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Comments(5) # More Honey Fungus london e11

This is a different species of Honey Fungus to the one I showed you before and it has two stories attached, each probably of little or less interest.....worryingly, it's also only a couple of hundred yards from the LDNP Oak. The first story is how I came upon this fungus and it's the shorter of the two tales. I was walking back from the other day's shoot of said LDNP Oak by a different route to that which I usually take when I came across a tree stump. I was just working out to best capture its leaning nature when I spotted a cluster of these extremely bright fungi sprouting forth from the ex-oak. That was the end of that shot, out came the macro lens and the fungi became the prey. This brings us to the second, longer story that will probably only be of any interest to (some) other photographers.... Shallow depth of field is something most photographers love to use to emphasise their subjects at one time or another. Even with close-up work it can be a very powerful effect. But it can also be a bane. When working at anything close to life size or above the depth of field can be so shallow that only a millimetre may be fully in focus when one would really like the whole subject to be sharp. Happily, the newest version of Photoshop (ie: CS4) enables one to combine several shots of the same subject each with the focus point slightly shifted and hence gain a previously impossible depth of field. The example above is composed of five shots but has given me the whole fungi in focus. I'm not sure the effect is totally natural and I'm sure I'll need to play with it a bit more to get it right, the drawbacks being that as well as being a slow process anyway, on several occasions the whole thing ground to a halt as my PC ran out of memory. Photoshop CS4 Update: Playing more with the program since the original post found me wondering at its slowness compared to CS3 in more and more areas (most galling was the slowness of screen re-draws). This lead to a bit of internet searching to learn that I wasn't the only one noticing this performance drop-off. "Get thee to a nunnery," I mean "Get new drivers for your Graphics card!" appeared to be the general response from the Adobe software engineers. So I did, and not just the ones that Windows Update found me, I went to the ATI drivers page for some just a couple of weeks old. CS4 now runs much more smoothly (probably as fast as CS3 though I haven't actually checked yet) and I can more easily and swiftly accomplish the large depth of field as shown above. And for the Apple Mac users out there, the same thing applies with almost identical problems being observed...so for all of you the message is clear, update your drivers! Canon EOS 5D
150 mm
200 ISO
1/10 sec
f 8
Flash: Not Fired