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Helvella Mushroom

Helvella Mushroom
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-15
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D-80, SIGMA 70-300MM F-4-5.6 APO DG MACRO AFM, @ ISO 640, BW 58 MM UV FILTER
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fungal Beauties [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-18 14:08
Viewed: 6349
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My brother-in-law Ufuk and i while exploring in Epping Forest (Essex) came across a very unusual-at least for me!- mushroom species that i think is Helvella (Saddle) species which i`ve never seen before but i am not sure whether it is the white form (sp. crispa) or the black form (sp. lacunosa).

TFL and greetings from London!


Update: Thanks to Laszlo for id.

Helvella crispa [white saddle, Elfin saddle or Common Helvel]

For more info on the species please click here

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Ciao amico Bayram, beautiful mushroom from englamd, lovely composition with splendid light, wonderful autumnal colors and excellent sharpness, I like a lot, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-18 14:21]

Hello Bayram,
After a disturbance of treknature during two days, this is the first contact. And it's late in the evening now.
Great photo in very beautiful colours and light. I've never seen something like this. Good sharpness, POV, DOF and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-18 14:33]

Hello MF Bayram.
What a curious set of mushrooms. I like a lot the composition. Excellent sharpness, POV and DOF.
My compliments and TFS.Best regards Siggi

Dayi ben bile o kadar zamandir burda yasarim, gormedim:)
Demekki bakmayi bilmek lazim. Hehe.. Cok guzel dayi eline saglik.

Hola Bayram

Vaya pero que es esto tan extraño, vaya cosas más raras que hay por ahí.
Una imagen fabulosa, una nitidez desorbitante y una composición en regla, asi tendríamos que hacer todos las fotos "perfectas". Realmente me gusta esta imagen lo bien tratada y el buen punto de vista adquirido. Felicidades y gracias por compartirla con nosotros.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-18 14:47]

Hi Bayram,very nice to see that you think at us in holiday too..eheh..and what a nice surprise,our fungi's fans friends will be jealous of your specie,no comment about the quality of pic always perfect..and the point of view is fantastic.Thanks for share,have a good night,Luciano.

Never seen before that kind of mushroom..Very unusual and interesting.. Atactrive for food..Shape looks like pirohu which is kind of home make pattisseri...Well done brother...Colors and details perfect and well presented...Good job...

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-18 14:54]

Hello Prof. Bayram,
your venture into Essex forest is very worthwhile. This saddle fungi are really special and exciting to me too. I never seen it and I never thought that fungi could exist in this form and feature.
You have shown it in good view.


Hello Bayram,

WOW! étranges champignons!!! lovés dans la végétation automnale.
Parfaite harmonie des couleurs, beau cadrage et splendeurs magiques.
Merci pour cette présentation.
Agréable nuit. A bientôt ici .

Hi MF Bayram. This mushroom from Essex has its unique character in it. Great find exploring while reuniting with your family in the UK. Beautiful landscape down South and have a good time shooting.

Hi Bro,

Sorry for the little late check but had i'net connection problems today and yesterday (with TN). Your specimens seem Helvella crispa (Scop.) Fr., because Helvella lacunosa Afzel. has black "cap", and likes a bit warmer ground temperature, in most of the cases grows between May and September. Plus, "stem" and "cap" of H. lacunosa always have different colors, not ca. the same as your photo shows and there are always some anastomosis between the margins of the "stem" - although, without microscopical analysis I can't be 100% sure, unfortunately.

As a photo, it's simply fantastic. Excellent exposure and contrast - just the way I like it. :) No need to mention perfect sharpness, DoF, and a very well thought out composition as well - even with a small brown mushroom at right. :) Absolutely incredible job. Bravo Bareatom.

Tfs, friendly regards, László

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-11-18 17:28]
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Hello Bayram,
Great shot of these very unusual looking mushrooms. I checked my guide and I believe they are Fluted White Helvella.
I don't remember ever actually seeing this type out in the field, but your photo gives us a great presentation of their strange appearance. Super detail, color and exposure. Well done!!

Hi little bro,

after an disturbiun, your the first critique.
Yes your right with the ID.
Good picture with low pov and exellent sharpness.
Fine natural colours.


Bayram hocam. Enteresan bir mantar ve onun nefis bir makrosu. selamlar

Hello Bayram,
Exceptional details and focus. Very good focus and composition.
Great clarity and beautiful natural colours. Interesting mushrooms.
Have a nice weekend!

Hello Bayram,
A great photo of strange mushroom, photo taken with great control over the flash light
Take care in London and cover yourself, you must be freezing ?
Best regards

Ciao BBB. Impressive DOF so like details and sharp. Intrigant playing of light MF!


Bonjour Bayram,
Très belle publication bien composée valorisant bien les sujets sous une excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

hello Bayram
very beautiful picture with great details and super pose of this group
very good naturel colours
greeting lou

Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Doğrusu İngiltere'ye gitmişken oranın doğal hayatına kayıtsız kalmayacağınızı tahmin ediyordum. Bunu bu güzel Helvella türüyle ispatladınız. Bunun şapkası siyah bir türünü yıllar önce Selçuk'ta mantar toplayan çocukların elinde görmüştüm.
Elinize sağlık,
Anavatan'dan yeni karelerinizde görüşmek üzere,

Merhaba Bayram,
Very strange fungi... Excellent and uncommon capture for you! I see that you are very flexible in your nature subjects and climates! Have a good weekend with your family,

Hi Bayram

Good shot of this unusual looking fungi. Good compopsition and sharpness. Hope you are having fun in England.


Hello Bayram
The mushroom season provides us with very nice pictures, and the discovery of specimens varied.
Thank you for this beautiful shot, with beautiful colors, and so natural.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-11-20 2:16]
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Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Daha önce hiç görmediğim(fotografını dahi) bir mantar türü.Sen de çok güzel görüntülemişsin.Umarım tatilin güzel geçiyordur.

Merhaba Hocam, tatilde bile boş durmamışsınız. Çok değişik bir mantar türü. İlk kez gördüm sayenizde. Ellerinize sağlık. Saygılar.

Hello Bayram,
compliments for the photo, excellent colors, great sharpness and excellent POV.
Very Very nice.
Thanks for sharing
hello Vanni

Merhaba Bayram
what a beautiful species of mushrooms, i have never seen before, superb presentation and POV, excellent details and colors
fine natural environment
Have a great time in London

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-20 22:05]

Hi Bayam.
Ultimate reproduction of all attractive features of the species. Great use of lovely for me lens and excellent flash work. I am also impressed with 3D-effect. Picture is looked perfectly. Exact aperture settings allowed you to blur BG nicely and to save extreme sharpness of the mushrooms. Excellent job. My compliments and TFS.

Hellow Bayram,
Good exposure and your colours are really eye catching.A really uniquely shaped mushroom, a first for me, well done.

Selamlar sayın hocam,
çok farklı ve çok enterasan bir çalışma olmuş.
Elinize sağlık
En güzel dileklerimle,

Çok değişik bir mantar hocam. Börek gibi durmuş:)
Emeklerinize sağlık. Saygılar.

Çok değişik hocam bu:) gerçekten ilginç. Emeklerinize sağlık.

Merhaba Hocam,
Orada da boş durmamışsınız anlaşılan, doğa sevgisi böyle bir şey :) Gerçekten çok ilginç mantarlar, paylaşımınız için teşekkürler.

Saygılarımla, Naşit

Merhaba bayram hocam,
tatildede boş durmamış harika bir mantar türünü bizlerle paylaşmışsınız, teşekkürler Selamlar..

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-11-23 2:13]

Hocam bunu görmemişim dün. Gerçekten böreği andırıyorlar. Çok ilginç bir mantar türü. Sayenizde bizde tanışöış olduk.
Ellerinize sağlık. Urfa'dan selamlar.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-11-25 13:31]
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Maşallah,boş durmamışsın yine:) Ben de Turkey galeri sayfasına boşuna bakıyormuşum kaç gündür foto yükledin mi diye,meğerse genel galeriye ya da profiline bakmalıymışım.Gerçekten değişik ve ilginç bir mantar türü imiş.Kayseri mantısına benziyor:)
Eline emeğine sağlık,çok güzel olmuş...

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-28 7:41]

Hello Bayram,
An excellent capture of this strange fungus that I've only seen and captured once here. It is not exactly beautiful but very interesting to any 'fungi fan' like me! I like the dark background here and details are very sharp. Good use of the flash and well composed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hello Bayram

excellent and beautiful shot of these mushrooms,
with very fine low POV, superbly focused great
sharpness and details, i love the high density
of the color tones, TFS


hello my friend Bayram, strange image, your presentation is very beautiful, composition and "red" BG, the use of light make a warm splendid colors and the sharpness is great, very good fungi photo!
regards Nasos

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