Tag Archives: fungi

Beauty is a matter of… magnification

January 27th, 2014

The recent weather in the Peak District has been less than inspiring, so I have found myself searching for some interesting indoor subjects to photograph. Look no further than that mouldy cherry tomato hiding at the back of the punnet!

Pin mould {Mucor sp.} on a Tomato

Pin mould {Mucor sp.} growing on a damaged tomato,

It looks pretty horrible to me, but let’s try going in a little closer…

Pin mould {Mucor sp.} on a Tomato

Pin mould {Mucor sp.} growing on a damaged tomato, showing fruiting bodies (sporangia) – CLICK TO ZOOM

…beautiful! Working at high magnification with the Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens reveals a fasicnating world of delicate pin mould {Mucor sp.} fruiting bodies, known as sporangia.

Pin mould {Mucor sp.} on a Tomato

Pin mould {Mucor sp.} growing on a damaged tomato, showing fruiting bodies (sporangia).

The tomato provided me with a striking red background for a final composition. This scene was only about 5mm high in real life. Please note, to my knowledge this was the only piece of decomposing fruit and veg in my kitchen!

All images and text copyright Alex Hyde – www.alexhyde.co.uk

Mushroom Magic

October 27th, 2013

Every autumn I allow myself to indulge in a bit of fungus photography. I love taking my time over the pictures, which is a pleasant contrast to some of my fast-paced insect photography. Over the years I have tried all sorts of different compositions with fungi, from clean, simple images isolating a single fruiting body with a long lens to wide angle habitat shots.

Wide angle shot of Parasol Mushrooms (Lepiota procera)

Wide angle shot of Parasol Mushrooms (Lepiota procera)

Recently I have been trying something a bit different. Often working at high magnification, I have been trying to produce a set of abstracts showing off the beautiful colours and patterns that fungi display. Some of the images below were done with flash, some with natural light. The first image below has been backlit with a flash, revealing a beautiful spectrum of colours.

Backlit gills of a Brittlegill {Russula sp.}Backlit gills of a Brittlegill {Russula sp.}

Gills of Honey Waxcap {Hygrocybe coccinea}Gills of Honey Waxcap {Hygrocybe coccinea}

Turkeytail fungus {Trametes / Coriolus versicolor}Turkeytail fungus {Trametes / Coriolus versicolor}

Lemon Disco fungus {Bisporella citrina}Lemon Disco fungus {Bisporella citrina}

This is more a personal project than anything else and I hope to fit in more over the next few weeks.

All images and text copyright Alex Hyde – www.alexhyde.co.uk