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Woodland Macro Photography - Photographing Mushrooms & Toadstools
Lens: Pentax D-FA 100mm F2.8 WR Macro Lens Camera: Pentax K-1 Photo Location: Pershore ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 3s Aperture: F32 
Posted By: Sunburn, 10-15-2019, 01:12 AM

The autumn months are drawing in along with the dark nights and short days so what better opportunity then to visit my local woodland for a spot of macro photography to photograph the mushrooms and toadstools that are popping out from the woodland floor.


The recent wet, dreary and mild weather here in the UK has provided perfect growing conditions for the woodland mushrooms, toadstools and fungi especially in my local woodland where several old trees have fallen, and broken branches of old dead and decaying wood litter the woodland floor.

Wandering around your local woodland can reveal a host of secrets and little scenes in miniature to photograph, however it takes a while for you photographers eye to focus in on the mushrooms and toadstools that make their homes in the wet nooks and crannies of the the dead wood.

Allowing your eye adjust to the challenge is the key thing to remember and having a dedicated macro lens really helps bring the miniature subjects to life once you have found them within the chaos of the woodland environment.

So why not join me on this little amble into the woods as I try to find some interesting Macro photography compositions, armed with my trusty Pentax K1 and 100mm f/2.8 Pentax Macro Lens. Where I make the Mushrooms and Toadstools the focus of the compositions and introduce you to some little creepy crawly friends I made along the way

I would love to hear your thoughts on my little adventure and the images produced, so why not leave a comment, like and subscribe

Comments, suggestions always welcome.

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Geoff

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A beautiful piece of imagery, exceptional lighting, well done indeed.
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Beautiful photograph! Very well done.
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A beautiful piece of imagery, exceptional lighting, well done indeed.
Thank you Kerrowdown, was worth getting on to my hands and knees in the woods to capture, I must also admit getting back up again was an equal struggle

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Beautiful photograph! Very well done.
I'm pleased to read that my images are being well received on the other side of the pond.Thank you ToddK.

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Very dreamy like.
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Great image, the video was nice as well, but it looked a bit dark (then again that could just be the time of the year and being in the woods). Consider getting yourself some kneepads (the ones that pavers also use). They're not too expensive, will keep your knees dry and greatly add to the comfort. Otherwise, some kneeling pad for gardening use is pretty good as well.
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Beautiful light and deep woods color palette. Excellent shot.

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Very dreamy like.
Thank you TSM - This was the style I was looking for, im going through a etheral/dream style phase at the moment.

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Great image, the video was nice as well, but it looked a bit dark (then again that could just be the time of the year and being in the woods). Consider getting yourself some kneepads (the ones that pavers also use). They're not too expensive, will keep your knees dry and greatly add to the comfort. Otherwise, some kneeling pad for gardening use is pretty good as well.
Thank you for the pointers. My brother is a plumber, i'm sure h'll have some I can borrow! good tip!

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Beautiful light and deep woods color palette. Excellent shot.
Thank you. Pleased to read that you enjoyed the aesthetics.
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Absolutely beautiful Image, very well done!!
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Thank you for posting your video showing the days exploring. I love the resultant image, well done!
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Nicely done! The lighting is sublime and framing is on par!
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Yep, that's a beauty! A few months ago I visited the Blue Mountains in Australia and got a lot of fungi photos (and dirty knees) using my K-1 Mk II and D-FA 100mm F2.8 WR. I was amazed at the variety of sizes, shapes and colors...


I don't know if you use Flickr, but there is a "Mushrooms & other fungi..." group entirely devoted to photos of, well, you know... Some of the contributors are very good.
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Thank you for the feedback and comments, very much appreciated. I'm hoping to put the 100mm to more use in the upcoming weeks. It also makes for a fantastic landscape lens

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Thank you nosliwmit, yeah the miniature world of insects and fungi is truly fascinating, and its not till you get on your hands and knees that you start to appreciate just how much 'life' there is going on just outside our normal perception.
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I like how the DOF isolates the ant on the top of the mushroom. Personally I'd like a little more DOF, but I know how challenging the conditions are with such photos.
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Thank you for the feedback RobG.
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