Observation 135274: Mycena lucentipes Desjardin, Capelari & Stevani

When: 2013-03-27

Collection location: Tagacaba, Paraná, Brazil [Click for map]

Who: Taylor (mycogypsy)

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Additional lighting is moonlight.

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Bioluminescent Mushrooms under Moonlight
By: Taylor (mycogypsy)
2015-09-26 15:44:45 CDT (-0500)

Thanks to you all for your kind comments. I knew at the time it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; having a log (did I tell you this?) with 200 to 300 brightly glowing mushrooms on it.
After days of typical cloudy, rainy skies, the clouds opened up to reveal a full moon.
I went to work and spent hours taking shots until the clouds closed and my “window” of moonlight disappeared.
National Geographic is releasing a new book next month (Oct. 2015) called “Rarely Seen; Photographs of the Extraordinary”. I’m in there (or, at least, they paid me :-) It’s a great day for mushrooms.
You can send any questions, etc. to taylor@mushroom.pro

By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2013-06-04 15:26:02 CDT (-0500)

Welcome to Mushroom Observer. Sorry to learn that you will not be at the WV Foray. Hope your China trip goes well.

>>How did you get the bioluminescence and moonlight to show up so well?
By: Taylor (mycogypsy)
2013-06-04 15:04:57 CDT (-0500)

It all depends upon the brightness of the glow. These were bright.
I used a 60D as well. Four minute exposure.

How does this work?
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2013-06-03 19:31:34 CDT (-0500)

How did you get the bioluminescence and moonlight to show up so well?

I use a Canon 60D and when I photograph bioluminescent mushrooms I use a 100 mm L series macro lens, 30 second exposure and iso 3200. They always turn out grainy and you can barely see the mushrooms, and the depth of field doesn’t allow the whole mushroom to be in focus because I shoot at f2.8 or 3.5.

By: Jon Shaffer (watchcat)
2013-06-03 10:20:08 CDT (-0500)
Beautiful observation….
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2013-06-03 09:13:11 CDT (-0500)

And great to see you on here, Taylor! Take care and keep it up!

Mushrooms and moonlight
By: Taylor (mycogypsy)
2013-06-03 08:39:03 CDT (-0500)

Just to confirm: bioluminescence and moonlight; no artificial light.
Thanks for the comments.

By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-06-02 22:01:38 CDT (-0500)

What can I say..?..except anything that brings this uber-cool obs up to the front of the MO line.

fabulous photo of a bioluminescent fungus
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2013-06-02 11:22:55 CDT (-0500)

just found this.

but “moonlight” as a lighting source? didn’t you really mean that you provided no artificial lighting?

any fungal photos with moonlight alone?

isn’t it really the bioluminescence that illuminates the cap, too, from underneath?

it is a great shot under moonlit conditions, since a moonless night is usually the best for the brightest bioluminescent photos.

Makes it hard to walk around in the jungles, though. ;)

By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2013-06-02 10:50:12 CDT (-0500)

Stunning photo! Currently over 320,000 photos on this site and this might be the first with moonlight. Nicely done Taylor.

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