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Getting Close with a Mirror
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Getting Close with a Mirror
A handy little thing to carry around in your camera bag is a small mirror.
It can help you capture hard to reach areas like the underside of mushrooms.
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Mushroom
Mirror shows the underside of the mushroom
It's often hard to see the underside of a mushroom, but the underside can be very important in the identification of some species. This mushroom is only about an inch high.
Your small mirror can help solve a couple of problems: one, seeing the underside and two, getting a photograph of it. Place the mirror so that you get a goof reflection.
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The mirror shows the underside of the mushroom
Go in as close as possible with the camera, frame the mirror and take the picture.
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Final cropped photograph
After cropping the image, you get a reasonable photograph without having disturbed the fungus.
 
Another mushroom
Here's another mushroom. With the mirror it's possible to get underneath the cap.
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Underside of mushroom cap
Have fun experimenting!
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