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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: 2007-10-27
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/1.25 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-31 10:30
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
To see why I think this is a Halloween shot look at the WORKSHOP I am going to post.

I have photographed this specimen throughout all of it's life stages

It started out as this

It then became this

It is now past it's best but it is still beautiful

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Hello my dear friend Karan,
Wonderful shot and thanks for your effort for showing the life of this specimen!
well composed with perfect sharpness, beautiful colouration and details from all your shots!
well done and well pleased!

Hello Karan
This is a superb post..the best Ive ever seen..its so interesting to see the cycle of growth in such stunningly captured pictures..I tip my hat to your hard work!
I love the workshop..were you waiting to post this last one tonight?
Many thanks for sharing

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-31 11:10]

Hi Karan,

It certainly does look like a skull! Perfect for Halloween. At first I thought the fungus looked like a pizza. Wonderful shot with superb colors and details.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-31 11:41]

Hi Karan

A very beautiful macro shot that completes this wonderful series of the the evolution this mushroom.
The subject here looks gret and is nicely illuminated by your good flash management. What i also love is that although the subject is not the only element in focus here, the BG and the surroundings are not distracting - they present their own separate interest and they really boost the colors of this scene.
As for my favorite part - the workshop - is absolutely genious!!! My hat's off to you for spotting that and today is definitely the perfect time to post that. :)
Allright now...i'm off to get dressed and go party ;) You have a great evening, too!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Karan.
Great capture of this beautiful fungi!
Excellent colors and ilumination.
Very pleasant composition.
Best regards,
JosÚ Roberto

Hi Karan,
this is a wonderful Halloween shot. I like it too. Great POV, DOF and sharpness too. Very nice colours and very good composition. Thank you.

This is fantastic and as for the skull, I will check mine now for similar.

Hi Karan,
This is pretty scary!
Would it be any special meaning, besides the halloween day?
It was so good to see the whole sequence of this fungi grow.
I like so much the warm light of the picture, and all the beauty of the red top part and the scattered white spots.
My compliments and thanks to post it.
Best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-31 12:40]

Hi Karen. Have had a look at the other shots. they all make good viewing. Each one a good shot showing the fungi at different times in its life. I can see why you named this one . you have captured it with fine detail and bright colours. you have used the light so well. TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-31 13:22]

Hello Karan,
this is a superb shot!
That skull in the workshop is sooooo spooky!!
A perfect post for Halloween :D
+++ Great sharpness and detail including good clarity.
The composition is perfect as is the POV.
Excellent lighting... good use of flash.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-31 13:42]

Hello Karan,
Wow, that's really a wŰll-timed shot for Halloween!! Great workshop and I like the way you've followed the growth of this fungus. Excellent work!! Beautiful light, excellent sharp details and a nice leafy background to this mature one. Very well composed too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Karan,
Great presentation of this amanita, wonderful light,details and colours,great workshop too.


Hi Karan, elegant fungi with splendid details, great colors and excellent sharpness, I like Hallowen ws too, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Karan,

very nice "portrait". Excellent colors and sharpness-

Well done!


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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-10-31 16:19]

Hi Karan,
What a cool mushroom, with the added bonus of a skull on top! Great sharpness and composition.
Very well done and Happy Halloween.

Hello Karan,
Hehehe... a subtle Halloween touch!
Ans a fine capture of the mushroom, lovely colours and details!
The season is very evident in the carpet of leaves, and the fill flash adds a warm touch!
Pablo -

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-31 23:35]

Hi Karan

Again a great shot - like the detail in the workshop too.

Exposure and focus spot-on.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-01 3:09]

Hi Karan.
I am impressed with both shots. They are really amazing. Your POV, vibrant colours, fantastic details and sharpness of the entire image, superb framing and composition impress my (tired to end of the day :-))) imagination. Bravo. Excellent job and observation.

Hi Karen,
It does look like a scull, good eye on catching that! Great close up of this scary mushroom! :o) I really like the color and the fall leaves around on the ground Nice shot. TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-01 9:37]

Hello Karan

A well composed shot of this large fungi.
The colours are bold and vivid.
Very good focus and details.
The lighting is well handled.
I like the leafy forest floor.


Hi Karan,
I really enjoyed the workshop photo and both links too. I had no idea that those round ball fungi that I sometimes see, evolve into something like this. It is a subject that obviously I know very little about. The photo is great though. It is sharp and well exposed. I love the autumn brown forest litter surrounding this bright pumpkin colored fungus. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-02 3:22]

Hi Karen, this is a fine shot with perfect light, details, rich colour and sharpness! The workshop sample is spooky, how apt. Also good to see the life cycle, you have great patience. It has a great pov and is set off beautifully surrouned by the autumn leaves. Great work all round.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-02 13:59]

Hi Karan,
once again life caught at the smaller end of the spectrum expertly by you! Amazing control over the exposure here, really a great job. All other aspects great too as usual, the skull is a huge bonus, well spotted!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-11-03 15:40]

Hi Karan,
A very beautiful photo with wonderful colours, excellent sharpness and pov and a nice natural autumnal background.
I've enjoyed the Halloween proof on the WS :-)
TFS, JosÚ M.

Hello Karan,
splendid automnal shot with lovely colors and a excellent lighting, perfect focus and ideal point of view,
well done,

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  • martic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 1 N: 159] (1327)
  • [2007-11-05 13:03]

Hi Karan,
beautiful composition with this amanita, great colors and wery well framed, really pleasant for eyes
Thank you

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-06 0:30]

Hi Karan,
Wonderful shot with such bright colours and sharp details. The mushroom is interestingly shaped and your choice of title is apt if one goes by the workshop shot. I like the natural surrounding here. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Karan,
Your workshop photo shows me that you did a very close inspection on the fungi. I'm sure that it I would have missed it completely. I really like this series of the life of this fungi. Its such a great idea to follow its short life span and show is the difference in shape, color and size throughout. I guess that when you consider a next photo you will show us some ugly dark brown mass.
The details and lighting in this photo are awesome. I like the untouched area around the mushroom and the perfect warm colors.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-12-01 12:56]

Hola Karan.
Una bonita seta pero imagino que ha de ser venenosa.
Buenos detalles y estupenda luz.
Saludos, Sira.

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