Clouds before a storm today = good even lighting for these brackets. I photographed their ancestors, seen in necrotic black below the subjects of this image, last year. The goal here was to get the moisture emerging from the fungus’ pores, and that came out reasonably sharp, as did the beech leaf at bottom.

Figure 1. Bracket fungi in beech tree trunk. Photo: author.

Without a tripod I couldn’t do a focus bracket (heh) of this composition, and so I had my usual soft surroundings, even at f/11.

Nikon Z 7ii with Nikkor Z 24-200 mm f/4-6.3 lens.
200 mm, f/11, ISO 400, 1/60 s; standing back and cropped down.

Edited with Luminar AI; the most striking edit is the hard, dark vignette, which focuses on the brackets as I wish, and throws the softer parts of the image into shade.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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