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Autumn delights

Autumn delights
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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: 2006-09-30
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-F828, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-10-17 13:13
Viewed: 3773
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I spent quite a lot of time looking for an id. for this beauties, but I had not a convincing result with any of the clues I followed.

Shir suggested Cortinarius camphoratus, which I think is a posible id., at least is the closest until now. Thanks MF.

I post this bottom view and a WORKSHOP with a TOP VIEW, to see if anyone helps. Notice that the WS has no flash, so more close to natural colour.

They where in a very shady and humid place, growing on the ground and surounded by a lot of moss. Plenty of oaks, and chestnuts around. Not pines or conifers nearby.

The diameter of the big one was about 5-6 Cm.

I have seen some comments on bottom views of fungi I post, wondering how we manage this POVs.
In this case, and in other like the previous posted, just find them in high places, usually in soil walls of forestal paths burried in the forest.
Sometimes the inclination of the ground is 45% or more, that gives you a great angle, but after 1 or 2 hours working in this "walls" I can say that your legs and feet hurts just with the effort on keeping verticality.
When the ground is leveled a "minitripod" is weightless and very useful. If I have to get lower, a bubble plastic helps to put my Sony in the ground keeping it save from moisture and some "sticks" under the plastic will help to get the correct angle. A big black "litter bag" is always folded in my pocket, so I can use it anywhere to sit or rest on my knees without getting wet. Its opacity is also very useful to keep disturbing shines away from the subject placed in the right place ;)

Hope you like!

F:8 - 1/40 - Manual exposure - Flash - Minitripod

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-17 13:19]

Hi Felipe,
Really excellent shot taken from a nice angle. Excellent focus and very nice colours. wonder what it is?
FS, Ulla

Hola Felipe,
Bella captura como siempre.
Un posible ID: Cortinarius camphoratus?
TFS! Shir

Hi Felipe,
hey hey - what are you telling - there are drops on boths funghis!!! And I like that, it's so fresh and beautiful. Most I love the small one, not opened jet, wonderful, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Felipe,

excellent POV great details, very crisp, nic colurs great composed and capture photo.

TFS Kyle

very wonderfull coloure and focus, and wonderfull photo

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-17 14:22]

Hi Filipe

Nice to see you back and posting, my friend! :)
First of all i would like to say that your notes are allways great; to me they are always a way to learn something new. Such is the case of this one. I never atempeted to take pictures of mushrooms, but if i ever will, now i will know in which way to make my life easier :)
That said, this is a very pleasant shot and a very beautiful composition. I like the diagonal positioning of the ground and the same slope of the sizes of the two lovely fungi.
As usual, those are topped by geat sharp details and excellent lighting.

Bravo and TFS the image and the info :)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-17 16:06]

Fabulous POV and gorgeous sharp details. I love the textures.




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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-17 16:55]

Otro de tus ya famosos puntos de vista desde un agujero en el suelo del bosque ;-)
Foco perfecto sobre el mayor de los hongos, iluminación impecable, colorido natural (a pesar de mi reticencia a la F828) y el toque de las pequeñas gotas para completar la composición.
Excelente bonus de la segunda imagen permitiendo ver a estos espécimenes desde otro ángulo y otro punto más por la explicación que nos regalas de tus técnicas para obtener estas preciosuras.
Vale por cuatro entonces.
Un gran saludo para ambos.

Hi Felipe.
Excellent macro.Details and colours are beautiful.Well compo.TFS.


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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2006-10-17 19:15]

Se puede palpar la humedad. el entorno, aperte de la seta es magnífico. Un saludo.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-17 19:51]

Super shots Felipe, both of them. Nice and sharp, and they look very real. Well presented.
I imagine that you must go home very dirty after a time out shooting these beauties that your show us! Wet too!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-10-18 1:29]

Hello Felipe,
This F828 is impressive and you manage it very well, the results are excellent. Nice to see the big and small Cortinarius with a great low point of view. Exposure, colors, DOF and sharpness are super.
Bravo my Friend.

Great set of notes, hope you find the ID eventually.

Great shot of this large fungi, another high standard shot.

Enjoy your work always, well done.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-10-18 12:56]

Bonjour Felipe, splendid POV and great sharpness and colors too. Well done, Didier.

Muy buenas pareja.
La verdad es que es un gran retrato de este hongo, y uno tiene ganas de poder hacer alguna cosilla en este campo, pero primero tendrán que salir.... Las fotos anteriores comos siempre impecables.
Un saludo

Hi Felipe and Christina,
A very beautiful photo with great details and excellent use of the flash. I really love the water drops on the fungi and the wet soil surrounding it. Great low POV, making the fungi look huge. I see I've got a lot to learn before I can consider myself part of the fungi team :)

Hi Felipe,

Both photos are wonderful pieces of photographic Art, no doubt. Huge congrats. But the fungi on them can't be Cortinarius camphoratus (Fr.) Fr., because that species has stronger violet colors and most importantly, growing in coniferous forests only! In your note you wrote there wasn't any conifers around these fungi.

Without knowing if there was a "tuber" on the bottom of the stem and the odour it's impossible to give proper ID specification. My tip is Cortinarius balteatocumatilis Rob. Henry ex P.D. Orton, but I'm not sure at all.

Friendly regards, László

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