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Russian Jack Park in Anchorage, Alaska yielded a lot of mushrooms in 2011. The bright orange mushrooms (Fly Agaric I think) were abundant. Most every close up I took included a fly in the scene. Insects are always part of macro images. I do not always see them and am surprised when they popup in a photo. One mushroom has a slug underneath the top pedestal.

To gain depth of field I used higher ISOs than usually so I could use faster shutter speeds with my f/11 apertures. With small f-stops the plane of focus is still very narrow. Maybe 2/10 of an inch in depth. The shutter speeds were typically 1/3 to 1/20 seconds. I used my Nikon D700 with a Nikon 35mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.4 fixed lens. I used a tripod to minimize camera shake, but I did not take enough precautions to acquire tack sharp images. I used a remote shutter cord, but my images were still soft. Later I started using wireless remote. Subsequently I learned how to deal with wind when taking macro images. One of my best investments was purchasing Hoodman loupe to magnify the image in live view while I manually focus the lens.
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