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Clouded agaric (Clitocybe nebularis)

Clouded agaric (Clitocybe nebularis)
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-18
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/25 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-06 10:22
Viewed: 4833
Points: 39
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last week work has, again, kept me away from being active. Many hours of computer work, meetings and trips made me just too tired to sit even more time behind a screen at home. Unfortunately this will not change for the next couple of weeks.

Anyway, today was a bit of a normal day at work, so I found some energy left to post a photo and critique some of yours.

This is the second photo I post from my short vacation in Belgium. As I mentioned with my first photo, not many photos were made during the vacation. It was a family vacation so time and energy were more directed to family things. Although being outdoors and nature is something my dad and I enjoy.

After searching a long time for some mushrooms, we finally found a spot were several different species grow. The Clitocybe I captured here is far from special, but its location and they way the sun shined on them made them special enough for me to capture. I particulary liked the splash of color from the red and yellow leaves since most leaves in the forest were brown colored. On a second look, the yellow leaf might be a bit too distracting. My goal was to set up the camera in such a way that the first fungi would be sharp while the second one would fall outside the focal area but not become unrecognizable.

Well, thats it for a note for today. I am now going to select the camera data and critique some photos. I do hope that you will understand that I cannot critique all your missed photos.

PaulH, gracious, wallhalla15, bobcat08, mirceax, earthtraveler, horia, Jamesp, pablominto, Evelynn, marioana, Adanac, hester, Hormon_Manyer, paromitadey has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-06 10:31]

Hi Niek,
good to see you're still alive and not completely overwhelmed by work! i know the feeling...
Anyway, another great shot to go with your last one.
Very nice composition with the fungi in the BG slightly higher, your efforts to create the effect you wanted using the right DOF have worked very well. Also a great job on the exposure, which was probably quite difficult. The setting in Autmnal leaves is great too. Great work, hope you're workload lightens sooner rather than later..

Hello Niek
What is really special about this photo to me is that the subjects are undisturbed and amongst the leaf litter that has fallen..maybe you arranged some colourful leaves in the fg and if you did this works perfectly..but the subject is left untouched...perfect work.
tfs and best regards

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-06 10:53]

Delighted to have you back again Niek!
superb composition, colours and details and your notes are wonderful: a good mix of personal and informative

Hello Niek,
this is a very good autumn shot. Very good framing, good sharpness, POV and DOF. Very nice colours and a very good composition. Thank you.

Hallo Niek,

Zo te lezen een aardige drukke tijd achter de boeg en misschien ook wel in het vooruitzicht. Maar laat je daarvan niet weerhouden de natuur bij tijd en wijlen met een bezoek te vereren en ons van je mooie foto's te laten genieten. Ik vind dit een weloverwogen uitgekiende compositie. Als je naar de kleurschakeringen kijkt, komt dat toch mooi over. Het witcreme van de paddestoelen, daarom heen de bladeren in de herfstkleuren. Een beter onderwerp kan je toch haast niet hebben. De POV, BG en DOF zijn gewoon goed. Al heb ik een beetje twijfels over de paddestoelen v.w.b.t. de focus. Je maakt de foto compleet met een van die mooie frames. Groeten, sterkte en tot TFS BOB

Hi Niek,
Beautiful shot with superb autumn colours.Perfect exposure and focus.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-06 23:13]

Hi Niek

Great macro - good detail and colours. A very accomplished posting - I have the lenses but do not think I have the necessary patience!


Hello Niek,
A lovely mushroom image!
Good point of view exposes the subject well, great details in the focused mushroom...
I like inclusion of the dry leaves, to enhance the autumn atmosphere!
Pablo -

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-07 1:37]
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Hi Niek

As i said before, sorry to hear work is keeping you from your daily pleasures...
Well, from how i've come to know you, i'd say you made the best of that trip in Belgium. Family does come first, but if, aside, you got the chance to take a small walk anywhere and see something nice, i know you would not miss the opportunity.
This is a nice mushroom photo, but perhaps not your best in terms of the mushroom itself. Not that it's not sharp or exposed well, but it lacks that certain "je ne sais quoi" that you usually put in your pictures. Please don't get me wrong...i'm not trying to get too critical here, i just know you like an honest opinion :)
Now that aside, i can't help admiring the diversity in the colors of the fallen leaves around the two fungi.
The DOF is also well managed and the second mushroom being blurred, it gives a nice sense of depth to the composition - which itself is very well thought of, with the leaf from the left side occupying exactly 1/3 of the frame and the "main" mushroom placed at the opposite thrid of the scene.
Parhaps i should try and cheer you up in these days of hard and long work, but rather than bluffing with words, i preferr to wait for your next beautiful shot (ehrnever it may come) and tell you "this is what i've been waiting for to inspire me" :) Ok?

Cheers, my friend and take it easy :)

Hi Niek,
this arrangement is so beautiful, so warm colours and the soft one in the back, that's so nice, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Great capture Niek, I wonder is this the mushroom season Id love to see a few of these around the forest. Love your low POV good contrast yet retaining detail in the shaded areas. Well done.

Hello Niek,
Nice to see your posting!
very well composed in full richness of colouration!
perfect exposure and focus always in sharpness with details
well done and thanks for the wonderful notes
all the best

Hi Niek,
Nicely composed shot.
The forest floor colors and textures add so much to the image.
Personally I think I would prefer a greater DOF to include the other mushroom and BG leaves. It would be interesting to compare the 2 like a WS on DOF.
Beautiful clarity otherwise and light
Richard... see you later

We all do what we can do, and no one expects more. I always enjoy your intimate shots Niek. I think even more than the mushrooms, I like the leaves. I would have liked to see even more of them as the colors and textures are so nice. I had planned to post a mushroom shot too, just for fun. Then for some baffling reason, my entire folder of images I had prepared for TN ... disappeared... vanished... into thin air! I have never had such a thing happen in over 30 years of owning Macs. I am completely baffled and it is completely gone! I still have the originals... but "phooey! : P

If one wanted to get more of this scene in focus... how would one do it?

Evelynn : )

Hi Niek,

nobody realized that your photo shows Clitocybe nebularis (Batsch 1789) Quélet 1857 instead of Russula cyanoxantha (Schaeffer 1774) Fries 1863, very very different.

by, Marco DM

Hey Niek.
Very lovely forest close up. Good light and colour. Nice pleasant composition. Hope work doesn't get the better of you. Take care. have a good week.
Best regards, Steve.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-12 18:27]

Hello Niek,
Marvelous colors in this superb composition. Sharp focus alows us a good look at the fungi. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Norte Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 45] (184)
  • [2007-11-19 11:39]

Very nice colors and a good composition here.
Good feeling of depth also.
Jon :)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-04 9:51]

Hi Niek

The autumn colours are just wonderful, so rich. Great POV and excellent focus



Hi Niek,
Although Your first ID specification wasn't correct, this is a marvellous photo, showing the grey fungi and the colorful leafs very well and making an awesome contrast between them. Good focus.
A short advice to the end: if You do fungi shots, "gardening" (=cleaning the scene from unfocused leafs or/and grass-blades) is as important as doing the photo itself.
Congrats and tfs, best regards from Hungary, László

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