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Mycena mushrooms

Mycena mushrooms
Photo Information
Copyright: John Denk (jpdenk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10-20
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D90, 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor
Exposure: f/22, 1/10 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-10-22 12:57
Viewed: 2778
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this little scene to be an attractive one when I went looking for mushrooms last Saturday. The exact mushroom ID is unimportant here, but they are in the Mycena genus, not sure which species, as we have a few species locally that look pretty much exactly like this and ID'ing them to the species level requires chemical tests and maybe a microscope. Anyway, this was intended mainly to be a pretty picture rather than a photo of a particular species of mushroom, so no precise ID help is required for this one. I also liked the lichen covering the log, a beautiful soft, green carpet with a few brilliant red fruiting bodies.

The light was harsh, bright sunlight which I softened by placing a collapsible diffusion screen toward the top of the image just out of camera range, really softened the light nicely. The camera was on a tripod and I used the delayed exposure mode to lock the mirror up for a couple seconds before the shutter opened to avoid mirror vibrations.

Edit: I added a workshop to show how these mushrooms looked without the diffusion screen, quite different. I like the much softer light that the diffusion gives.

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Ciao John.
Splendida composizione di questo insieme di funghi con degli ottimi colori naturali, eccellente la nitidezza con notevoli dettagli,mi piace complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

I like the pov you have chosen,John
beautiful setting

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-22 15:45]

Hi John,i don't know the name but i'm looking a fantastic pic! What a magnificent compositon from the forest ground,spectacular camera settings and the best exposure for the best details and colors,a beautiful autumn moment,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-10-22 17:37]

Hello John, an eyecatcher for sure!
The image looks so real it's as though I could reach out and touch the tops of the little mushrooms and feel the texture of their delicate ribbed tops.
The difussion screen was a life saver in this instance, as I would have never have guessed that the light was harsh on this day.
Outstanding detail and perfectly exposed. White balance is right on the money as always. Well done!!

WOW it looks mysterious this whole scene. Could be a cover of a book!!! LOVE THIS and now think i need how to learn to use a diffusion screen!

Hello John
Very crisp pic.Wonderful natural colours and great sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

Hello John
Beautiful photo with interesting composition, wonderful soft lighting and very good sharpness.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-10-23 6:35]

Beautiful frame for these lovely fungi, superb lighting and colors. tfs.

hello John
very nice composition with great details and super sharpness
the colours are beautiful and good naturel
gr lou

Hi John,
Great tutorial about how to use the diffusion screen - the result's awesome! Like the difference... Beautiful composition, unbelievable DoF - a stunner! Bravo!
Merry Christmas and happy new year to you & your loved ones, best regards, László

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