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Mycena mushrooms (20)
jpdenk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)
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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jpdenk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)
No diffusion
Edited by:jpdenk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)

In this shot, composition is different, but the main difference that I want to illustrate is that I didn't use a diffusion screen for this shot, and the bright sunlight is evident with its extreme contrast and deep shadows that don't show much detail.