Shooting Shrooms.

Visited Higher Hyde Heath a Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve near Bere Regis in Dorset this afternoon.  Went to take some fungi and any dragonflies if they were about.  Due to the coldish weather there were no dragonflies to be found but there was a great display of fungi, including lots of fly agarics (Amanita muscaria).

I took a normal portrait close up shot on my Canon 17-40mm USM L Lens up close to one of the fungi, and to get some light under it used a reflector to bounce some light up under it.  (A seperate technique post shows how this is done).

Fly Agaric with Reflector in Portrait.Canon EOS 50D (17mm, f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO400)
Fly Agaric with Reflector in Portrait.

Fly Agaric with Reflector in Portrait.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM.  Natural Light and Reflector.  ISO 400 F4 1/200.

I also had an experiment with some abstract shots of the fly agarics – and of the ones I took the one below is my personal favourite from the day.

Abstract Fly AgaricCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec, ISO400)
Abstract Fly Agaric

Abstract Fly Agaric – Taken on Canon 100mm Macro Lens at Higher Hyde Heath on Canon 50D.  F2.8 ISO 400 1/200.  Natural Light.

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

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