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Canon 100mm 2.8L
Janet Brien
Canon 5D Mark II
Pacific Northwest
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365 project

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310/365: "You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same." ~ Jonathan Davis (Don't miss the smallest mushrooms I've ever photographed!!)

310/365: "You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same." ~ Jonathan Davis (Don't miss the smallest mushrooms I've ever photographed!!)
3 more pictures above ! :)

Today I finally decided to bring the macro flash with me on my photo walk up along the ridge. I've been resistant because of the added weight, the fact that it's unwieldy, and my past troubles with proper exposure. However, I realized that I could just put it in a backpack and take it out when I found a suitable subject. And I have learned how to adjust the exposure a lot better. I used to think this macro flash took too long to set up...until I timed myself. It takes less than a minute to put on completely, and that's not even rushing! So I packed it up and off I went with the dogs to the top of the ridge!

The weather here is finally perfect for fungus to grow. Humid, wet mornings, raining or foggy on a regular basis, the ground is slowly sucking moisture back into it after the long, dry summer and beginning of autumn. I am starting to find mushrooms more easily, which is so much fun!! With the 365 project I have to stop myself from taking too many pictures, because I simply don't have time to process them all. But I let myself have fun today and found several really wonderful mushroom groups!

These mushrooms may look familiar to you, and that's because I featured them 4 days ago! This trio has grown more than twice as large since I saw them last!! I was walking past the log I found them under and wondered if they were still alive. Bending down, I exclaimed in delight, "OH LOOK!!!", because I could see the taller pair peeking their heads out of the crack between the log and the dirt! I rolled the log over to expose them and was just blown away by how cool they looked!

With my macro flash attached, I could take a picture with any dof I wanted (within reason, of course...rule of thumb: don't try for a higher f/stop than 22 because the picture will begin to blur), so I used 11, 14, 18, and 20 to compare on my computer. Then I remembered that the bark the mushrooms was on was movable. PERFECT!!! I picked them up and took another set with them held at arm's length. Looking at the pictures on my computer, there were several which were equally good, so I picked one and here it is! :)

I have three more pictures today: 1 shows me holding the bark these mushrooms are growing on for scale, 1 shows three impossibly tiny mushrooms, and 1 shows me holding the decayed leaf piece they are on! ENJOY! :D

Jonathan Howsmon Davis (born January 18, 1971), also known as JD and JDevil (or J Devil), is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist and frontman for the nu metal band Korn. Hit Parader ranked Davis at number 16 on a list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists" in 2006. Wikipedia: Jonathan Davis

Schlomo Moichele, Jenny McIntyre, Ramon Hierro, Steve Cansfield and 21 other people have particularly liked this photo

21 comments - The latest ones
 Julien Rappaport
Julien Rappaport club
Jolie comme tout !
6 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Ohhhhhhhhhh I love this !!

I know how it feels !!!!
6 years ago.
tiabunna club
Your great narrative provides an excellent insight into this sequence, from both the photographic and horticultural aspects. Very enjoyable to read, great photos and it's fascinating to see how they have grown in a few days. Seen in www.ipernity.com/group/prime-lenses.
6 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Outstanding image(s) and interesting info.
6 years ago.
Annemarie club
6 years ago.
 Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Superb mushroom photo!
6 years ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
6 years ago.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Classic work+++++++++++++++++++++++++!
6 years ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
very lovely little trio, superb shot !
6 years ago.
Love that twisty stem! Great shot
6 years ago.
Puzzler4879 club
Beyond lovely, Janet, and it looks great on the Black!!

That's Wild!!
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Wonderful World
of Wildlife!!
6 years ago.
Chrissy club
They have developed beautifully! Little Dancers.
6 years ago.
Puzzler4879 club
Admired once again!

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6 years ago.
EXCELLENT miniatures superbes !!!!
6 years ago.
 Miss Ana
Miss Ana
That's Wild!I
Seen in
Wonderful World of Wildlife!!
6 years ago.
As palm trees failed on their island of mycelium !
In the country of liliputiens !
6 years ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Wonderful capture.
6 years ago.
 Dave C
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6 years ago.
 Ken Dies
Ken Dies club
Excellent macros, as usual. I love how you have captured the mycelium at the base of these three beauties. You are really into macro:D
6 years ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
They make a delightful picture, Janet!
6 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
There is always one in a family group that has to be different lol!!

This is just brilliant Janet.........amazingly small, yet you've captured them in such detail. The black background makes them stand out superbly!
6 years ago.

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