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Lactarius piperatus - Firstly on TN

Lactarius piperatus - Firstly on TN
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Copyright: Laszlo Kaposvari (Hormon_Manyer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-03
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Fungi of Hungary [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-11 8:11
Viewed: 6642
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The festive season is over, we all returned to our 8-hour daily work... Which means I have less time for TrekNature, so my "tactics" will be one image / upload per week, on Sunday afternoon (CET), and in the meantime only commenting. Otherwise I should be "down" with my critiques / comments, but I also should like to give, not only get, if You know, what I mean... TN and commenting is a serious part of my life, and we're all here to learn and share... how should we learn without others' opinion?

My choice for this week is a very common specie, Lactarius piperatus, which You most probably saw on Your trips if You're living in the boreal region of the Northern hemisphere. Although it's frequent, I didn't find any image of it on our beloved TN, so it's the local debut of this specie. And this is such interesting for me as sharing a photo of a rare fungus specie.

You can read about Lactarius piperatus on Roger's Mushrooms or on mushroomexpert.
Common English name: Peppery Milkcap.
Hungarian name: Bitter Mushroom.
Edibility: only after boiling. Otherwise its taste is very hot, peppery. Some mycologist stated a subspecie, L. piperatus var. glaucescens as poisonous, but it was rather a case of emesis and diarrhoea caused by the hot taste of the mushroom.

I have several photos of this specie, from which I chose this one to upload, and another from this very same group (from another POV) as workshop. PP: color balance, framing, signing, re-sizing.

I hope You like it.

Note update, a few hours later:
- I checked out my literature to give more informative answer to John's ('jpdenk') question. Here in Hungary it's boiled together with bacon and ewe-cheese. No need to change water as in the boiling procedure of otherwise slightly poisonous Lactarius species like L. torminosus for example. I myself never tried it, but the people who used to eat L. piperatus this way say it's one of the tastiest mushrooms.
- Lactarius piperatus var. glaucescens is now a standalone specie, wearing the name L. glaucescens (source: Index Fungorum), and I never found any more infos about its toxic agents. What I read in my books it's an edible specie, after the same boiling procedure mentioned above.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-11 8:14]

Hello Laszlo, what a clear and excellent macro shot with superb deepth of field. Congrats on this firstly seen mushroom on TN.
TFS and G's,

hello Laszlo
great picture
good details and very sharpness
great colours
greeting lou

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-11 8:31]

Hello Laszlo!

These fungi look very similiar to ones I saw many times in almost every park/forest around. Maybe it was this specie, but I'm not sure. Picture is very good - low POV, three fungi shown from different sides, nice ligth and details. Interesting note as well. Also I like blue stripe of sky on BG.

Hi Laszlo,

A very nice image of this fiery-hot mushroom, I especially like how you show its surroundings. They grow here too, fairly common in Oak woodland, sometimes abundant. I never knew that they could be eaten until I made a friend here who is originally from Moldavia where they are also consumed.

Do you just boil them once or does it take a few changes of water?


Hello Laszlo,
I particularly like the depth of field and point of view in this work.
Extraordinary specie this Lactarius piperatus.
Thanks for sharing.

Ciao Laszlo,
un'altra splendida immagine di funghi nel tuo ottimo stile personale che evidenzia sempre anche l'ambientazione, eccellenti POV e composizione che con l'immagine in WS offrono una visione completa e dettagliata del fungo, molto buona la definizione, belli e naturali i colori.

hello Laszlo
Thanks for showing us a new specie mushroom on TN.
the shot of this three white fungis is well composed with good colors and clear details. I like also the natural environment
very well done

P.S. Thanks for your kind words on my first post

Hello Laszlo
Perfect close up with great DOF and POV. Congratultations!

Excelente iluminación Laszlo y como en cualquier tipo de imágenes de naturaleza, una excelente visión del entorno. Un buen documento de excelente realización técnica.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Laszlo,
It's always so good to view a first here.
I like a lot the low POV, lighting and good details got on the fungi.
Nice framing and presentation.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hi Baratom [in Cyp. Turkish Barea:)] Laazlo,
Congratulation on this first for TN shot of a beautiful and edible mushroom which is novelty for me.
Your capture is excellent from low POV with great DOF and details. Accompanying notes are also excellent my Barea.
Thanks a lot for sharing this perfect image.
Have a great new Week!

Ps. Also thanks for comenting my last two capture in a creative way.

Hello my friend

A fine shot of this new fungi for TN.
Great composition and sharpness, fine exposure and as usual I like the way you capture the forest within the composition.


Hello Laszlo,
Very nice exposure and light in this shot of previously unseen Lactarius piperatus
Excellent sharpness and a very good note

Szia Laci!
Nagyon érzékelhető a különbség a Lumix és a HP-k által készített képek között.
Telitalálat ez a kép, sokkal jobban tetszik, mint a ws változat, talán a háttérben látszódó erdő és a napos tisztás miatt. Az expozívióra csak egy szó van: tökéletes! Vagyis nagyon szép, kiegyenlítettek a fények.
Gratulálok és kitartást kívánok! ((:

Hello Laszlo,

Good low pov, and landscaping picture from thes Lactarius specie.
I have not been seen this one in the netherlands.Beautiful colours.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-13 14:44]

Hello Laszlo
Interesting picture of this specie, excellent colors and details. The composition is lovely, and the sharpness is great. Thank you for your coments.

Hi dear Laszlo ,
So nice.
pose is nice too.
Well composed.

Kind regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-14 11:05]

Hello Laszlo
Three beautiful fungi, all with great texture. Perfectly exposed and fantastic details as usual.
Another great one from the master of fungi macros.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Laszlo. Great macro in shadow and perfect details. Good DOF.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-15 18:41]

Hi Laszlo,
Wonderful shot of these common fungi but for the first time being uploaded here on TN. Nice shape and formation and I like your low POV to portray them. Great light handling and you show the natural habitata pretty well here.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-16 11:26]

Oh Laszlo,this not seem a pic but a peinture! What a wonderfuls soft colors,the light position too is great...and the point of view is your signature! My best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

Hello my friend Laszlo,
Congrat for this first TN posting of fungi species!
You had managed the exposure and focus brilliantly to achieved best sharpness, natural colour and superb details of it
very well done and good informative notes

Hi László,

Been a while and you have accumulated more mushrooms here. Getting low just like in your intro, I imagine in capturing this beauty. Perfect angle and pov. I like it and well done.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-01-17 4:58]

Hello Laszlo , This one is very beautiful ,a great shot from this mushrooms and a fantastic background ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-17 19:00]

Hi Laszlo,
excellent capture of these fungi. In my language we call it "kulat". Excellent lighting to depict the subjects as well as its near surroundings.
Well composed in natural environs.
thanks for your encouraging critique and kind remarks. I really appreciate it very much. Thanks.


Hi Laszlo,
Very nice, I like the comp here..
Perfect light and natural color.
Great detail/DOF and POV as well :)
Have a Great Sunday,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-19 6:26]

Hi again, László
How interesting these fungi which are only edible after boiling. Both images are fantastic, I like a lot the perspective in this one, but I also like a lot the POV in the other.
Magnificent job.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-06-12 22:14]

Hi Laszlo,
Excellent close up from you again.Large DOF,clarity,framing and POV are perfect.Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Hello Laszlo-beautiful Work.Attractive colour and light.Perfect use of sharpness.Like it.Thanks for such beauty.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

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