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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 DETAILS
Image size
954x702px 122.92 KB
Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D70
Shutter Speed
1/25 second
Aperture
F/4.0
Focal Length
280 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Jun 12, 2004, 6:28:05 PM
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Comments8
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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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