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By Pete      
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.

Tags: Fungi Reflector Close up Flowers and plants Moss Polarising filter

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JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2011 5:33PM
Wow, that's tiny - nice capture. and timely too as it'll be picked tomorrow ;-(

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chase 12 1.1k 246 England
27 Sep 2011 5:41PM
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.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2011 5:48PM
well kept colour making a great shot
Glynn 12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2011 5:59PM
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.
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2011 6:09PM
Expertly done
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
27 Sep 2011 7:18PM
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
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2011 7:33PM
Let's hope the picked one of the poisonous ones and eat itWink

gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2011 8:39PM
Lots of good advice here Pete - I am taking notes!
This is a beautifully captured image with great DOF.
maggie9 9 45 2 Scotland
30 Sep 2011 7:50AM
wonderful rich colours
a world where tiny vegetation becomes a jungle Smile


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