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Just a couple of fungi hanging about.

#coachwoodglenn
#bluemountains
#fungi
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A Little Twisted

..could be said about alot of people ;)

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#bluemountains
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Japanese Wall Garden

I don't reckon you could arrange a Terrarium scene better than this :) perched about 3 foot off the ground on the side of a fern trunk was this red little fungi, I wish I had taken a wide angle shot to give it all some context, but for now you'll have just do with my dodgy description :) needless to say, it was a fairly easy little fungi to spot and was one of the first I noticed walking down this track, its crazy just to see where these things spawn from and more impressively where they survive, albeit only for several days.

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#bluemountains
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Go West

Ever remember that 80/90's band the Petshop boys? and the song Go West with that crazy ass film clip. This little fungi reminded me of the dudes doing that motion :)

you go little fungi, rocking the world.

#coachwoodglenn
#bluemountains
#fungi

PS. now go and watch the film clip and re-live some more that naughty nineties action 
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Your all hands...

Its another world down there on the bush floor, in the space of a few square metres the number of diverse (that's my politicially correct way of saying it) fungi striking a blow for freedom is amazing, all of which you would miss unless you stop and get down to the ground level and look around.

This fungi was particularly colourful and caught my eye for looking like a bunch of hands reaching up out of the ground, a excellent image for some kids bedtime stories when they refuse to go to sleep ;)

#coachwoodglenn
#bluemountains
#fungi


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Its a world of death out there...
and predators waiting behind every corner

Whats really cool about this shot, which is another 3 shot macro panorama, is that with even realising it, I captured two, possible more unrequested models, one of which is dead.

Can you spot them ?

Look directly below the fungi, which by the way, how awesome is this little guy perch on a the trunk of fern punching a line to freedom :) Anyway, looking below the fungi in the cool mossy stuff, you can see a silvery insect, a dead grasshopper. Looking over on the far right (and you really need to see this on the full res version - zoom on in :) ) that blurry brown dot, that a spider, possibly the predator to this grasshopper...and whats that hiding behind the bark on the left....

A little detail on how this image is created.

The image is a the stitch of three landscape orientation images, the images are taken on a tripod (upside down to get low enough - the sirui (N2204X) tripods and not real good for macro, my old manfrotto 190xprob is much better since it's centre column can be orientated horizontally).
The scene is lit with a SB600 flash and a white diffuser screen placed between the flash and the fungi. The position of the flash/light source is super important since it can result in a dynamic 3d scene that pops off the screen or a dead pan flat image when placed in the wrong spot. In this case, the light source is low and to the right of the frame, basically the flash was on the ground.

EXIF love:
D750 coupled with the Nikkor 55mm micro f/2.8 lens
aperture: f/36
shutter:1/60 sec (flash synced)
iso 800.


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#megalongvalley
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Old.

Old.

There is not really anything graceful about getting old when your a Fungi, the centipedes poop on your head and the spiders weave webs around ya...

I tried a different method of lighting for this one, I used a Bunnings special Click LED work light , dual pack. Its basically a metre long light full of LEDs, battery goes for ages and its pretty robust, great for herding children down the hallway also :) However in this case I could lean it up against the rock and position it just where I wanted it to get the right light, the shutter speed is still pretty long (1 second) but it also means you can roll the light around a bit to get more or less diffusion. I also had my trusty little diffuser over the old fungi.


Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 @ 55mm Aperture: f32 and Shutter Speed: 1s
ISO 1000
Lightning goodness : Click LED work light with diffuser

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Small.. and then there is really small...

what is so cool about fungi is that they vary in shape, colour and sizes, kinda hard to get bored of them... It is not until you stand still in the one spot, close enough to the ground, (thats kinda a challenge for me at the best of times) do you realise how many fungi are out there, a cursory scan of an area will almost guarantee that you do not see any, but.. look further and closer and they are everywhere.

This little one I noticed after crouching down and photographing a different larger one. It really is tiny, you can see the twig it is attached to is only about 5mm thick.

#fungi
#lanecovebushland
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Nightmares.

I am gonna just leave this over here... have a look thru these and tell me they don't freak you out :) imagine this walking over your face whilst your asleep :)

Check the one where its drinking the drop of water and notice the position of the fake eyeball and how it follows you :)

#stickinsects
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Predator

I just worked out where the chaps who made the Predator series of films got their inspiration from :)

These little guys, well our ones are certainly not little anymore they are getting quite large, look absolutely freakish when you get up close and have a proper look :) The other really neat thing about them is that whilst they have a standard insect compound eye, they have what looks like a eye ball on it.. and it moves, follows you around :)

Imagine being the size of a ant and coming across one of these in the bushes !

Taken with a clapped out 55mm f2.8 micro lens and the PK-13 extension tube
D750 coupled with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 @ 34mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO: 1600
External Flash thru a diffuser

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