Autumn is the best time for photographing fungi and with over 36 species, Low Wood Nature Reserve in Keighley, West Yorkshire, is a good place for an afternoon of macro photography. Run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the site is a steep forested slope next to the Leeds-Liverpool canal¹. A path runs around the site and it wasn’t hard to find numerous different fungi to photograph.
Just before the sign for the entrance to the reserve, I found a large group of mushrooms growing amongst the moss on some old logs. Just a bit further along the path were some white mushrooms growing out of the trees. I’m not good at fungi identification, so I won’t try to name all the species I saw (if you know what they are, let me know!). I had fun looking around the bases of the trees and piles of old logs to see what I could find. In total I saw about 12 different species without too much difficulty.
I took a reflector with me to light up the fungi as some of them were in the shade. I also took an external flash and set it to a very low level for some of the shots. Overall though I found the light reasonable as it was a bright day, and most photos were taken just using the natural light. I found a tripod helpful, mainly to aid with focusing at close distances.
I had a fun afternoon at Low Wood Nature Reserve photographing the different fungi and would recommend it as a site to try out some macro photography.
Here are some of the photos I took on my visit (click on an image to enlarge):
|Approximate post code (for sat nav)||BD20 5QN|
|Parking||There is a small car park near the canal, about 5 minutes walk from the entrance to the reserve. Parking is free.|
This is the location of Low Wood Nature Reserve:
The parking area is down the track on the left of this image. The golf club is now closed and the road on the right is blocked off.
Notes for next time
- Experiment with the reflector and flash in different settings
- Practise focusing
- Do some more focus stack images
¹ Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Low Wood Nature Reserve [accessed 19 October 2016] http://www.ywt.org.uk/reserves/low-wood-nature-reserve