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Hygrocybe lanecovensis

Found in pretty well only one place... listed as endangered in 2002.

I really needed a few extra frames in the focus stacked image (front focus) , however these little red 'shrooms grow in really tight areas and it was a struggle to even get the camera near them without doing any damage.

even with these at f22 and 15 images it was a struggle to capture the full depth of field... these are really tiny by the way.

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15 frames focus stacked.
D750 coupled with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 @ 55mm  Aperture: f22 and Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO 500
Lightning goodness : SB600 off to the right triggered thru onboard flash bounced off the dirt ;)
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A few more frames would certainly have helped +Gerard Blacklock​ but there is enough depth of field to get the gist. Just that front mushroom that looks a little fuzzy. A macro rail really helps for these. You can grab a cheap but robust one from (I paid $30 for mine) the store is on Parramatta Rd in Ashfield/Croydon. Nice job on the lighting though mate, have you considered using a Pringles can as a macro adapter it works a treat.
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Branching out

Single image, no focus stack, taken with a clapped out old 55mm f/2.8 macro lens which i bought years ago for a few bucks..

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D750 coupled with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 @ 55mm  Aperture: f20 and Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO 400
Lightning goodness : SB600 on camera with a diffuser kinda attached but swinging in the wind...

#fungi #park
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I can imagine, how tiny the space was in this situation, +Gerard Blacklock. ;-)  I've seen these little reflectors and think they are pretty clever and will provide a bigger area for diffusing the light than any reflector that's attached directly to the flash - unless it's a regular sized softbox of course.
Good job! :-)
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Where is the Fairy?

Probably one of the better focus stacked macros I have done, this one is created from 10 shots in total, each taken with the flash off camera to the right diffused with a white diffuser thingy..

I had the camera pretty well sitting on the ground and used the live view to compose the shot, I then reverted back to viewfinder to achieve the focus on the stalk since the liveview focus can be a bit flakey, then simply wound the focus ring in and out to get the depth of field, each time I just checked the image to see where the focus slice was and when it had past the front of the fungi I knew I had enough frames..

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D750 coupled with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 @ 55mm  Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO 400
Lightning goodness : SB600 off to the right triggered thru onboard flash

#fungi #indicator
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The Indicator

I always knew that frogs were a environmental indicator, however I have been educated in the fact that fungi and also a key environmental indicator, specifically relating to air quality. Whilst this little specimen is healthy and happy growing on the side of a bit of bark in the damp, dark undergrowth, there are are some fungi which when exposured to pollutants grow and age in a different way, one of which causes the fungi gills to grow/form on the top creating a rose shaped fungi, which is called Rosecomb... apparently this is bad :(

Focus stacking, on the other hand is good for fungi :) it allows a much greater depth of field in a macro image, particularly where the subject is super small :) did you like that segway ?

This image is a stack of about nine shots, basically all it is taking a slice from extra picture which is in focus and blending them together to create a nice sharp image with the whole subject, in this case the fungi and a bit of the bark. I find that +Adobe Photoshop does a good job, however often there needs to be a bit of the manual alignment to get things to look decent.

The process goes alittle like this...

--> find cracking little fungi -> position camera, tripod and body as close as possible, the challenge here is to do it without getting dirty and without moving fungi ;)
--> take several shots with the focus changed a know.. start with the stalk in focus then work forward and aft of that.

Load into stack --> autoalign --> select layers --> auto blend (with stack) --> manually brush in bits where photoshop lacks awesomeness... :) --> edit per normal process.

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D750 coupled with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 @ 55mm  Aperture: f/29 and Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO 400
Lightning goodness : SB600 off to the left triggered thru onboard flash with gerry holding a diffuser in one hand, kneeling on the ground and pressing the shutter with the other ;)

#fungi #indicator
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Magnificent ! +Gerard Blacklock :O
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Reflected World

Its not what is on the surface which is important, but what is underneath.

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D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 @ 58mm  Aperture: f/3.2 and Shutter Speed: 5s (normal exposure) 1/1.6s (underexposure) and 30s (over)
4 frames stitched together in PTGUI as a blended panorama.

#pano  #vividsydney
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 thats a silly question that you know the answer too ;)
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*Wheres Wally i mean windmilly'
pick the odd man out:)

There was this awesome sign near here which said:

OMG               FOODBOWL

I noticed the sign some time ago and planned to get a shot of it, however life etc got in the way and also stopping on a road with some rather large roadtrains on it seemed not so appealing :)

The liverpool plains are the site of a proposed Coal mine, well it was apparently proposed back in 2008-ish when the then minister Ian Macdonald was around.. and we all know who well he handled coal mines in NSW lol.. nice one dude, corrupt much? anyways .. fastforward to now and apparently they are only gonna mine up above the level of the fertile soil of the Liverpool plains, aka the food bowl...that sounds like a excellent plan... on paper.. :-/

Its no wonder that people are so jaded by the whole mining issue now and at the and of the day it seems so hard to make a educated decision when there is so much spin and stuff that happens behind the scenes and you really can't know whos got whos hand in whos pocket...

Well anyway, here's a picture of the plains in its glory, taken with a favourite little lens of mine the nikkor 135mm f2.8, not quite as good as my 105mm f2.5 however on full frame this lens has been stellar and the sharpness quite incredible. The 105mm still beats it in contrast and rendition imo tho.

3 shot pano.. or was it 4 ? oh well it had a few shots stitched together and it seemed appropriate to convert it to monochrome.

ya gotta view it large, its all there in full res too..

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D750 coupled with 135mm f2.8 @ 135mm  Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/640s
EV -0.3
ISO 200
out front - Hoya CPL

#winter  #liverpoolplains #landscapephotography #panorama
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When I was a kid I listened to alot of music, particularly at the end of my schooling and as a result alot of songs trigger different memories, of different times and experiences, which is really cool, a song comes on and instantly without much effort i am taken back to the time, experience and feeling. Now, with less time for more music and possibly music replaced moreso with imagery, I now find that images have taken that space and now trigger memories of a time and/or experience. I hear ya, saying, 'der of course they would', but its still cool i reckon :)  as i look at this image, it represents a few days in my life that I am sure I will look back in years to come and reminisce over, for good or the bad :-/

This one tree, or what was left of it, was sitting out in a sea of emptiness with its comrades way off, out of reach, seemingly so sad and lonely, just handing on to the what it once was.....

SIngle image, long exposure and I can't decided on whether I actually like the BW version better :)

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D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 @ 70mm  Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 186.1s
ISO 100
out front: Lee Biggstopper
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Day to Night
under the windmill

I can still smell the cow dung in the air...the dust of the road and the sharp cold as the last of the sun disappeared over the horizon.
...... experiences which are lost to the city.
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Now that's an outback sunset! :) +Gerard Blacklock lovely colour!
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I have many plans for you little tree... just you wait :)

#monochrome #blackandwhitephotography #landscapephotography
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Thanks +Justine King  and thats a cool observation / interpretation of teh image - i think I will use that title for the next session with that tree :)
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The Last Post
tread carefully

As I stood on the edge of the lake, perched on a few partially submerged rocks with the gentle sound of bird wings rushing through the air over my head I thought.... 'I am going to have to start wearing pants rather than shorts 'cause its fing cold...' ;)
 Having grown up in a fairly cold area it has not bothered me so much and hence most often throughout winter I can be seen wearing shorts (with other stuff also for the record;) ), however this particular morning, I really wished I had something a bit more :-/

Getting back to the car and looking at the OAT (outside air temp), i realised that...  yeah probably 1 degree Celsius is probably close to the cutoff temperature for short wearing...

This lake was, for the most part, like a mirror - in the mind numbing cold i really knew I wanted to capture the subtle tones of the sunrise (around 30 minutes before sunrise), however this is tricky, the  dynamic range is such that the horizon, whilst not bright to the naked eye is quite bright for the camera and hence to nail the warm horizon colours you had to sacrifice some of the detail in the sky and water.

I did not use any filters here, no polariser, (I wanted the reflections) and no graduated filters, but a reverse graduated filter would have probably been useful..

The final image is a vertical panorama using three vertical frames, each one with the poles in the frame, since that was pretty well all that could be common between the frames for the software to stitch.

The little dark dots on the horizon are actually trees :) the distance and the mirage effect causes them to appear like floating boogers ;)

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D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 @ 32mm  Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 8s
ISO 100
3 frames stitched together in +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom  as a blended panorama.
#lakewellington #sale #panorama #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography Community
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A Day in the City

it goes a little something like this ...

- found a cool softbox light for dad, but the T2 store were not so keen on dad taking it home...
- found another cool department store to have a look in, it was pretty and had all these people painting other people, it also had these funny windows you could watch the world go by through...
- found a cool chair and mirror and sat in it waiting for someone to paint me, but alas no one was forthcoming.
- hid in some things that appeared to be clothes and was great watching dad try and catch me...
- got tired of waiting for a someone to paint me and decided to start my own session.
- finally found the sale I had been waiting for....
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What a cutie pie +Gerard Blacklock and what a great day out for princess :)
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other than that I am pretty boring, currently spend my spare time (what is not used up chasing chaos around) taking the odd picture and the rest is working in the salt mines ;) . I like just about anything that flys (the metal and composite type) and love getting outdoors.

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