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Amanita muscaria - Toxic

Amanita muscaria - Toxic
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-25
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria, Mushrooms [Chapter 2] [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-10 14:14
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Fly Agaric. Scientific name : Amanita muscaria - Not edible : toxic.
Description : cap 5-25cm diameter, rounded at first, then plane in age, surface viscid when moist. Margin striate often with adhering partial veil fragments when young. Cap red, usually with white warts but in one variety, yellow warts.
Gills adnexed to free, white to cream, edges roughened.
Stipe : white, 7-16 cm long, 2-3 cm thick, tapering to a bulbous base ; partial veil membranous, breaking to form a superior skirt-like veil. Volva consisting of two to three concentric rings at the stipe base.
Spores : 9-13 x 6.5-9.5 µm elliptical, smooth, nonamyloid. Spore print white.
Habitat : Amanita muscaria occurs under conifers in forest. From June to November...
Edibility : Toxic. Contains ibotenic acid and muscimol.
Photo : resized and framed in 800x600 for TN. Picture made at 1400m above the Chinaillon.
I have already posted this mushroom captured with the IXUS from another anle, but in fact I think this new one is better with the low POV, what do you think ?

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Excellent Photo! I've also noticed that coincidently that there is a pinecone in a lot of your mushroom pictures? Paul :)

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-10 14:22]

it's a postcard christian,
fantastic composition, very good point of view, fantastic mushroomshot, great job,
gr. jaap

I like it very much, Christian,
wonderful colours and a lot of nice details.
The POV in that low position is excellent, also the sharpness and the light.
Very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

You do these close mushroom shots so very well Christian. Excellent clarity and color. Thank You.

Excellent Picture, Christian. Excellent POV, great colours and light. That´s a great composition.

Bonjour Christian
Une très belle amanite! Et cette pive est très bien placée dans
la composition. Les couleurs sont rès belles également. Joli!
A bientôt

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-10 15:07]

Hello Christian,
Excellent shot,lovely composition and POV. Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours. TFS

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-10-10 15:55]

Hi Christian,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition. Excellent work.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-10 15:56]

Wonderful shot Christian. The POV is very good and exposure is spot on. Sharp details and great DOF. Well done & TFS!


Very well done. Great colors, good details and DOF, and good composition.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-10 17:04]

Postcard shot Christian! With f2.8 only, DOF looks superb. Saturated colour of fungus, sharp and detailed surface and great compoosition with cone. I like all in your picture.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-10 17:14]
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Salut Christian
Belle composition mais j'ai remarqué qu'il y a souvent une pive à gauche dans tes clichés. C'est toi qui la place ? J'aime bien cet angle de vue. Belles couleurs et lumière.
Salutations Toni

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-10-10 17:15]

OO that are nicely say to!! what a splendid autumn photograph beautiful of colour and a good acerbity depth nice work!zou wants of it this way a poster:) groetjes Lia

Actually, I like this POV of this mushroom and pinecone better that that of the one you posted on 27/9. That was a good shot, too, but I like the lower POV of this one.



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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-10 21:13]

Appréciation personnelle pour la photo: excellente.
Impact visuel: excellent.
Pertinence de la photo pour le site: excellente.
Appréciation personnelle pour la note: complète par surcroît bilingue.
Merci beaucoup Christian.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-10 21:18]

Excellent shot, Christian
Very beautiful composition, the POV and lighting are perfect.

Salut Christian,
J'aime bien tes photos de champignons, tu sais bien les mettre en valeur avec tes photos.
Cette composition avec cette amanite et la pomme de pin est vraiment sympa.

sympa cette composition de l'ammanite et de la pomme de pin.

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2005-10-11 5:55]

Hi Christian!
Very nice picture with good details and nice colours.
Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-11 6:59]

Hello Christian!
Wonderful close up.Vivid colors,DOF,3D effect,lighting,framing and composition are excellent.

Hi Christian,
I can only say wonderful! I think all is perfect, the background, the colours, sharpness, the funghi. Exellent work! Thank you for sharing it here.

BR Martina

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  • law Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 2 N: 7] (87)
  • [2005-10-12 4:49]

Very good quality of work, Christian. Great details and sharpness. The colors are wonderful. I like your composition and the DOF is fantastic. TFS.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-12 6:15]

Bonjour Christian, belle amanite prés du cone de conifére. Malgré la secheresse en Touraine c'est le seul champignon que arrive à sortir de terre. J'en ai plein le jardin et un spécimen va arriver sur TN !! Mes félicitations Didier.

Hi Christian,
WOW! superb composition. I love the colors and textures in this shot. Great POV here. I love the pine cone in there. Great Job!

Hi Christian,
I've made it back to TN, so now I have more free time to spend here.
I've had a look through your posted shots that I've missed. I've decided to critique this one rather that the others, because I think it is a wonderful shot.
The pinecone placed next to the mushroom is brilliant. The colours are superb, the detail is clear and sharp. Great low POV and good DOF. Thanks for posting. Have a great weekend.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-10-17 6:11]

Hello Christian!
Excellent macro.Colors,DOF,3D effect,POV,framing and composition are beautyful.Thanks for posting.

Hello Christian!
Magnificent close up.Colors,POV,DOF,lighting,framing,details and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

hello Christian,
with mushroom collecting season under way, this is an appropriate shot to look at.
Excellent POV, superb sharpness and colors- congratulations.
:) Marialuisa

  • Georges Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-23 16:04]

Composition parfaitement bien vue et cadré a merveille.
La netteté est superbe bravo

Christian, in this kind of low POVs looking under the mushrooms, after making the normal shot you always make so well, try one or two shots with diffuse flash. A paper handkerchief unfolded or folded 1 or 2 times will do. You will have to do some colour correcting, but you will get rid of noise and lack of detail undeneath. Regards, Felipe.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-03-22 13:42]

Fantastic photo ! I love the composition, with the pinecone next to the mushroom. Could be a postcard !

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