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Amanita muscaria

By chase
At last I cry....a Fly Agaric for my p/f Smile
It has taken me around 2 years to find one of these,I know they are fairly common to some places but not in my woods !! So I was delighted to find a selection during my trip to Laughton Woods with AlleyCatz (Alison).
A fair few to see but many had been the main course of the slugs before the shutter went down Sad
This one has been nibbled a little but I think it adds to the interest of the image.
Alison held the gold reflector in place whilst I messed around with the camera Wink

I would have liked to have used a better dof but getting the balance of detail on the subject & a nice OOF bg proved to be a little tricky,simply because of the size of the subject......around 6" across....

F5.6 manual mode
1/40th sec with tripod
F/l 105mm
W/B cloudy
Pattern metering
Raw file converted in C1v4
Curves adjusted,tidy up crop for composition & border added in CS3

Thankyou for taking time out to look.
Janet xx

Tags: Fungus Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Moss Fly agaric Poisonous Amanita muscaria Laughton woods Wildlife and nature Hallucinogenic

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cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
14 Sep 2008 6:51PM
Now this is what I call stunning, its a beauty

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RuthyJ 11 England
14 Sep 2008 6:51PM
Stunning shot.
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
14 Sep 2008 6:51PM
The light is amazing Janet.Superb close up.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
14 Sep 2008 6:53PM
Blimey,that was fast Neil..thankyou for the user award,very much appreciated.
Janet xx
Alec1 10 4 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 6:55PM
What a fantastic shot, really good. Alec
User_Removed 10 172 1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 6:59PM

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Sep 2008 7:00PM
A brilliant close up Janet, the detail, colour and clarity are marvellous
tigertot 15 36 England
14 Sep 2008 7:06PM
Great dof and nicely lit. Excellent shot.
StevenPrice 13 30 2 England
14 Sep 2008 7:06PM
very nice Janet
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
14 Sep 2008 7:17PM
STUNNING! Simply perfect, Janet, and so well worth the two year search. Carol
Nice shot

blacky 10 4 1 England
14 Sep 2008 7:30PM
just great well done
Tournisol 10 1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 7:32PM
Great close up, I also see them after the slugs!
phil_j 12 134 4 England
14 Sep 2008 7:37PM
Went out looking myself for these were the lucky one!!.

Great shot.

viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 7:39PM
Great lighting and well controlled exposure and depth of field make this an excellent mushroom shot. Well done.

14 Sep 2008 7:40PM
Wonderful Janet..... lovely light

exposure Plus
14 5.8k England
14 Sep 2008 7:51PM
Beautiful Janet lovely detail lighting d.of. and a beautiful composition.
Glynn 12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 7:56PM
Fly agaric at it's most majestic Janet. This is an image that does deserve a prestigious award - stunning detail.
AlleyCatz 12 274 6 England
14 Sep 2008 8:08PM
It was well worth the two year get this beauty!

Another cracking shroom macro Janet.
T'was a pleasure to hold the reflector for you Smile

We went down to Laughton this morning for sunrise... 6.45am!

Lots of mist but the sun never broke through Sad but we did get some more shroom shots.

Hope you can join us again soon.

ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 8:19PM
Another corker Janet, lit well too
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
14 Sep 2008 8:19PM
Thanks all.
Looking forward to the next one already Alison Wink
Janet xx
14 Sep 2008 8:35PM
Well captured and composition is spot on.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
14 Sep 2008 8:50PM
A shroom with character Janet - the reflector worked well I like that light.
martin.w 16 519 22 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 8:56PM
Going fungi hunting in a week or two, hope I get one as good as this Smile
bfgstew 11 668 105 England
14 Sep 2008 8:57PM
Have walked miles and searched all over and still can't find one!!!!!!
This is a beauty and you have captured it well, the gold reflector has given it a nice subtle warm glow to it, superb.
Wooly 12 112 4 England
14 Sep 2008 9:03PM
Very well taken Janet.

49er 12 564
14 Sep 2008 9:10PM
perfect... (been so busy hardly stopped by at epz for some weeks)
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
14 Sep 2008 9:29PM
This is so beautiful Janet.
Well done to you for getting so much lovely colour & lots of detail.
You obviously have a very able assistant......
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
14 Sep 2008 9:44PM
Thankyou all.
Lovely award Stew..thankyou Smile It took me 2 years to find one & then it was Alison that told me about them being in Laughton Woods !! You will get one eventually Wink

My assistant has to take the praise for pointing the reflector & diffuser in the right art in itself Hilary Wink

Missed you Edgar !

Janet xx
Steveman 12 4 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 10:25PM
Excellent close up.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
15 Sep 2008 2:04AM
You two make a great pair!
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
15 Sep 2008 7:18AM
Thankyou for your user Award Jennifer,so much appreciated Smile

Thankyou all for looking in...
Janet xx
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
15 Sep 2008 8:17AM
Superb detail in this, Janet.
HUMIE 11 2 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2008 9:54AM
Excellent capture.

Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2008 11:08AM
nicely done please to make it 60
15 Sep 2008 11:36AM
Fine detail well done.
justin c 14 4.9k 36 England
15 Sep 2008 1:27PM
Very nice Fly agaric image.

paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2008 5:45PM
Beautifully taken Janet, lots of detail and the light is lovely.
ChazB 12 64 3 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2008 6:30PM
Excellent detail and dof, so beautifully composed.
daffydill56 14 190 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2008 10:16PM
Wish I could find a shroom in a convenient place. It is so difficult trying to find one with a nice cleanish b/g! Well done you.

Will be out again this weekend on another shroom hunt!!


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