Beautiful...but isn't that a toxic Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushroom? I believe so...why is it that so many things in nature that are beautiful, are also bad for you? (I can think of a few women like that....I digress...) ha ha
I didn't really think these sorts of mushrooms were real! The afternoon sunlight makes this image! Did you try any shots with a lower f-stop - right down at the 22 level? The increased depth of field to include the stem would have worked nicely for me, and 2 stops would leave you around 1/100s, enough to be stable on at this length, I think?
Hi Grant, thank you for your comments. As you point out, I had plenty of latitude to take this shot at lower f-stops (though it was pretty windy so I had to have a reasonably fast shutter speed), however I went with the one I used as I was keen to blur out the untidy background. Having said, I expect something like f12 - f16 may have worked.
It's a shame that the camera doesn't allow aperture bracketing, as that would be very useful for close up photography!
Mmm - more bracketing options would be good. But then in the old days, ... (My first SLR didn't have a built in light meter, and the one I used for the next 7 years was built in, but manual - set everything to match by hand!) And autofocus?!?
Another comment at a second look, is that the focus has snapped on the front of the 'shroom, giving those leaves sharpness that belongs at the back of the bulb. I have set my a200 to always focus at the centre, and not to continuously refocus after the half-press. Then I pick the focus spot, and leaving my finger half pressed, re-frame the shot. Much more satisfying results.