Golden Toadstool

Fly agarics are quintessential toadstools and popular photographic subjects. I made this image just after sunset at Spye Park in Wiltshire, shining a small torch onto a gold reflector to illuminate the fungus. In order to get the camera low enough to the ground, I mounted it upside down beneath a horizontally extended tripod column. To give sufficient depth of field for the main subject whilst maintaining a diffuse background, I made several images of identical composition at different apertures and focus stacked them.