Low-Light Macro

I’m a mycologist who wants to photograph mushrooms in the forest under low-light conditions. How would you get the camera and flash low enough to capture detail under the mushroom cap of ground-sprouting mushrooms (some are only an inch or two tall)? I currently use a Canon EOS 40D with 50mm, 100mm and 200mm Nikkor-Micro lenses with an EOS adapter, an Arca-Swiss ballhead and an older Gitzo Reporter tripod with a removable center column. I also have an EZ550 flash with an off-camera cord. Can you suggest equipment/techniques to facilitate this work?

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One of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers and a leader in the field of digital imaging and photographic education, Lepp is the author of many books and the field editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine. One of Canon’s original Explorers of Light, Lepp finds inspiration in advancing technology that fuels creative innovation and expression of his life-long fascination with the natural world.