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Petit Mycena Duo

Petit Mycena Duo
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-28
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-20 23:52
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These Mycena fungi were taken at Tupah Forest Recreation. Tupah is a small town at the foor of Jerai Hill, the highest peak in Kedah. There were waterfalls and small river that meanders along the forest. There were a few species of fungi but there were too many leeches. I got a few bites.

Mycena haematopus is a common little mushroom that grows on wood. It is called the "blood-foot mushroom" because, when you cut the stipe a red bloodlike latex oozes out. In fact "haematopus means "blood-foot" in Greek. This bloodletting ability is quite variable, depending on the freshness and age of the specimen, how dry the substrate is, and how you cut the mushroom. Sometimes there's barely a trickle of "blood," and sometimes it almost seems to rush out, as in the picture to the left.
The genus name Mycena also has an interesting origin. Mycenae (Mykenai, in Greek), which was the capitol city of Agamemnon, was named for a mushroom (mykes in Greek).

The Mycena mushrooms are all rather small and not attractive for the table, although not poisonous. Mycena haematopus generally grows throughout the spring, summer, and fall in small clusters on hardwood trees, usually well-rotted logs that have been on the ground for a while. They also seem to require a rather humid and moist area for fruiting.
Mycena haematopus often has problems with parasites, particularly with members of the Zygomycota. Fruiting bodies are often a rich resource for microfungi, and the fragile fruiting bodies of Mycena are particularly vulnerable to attack. Very often you can find these "punk rock" Mycenas with their seemingly wild "hairstyles," but in fact these are the sporangiophores of Spinellus. The sporangia, which bear the asexual (mitotic) spores internally, are borne on the tips of the sporangiophores. Like all good and efficient parasites, the Spinellus does not kill its host, nor does it infect all members of a population. It's important for a parasite to keep its host alive so that it can continue to feast on it (or its offspring) in the future.
There are many other species of Mycena that could be found in the forest.

Reference : http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/jun2002.html

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Hello foozi,

an very nice image from these Mycena sp.
Exellent pov, sharpness and blurred bg and details.
You have in the last year your skills earned.
Getting better and better.
You have been looking good to other photoghraphers.
Fine colors.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-21 0:44]

Hello Foozi,
A wonderful shot of this little Mycena fungi taken from an attractive low POV. Beautiful coloration and excellent DOF. Nicely composed with just the right exposure. Well done!!
Best regards Siggi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-21 2:24]

Hello Foozi,
Lovely little fungi-duo shown from a well chosen low point of view. Fine composition and lovely light falling on the petit Mycaena-duo.
Well done again, Foozi!
Kind regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-21 2:27]

Hello Foozi,
With skilled use of flash and a tripod this is a fine capture of this little Mycena mushroom. The lighting is great with not too dark a BG and sharpness and natural colours excellent in a pleasing compisition that shows both surfaces of the cap to the best effect.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Good day friend Foozi,
you know me the first thing I am checking is the data when I view the image. Seems that D90 produce a wonderful color gamut at ISO200. Good clarity, depth of field and most of all, I admire that point of view. It is so dramatic! Bravo Foozi!
George Veltchev

Ciao Foozi. Great POV and perfect DOF. Magnifcent light MF!


hello Foozi
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
greeting lou

Hi Foozi,
Great sharpness and in my opinion perfect use of flash. Amazing natural colours. Very interesting point of view!
Have a nice weekend,

Another impressive photo Foozi. The POV, the composition, the colours, the BG and the sharpness are excellent.

Hi Foozi,
Your photo is pleasing my eyes and spirit. Excellent sharpness and fantastic colours and BG. The POV crated a very pleasant result. Best regards, Pambos

Original y efectivo ángulo bajo de disparo.
Buen enfoque a pesar de la dificultad de la escena por el
tamaño y la textura de ese pequeño hongo.

Saludos y buen fin de semana Foozi: Josep Ignasi.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-01-21 10:27]

Salam Foozi,
Perfect macro!
Great sharpness, details and composition.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-21 10:30]

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful photo of these fungi in splendid light and taken from an original POV. The contrasting dark surroundings is very beautiful. Excellent sharpness and details. Great choice of composition.

Ciao Foozi, lovely couple on a beautiful blurry BG, wonderful light and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Foozi

very beautiful photo of these mushrooms
with the excellent light by the Flash,
with very fine POV and the way they are framed,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Foozi,

Pin sharp details, and the slightly upward point of view adds a fine effect to the composition!
Accurate DoF leaving the background pleasantly blurred, and the colours are well reproduced...

Pablo -

Hello Foozi,
What a splendid composition and superb details with a splendid background.
Great capture.

Hi Foozi again,

Bombastic Mycena portrait! So fragile, and so elegant! POV, flashlight management and sharpness are excellent, while the composition, except for the oof foreground, is a wet dream for any fungi photographer. Bravo!

mycena is a huge genera with hundreds of species, so without microscope it's absolutely impossible to identify exactly which species is on your pic. But your note is particularly not right: there are at least 3 poisonous species in the genus (Mycena pura, M. rosea and M. pelianthina) containing the toxin muscarine. But it's true all other species are worthless for eating.

Best regards, László

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2011-01-21 21:21]

Hi Foozi,
Your short DOF has created a nice two layered image really bringing out the mushrooms. Good sharpness,details and exposure together producing a wonderful image.Well seen and good capture.

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful shot captured with excellent light and nice colours.
Great focus, fantastic composition and POV. Well done!

salam akhi Foozi
what a nice macro shot of beautiful fungi pair together. you greatly captured both of them with great sharp focus and exposure and against blurry, superb colored BG. it nicely contrasted to mushrooms. nicely composed and presented.
thanks for sharing.
best wishes

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2011-01-24 7:28]

Salaam Yaa Foozi,

Amazing informative NOTE beside a superb close uos shot, I extremely enjoyed the composition and colours also well lit exposed, well done and TFS.


Hi Foozi,

The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing the details and colorsof the Mycena mushrooms. The afternoon light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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