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11-04-2010, 08:16 PM   #211
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i burst out laughing when i saw the thread title..

anyway, great shots. makes me want to go out hiking.

11-04-2010, 10:00 PM   #212
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Particularly Phallic

Classic form on this one



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Shot this group in my backyard yesterday while hunting some small flowers for macro shots. This was growing at the base of a large oak tree, also in my backyard.

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Miguel - that is definitly a classic form for a mushroom. It's in very nice shape. Nicely captured.
photolady - interesting looking bunch of fungus. Nice and sharp as well. Do you usually use a tripod when your out? Yours & Tamia always have nice sharp pictures, but the lighting conditions look like they may have been difficult.

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Miguel, that's a wonderfully smooth photo, too.

Mar, very beautiful. I like how the ants are crawling all over the fungi -- I've never seen anything like it.

Eccs, I can't speak for Mar, but I rarely use a tripod when shooting fungi on the ground because I wouldn't be able to get the camera low enough. I get down on my belly for side-on shots, and hold my breath when depressing the shutter. I can usually go down to 1/8 or sometimes 1/6 sec. If I'm shooting from above, I brace myself as well as I can with elbows on bent knees or by leaning against a tree or, sometimes, by draping myself over the rucksack I always carry when hiking.
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Nice shots folks.

I usually shoot hand held too, and use some of the same methods Tamia explained. I have little trouble, and get nice shots down to 1/15 and occasionally slower if I can get well braced.
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eccs, thanks for the comments. I, like Tamia, and Pete, rarely use a tripod. I do shoot a faster shutter speed though. Hands shakes bad sometimes too much to use lower shutter speeds. Most of my techniques are the same as Tamia also. On my belly or elbows propped on my knees, sometimes, I actually sit on the ground, legs tucked under me.

For this shot taken at 4pm, I had to use flash with a diffuser, and was squatting, braced by hand on tree.

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Mar, you made me think of something else I often do in the trees (or near any solid thing). I'll press against the tree/building (whatever) with my left hand on the tree with arm extended forward and elbow locked. Then I'll hold the camera to my eye, and press my left cheek hard against my left shoulder. This forms a pretty solid brace, and I can do it standing, squatting, or sitting/kneeling.
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Some fungus of this season.

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Christoph, that first one is stunning! The rhythm in it is great!!! Groovy!
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@eccs19 Thanks, I was shooting another type of mushroom that was attached to a tree trunk above this one. The only reason that I noticed this one was that I dropped my remote control and it landed next to it. A little serendipity.

@Tamia, Thanks. I always use camera support for low closeups as I'm aiming for f 16-11 or so and ISO 100-200 if possible which means shots >1/6. Sometimes an Ultrapod II will suffice. It's light and cheap. I always use a remote control too to avoid touching the camera.

@Christophleipzig that first one is an impressive capture. Rense's point about the rhythm says it all.


Here's a very different fungus taken to heart by a typical northwest forest dweller. This thing is pretty big, at least 10 inches in diameter.



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christophleipzig - VERY nice series. I'd have to agree with everyone else in stating that the first one is very impressive. Looks like a mini forest of mushrooms. I think the third one would be my next choice. With those strands of grass in the front being out of focus like that, I think that adds a very nice touch to the picture. Usually stuff like that distracts, but not in this case. Good eye.
Miguel - Yet another great shot. The slug looks so small sitting on there, but the detail you can see in the slug is amazing. Very nicely done.
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Nice work to all; sooooo many variations of fungus. Here's one I captured on a day trip to a nearby State Forest area using K10 with Viv 90mm macro, such a sweet lens



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From our walk today...Francis King Park, which are a series of trails through the forest - Victoria, BC





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One of the large puffballs from last weekend. I set a baseball beside it for size reference. Shot with Lentar 90-230.



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