WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Winner 2010

In Praise of Plants and Fungi

Frédéric Demeuse, Belgium

Ephemeral gift

Small and delicate, the fruiting bodies of this particular Mycena fungus are hard to find, and it took a lot of searching through beech leaf-litter before Frédéric found a clump of the toadstools in Belgium's Sonian Forest. He set up his tripod and then waited for cloudy conditions that would give him the soft lighting he wanted. 'I made the tiniest toadstool the subject of the composition, positioning it so that its shape was echoed by the central big one behind - a projection of what the little one would look like very soon.' He describes the delicate grouping as 'a gift from nature'.

Technical specification

Nikon D300 + 105mm f2.8 lens; 1/10 sec at f5.6 (+ 0.3 EV); ISO 250; tripod + Rotule ballhead + angle viewfinder + mirror-locked and ML-3 remote control.


Sonian Forest, Brussels, Belgium: latitude 50.772865, longitude 4.40935 Sonian Forest, Brussels, Belgium: latitude 50.772865, longitude 4.40935

Sonian Forest, Brussels, Belgium


Frédéric Demeuse, Belgium