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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 16 928 4 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 6:51PM
Now this is what I call stunning, its a beauty
RuthyJ 15 England
14 Sep 2008 6:51PM
Stunning shot.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
15 2.3k 23 Wales
14 Sep 2008 6:51PM
The light is amazing Janet.Superb close up.
chase Plus
16 2.3k 600 England
14 Sep 2008 6:53PM
Blimey,that was fast Neil..thankyou for the user award,very much appreciated.
Janet xx
Alec1 14 4 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 6:55PM
What a fantastic shot, really good. Alec
User_Removed 14 172 1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 6:59PM

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
14 Sep 2008 7:00PM
A brilliant close up Janet, the detail, colour and clarity are marvellous
tigertot 18 36 England
14 Sep 2008 7:06PM
Great dof and nicely lit. Excellent shot.
StevenPrice 17 30 2 England
14 Sep 2008 7:06PM
very nice Janet
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
14 Sep 2008 7:17PM
STUNNING! Simply perfect, Janet, and so well worth the two year search. Carol
Nice shot

blacky 14 4 1 England
14 Sep 2008 7:30PM
just great well done
Tournisol 14 1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 7:32PM
Great close up, I also see them after the slugs!
phil_j 15 134 4 England
14 Sep 2008 7:37PM
Went out looking myself for these were the lucky one!!.

Great shot.

viscostatic 15 50 11 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.

SurreyHillsMan 14 27 2 England
14 Sep 2008 7:40PM
Wonderful Janet..... lovely light

exposure Plus
17 6.0k United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 7:51PM
Beautiful Janet lovely detail lighting d.of. and a beautiful composition.
Glynn Plus
15 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 15 274 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 17 47 35 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 8:19PM
Another corker Janet, lit well too
chase Plus
16 2.3k 600 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
16 2.6k 51 England
14 Sep 2008 8:50PM
A shroom with character Janet - the reflector worked well I like that light.
martin.w Plus
19 614 29 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 15 668 105 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 16 112 4 England
14 Sep 2008 9:03PM
Very well taken Janet.

49er 15 564
14 Sep 2008 9:10PM
perfect... (been so busy hardly stopped by at epz for some weeks)
DolphinLady 15 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 Plus
16 2.3k 600 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 15 4 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 10:25PM
Excellent close up.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
15 Sep 2008 2:04AM
You two make a great pair!
chase Plus
16 2.3k 600 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 17 55 1 Scotland
15 Sep 2008 8:17AM
Superb detail in this, Janet.
HUMIE 14 2 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2008 9:54AM
Excellent capture.

Tonyd3 17 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 18 5.1k 36 England
15 Sep 2008 1:27PM
Very nice Fly agaric image.

paulb20 Plus
15 12 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2008 5:45PM
Beautifully taken Janet, lots of detail and the light is lovely.
ChazB 16 64 3 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2008 6:30PM
Excellent detail and dof, so beautifully composed.
daffydill56 18 190 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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