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Coral fungi

Coral fungi
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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: 2007-06-24
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/2 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-16 4:48
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I dedicate this post to my friend Felipe (extramundi) whose amazing fungi shots never cease to amaze and inspire me. Studying his work helped me discover a whole new world on th eforest floor. His work has taught me how to look at fungi from ground level and find new angles to shoot from.

I found this beautiful apricot-pink coralloid fungi (Ramia sp.) in leaf litter near Carrington Falls. The coralloid tuft was perhaps 10 cm across and I think you will agree that it would look quite at home in a coral reef display.
The coral fungi of Australia are quite varied and range in colours from white, yellow, reds to blues and purples. Most are wood recyclers and are found on the forest floor and have a pungent smell. Some members of this group are known to be quite toxic.
The shot was taken in natural light and the camera is places on a thin flat rock in front of the specimen.

SelenE, uleko, LordPotty, Ken52, JORAPAVI, extramundi, Kathleen has marked this note useful
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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-16 5:02]

Hi Chris,
I didn't know that such a fungi exists. It looks just like a coral, very interesting and beautiful... Well seen and captured. Thanks for showing us.
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-16 9:31]

Hello Chris,
This really looks just like a coral!! Amazing fungus very well captured against the dark wet leaves. I like the low POV too! Great sharpness and fine colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-16 10:20]

Hello Chris,
Perfect POV, intersting and beautiful fungi it has marvelous colors and details. Great composition and texture, wonderful BG.. Well Done

"I'll Be Back"

great one, never saw this before, TFS Ori

Lovely shot of this coral fungus Chris.
I'm quite surprised to see it growing under eucalypts,and in such a light location.
I've found some beautiful purple ones like this at Punakaiki.
You should be able to get the ID for this from Clives Hidden Forest site.
Cheers, Steve

Hi Chris, if I didn't see this here in your post I might have thought this was a pretty good looking branch coral. Very nice shot. Excellent lighting, texture and colour throughout. We got to Carrington Falls. You were right, it was much better flow than last year.

Thanks, John

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-17 9:42]

I don't know much about photographing fungi, but you have captured a beautiful color here. Excellent exposure.

Hola Chris,
Preciosa toma de este bello ejemplar, buena definición, bonito contraste de color con el fondo y las hojas, agradable luminosidad, Saludos
José Ramón

I have seen some of these around here, but colours were much paler, this one is like a flower in the middle of the woods.
I appreciate very much your words and dedication, MF. The fact is that most of people that begin to feel interest and look down to the forest floor, discover this interesting "microworld" so near and so unknown...
Not a nit on this capture, perfect from top to bottom, thanks again and best regards, Felipe.

Hi Chris.
Excellent composition, exposure and detail. Really stands out from the dead leaves surronding it. Wonderful image with great detail front to back of the fungi.

New Zealand

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-08-23 12:07]

Hi Chris

what a stunning picture of this coral fungus showing its environment so very well as well. great shot and very well done.


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