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Dryads Saddle

Dryads Saddle
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-04
Categories: Fungi
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-09-22 18:17
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Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Dryads Saddle (Polyporous squamosus) a Large bracket fungus (upto 60cm across) these are 45cm across the widest part, seen here on their favourite host Common Ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) though Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) and Elm (Ulmnus) are close behind though, it has been found on other species of broad-leafed trees.
It's not fussy about live or dead trees , but does seem to have a preferance for trees that have been wounded so the ones on dead stumps were probabley there before they died.The ash these are on is a well battered one having lost its top in an Autumn equinox gale a few years back.
They start off flat as seen here and are soft and fleshy, as they they get older they curl upwards to form almost an inward facing funnel becomming hard and cork like.
Edibility is a bit debatable, one book marks it with a Skull& Crossbones the other and the web sites seem to say just that although edible its not worth considering.
Taken on what seemed like one of few sunny afternoon , shot with the camera upside down so I could get the flash to up-light the white underside that was in deep shadow. the settings where the usual for the Sony in daylight mannual F8.0 at 1/1000sec.
other adjustments
rotate image 180deg.
Shadows and Highlights
sharpen edge and fade back in pin light to 75%
cloned out branch on the right.
crop image and save to web to adjust file size to below 200k (195k)

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Robert, This is some really interesting looking fungi. Like the way its presented/composed with the sky and background vegetation included. With the multiples here you were able to give both top & bottom views which is great. And your note on your flash use is something I will remember for "future" reference. Thanx!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-23 8:29]

Otra bonita presentacion de hongos Robert.
No es fácil componer una imagen con ellos que siempre sea atractiva.
En este caso, lo es... buena perspectiva y encuadre vertical.
Bella coloracion y una iluminacion que lo realza.
Tus notas, excelente como siempre.

Another pretty presentation of fungi Robert.
It is not easy to compose an image with them that always is attractive.
In this case, it is it... good perspective and vertical frame.
Beautiful coloration and an illumination that heightens it.
Your notes, excellent like always.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-23 11:11]

Belle et instructive cette photo de champignons ! Le fait de pouvoir en observer les deux cotés est intéressante.
Well done !

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-23 13:10]

Good imformative shot that shows both the top nad bottom of the subject. Excellent note as usual. Good work Rob.

I had never seen a Polyporous squamosus so splendid and descriptive. Good work. Thanks for sharing!

I like how you got the top and bottom into one shot. Amazing how big they are. I can see why its called a saddle. Nice catch Robert and a valauble add-on to the series.

I like this shot Rob. Its a very unusual Fungus and good read. Well done.

I like the low angle and the vertical position. Shame about the dull sky as it seems a little on the dark side.

super palier de champignon, d'une taille supprenante...tres belle prise de vue et cadrage qui met bien en vue le détail de ce végetal...belle couleur rendue...bon job...amicalement BI

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