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Xerocomus rubellus - Goodbye to HP's

Xerocomus rubellus - Goodbye to HP's
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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: 2008-07-27
Categories: Fungi
Camera: HP Photosmart R817
Exposure: f/2.8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fungi of Hungary [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-27 15:25
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Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Today, 27th of July, 2008 was one of the greatest days in my life (if I don't count my children's birthdays etc.). Finally, after months of saving money I managed to buy my dream equipment, Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ-50. I'm very happy with it, although don't expect anything new too soon from me, I still learn how to use the technique (not in auto mode, of course). So with this photo taken today I say a partial goodbye to my old cameras: HP PhotoSmart R817 and R607. Of course I keep them (gave the R607 to my older son), and will occasionally use them in the future, but the majority of my photos will be done with the Lumix, at least I hope so. I also say thanks to Hewlett-Packard company, because I really like the cameras I have, they are the equipment I learned so much on. But it's time to step further now.

Extra special thanx to Felipe ("extramundi") for once saying - by his words - I mastered the usage of HP's.

As we often used to, we (my wife, the kids and me) went to the playground of the city park named "People's Garden". It's a park in the downtown of Miskolc, and we like it very much. Sometimes I found some fungi there, but nothing really serious.
But now, when there's such a great fungi season which was never here before, we picked our dinner there. :) Species like Agaricus campestris, Marasmius oreades and Lycoperdon perlatum aren't really surprising in a park like this, but finding Xerocomus chrysentheron and Leccinum carpini are. And for my greatest surprise, I also found Xerocomus rubellus (known also as Boletus rubellus), the first time in my life, and not less than 5 specimens. Not surprisingly we both (with my son) photographed a lot.

Some sites and books write Xerocomus rubellus is inedible, bitter, but I didn't feel any bad taste when eating the dinner. But honestly speaking we only cooked one specimen, the others were too old.

PP: exposure and white balance correction, optimal lightness and contrast, sharpening, noise reduction, gaussian blur to the background in different doses, framing, signing, re-sizing. I hope You'll like the pic.

Note update 1st of August:

Both Catherine and Chris mentioned it would have been better if I place the fungus more off-centered. They're totally right. Actually I've done it, to right, but I had to crop from the left side because of disturbing oof parts in the bottom corner. Thanx for everyone for their kind words and useful critiques.

red45, aes_thor, maurydv, CatherineD, jconceicao, sandpiper2, mlines, marhowie, boreocypriensis, Miss_Piggy, ocskaymarci has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-27 23:14]

Hi Laszlo!

Congratulations :-) You did wonders with your old HP so I think you'll master your new Panasonic fast. Very nice portrait of Xerocomus. Fungus is sharp, DOF is very good, same as low POV. Also BG is nicely blurred. It's good to have such park nearby :-)

Hi Laszlo,

nice view on this interesting mushroom, good low POV and nice light in BG. good informative note as well. If You will have a moment check my today's post- maybe You will have some idea about the species...

TFS, cheers

Ciao Laslo,
congratulazioni per la tua nuova camera; bellissima immagine di boleto a cappello rosso, eccellenti POV e composizione con l'habitat, ottima esposizione e buona la gestione del contrasto di luce, molto belli e naturali i colori.
Grazie e complimenti

Hello Laszlo,
It's a very beautiful goodbye to your old camera! Your POV is really excellent and you choose the good DOF to present this nice fungus in its environnement. The colours are very nice. Maybe the placement of the mushroom on the right (not in the center) could be better.
I wish you great pleasure with you new camera and great photos too. Best regards,

Hi Laszlo,

Fantastic capture.Great shot with excellent light,colours and detail.

Hi Laszlo

Well done on your new equipment. Its always great when the bank ballance (and the wife) finally lets you do something special.
Nice brown textures in this one and I see you continue your unique perspective - keep it up, bu tyou need to watch those bright spots in the background; they distract from the image a little bit. Having said that, they way you shoot is really good in my opinion anyway. It gives us in the southern hemisphere an idea of the type of environment you find your fungi in. I think also that maybe this one is too central in the scene, a couple of centimetres to the left might have been better, but its only my opinion. Great sharpness, I'm sure you'll be happy with your new toy.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-29 8:01]

Hello Lazlo! Congrats on your new toy! I'm glad for you. Very well done on that mushroom shot, very sharp image, fine exposure and a great result, thanks my friend.


Hi Laszlo, You have very high standars and this is good evidence. You will have the thrill of learning the new settings with the FZ-50, a very fine camera. I like this especially because of the DOF effect. Excellent work. TFS. Murray.

Hi dear Laszlo ,
Nice shot and very wel done.
Miss you and your nice photos.

Kind regards

Hello Laszlo,
You've done an excellent job here.
Great DOF isolating the fungi well in the frame.
The color, details, POV, and exposure look very good to me :)

Hi again barátom Laszlo,
Frstly congratulation on your new camera. Superb macro shot of this mushroom in all around. TFS.
Again:) Greetings from TR N. Cyprus,

Hallo Laszlo
This is just great! The clarity, focus and sharpness are splendid, and the texture of this fungi is remarkable. I do not have much knowledge about fungi and because of that I prefer not to give my comments on these kinds of postings. I can however not let this beauty pass without adding my little comment for what it is worth. A well composed image with good and clear details. A splendid image indeed. Trek Nature is without a doubt a very interesting and most educational site. Not a day will pass that I don't see or learn something new or something remarkable. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your new camera, as the images proof to come out lovely.
Kind regards from a very humid South Africa.

Hát igen, rakhattad volna valamelyik szélre alapból, utólagos korrekcióval nem az igazi, de szerintem ez nem is nagy probléma.
Tetszik a gomba vöröses kalapja, de leginkább a kompozíció ragadott meg a háttérben a világos ligettel.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-03-14 19:23]

Hi Laszlo,
Outstanding fungi shot in its natural surrounding. You really know fungi better than anyone else out here on TN and you do justice with such superb images. Very neat and sharp image with natural colours and perfect lighting. Your low POV allows us to see the habitat perfectly. Excellent DOF and composition.

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