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Let's get fungi!
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm/f2.8-4.5 Camera: K-5 Photo Location: Heiloo forest, NL ISO: 400 
Posted By: newmikey, 10-06-2012, 10:31 AM

It's been raining for days but temperatures are still around 15-17 degrees centigrade, ideal weather for my friends the fungi. All shapes and sizes but today I concentrated on the porcelain fungus (Collybia mucida). Shooting straight into the sun to get the translucent shine to the insides of the fungi and show off the finely ribbed structures poses its challenges, certainly at f2.8-3.5.

The bokeh of this Sigma lens is unpredictable, as if it has a life of its own. You don't get it for ages and then suddenly, images spring alive with it. One of the images had such a burnt-out sky that I had to replace the background with one from the other images - I'd hate to have lost the glorious fungi on that one just because of overexposure in patches of sky. On another one I exaggerated the DOF somewhat with a depthmap. The rest is straight conversion from raw with just some NR and USM thrown in.

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10-06-2012, 10:35 AM   #2
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Fantastic! Getting low and using lots of light! I too enjoy photographing fungi and yours are wonderful! Enjoy the viewing!

Did you us fill flash? Whatever it's very well done! Afraid my processing skills are dismal at best......
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QuoteOriginally posted by WillH Quote
Fantastic! Getting low and using lots of light! I too enjoy photographing fungi and yours are wonderful! Enjoy the viewing!

Did you us fill flash? Whatever it's very well done! Afraid my processing skills are dismal at best......
Thanks for looking! No, all shots were done without any extra lighting. The K-5 really shows off its dynamic range in these conditions! I just used a cheap angle finder (Seagull) on a few to get low and shoot up under the fungi's "canopies" to make the most of the light.
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Great shots there. Interesting kind of mushroom and really clever angles.

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I love fungi and I really love these #1 and 5 are my favorite but I like them all and think your angles made them extra interesting. Great job.
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Great series and good angle/perspectives ... J
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Very very nice! I too cannot resist shooting fungi and know some of the problems you encountered and overcame. Excellent images! The first and second are most amazing!
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Unbelievably good, Mike. You produce so many incredible images!

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