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Fungi vulcanos

Fungi vulcanos
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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: 2004-12-05
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony VCL-M3358 Close
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms, Puff-balls, Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia (Spain), 40-49 Points (Chapter 5), _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros II, 5 favs. and up - PART 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-05 14:29
Viewed: 8146
Favorites: 8 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fungi vulcanos - Calvatia excipuliformis

There are very beautifil pictures of this nice puffball already in TN, you can look at some HERE.

Some time ago I had the idea of showing one in the process of expelling the spores. At last and after some negative experiences I got some good ones, I chose this because is the most massive eruption.


Edibility: Edible
Fungus colour: White to cream, Grey to beige
Normal size: 5-15cm
Cap type: Other
Stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
Flesh: Flesh granular or brittle
Spore colour: Light to dark brown
Habitat: Grows on the ground, Found in fields, lawns or on roadsides

Calvatia excipuliformis (Pers.) Perdek. syn. Lycoperdon saccatum Schaeff. ex Fr. syn. C. saccata (Fr.) Morgan syn. L. excipuliformis Schaeff. ex Pers. Beutel-Stäubling Lycoperdon en sac.
Fruit body 8–20cm high, pestle-shaped, head 3–12cm across, pale buff at first then brownish, outer surface of small spines or warts which soon disappear exposing the yellowish, papery inner wall of which the upper portion breaks away to expose the spores. Gleba purplish-brown at maturity.
Sterile base of sponge-like texture, brownish and occupying the entire stem.
Spores olive-brown, globose and warted, 3.5–5.5µ in diameter.
Habitat on waste ground, heaths, pastures and woodland.
Season late summer to autumn but the sterile stalk and empty cup-like base of the head may persist for many months.
Common. Edible when young.
Distribution, America and Europe.

Hope you like!

F8 - 1/200 - Diffuse flash - Minitripod

PD. Paul, this is my first diffuse flash. Thanks for the techniche I am still trying. By now I am working with paper handkerchifes :-)

LordPotty, AdrianW, danbachmann, RAP, JeanMichel, mumek, MindarL, red45, gerhardt, marhowie, willie, Lesley, PDP, sandpiper2, tellerka, Luc, greghume, smirnese, lovenature, keanhoon, Hormon_Manyer, sranjan has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To otherpete: Hi Peter,Hormon_Manyer 1 11-06 14:46
To RAP: Gracias Ricardo.extramundi 2 12-07 07:47
To Lesley: Yes, I used the stick.extramundi 1 12-06 16:55
To gerhardt: Not many.extramundi 1 12-06 08:52
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Congratulations! I tried for almost exactly this shot a couple of weeks back, but didn't quite manage to pull it off as well as this - nicely done! Didn't help that the only "ripe" specimens I could find were in a clump, but even so... Focus is on the nail, and sharpness is excellent too - I think a higher shutter speed would make the plumes sharper, but I like the effect you've achieved a lot! There's a slight shadow on the bigger puffball, and I'd love to engineer a shot without the whacking stick - maybe if you used a background image board to whack them with? Anyway, excellent work, a worthy two points :-D

Filipe I would have to agree with Adrian these are spot on and even the stick is not realy a problem, because it's colour matches the rest so well. The use of flash locks the plume of spore well, nice one.

Well done Felipe. It must have taken ages to get the timing right...you can hardly see the movement of the stick behind them.You don't see many shots like this.
You know,you really should be working for National Geographic or something. Your photo quality is simply faultless,plus it has that certain 'extra something' that makes all your pictures seem alive. Brilliant work!

Fantastic shot.

Great shot here that I'm sure did take quite a few tries to get right. I didn't even notice the stick until I read the other notes. The slight, but even angle to the pair gives it a good compositional score too

Congratulations, Felipe. You can really call it an ACTION shot! It's not only perfect on a photographic way, but it speaks much better than any explanation. You've put a movie in the photo and achieved a rare shot. Not only the idea is original, but the realisation is spot on. I take my hat off to you.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-12-05 17:34]

You captured very interesting moment Felipe.
Looks to me like eruption of two Mt.Helens.
Very good colors and super details of mushrooms.Thanks for posting

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-06 5:44]

Felipe, I don't know how did you do this shot, but for me it is pure mastery! Even without this eruption this is great photo. Warm light, excellent details and sharpness. I'm sorry that I can't give you 100pts for that!

This is what it all boils down to. That one in a million moment. Exceptional action you captured here. Just fantastic to look at this. Felipe you deserve much more that the points you get for this.

How many tries before you got it right? :)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-12-06 5:53]
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Había visto este tipo de escenas en documentales de naturaleza pero jamás capturados en el momento justo con una cámara... y mucho menos por un amigo.
Gran imagen Felipe... este tipo de fotos son las que gratifican verdaderamente y las que de alguna forma, me impulsan a continuar aquí.
Mis felicitaciones y mi admiración por una gran presentacion.

Great Felipe.
This is a great shot, right in time.
Very good sharpness and composition, good colours and note.
Great job.

Felipe, Just when I think I've seen it all! 20 pts for initiative!! Great timing, great detail & textures seen. This has to be a first..An action fungi shot!!!

  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-12-06 13:18]

Felipe, you're a master. Great action shot. I am still reeling from disbelief at what I am actually seeing. Brilliant job

Points tomorrow

What fun this image is and certainly very educational. How did you do it? Did you use that stick to bump them and create the "puff" of spores? Super detail nd your lighting/flash technique really worked well.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-12-06 15:54]

Wow! Amazing photo Felipe...who cares about the stick - it's great. Brilliant idea well executed. Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-06 22:58]

WOW, this is stunning is all that I can say!

Very well done and thanks for posting.

Excellent !

Even though you engineered the shot, it is worth more than two points, just brilliant. I like the blurred eruption, it captures the eruption. Composition and exposure are perfect.

This is a great TN shot; a favourite.

I's teally great shot. but if it is not necessary.. the branch need to be removed.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-07 11:46]

No uno pero dos erupciones al mismo tiempo. Cual hazaña, Felipe.
Solamente una, habría sido maravilloso, pero dos, no bastantes palabras. ¡ Qué imagen pasmosa!
Un trabajo esmerado: imagen y nota.

Absolutely amazing shot, Felipe. I had to read the critiques and your responses to see how you did it. Your persistence and vision have created an exceptional work.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-06-19 16:28]

Wow. Super photo Felipe , splendid "blow-out".
Very well done.

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  • jorlo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 0] (485)
  • [2005-06-24 17:06]

incredible photo, very good moment, can gratulation ;-)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-09 19:37]

Absolutly amazing....what a shot !

Hola Felipe,
A esta tampoco la había visto nunca y me parece alucinante, perfectamente lograda, en todos los sentidos. ¿Cómo lo has logrado? me parece dificilísimo
Por supuesto es una de mis favoritas
Felicitaciones y gracias

excellent,j'avait deja vu que cela faisait de la fumée lorsque l'on marche dessus mais la c'est superbe car c'est la nature qui fait tous.bravo pour ce cliché.

a strange phenomenon well-captured on time. it reminds me of ejaculation:)

Outstanding photo of the fungi cycle of life. The color and clarity are wonderful. Well done.

Hi Filipe,

Congratulations! What a beautiful shot. Excelent timing. BG and POV OKé. Wonderfull diffus light. Weldone Bob

fantastic ! 1 of the best pics in NT, TFS Ori

Congratulation... I like the expelling spore too. Sharpness and colours composition are great.

This is a wonderful photo and congratulations on the capture. Are spores from this species dangerous to humans?

Hi Felipe,
EXCELLENT! Absolutely great timing and compo. Like a volcano, as Your perfect title says. Unbelievable. Huge congratulations. One of my favourite photos (within a few seconds). Tfs, saludos, László

Hola Extramundi.

Es verdadreamente impresionante como has podido captarlos con sendas explosiones a la vez, tengo entendido que les llaman cuescos de lobo y mira por donde le venia el nombre, todo un documento.

Saludos para los dos.
Jose Luis.

Dear Felipe,
This is amzing shot of erupting fungi. I had never seen this ever. TFS. Wish you a very happy New Year 2009.

Hola Felipe,
Gracias por referirme esta foto!... realmente todo un evento!... no me lo hubiera imaginado!
Saludos, Jesús

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