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By Pete      
My favourite fungi shot to date. I have always tried to get as much light on the subject and have the background clear for that typical clean looking shot. But I tried a different approach today.

Here the specimen was on the forest floor surrounded by clutter with a cluttered background. So I got down to the ground - no tripod I just rested the camera on the floor with the ePHOTOzine camera strap as padding under the lens - and aimed for a more realistic scene.

The lens was a Canon 50mm FD mounted on the Olympus OM-D with a micro 4/3 to FD adaptor. I shot wide open to get the minimal depth of field and cool bokeh background from light cutting through the leaves of the trees.

The sun was just above to the left side of the frame. The splash of light on the shroom on the right was from a Manfrotto Maxima LED light panel, and a foil reflecter was placed to the left to push some subtle light back in to the cap.

Tags: Manfrotto Fungi Reflector Forest Flowers and plants Bokeh Scunthorpe Country park Normanby hall Shroom

Voters: Topcat29, K_T, achieverswales and 48 more

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Comments


21 Oct 2012 11:53PM
LOVE this!

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K_T 4 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2012 11:57PM
This is the best photo I have ever seen of a shroom!!!

Excellent quality and technically amazing.

p.s ty for the editor award, did my little dance ^^
peakimage 3 1 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 12:02AM
bokeh licious
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 2:53AM
Excellent work here. V1 for me.
bps11 4 England
22 Oct 2012 7:01AM
A wonderful pov....congrats!
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 7:55AM
great shot, worth your efforts
Briwooly 10 452 5 England
22 Oct 2012 9:10AM
Looks like a twigmore or a Laughton forest shroom Pete I can't make my mind up Wink nice job with the 50mm lens you would recommend one then

Brian.......................
SlowSong Plus
8 6.3k 29 England
22 Oct 2012 9:24AM
Beautifully brought to life via your pp. I love the way it really stands out from the b/g even though there's quite a lot going on behind.
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Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
22 Oct 2012 9:28AM
thanks everyone and especially K-T for the award Smile


Quote:Looks like a twigmore or a Laughton forest shroom Pete I can't make my mind up Wink nice job with the 50mm lens you would recommend one then

It was over at Normanby Hall Brian...and I do like that 50mm but prefer 90-100mm when shooting this sort of macro.
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
22 Oct 2012 11:09AM
Pure magic...

Mike
rogerfry Plus
10 543 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 1:13PM
Lovely image.....love the processing....transforms a nice shot into a great one.
Baden 4 156 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 5:40PM
Excellent image again Pate, after reading your tutorial on photo month I went out and tried to take some fungi shots, but they were crap lol I have a fungi competition at CC soon so planning to go out again Smile

Once again excellent work!
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
22 Oct 2012 5:46PM
Thanks for the comments and votes, all very much appreciated Smile

Quote:after reading your tutorial on photo month I went out and tried to take some fungi shots, but they were crap lol I have a fungi competition at CC soon so planning to go out again

What was wrong? Is there an aspect you're struggling with/ I might be able to help.
22 Oct 2012 5:51PM
A smashing shot Pete, and good to see the original too.

John Smile
exposure 12 3.7k England
22 Oct 2012 10:55PM
Beautiful Pete lovely Shroom & cobwed detail,& brilliant back ground light & detail.
Pauline.
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
23 Oct 2012 9:11AM
I really like this one Pete,love the dewy Spider's web,fab bokeh & light.
AlleyCatz 10 274 6 England
23 Oct 2012 11:29AM
Normanby Hall Pete?

You did not call for a cuppa and cake! Tongue


~Alley~
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
23 Oct 2012 11:37AM

Quote:You did not call for a cuppa and cake!

It was last weekend - you'd have been otherwise engaged Wink
CaroleS Plus
6 421 3 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 11:14AM
Definitely a shot to envy!
Carole
andmolliethedog 10 120 11 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2012 5:01PM
superb

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