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Gymnopilus spectabilis

Gymnopilus spectabilis
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-04
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/32, 30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Mushrooms [Chapter 2], Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-26 7:47
Viewed: 5354
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one was taken in Nov.4th at 19:20, almost in total night. Manual adjusted F:32 and 30 seconds shutter speed, then adjusted ISO until exposure correction was nearer to 0. The ISO value was 200.

NOTE there is a WORKSHOP with a different PP.

Gymnopilus spectabilis (Fries) Smith

Synonym: Gymnopilus junonius (Fries) P. D. Orton

Pileus: Cap 7-20 cm broad, convex with incurved margin, nearly plane in age; surface dry, yellowish-orange to orange with fine brown scales; flesh thick, yellow, turning red in KOH; odor mild to pungent, taste bitter.

Lamellae: Gills close, adnate, notched, to slightly decurrent; yellow, becoming orange.

Stipe: Stipe 7-21 cm long, 1-4 cm thick, yellow-orange, lighter than the cap, streaked with brown fibrils, equal, club-shaped, or ventricose, usually narrowed at the base; partial veil membranous, yellowish, forming a usually persistent superior ring.

Spores: spores 7.5-10 x 4.5-6 Ám, roughened, elliptical. Spore print rusty-orange.

Habitat: Fruiting from early fall to mid-winter in clusters on stumps and logs of both hardwoods and conifers.

Edibility: Inedible, very bitter.

Comments: Gymnopilus spectabilis is well named as its yellowish-orange clustered fruitings are often massive with dinner plate-sized mushroom caps. The combination of a clustered habit on wood, orange cap, well developed ring, bitter taste and rusty spores make it easy to identify.

This mushrooms are often used as a drug as it contains psilocybin. The psilocybin mushroom group contains the indoles psilocybin and psilocin. Psilocin and its phosphate ester, psilocybin, are similar in structure to lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). They are structural analogues of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine); thus, hallucinogenic effects probably are mediated through effects on serotonergic receptors.

I found this info HERE and HERE.

Hope you like!

F:32 - 30 seconds - Manual exposure - No flash - Tripod

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Hi Felipe, you have good eye to find such small and nice mushroom. good colore, litle oo dark and nice notice about it. TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-26 7:53]

Hello Felipe!
Very nice fungi close up.Clear details,POV,sharpness,colors,
framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-26 8:28]

Hi Filipe,
I prefer this to the workshop, the colors are more natural. Very nice details and sharpness. Nice composition.

Hello Felipe,
a very nice capture. Composition is great and good colours too. A good one, very well done. Thank you for posting.

Hello Felipe,
Expertly executed. Perfect light, color and clarity. Excellent sharpness, DOF and well composed. Very well done!

Hi Felipe!
Great composition, colors and light. Perfect details. Well done!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-02-26 13:41]

fantastic one Felipe,
master of the macro mushrooms, a very good composition with a very nice depth in the shot, I like even the good details, realy fantastic shot, good job,
gr. jaap

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-02-26 15:29]

Wow Felipe, you were lucky to see this in the dark. Very sharp and clear, and I like the naturalness of your colours to your brother's WS.
Another mushroom I mustn't eat!
Well shown,

  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-02-27 9:04]
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Hello Felipe!

Fascinating! With f32 you took so bright and colorfull picture! Every detail is perfectly sharp, DOF superb and surfaces of fungi look like in real life. Mastery of photography! Good to know so many interesting infos about this small fungus ;-) Psilocybin sounds good - did you eat it after photo session ;-) ?


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-02-27 13:33]

Hello Felipe,
A very nice shot of this fungi.
Excellent exposure,nice sharp detail and great colours.
No matter how hard I try I can never get a good shot or composition with fungi :-).You make it look easy but I think it is one of the more difficult subjects to do.
Excellent work.


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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-06 22:53]

Hello, another great shot. The colors and contrast are superb.
Mushrooms never looked more beautiful, TFS,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-18 4:46]

Hi Felipe,
a lovely shot of these fungi in its original surrounding. Well seen in details and moist. Vey sharp and clear and the top view exposes it real beauty and liveliness.


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