Finding Fungi

Yesterday, as well as stalking the wildlife for another FDT image, I also found lots of interesting fungi in Hanningfield Nature Reserve. I took a couple of off-camera flashes with me as well as my wireless triggers as the fungi often grow in shady spots, so getting enough light on the scene can sometimes be a problem. Here’s one of the setups:

Setup With Off-Camera Flash
Setup With Off-Camera Flash

The two flashes are moved around until I get the lighting well balanced. I was using manual exposure at ISO200, with a shutter speed of about 1/60 and aperture around f/22 to maximise depth of field. The flash power was set to 1/16-1/32. Here’s the scene the camera saw:

Fungi Study As Taken
Fungi Study As Taken

Essential items I also took along were my Gorillapod, wired remote control and some kneeling pads for my poor knees! I use Live View to frame up and focus the lens (with manual focus). Then switch off Live View (the camera won’t fire the flashes with it on, for some reason). The wired remote prevents camera shake when pressing the shutter.

I was lucky to find a few unusual species I hadn’t previously photographed, including this Honey Fungus (Armillaria mellea).

Honey Fungus On A Log
Honey Fungus On A Log

Here are the other pictures I made during the afternoon:

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