Turning of the Fagus

As I write this blog post I am in my hired campervan in Mount Field National Park in Tasmania trying to dry all of my clothes and camera gear. Yesterday I hiked with Michael Snedic who I met on my last Tassie trip, to the Tarn Shelf to see the Fagus (A Deciduous Beech Tree), Anzac Day is a popular day for hikers and photographers to head to the Tarn Shelf as the Fagus is spectacular to see when it changes colours (Known as the Turning of the Fagus) and Anzac Day just happens to be the time is happens (roughly). Whilst it was great to be out and about the weather was a little nasty with strong winds, rain and sleet and low temps, the rain in particular made it difficult to get any good shots so I am hoping that the next couple of days this weather clears up and I can head back up there for another look.

Today’s iCandy – Mt Field Fungi

One of the great things about a rainforest, is during the day when the sun is high and harsh, you can get under the canopy of lush trees and ferns and shoot macro. Macro is something that I had never really explored and decided that this trip was the perfect chance to give it a go. I bought myself what is said to be one of the sharpest Macro lenses in the 105mm range made by Sigma. This is my first real fungi shot with this lens… what do you think?

Fungi at Mt Field National Park

The Technical Mumbo Jumbo

[tabbed tabs=”Camera|Mode|ISO|Aperture|Shutter|Lens|Filter|Other info”] [tab] I used my trusty D800 for this one [/tab] [tab] I used Aperture Priority (aka AV) [/tab] [tab] ISO100 [/tab] [tab] f8 – Setting the right Aperture is real tricky with Macro. It is a balance between Depth of field and the right amount of light [/tab] [tab] 1/4 of a second [/tab] [tab] Sigma 105mm Macro lens [/tab] [tab] No Filter [/tab] [tab] A diffuser was held above the Fungi to soften the light. Then Tweaked in Lightroom, that’s it! [/tab] [/tabbed]

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