Matley Wood and Messing with Nature.

Visited the New Forest again today, this time Matley Wood.  The purpose again to shoot some fungi in the dry spells in the afternoon, following the mornings heavy rain.

Took the following macro photographs of the fungi in a small part of the wood.  Some are natural occurrences, the others though have been arranged or staged.  I.e Not all the items in the shot were there as I found them.

In the first shot below for example the mushroom is there, but I added the Chestnuts.  Whether this makes or breaks the shot is up to the viewer.  In the cases below I do like the end result.

Mushroom and ChestnutsCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/6.3, 1/15 sec, ISO100)
Mushroom and Chestnuts

Mushroom and Chestnuts, Taken at Matley Wood, New Forest on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F6.3 1/15

This next shot is even more obviously staged, with the Chestnut seeds and case over the trees leaves.

Chestnuts & LeavesCanon EOS 50D (40mm, f/8, 1/3 sec, ISO100)
Chestnuts & Leaves

Chestnuts & Leaves, Taken at Matley Wood, New Forest on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F8 0.3 Secs

The mushroom below is a totally natural shot.

MushroomCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/9, 1/8 sec, ISO100)
Mushroom

Mushroom , Taken at Matley Wood, New Forest on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F9 1/8

Followed by another staged shot, only the fungi was there originally.

Mushrooms and ChestnutsCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/11, 2.5 sec, ISO100)
Mushrooms and Chestnuts

Mushrooms and Chestnuts , Taken at Matley Wood, New Forest on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F11 2.5 Secs

Another natural photo below of fungi on an old tree stump.

Mushrooms on Tree StumpCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/6.3, 2 sec, ISO100)
Mushrooms on Tree Stump

Mushrooms on Tree Stump , Taken at Matley Wood, New Forest on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F6.3 2 Secs

Finally another slightly staged shot, the chestnut seed being moved closer to the fungi.

Mushroom and ChestnutCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/11, 5 sec, ISO100)
Mushroom and Chestnut

Mushroom and Chestnut, Taken at Matley Wood, New Forest on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F11 5 Secs

All the shots were taken in natural light only on a tripod.

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Chris

I've been taking macro photography from 2004. I use both Canon film and digital cameras.

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