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Botrytis cinerea /Grey Mould

Botrytis cinerea /Grey Mould
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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: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-17
Categories: Fungi
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100, Cokin 58mm close-up +3
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-12-26 5:50
Viewed: 10931
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the Fungi Most of us encounter in every day life, Botrytis cinerea the Grey Mould is found even in our homes growing on fruit in the fruit bowl or even in the fridge on leuttice or strawberries, starting as a damp soggy patch near a site of damage like a bruise or worm hole. The next stage is will get a white fuzz over the area and as it mature you get what you see here the fine white hairs tipped with the black spore bodies ready to spread to the next victim, for more detail have a look at this web site from the University of Paisley (Biology dept.)Clich Here to Veiw
This is an apple somebody had forgotten to eat for lunch and it has quietly mouldered away till you see this hair like effect.
Taken with the Sony F707 on a tripod with a +3 close uplens, using time delay shutter release to allow for the best vibration free image possible, so in theroy this should be as good as it gets with the Sony. I am hopping the apple is still in some sort of shape when the new Nikon D200 finally arrives and you can see a comparison image? The BG is a sheet of old perspex proped up behind to try and remove the distracting BG of the Potting shed and taken in the afternon with a low sun to try and use the warm tones of the late light to bring up the colours of the rotten apple.
Open image
small amount of shadows and highlight to bring up more details in the left side, a seperate flash off camera would of been better to add light in instead of adjustment later.
Crop to size at 720 dpi 28.22cm wide ( this converts later to TN maximum size easily)
Clone out 2 small white spots of dirt on the surface I had failed to see when setting the shot up.
Sharpen with Un-sharp Mask via. Mode > Labcolour > Channels > Lightness > USM > Mode > back to RGB.
Save image at this stage to print file at full size of 720dpi , I find this gives me a quality print with my Epson 2100 printer.
Image size , Resize down to 72dpi this automatically makes the image 800 pixels wide TN normal maximum size.
Use SAVE AS to save image as a Jpeg and use the quality control to reduce the image size below 200k TN maximum, I find between 150 and 170K level 7 and 8 workks well. not as fine adjustment as SAVE TO WEB but has the advantage of keeping the Exif shooting data which is the displayed in the notes and is a clickable area.
Hope you enjoy this different sort of mould / Fungus

dew77, scottevers7, PDP, roconnell, livios, petrudamsa, Mousehill, marmottelolo, Dizzy, dantor has marked this note useful
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Hi Robert,
this is a very unusual shot - normaly nobody will make a shot of molded food. But I think it's very interesting, and it looks a little nice here - cool form like a fur-cap on this apple ;-) So thanks, excellent sharpness and colours, excellent idea, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-26 6:40]

Hello Robert!
Excellent close up.Clear details,colors,POV,sharpness,framing,lighting and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Good close up and terific details.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2005-12-26 9:05]

Hi Rob, very interesting.. happy i wasnt there but I have to admit its nature and growing. Nice a different point of view, altough I dont hope you want to share all different fungi's... nice day Reina

Hi Robert,
Fascinating stuff. It's nice to get a little lessson in
botany, and photography rolled into one. I think the detail in this is fairly sharp. The bottom of the apple is very sharp, bur the fungi seems softer. Is this falloff in DOF, or is this the problem you talked about earlier concerning sharpness. The setup and lighting worked great here.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-26 10:45]

Hi Rob, very interesting capture. I've seen fungi, tomatoes and dog poo with this mould but not an apple. I like the colour of the apple with the mould appearing on the equator. Very nice.

Great detail. This is an up-close view of a fungi so quickly disposed of - too quickly to take a good look. Well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-26 13:01]

Hahaha, Rob. That is a great shot. Very common part of our life, yet rarely depicted in photos. Original capture with sharp details and good colors. Thanks for an interesting capture. Happy new year to you and your family. : )

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-12-26 13:38]

Robert, unusual shot - and I like this.

Great colors and composition. Sharpness is great too.

You alreay do a great job. I'm sure this will even better with you new camera.

Quite impresive shot. Most of us are knowing and seing this mold, yet few has the inspiration to imortalize it.

Regards, Petru

Wonderfull closeup of mouldy apple!
Composition in the frame: Excellent
Colours: a little dull but very suiting for the image
Sharpness: spot on!
Overall: very nice photo!

bonsoir robert
cette photo est impressionante, la moissisure lui donne une sorte de chevelure.j'aime beaaucoup.

Hello Robert
Excellent closeup of the decaying apple. Very interesting choice of subject matter. Very well lit and composed. I found the levels to be a bit dim - it may be the monitor on this laptop - but thought I would attempt a WS anyway.

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