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Fly Agaric

Fly Agaric
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-14
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/3.5
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-14 8:50
Viewed: 3192
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
WORKSHOP - please see the workshop for a newly emerging Fly Agaric
We are starting to get the autumn fungi now. I wandered around the park near my home and found a few different examples. Some of the Fly Agaric funghi are emerging but they are quite poor quality. I thought I would post vthem as they do show the early stages of this funghi and they are usually shown later on when they have the bright red caps.
Amanita muscaria (also known by the English-language common name fly agaric or Fly Amanita) is a psychoactive agaric species of mushroom found commonly throughout much of the world. The quintessential toadstool, it is a large imposing white-gilled, white-spotted, usually deep red mushroom, one of the most recognizable and widely encountered in popular culture. Though it is generally considered poisonous, Amanita muscaria is otherwise famed for its hallucinogenic properties with its main psychoactive constituent being the compound muscimol. The mushroom has had a religious significance in Siberian culture and possibly also in ancient Indian and Scandinavian cultures.

Fly agaric fruiting bodies emerge from the soil looking like a white egg, covered in the white warty material of the universal veil. As the fungus grows, the red colour appears through the broken veil, and the cap changes from hemispherical to plate-like and flat in mature specimens

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Hello Karan,
Very beautiful fungi captured in good lov pov
The DOF is excellent with exposure and focus!
very well done and thanks for the notes

Hello Karan
A fine shot of this fungi..great pov and colours..I see you to are noticing the sudden explosion of fungi..its fascinating to study them.
TFS and All the Best

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-14 9:06]

Hi Karen. What a fine shot of the unusal Fungi. have had a look at the workshop each have made a good shot. You have good colours and fine detail. you use the low light so well.a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-14 9:11]

Hello Karan,
this is a suprisingly colourful fungi.
Very good photo.
+++ I like the low-down POV and the off-centre composition. Great sharpness and detail. Excellent colours and lighting.
--- DOF a bit too shallow... something like f/8 probably would have worked better. Otherwise a perfect shot.
Well done,

Hi Hester
Very nice composition and very nice fungi.

Hello Karan
What a wonderful fungi shot,
Perfect focusing,BG and lighting,Superb shot.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-14 10:19]

Hello Karan,
The light, colours, low POV and composition made this photo wonderful. Good focus and sharpness.

Hello Karan,
The favourite of the Vikings before battle, rape & pillaging..!
This is a very fine macro shot, wonderful details in the subject and a fine enhancing background...
A well balanced composition with attractive colours!
Pablo -

Hi Karan,
very nice picture of this mushroom, perfect focus with ideal deeph of field, fantastic colors and great point of view,
very well composed, cheer,

Nice shot with good exposure adn POV.
Best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-14 12:29]

Hola Karan,
buena foto,
excelente mundo los hongos,
bellos, bellos colores y formas...
excelente pov y flash,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-14 13:50]

Hi Karan,

A wonderful shot of this very colorful fungus. The colors are wonderful. The only fungi I have seen here are brown, all dried up looking and ugly. Good details on this and it shows off nicely against your background.


Hi Karen,
What a great pov you had on this mushroom, I almost am expecting to see a little elf poke his head around it! Great sharp details and natural colors. GREAT shot. TFS

Hi Karan,
A nice shot on this fungi. Soft shadowless light and a spot on exposure. Colors and intricate detail are well shown here.This one has really amazing textures in it.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-15 4:37]

Hi Karen,
lovely detail and a good job on the exposure too. Your low POV is very good too, i bet you got muddy knees :o)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-15 7:58]
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Hi Karan

A rather atypical subject for you but a beautiful picture none the less.
It's nice to see you use that lens again! I must admit i still crave for it...but one day i will have my own. Until then, i must get used to my camera first :)

Back to this lovely macros (this and the WS one) i really like their attention to detail and texture of the subject presented.
The colors here really evoke fall and you did great not to concentrate all the attention only on the mushrooms. The composition you created here is impeccable - with the subject carefully positioned atexactly1/3 of the frame.
There is only one nit i could really pick one - the DOF - which in my opinion could be just a very little bit bigger. But that's just me...
Anyway, Bravo and TFS

PS: there is a question i've been dieing to ask for ages and i finally decided to go for it: i've seen people calling you Karen, but in your intro, your first name is Karan. Which one is it? :)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-15 10:37]

Hi Karan,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot. Superbly done. Wish I could write a few more words, pity my net problem does not allow that. Sorry.
TFS this awesome shot.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-15 11:35]

Hello Karan

I don't think we have these here,but they really are beautiful.The colours are well saturated and the lighting is well handled in the forest.The mushroom is well placed int he frame.Nicely done.TFS


Hi Karan, lovely fungus with splendid colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-18 4:54]

Hi Karen, this is a nice composition of this attractive fungi, perfectly focused with good dof. Details and colours are crisp and sharp, nice work all round.

Hi Karan,

this is a very good macro photo, congratulations.
About ID, to be exact, your photo shows a variety of Amanita muscaria (Linneo 1753) Lamark 1783, not the typical species, because it has yellow veil instead of white, as you can well see in the photo; its name is Amanita muscaria var. formosa Persoon 1800.
Others features are the same.

by, Marco

Hi Karan,
So its not only me that finds the Fly Agarics in poor conditions this year. I've have yet to find one that is in perfect shape and condition. I am still trying to figure out why there aren't any this year.
I like the entire setting of this photo. It feels as if the fungi is isolated from everything else. I do agree with Joe about the DOF, it could use a smaller aperture.

hello Karan

this wondefrul and colourful fungi stands out perfectly on the dark bg
its position on the frame is as rules said (perfect)
sharpnes and POV very good



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