The primary reason for the trip was to get out of the city and in to the countryside with my better half as we were both bouncing off the walls, however whilst we were out in the country I thought it was a good opportunity to try and record the colors of autumn (fall) since this is my favorite time of year, and due to some issues I couldn’t get out with the camera last autumn.
It’s not fair on my wife to take all my photography kit and have a proper photo session when we are out together, and she has (in the past) got pretty bored and p****d off standing around whilst I set everything up, play around with filters etc. and fire off a few shots. Because of this I traveled with the minimum amount of gear, comprising one camera, one lens, a flash, remote shutter release cable and a travel tripod. With the intention of taking photos of trees, golden leaves and such shots I packed the wide angle lens, a Canon 16 – 35 F4L IS, and thought that would be all I needed.
Whilst walking through the wood I found I was more interested in the different types of fungi and wild mushrooms than taking wide angle shots of trees in their autumn colours (which let’s face it, has been done to death – although I did bag a few) which was a bit of a pain because I left my macro lens at home. Fortunately, I did have a flash with me (it is something I always leave in my camera bag) so I did at least have some chance of lighting them, but the ultra-wide angle lens was far from the best choice.
Photography is often a compromise and you have to make do with the equipment you have, and that’s what I did. Even though I only had the wide angle lens with me I thought I would at least have a go at photographing the fungi and wild mushrooms, and the results together with a few of the “tree” type shots are below.
All of the above were captured using a Canon 16 – 35 F4L IS lens attached to a Canon 6d. The tree shots were captured with the camera on a tripod (the Manfrotto Befree) and the fungi/wild mushroom shots were all taken handheld and using a Godox Ving speed light.
I have to admit my keeper rate of close up fungi and wild mushroom shots wasn’t very high, but I was surprised nonetheless. I mean, I had never thought of using a wide angle lens to take close up photos of wild mushrooms and fungi. Given the choice I would obviously use a macro lens but given I only had the wide angle lens with me I don’t think they ended up too shabby at all……..
All of the photos above are available from Fine Art America – simply click on the image that interests you.