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Amanita muscaria part III

Amanita muscaria part III
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Copyright: Maciej Gaweski (maaciejka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 82 N: 4427] (27117)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-01
Categories: Fungi
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria 2. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-29 2:38
Viewed: 2662
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo of poisonous fungi has been taken in Zegartowice about 45 minutes from Krakow.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric (pronounced /ˈæɡərɪk/) or fly Amanita (pronounced /ˌæməˈnaɪtə/), is a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous and coniferous trees. The quintessential toadstool, it is a large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually deep red mushroom, one of the most recognizable and widely encountered in popular culture. Several subspecies, with differing cap colour, have been recognised to date, including the brown regalis (considered a separate species), the yellow-orange flavivolata, guessowii, and formosa, and the pinkish persicina. Genetic studies published in 2006 and 2008 show several sharply delineated clades which may represent separate species.
Although generally considered poisonous, deaths are extremely rare, and it has been consumed as a food in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America after parboiling in water. Amanita muscaria is now primarily famed for its hallucinogenic properties, with its main psychoactive constituent being the compound muscimol. It was used as an intoxicant and entheogen by the peoples of Siberia and has a religious significance in these cultures. There has been much speculation on traditional use of this mushroom as an intoxicant in places other than Siberia; however, such traditions are far less well-documented. The American banker and amateur ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson proposed the fly agaric was in fact the Soma talked about in the ancient Rig Veda texts of India; since its introduction in 1968, this theory has gained both followers and detractors in anthropological literature.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-29 2:55]

Hello Maciek,
Beautiful photo of these fungi in splendid light and excellent sharpness. Effective use of flashlight. Good composition and DOF.

Hi Maciej .
Beautiful photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.
My best wishes for the New Year, Christodoulos

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-12-29 3:25]

Witaj Macieju,
Piekne te muchomory w zimie. Warto uzyc wiekszej przeslony f/10 i wiecej dla wiekszej glebi ostrosci.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-29 4:03]

Hello Maciek,
A very fine capture of these Amanitas taken in beautiful sunlight. Great sharpness,lovely colours and well framed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-29 5:41]

Beautiful twins, very colors, excellent species of fungi, good image. tfs.

Ciao Maciek, splendid fungi with fantastic colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Maciej,
Amazing details, colors and fantastic clarity.
It is a splendid composition with exceptional sharpness.
Great POV and lovely vivid colors with good background.

hello Maciej
very beautiful colored picture with good sharpness and great details
greeting lou

Hallo Maciej,
a very beautiful macro shot of Amanita muscaria, splendid bright colours and very good details, nice close composition
Best regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-12-29 10:35]

Cześć Maciej,
Beautiful and poisonous.!
Composition, natural color and excellent detail.
Happy New year 2011!

Hi Maciej,
A colourful mushroom beautifully photographed in its habitat. Best wishes, Pambos

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-29 11:53]

Hi Maciej,what a beautiful and colorfull specie and what a perfect quality of sharpness,i like a lot the impressive contrast between the white points on the red carpet! Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello maciej
excellent capture of this fascinating mushrooms, good light, very sharp details and great presentation and POV, a very beautiful Image TFS
Have a good night

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-12-29 14:03]

Hello Maciek,
Great composition with splendid light,excellent colors and sharpness.Very nice natural environment.TFS.

Hello Maciej
great shot on these Amanita Muscaria with very good light management and wonderful colours.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-30 18:45]

Hello Maciej,
this is one of my favourite view of a fungi. The bright colours are very arresting, and the white spots are very exciting to look.
How exciting to witness this fungi with the beauty well preserved.
The gills are seen and the colour contrast is superb.
Well presented view.


We have mushrooms like that here in southern Canada too. I'd suggest perhaps bringing down the highlights a bit to try getting more detail, but overall an excellent image.

Witaj Maciek,

In a critique of another fungi shot of you I mentioned you're capable of doing better - and here it is! Except for the slight overexposion, everything is fantastic here! Composition's great, sharpness is OK and the well blurred background with shallow DoF helps to isolate the subjects. PoV is impressive, too. What a pity the fruitbody was a bit damaged before you took the shot. Of course it isn't your fault, but makes the mushroom a bit less photogenic. Well, generally a beautiful pic. Congrats and tfs.

I wish you & your loved ones a healthy and prosperous new year, friendly regards, Wladek

Witaj Macku,
Piekne okazy, mocno regularnie nakrapiane. U nas w Puszczy Augustowskiej ostatnio coraz rzadziej spotykam muchomory czerwone.

hello Maciek

this is a very beautiful photo of these mushrooms,
with very fine POV, DOF, very beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, excellent contrast,



Hi Maciej,

The fungi are well placed in the frame. the point of view is showing the details and colors of teh Amanita muscaria fungi. the surrounding light and the light of the flash are enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Bonjour Maciej,
Excellent angle de prise de vue pour cette agréable restitution des sujets sous une bonne profondeur de champ et une belle lumière permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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