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FREE CHALLENGE! - Look Down / Get Down & Dirty -It's AUTUMN - yes FUNGI!!!!

  • Somewhere dark, dank and deep in a magical forest.......

    Anywhere, Anywood (map)

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  • NB> THIS IS NOT A MEETUP - NO PLACE NO TIME - just get out, take photos and UPLOAD>
  • So to take part in this challenge you have to 'RSVP' 'Yes' (even though it's not a meetup as such and just a challenge).  Then:

    • Find some wild mushrooms/toadstools/fungi (usually best in a woodland area).

    • Crouch down to ground level.

    • Take the photo.

    • Upload the picture (see below).

    • See if you can identify the species and add this.

    • Comment on others' photos please.

    • Easy Peasy............?

    So get out there - especially after some rain in the mornings and look carefully.  Woodland areas which are dank.  Most of mine are shot near to where I live - Puttenham Wood but also there are many in the woods around which are just as good or better.  Let's see some variety too - different colours and angles, and a clump would be great.  I'll upload a few just to get the album started but please have a go.  Don't forget to have a look at all the photos and to make comments.

    TIPS:

    • Try not to take the photo from eye level but get down low.

    • The top 2 of mine are 'focus-stacked' - using a tripod I take many shots - all with slightly different focus, and then using software combine them all to give a much larger depth of focus (compare to the last one). The software I ise is 'Zerene Stacker' - look it up.

    • A macro lens helps but is not essential.

    • A flash might help but will cast harsh shadows unless you use it off camera, and with a diffuser and possibly a reflector - a piece of white card can do.  However a flash is not essential.

    • Take a large plastic carrier bag to kneel on.

    • Be careful where you kneel - last week I discovered I had knelt in dog poo!!!!

    NB - Do NOT pick any mushrooms/toadstools and always wash your hands after brushing away debris especially before touching food.

    Happy Snapping

    Peter

    TO UPLOAD PICTURES OR TO VIEW THEM CLICK :  UPLOAD OR VIEW  (the usual album upload feature for this 'meetup' will not appear until after the closing date but this link will allow you to upload and see the photos before them).

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  • Geoff S.

    Hey Peter, the link does not work for uploading :(

    October 30

    • Sheenagh M.

      Fab photos everyone! I have a few to add but will have to wait until tomorrow when I have a bit of time. I will try to give you some ID's in time. My passion for fungi started many years ago in Italy where we roamed the hills to collect Ceps and Chanterelles amongst other delights for the kitchen. I've studied a great deal but, am by no means an expert mycologist. I can however ID many of the more common species and tell you if they're edible or not... however, there are hundreds of what I call 'little brown jobbies' that can't be identified without microscopes and many of the edibles I wouldn't say eat from the sight of a photograph. :)

      November 3

    • Geoff S.

      Yes, all sorted I hadn't joined the event, so it would not allow until I did, obviously really!

      November 3

  • Helen

    Love the photos what a great idea...

    November 3

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