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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4267] (13176)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-12
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Photos with titles of songs, Mushrooms, 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más, Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia (Spain), 50-60 points chapter 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-16 17:23
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Species: Pulcherricium caeruleum

Common Name: Cobalt Crust
Phylum: Basidiomycota > Class: Basidiomycetes > Order: Polyporales > Family: Corticiaceae
Synonyms: Auricularia phosphorea, Byssus caerulea, Byssus phosphorea, Corticium caeruleum, Mycinema phosphoreum, Terana caerulea, Thelephora caerulea

I consider Pulcherricium caeruleum to be the most beautiful of the corticioid fungi. Pulcherricium means "most beautiful" and caeruleum means blue. Pictures do not really do it justice at all. In real life it looks like someone coated a stick with blue velvet.

The color shown here is pretty close to its natural color. I had in my side that I could place the branch in a confortable place. I always compare the colour of the fungi with the one seen in my display, as I like to have it natural, also when postprocessing I keep a window open with the original one. This was a pain. Slight variation of the parameters or POV changed the tones drastically.

I want to repost here also, a comment I made to Willie, as I saw some mistakes in comments about mushrooms. Remember fungi are not plants !
"As far as I know, fungi does not need light at all to succeed. The main factors are temperature and humidity (appart from nutrients) . Both of them are more regular inside a cave. In fact cheeses like roquefort blue fungus is cultivated keeping the cheeses in caves. Also most industrial fungi grow in the complete darkness, there is only light in the manipulation and mantainance process. That is why is so different a common Agaricus or Pleorotus bought in a supermarket compared to a natural one, light creates a harder skin and changes the colour. "

Hope you like!

F8 - 1/3 - Tripod
PP: crop, levels, USM, frame, resize.

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To Arjuna: Yes it is.extramundi 1 12-18 09:29
To marhowie: I was just thinking in that song.extramundi 1 12-18 09:22
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-12-16 17:41]
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Composition:  *****
Sharpness: ****
Color:  *****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ****

En mi vida pensé que existía algo así... creeme.
Excelente e instructiva presentacion Felipe... incriticable bajo todo punto de vista, lo siento.

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  • milloup Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
  • [2004-12-16 17:46]
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I'm amazed. Do fungi come in this colour? Well, obviously it does, only I'd never seen it before ;-)) The colours are most vivid, and the velvety quality does come across nicely. Beautiful. Please drop a few spores of this in our local wood ;-))

Beautiful. The layered composition and contrasting colors makes the cobalt blue truly take center stage. The varied textures also are suggestive of the title. Well done. P.S. also liked the detail photo as it gave a better view of the texture.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-12-16 19:50]
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Maybe before you took a shot, somebody painted this piece of wood. Just kidding. Looks so beautiful, I never seen that color of fungi before. Excellent sharpness and details.

Felipe, Isn't this a song title? She wore bluuuuu-velvet ;-)) This one deserves five stars across the board. Everything looks great..Wonderful post!!!

wow I like the colour reminds me of Chondrostereum purpureum which is simlar but purple

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  • pmende Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-12-16 22:47]
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Felipe, you find the most fascinating fungi! I really like the detail posted in the workshop, great colours!

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  • Budha3 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 3] (88)
  • [2004-12-16 22:49]
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Stunning!!That blue is just stunning.Excellent post the clarity of the colors is simply beautiful.A job well done.

Very colourful shot Felipe.
Yes I like it.
Great colours and composition, good details and DOF.
Very good work.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-17 3:57]
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¡ Hola Felipe!
Una buena imagen acompañada por una nota excelente.
En cambio, parecería que tengas un poco sursaturé el color azul porque aparece no sólo sobre las setas sino que sobre las zonas de tono imágenes coseñoras las hojas que normalmente no enarbolan el color azul.
Un trabajo excelente.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2004-12-17 4:42]
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Absolutely amazing colour Felipe! I've never saw blue fungi like this. Great work and very good note also.

This is extramundi,Felipe... from a spaceship , no doubt.
This stuff is so far out,I wondered at first if it was real. I thought,'Ha...our friend Felipe has set up a trick shot to see if he can fool us.' It really does look that unreal. My favourite colour too. I love violet tones. Crown chakra stuff.
Excellent photo !

This is really interesting, I've not seen fungi this blue before; very spectacular.
All the image paramters are excellent, this is a shot to be very proud of - a favourite.
PS the workshop image is just superb. Great work Felipe.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: **
Note: ****

Stunning shot, great colors, another perspective would give more presence to the blue part.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-17 10:43]

Now I have seen it all!. This is a great composition and I find this post to be very interesting.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Amazing ... Iv never seen the like of that in a fungi. The colour is so strong. Well captured.

Very alien Filipe, looks like the kids covered the log with poster paint, the colour is so vibrant. we really are getting to see some of the stranger fungi of the world, nice one.

WOW! Felipe, what are you showing me now. This is fascinating stuff. Neve knew this existed. I can imagine the velvet showing off more in real life but you did a great job of showing it to us. Well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-12-20 23:32]

I'm amazed too! Never, ever seen a fungi this colour. It is a beautiful colour and I am impressed Felipe, with the care you take making sure you have the correct colout, etc. Very well done. Janice

I will have a jacket in that colour, and my wive the suit!
This is beautiful, Felipe. The velvet is so vivid ro be nearly felt on the picure!
We have mites here in SA, very read, and also completely velvety - the y apear only after rain id the dry areas of our country.
As for the agama. I never make the verical higher than 600, because then I cannot see the whole image on the screen. I you would like the full picture I will mail you a bigger one.

I had no idea such things existed in such colors as living things! Remarkable fungus. Thanks for the detail in the workshop, too. I'm tempted to say that you may have pushed the saturation of the blues too much, but that may be its actual color! Nice work.

Hello Filipe. Stunning colours, I thought initially it was modified but I'm blown away to know the truth. It's really very nicely composed with great contrasting colours between the blue, green and brown. Thanks, Don.

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  • karina (22)
  • [2005-01-09 4:06]

Wonderful textures and so rich in colour. Perfect.

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  • hania (80)
  • [2005-01-12 19:54]

Nice compsiton, beautiful set of colours. Thank you for welcoming in treknature.

Con esto esta claro que la magia de la naturaleza es INFINITA.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-12-18 20:43]


I didn't even imagine that a fungus like this could exist. Fantastic subject and quality of the shot.
Best greetings,

I've never seen anything like this. Brilliant capture. TFS!


Well composed. Very well presented.
The W/S composition was AMAZING.
Your notes are superb.
Great piece of work.
Best regards,

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