Magic mushrooms by Vikram Franklin

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Nah …. not really :-)

Saw this tiny group of fungi growing on a small branch and the morning side-light really made them stand out.

I took a few (maybe more than a few LOL!) shots and am torn over which one to make public.

Nikon D80
Nikkor AF-S VR 105 Micro
f/3.3 at 1/125sec
ISO 100
Held a yellow leaf behind to get them to pop a little from the background.


  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputabout 5 years ago

    Oh… Beautiful shot Vikram!

    They had you tripping huh? And here i though you were boring!! ;-P

  • LOL!! Oh I’m as boring as you are Nat!!
    Finally chose this one out of all of them …. a couple turned out nice in B&W :-)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetabout 5 years ago

    What a beautiful creamy DOF with amazing detail and sharpness on the one in the foreground! Using the yellow leaf as a background was very clever. The mushrooms look like if they were all leaning toward the light! That’s an instant fav for me, my friend!

  • That lens has the best bokeh – BIG reason to love it even for people shots!!
    Glad you like it …. and got what I was trying to compose for … tried to make them curve towards the light.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellabout 5 years ago

    Yes, this is lovely! Beautiful focus and background!

  • Thank you so much Marilyn!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • PeterBusser
    PeterBusserabout 5 years ago

    The light… WOW! Looks like the perfect light from a controlled studio set up. But it’s real. And that’s so much better!!

  • Hey – nothing EVER beats sunlight …. just that it’s more difficult to place than a speedlight :-)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Bob Wickham
    Bob Wickhamabout 5 years ago

    Nice shot Vikram. The yellow leaf was a good idea, really makes them stand out.

  • Thank you so much Bob – for this comment and the advice on the Photography Critique forum. I appreciate it so much.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Sally Green
    Sally Greenabout 5 years ago

    what a great shot vikram!! well done! x

  • Cheers Sally!!
    So happy to see your pic as the avataar for the Black with a Hint of Colour Group!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 5 years ago

    Excellent image :)

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellabout 5 years ago

    Outstanding shot!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments Svetlana!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Kimberley  x ♥ Davitt
    Kimberley x ♥...about 5 years ago

    wonderful detail and dof

  • Thank you so much Kimberley!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Appel
    Appelabout 5 years ago

    I never really thought of mushrooms as being beautiful objects of nature but you may have changed my mind here! What a beautiful image, Vikram! The dof is spot on, the tones.. what a great idea using a leaf, composition, and the detail – awesome!!

  • Oh – you must get some shots (once spring arrives!!) – there are just so many beautiful mushroom shots on RB! Glad I thought of the leaf as for this shot I was actually walking away and turned back to reshoot it after looking through the pics on my camera back and realising it needed a little more punch.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • ROTFL – what do you know? I missed this challenge
    But do take a look there – some beautiful shots!

    – Vikram Franklin

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