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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-02
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/10 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-24 5:23
Viewed: 3395
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was going through my archive yesterday and came across this common puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme) and so I thought Id share it with you.
This puffball is commonly found in rainforest and moist eucalypt forests of eastern Australia in spring. It is pear shaped, covered with small granular warts, has a short stem and an obvious opening at the top. They usually occur on rotting wood, though this one appeared to be growing straight out of the ground.
They are about 40mm across with 10-20mm stem.

Thanks for looking and leaving a critique.

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Hi Chris,
A perfect shot of this puffball. I like this sharp and well expose image. Nice pov with appropriate blurred background. Very well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-24 10:15]

Hello Chris,
This one looks as if it is ready for a puff any second!! Really impressive sharp details and fine colours. We have different Puff balls here too but they can get very large.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-24 13:12]

Hello Chris,
Interesting to see an Australian Puffball. With all the rain we are getting, the fungi are starting early and this includes our species of Puffball but they are mostly dull white balls and hard to make an interesting shot of.
At least this one has an interesting structure and colouring and you made a good job of depicting this with fine sharpness and natural BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-24 17:34]

Hi Chris, very nice shot of this puff ball. It looks like it's about to explode. I am definitely going to need to start paying more attention to the forest floor. I don't think I've ever seen one of these. Good detail and colour on this one.

Thanks, John

Interesting shot Chris...difficult subject as there are no eye-candy colours to attract but from a photographic/illustrative pov it is good. Placement in the frame is right and you've pulled detail out of the difficult shadow/dark areas. Best, Brat.

You have pulled out a beautiful capture of this dull subject. I am very pleased you give so many importance to the BG in your fungi shots, they are a pleasure to look at :)
Lovely use of natural light, nice exposure and details.
Best regards, Felipe.

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