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Mushroom family on wood

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This photo was taken in a lovely back forest between several rural properties and preserved as parkland. The 100 acres of varying types of forest trees are native to the Pacific Northwest. There are a lot of fir, pine, spruce, balsam, cedars and other conifers as well as deciduous trees. And amid the trees is a huge "forest" of fungus and mushrooms.


This was taken in the mid afternoon during out little walk looking at all the different types of mushrooms. It was a lovely fall day, very mild and calm with no wind. I was testing out the flash on my new R6 at the time (I am very amateur) and the intelligent flash worked quite well for this photo. I was happy to attain the composition.


I really like the way that the wilderness with the flash firing and the aperture closed makes the image look studio posed.


I was using my Canon R6 with my new at that time flash (Speedlite 470EX-AI) using my adapted EF 100mm f/2.8l macro IS USM lens. I literally was flying by the seat of my pants with this. I had them mounted on a tripod and the settings were: 1/60 sec, F/29, ISO 400.


This was basically one photograph of about 200 photos of the flora and fauna in this lovely forest. I had taken about four photos of this grouping of mushrooms and picked the best focused one to edit. There were a lot of great subjects to choose from but this one seemed to really inspire me to edit it a bit and make it a keeper.


I did very little post-processing to this as the lighting just seemed to work perfectly with the added flash.

In my camera bag

I normally carry my Canon R6 equipped with the RF 24-105 F4 L lens. It seems to be a nice all round purpose lens. I have recently gotten the RF 70-200 F4 L lens and will put that in my bag for a longer reach. I also carry extra batteries and memory cards in the event of any sort of failures. If I don't have my DSLR with me then my Huawei P30 phone is a great option to reach for.


If anyone is hoping to capture images like this; don't worry about the time of day, the type of weather, just get out with the equipment and experiment. I recently went out on a mushroom walk with my Canon R and the 100 mm macro lens again in a constant rain shower. I came back with several noteworthy mushroom shots using the R and my camera phone. And I was soaked to the bone as well, but happy to have been out in the fresh oxygen laden air and mild weather for two hours :D

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