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Amanita muscaria var. alba

Amanita muscaria var. alba

I took these photos of Amanita muscaria on a large estate near Berrima, New South Wales, in April 2003 with a Olympus D-450 1.3 megapixel compact camera.

Amanita muscaria var. alba

Amanita muscaria var. alba

Ambient lighting was poor. I’d estimate that the shading was 60-70% under the eucalyptus and pine forest canopy; dark enough, at any rate, that there was no grass growing on the ground.

Amanita muscaria var. alba

Amanita muscaria var. alba

I used the camera’s maximum 3x optical zoom and compensated for the longer exposure by kneeling on the ground and bracing my elbows against my thighs. No reflector, flash or artificial lighting was used.

Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria

A large number of the more typical red form was growing out on the lawn, under a pine tree. Most were damaged in some way. The ones pictured here are juveniles.

Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria

All photos were cropped and resized in Irfanview. No touch-up was applied.

Imaging Resource reviews the D-450 here.

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