was about 1cm tall. Taken with K20D and 100mm macro lens.

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K20D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:smc Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Sep 2011 - 1:35 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Aperture:f/9.5
Shutter Speed:0.3sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Fungi
Username:Pete Pete
Uploaded:27 Sep 2011 - 5:18 PM
Tags:Close up, Flowers & plants, Fungi, Moss, Polarising filter, Reflector
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JackAllTog
JackAllTog e2 Member 53513 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2011 - 5:33 PM

Wow, that's tiny - nice capture. and timely too as it'll be picked tomorrow ;-(

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chase
chase Critique Team 81115 forum postschase vcard England234 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2011 - 5:41 PM

Nicely isolated Pete,I like that thread of Cress-moss to the right of the frame.
I would have liked to have seen a little more detail on the stem tbh,maybe you could have afforded just a wee bit more dof to get it in focus as the bg looks to be far enough away from your subject.
The bg on the larger view looks a tad pixellated from here,compression maybe ?
Good colour,some nice detail on the cap.

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2011 - 5:48 PM

well kept colour making a great shot

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Glynn
Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2011 - 5:59 PM

Well spotted Pete. Agree with Janet more detail needed on the stem and a great candidate for stack focus maybe? This would have solved that dilemma and have enabled you to use f4 or similar to get a slightly higher shutter speed and a more diffused background. I would have given a bit more room at the top of the shot too.

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 430 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2011 - 6:09 PM

Expertly done

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2011 - 7:18 PM

Welcome to my world Pete Wink
Good definition on the lead edge of the cap and some of the moss on the same plain. Never mind aperture changes, as you know dof is so small in close it makes no difference. Get the stacking going and take several images and the difference is immence. This would work easily with 3 shots, leading edge, stem, and top of cap.
Also take an initial shot and check for annoying articles close by, and then garden and retake. The loose leaf could have been removed to clean the image.
Finally shoot in portrait rather than landscape. The high piece of moss seed draws the eye. Shoot in RAW to get more information on the card
Richard

Last Modified By Shroomer at 27 Sep 2011 - 7:19 PM

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85836 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2011 - 7:33 PM

Let's hope the picked one of the poisonous ones and eat itWink

Adrian

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gingerdelight
27 Sep 2011 - 8:39 PM

Lots of good advice here Pete - I am taking notes!
This is a beautifully captured image with great DOF.
Carol

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maggie9
maggie9  545 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2011 - 7:50 AM

wonderful rich colours
a world where tiny vegetation becomes a jungle Smile

maggie

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