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Coprinus comatus

Coprinus comatus
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-24
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon Rebel EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-25 4:33
Viewed: 3450
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coprinus comatus, the shaggy ink cap, lawyer's wig, or shaggy mane, is a common fungus often seen growing on lawns, along gravel roads and waste areas. The young fruiting bodies first appear as white cylinders emerging from the ground, then the bell-shaped caps open out. The caps are white, and covered with scales - this is the origin of the common names of the fungus. The gills beneath the cap are white, then pink, then turn black and secrete a black liquid filled with spores (hence the “ink cap” name). Its specific name derives from coma, or “hair”, hence comatus, “haired” or “shaggy”.
When young it is an excellent edible mushroom provided that it is eaten soon after being collected (it keeps very badly because of the autodigestion of its gills and cap). The species is cultivated in China as food.
Coprinus comatus is the type species for the genus Coprinus. This genus was formerly considered to be a large one with well over 100 species. However, molecular analysis of DNA sequences showed that the former species belonged in 2 families, the Agaricaceae and the Psathyrellaceae. Coprinus comatus is the best known of the true Coprinus. Adding to its unusual features, a recent study has found the shaggy ink cap kills nematode species Panagrellus redivivus and Meloidogyne arenaria

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-25 4:38]

Hello Pawel,
A very good shot.
Excellent details and textures,with great DoF.
A good and detailed note.
Very well done.

Regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-25 6:35]

Hello Pawel,
A fine capture of the Shaggy Inkcap taken from a fine low POV with excellent sharpness against a contrasting dark OOF natural BG.
TFS this fine image,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-25 6:50]

Hello Pawel,
Superb view of the Shaggy Ink Cap framed by the dry leaves. Excellent sharpness and fine natural colours in this lovely composition.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Witam Pawle!
Interestijaca grzybowa kompozycja z mala muszka w centrum :) Opadle liscie dodaja charaktery temu jesiennemu zdjeciu. Prostota w fotografii czesto przynosi ciekawy efekt koncowy, i wlasnie z czym takim mamy tu doczynienia :)
Pozdrawiam serdecznie,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-10-25 8:48]

merhaba pawel
well close-up capture of this interesting fungi with nice composition
i like POV, colours and sharpness

hello Pawel,
amazing capture and very beautiful composition
is really autumnal atmosphere
compliments sERGIO

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-28 8:06]

Hi Pawel.
Simply outstanding in every aspect shot. I am amazed with beautifulness of the scene and quality of the image. Seeing your wonderful pictures taken with great 70-200 mm lens I have decided to buy similar Nikkor 80-200 lens. Unfortunately it has constructive weak point – strong irremovable back focus on 200 mm and minimal focusing distance. That is why I cannot take close-up shots with my lens using autofocus and having full frame sensor it is difficult to apply manual focus at close-up shooting. My congratulations. Terrific work.

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