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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-26
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-02 5:48
Viewed: 2860
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I saw a big colony of these mushrooms growing on a rotten tree trunk in the thick and dark forest near my ancestral place in the Himalayas last year. I tried to shoot a segment of them in the ambient low light with ISO hiked to 400. It was not a good choice since the picture turned out to be still dark and noisy. With a little editing, I was able to make the picture somewhat presentable. Since there seems to be a spate of fungi on TN these days, I thought I too would contribute to it.

A fungus is any member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds, as well as the more familiar mushrooms. The Fungi are classified as a kingdom that is separate from plants and animals. The discipline of biology devoted to the study of fungi is known as mycology, which is often regarded as a branch of botany, even though genetic studies have shown that fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants. Fungi reproduce via spores, which are often produced on specialized structures or in fruiting bodies, such as the head of a mushroom. Abundant worldwide, most fungi are inconspicuous to the naked eye because of the small size of their structures, and their cryptic lifestyles in soil, on dead matter, and as symbionts of plants, animals, or other fungi. Fungi perform an essential role in the decomposition of organic matter and have fundamental roles in nutrient cycling and exchange. They have long been used as a direct source of food, such as mushrooms and truffles, as a leavening agent for bread, and in fermentation of various food products, such as wine, beer, and soy sauce. Since the 1940s, fungi have been used for the production of antibiotics, and, more recently, various enzymes produced by fungi are used industrially and in detergents. Fungi are also used as biological agents to control weeds and pests. Many species produce bioactive compounds called mycotoxins, such as alkaloids and polyketides, that are toxic to animals including humans. The fruiting structures of a few species are consumed recreationally or in traditional ceremonies as a source of psychotropic compounds. Fungi can break down manufactured materials and buildings, and become significant pathogens of humans and other animals. Losses of crops due to fungal diseases or food spoilage can have a large impact on human food supplies and local economies. Despite their importance on human affairs, little is known of the true biodiversity of Kingdom Fungi, which has been estimated at around 1.5 million species, with about 5% of these having been formally classified.


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Ciao Ram, my today neighbour, lovely composition with beautiful fungi, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Ram
thanks,this is a very nice group with good details and lovely colours
greeting lou

Hi Ram,
excellent shot of this fungi with the beautiful
light coming on it, fine POV, excellent focus
sharpness and details, TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-02 8:36]

Hi Ram,very artistic composition,the choice of point of view make a difference,very good white balance,sharpness and natural colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-02 9:40]

Hello Ram,
a very beautiful pictures of this fungus, superb sharpness and fine detail, marvellous bright colours, excellent POV and DOF.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-02 10:10]

Hello Ram,
Very nice photo in a pleasing composition. Excellent sharpness and taken from a very good low POV. Nice natural colours.

Ciao Ram. Great POV here in good DOF and details. Interesting contrast against the dark BG:


merhaba Mr. Ram
very nice macro shot of beautiful fungi cluster, with great focus and composition. POV and colors also nice.
thanks for sharing. best regards

Hello Mr. Ram,
Seems that fungi are the mode in TN! ... And you bring us fungi from Himalayas!
Good shot, I think that the post-processing corrections that you made yielded good fruit! No noise here, also an interesting DOF game!

Salute you Ram, for these beautiful Fungi. Absolutely good colour is enhancing the mood of this picture.
It would be better if the sharpness is continued from left side corner to middle, compositionally viewer eyes goes to left to right diagonally, so, out of focus left hand corner is little disturbing.
Thank you once again.
Samiran Nandy

Bonjour Ram,
Bonne maitrise de la profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

A beautiful grouping of mushrooms in fine, 3-D effect Ram, an f/8 and a tripod might improve the DOF and sharpness of the image here, but maybe it is expecting too much in the Himalayas, eh?

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-04 1:51]

Hello Ram,
a nice cluster of white fungi. you have captured them with well seen gills and brown trunk.
Exciting to note their beauty in softness and beauty.The green moss still indicate the beauty of the surroundings.
you have shown a good choice of camera skills.


Hello Ram,
A nice mushroom's fricasee ? but I'm not sure that they are eatable!
Your photo would have been better with a deeper DOF but I understand that the light was not in your favour
Have a good weekend

Hi Ram,
interesting view of these fungi. I like Your composition, because of varied sharpness. Also natural colours,
thanks for sharing,

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