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Black Vs. Bright - To Mehmet

Black Vs. Bright - To Mehmet
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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: 2010-08-01
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/2000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Fungi of Hungary II., Hormon's dedications [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-15 8:58
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear Friends, I'd like to dedicate my today post to Professor Mehmet Atatür (matatur), whose wonderful shell photos we all admire. Why dedicated to Mehmet if the photographed subject is very different? Because I like Mehmet's marvellous black backgrounds (on each of his images) very much, and when finding these fungi, I immediately wanted to experiment a bit how to photograph this kind of background in the nature. I hope you can like this Mehmet hocam.

There are 2 species on the pic (if we discount the dead birch tree): a living, perennial fruitbody of Fomitopsis pinicola and a dead, annual specimen of Piptoporus betulinus.

Fomitopsis pinicola (Sw.) P. Karst. is a locally not too common species, mostly growing on coniferous trees, but I already found it on beech, and (like in this case) birch also. Piptoporus betulinus (Bull.) P. Karst. is common in Hungary, although a very host-specific polypore: only growing on birch (Betula spp.).

Photo: taken afternoon, in average, not extreme light conditions (see workshop for the scene with natural lights). I used flash, small aperture (the smallest my bridge camera is capable of is f/11) and extremely fast shutter speed to get bright fore- and dark background. When I saw the pic on the LCD monitor, I was immediately thinking about Mehmet's photos - although his shots are much better, of course. PP: moderate cropping, level adjustment, selective sharpening. I hope You like it.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-15 9:26]

Hello László,
A fine capture of what we call in Swedish 'klibbticka', meaning sticky bracket fungus. It is is quite common in my country.
I like your POV with the use of flash well regulated without unnecessary reflections and with good exposure of the light parts as well as the coloured.
Here it is growing on birch but we have it most commonly on dead spruce.
I have photographed this species and have not dared to post it: now I know why!:))
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Laszlo,
Two fungi on a shot is uncommon. Excellent composition, with nice contrasts on the dark background and great sharpness with droplets as bonus. Yes, this is the style of Prof. Mehmet Atatür! And also the form of these fungi remind us some shells. Have a nice weekend,

Excelente trabajo con la luz y los colores Laszlo.
Este ańo estoy disfrutando de los hongos ya que las
últimas lluvias están propiciando su germinación.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Ciao Laszlo, splendid fungi, wonderful contrast against dark BG, beautiful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Laszlo friend,
This is what I mean when I say that to take pictures of mushrooms, you must have very special skills! ... Good job! Ypu've used the flash of your Lumix perfectly! ... Congratulations also on the quality of details and whites perfectly exposed!

I saw your note, is a good dedication to Mr. Mehmet, he does amazing things with photos of sea shells!

Regards, TFS, Have a happy WE!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-15 12:25]

Hello Laszlo,
An excellent capture of this Bracket fungus showing very sharp details and fine colours against the black background. I like the way the sticky droplets show clearly. Very well done - will have to try these settings!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Thank you very much indeed for your courtesy Laszlo, and your capture of these fungi look great with and without flash, but of course I favor the dark BG, which effectively stands out those contrasty fungi to a perfection. Those water droplets provide a fine feeling of depth to the scene. Thank you also for sharing these wonderful macro studies with us my friend.

Hi Laszlo,
one of your many beautiful fungus pictures. Great details and colours.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-10-16 0:33]

Witaj Wladyslaw,
Your experiment like me very much. These colours against black BG are more intensive.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Laszlo,
Interesting capture with vivid colours and great focus.
Superb composition.

hello Laszlo
very nice picture with good details and nice colours
greeting lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-18 6:41]

Hello MF Laszlo,
look so delicious. The Chinese like this type of gano very much.
the water droplets are stunningly composed to give a good dramatic effect.
The colours are lovely and lively.
It is nothing but beautiful presentation and a noble dedication to Prof. Matatur.


Looks like the right settings Laszlo, you achieved the desired results nicely.
The black BG works very well, exposure & details look fine.
I like this better than the WS, much more dramatic :)
Be well!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-20 4:54]

Hello Laszlo,

Excellent composition, with nice contrasts on the dark background and great sharpness with droplets as bonus
Sharpness and clarity be superb. TFS.
Excellent captured nice composed.
Very well done, TFS

Warmest regards,

Hi Laszlo. You have crawled low to get this beautiful angle and framed it nicely for us in TN. The sharpness is pristine with the droplets. I like the white cap contrasting well with the darker tone underneath it. Beautifully muted background and the image really pops. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. Regards. Jusni

Ciao Lazlo. Excellent contrast so like sharp and details with perfect DOF. Intrigant balck BG!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-10-24 22:56]

Hi Laszlo.
You managed to create a shot at Matatur's style. Lights, POV and details of the fungi are ultimate. Dark BG is really wonderful for such objects. Fill flash is great as well as quality of the image at whole. My compliments and TFS.

Hi again Bareatom,

Extremely awesome close-up! Photography at it's finest, great work with this one. Impressive clarity and precision focus, the centred composition, contrary to some photographic rules, works well here too.
TFS and have a lovely weekend with your nice family MF!
Greetings from Izmir,


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