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Phellinus pomaceus - Season Debut

Phellinus pomaceus - Season Debut
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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: 2009-03-15
Categories: Fungi
Camera: HP Photosmart R817
Exposure: f/4
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Fungi of Hungary [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-15 15:21
Viewed: 4575
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi folks,

Today evening I wanted to post something else, but due to I manage to shoot my first fungi photos of 2009, I hope You understand I wasn't able not to share it with You immediately... The specie on the pic is Phellinus pomaceus, a plant pathogen, infecting in most of the cases trees belonging to Rosaceae family: first and most of all plum and peech (Prunus sp.), sometimes apple (Malus), hawthorn (Crataegus), very sometimes other deciduous trees - and the literature also knows 2 cases when it was found on European fir (Abies alba). Although this specie's an unwanted organism, which slowly causes white caries, not a real danger source, because it doesn't cause the death of the tree, or at least very-very slowly. Parasite on living trees, saprobic on dead ones. Very common all over the world, in the whole Eurasian region, North and Central America, Australia + in New Zealand.

Photo: shot in my parents' week-end garden, on an old plum tree. Not really a spectacular specie, so I tried to make the pic more interesting by using "bird perspective", which I almost never use in fungi photography. So, the background You see is really the ground, and the tree from above. PP: shot with the compact camera, so my often repeated 'sharpening the fungus' and 'gaussian blur to the background' games were of course played, with a slight level correction.

As a workshop, I upload my 10-year-old son's collage, including his version about this bracket fungus + spring flowers also photographed today, except for the Galanthus shot a few days ago in a park in the city. All photos were done by him, and all Photoshop work was done by me on the image. I hope You like both pics.

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Hey a good idea to take a picture from above! Well done

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-16 5:19]

Hi Laszlo! You are surely one the best on TN in the choice of different and unusual point of view. From the ground to the air..ehehe..this is really a great idea,not better position to show and do understand this unusual fungi.Great details and perfect time of exposure...have a nice day my friend,Luciano

Hi Laszlo,
An interseting shot and note about this parasitic fungus.
I like your sons collage too.
Very nice work.
Cheers & TFS

Hello Laszlo,
congratulations for this first fungi image of 2009, i like the extremely low POV for a very pleasant composition with superb sharpness and beautiful natural colours, excellent picture.
Best regards

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-16 12:43]

Hello Laszlo!

Great shot from Spiderman's POV :-) Fungus maybe common but I know this feeling - first spring photo. POV is great, details on fungus surface also looks excellent. Good exposure and white/green colours.

Hi Baratom Lazslo, congrats on your first fungi shot of this year. You are very lucky too. Last weekend i gone to mountainous areas to find and photograph some fungi but i could not success:( may be next weekend i can find.
You captured this perfectly as usual, with great DOF, excellent POV and great details.
TFS and cheers MF!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-17 19:51]

Hi Laszlo,
yeah..I have seen a lot of this fungi affecting the plants here too. But whatever, they contribute something to our environment too.
Lovely bird's view, I feel as if Im hanging on the branch shhoting directly onto the face of the fungi. Wll composed I say as it gives the story of what it is all about.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-25 5:32]

A great POV that you photographed this fungi shot. Impressive shot in all aspects.
TFS and G's,

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