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Soft Underbelly

By minainerz
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This was a particularly difficult shot. It was right at the edge of a very wet woodland - the mosquitos were intense - I was slapping two or three a minute. The mushrooms themselves were at about an 80 degree upward angle to me, which made getting a 5 pound camera steady very very difficult. In any case, I just love the texture of mushrooms, especially the bottom. Truly one of nature's coolest pieces of art.
Image size
954x702px 122.92 KB
Shutter Speed
1/25 second
Focal Length
280 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jun 12, 2004, 6:28:05 PM
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grugster's avatar
My favorite of your gallery! GREAT! :+fav:
minainerz's avatar
I know, I just want to tickle those cute little mushrooms. *tickle tickle*
Rotkappchen's avatar
Wow, very nice colors, again.
Nice composition and chice of subject. :thumbsup: I think 99% of macros you see here are either flowers or pets.
It's a bit too soft, though. Especially with the equipment you carry.
minainerz's avatar
I don't see where it is particularly soft? Are you talking about the area really close?

This isn't really a macro shot - these mushrooms were about 8 feet about my head, and it was shot at 420mm (12x). 420mm @ f/4 means really shallow depth of field. I tried to center it on the ribs of the mushrooms, and they seem really sharp to me? I only have about a half an inch or so of sharpness available at that setting...
Rotkappchen's avatar
Yes, I figured that. Perhaps you could have used a smaller aperture to get a greater DOF.
And no, I'm not talking about the area really close, it's the mushroom on the left that is slightly soft.

Still a very nice shot. Actually, after looking at the shot for a while, the softness really doesn't bother me anymore.
minainerz's avatar
Yeah, I see what you mean. I had thought about stepping down to a small aperture, but what I found was that the extra exposure time needed made the green background really distracting. Since the mushrooms were high in a tree, there were lots of leaves behind them that were blowing back and forth in the wind. At a slower shutter speed, it created a really distracting background, unfortunately.

Thanks for the comments, though. It's rare that I can an actually comment on the work, rather than a "nice shot" style comment (which are certainly nice to receive, although not terribly constructive).
wendystolyarov's avatar
I love it :D So soft. I always want to touch them, and then they squish. :( :+fav: :)
minainerz's avatar
Luckily this was was too far away for me to touch, or I probably would have done the same. Thanks for the :+fav:!
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