It's that time of year for mushroom photography! My local park has no shortage of fungi, and the short rainy spell at the beginning of autumn in Japan makes for perfect growing conditions. The mushroom season has only just started here, but I've already found a few photogenic specimens.

60mm, ISO 100, 1/13, f/6.3.

I'm pretty sure these (photo above) belong to the genus Marasmius, but the exact species I'm having trouble identifying. It could be Marasmius rotula (?). If anyone knows please correct me. I used a Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 micro lens for this image mounted on a tripod. These mushrooms are so small that I had a hard time to focus on them. The focus selector ring on my lens is broken, and has been for over seven years, so I am reliant on autofocus.

60mm, ISO 100, 1/13, f7.1

I'm still trying to figure out what species this is. It's time to purchase a mushroom identification guide for Japan.

60mm, ISO 125, 8", f/25

This mushroom was about a meter up over my head on a tree so it was a little difficult to get a shot of it. I maxed out the height on my tripod legs, extended the center column, and even narrowed the footprint of the legs to gain a few extra inches. A 60mm lens doesn't have a lot of reach so I knew I'd have to crop by a lot. The crop ended up being nearly square as it was the only one the worked for the image. I believe this is Pluteus leoninus.

As "official" autumn approaches I'm looking foward to seeing more types of fungi and, of course, autumn leaves. I'm still pretty new to mushroom photography so I'll be experimenting with different light sources and techniques. I've got an off camera flash and gels that are just collecting dust so this is a good reason bring it along. So until next time! Thank you for reading.



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