Sunday, December 4, 2011

Photo of the day: A fairy mushroom at Drift Creek Camp

I have had a heck of a time photographing mushrooms. They're small... close to the ground... wet (and therefore highly reflective of light)... and usually located in dark places that require long shutter speeds, especially to get the proper depth of field for a macro shot. So I'm very pleased with how this image of a mushroom at Drift Creek Camp turned out. I took several shots, hoping one would turn out, using a variety of different settings. This one's entirely natural light with an 800 ISO and an f-stop of 5.6, at the full 135mm extension of my lens but with a shutter speed of only 1/15 of a second -- making it even more amazing that it didn't turn out blurred. I love the way the background fades out while the foreground mushroom pops three-dimensionally into focus.

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