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The Blusher

The Blusher
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Copyright: Adrian Warren (AdrianW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-06
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS10D, EF 100mm f2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2004-09-06 15:51
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 50
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Amanita rubescens
"The Blusher"

This fungus species is a member of Amanitaceae, in other words the same family as Fly Agaric - the fungus with the bright red cap with white dots that I'm sure most of you are already familiar with.

The common name "The Blusher" comes from it's tendency to turn from white to pink when damaged or cut. Overall this specimen was around 8cm across, and this shot is a closeup of a damaged area of the cap. You can see the full specimen, and an undamaged one for comparison in my Workshop -here-

Before you ask, it's poisonous when raw - although it might become edible when boiled for a long time, that said I'd steer clear. The Amanita family are notorious for having some of the most deadly species in the UK, and differentiating between them can be very tricky at times!

This fungus was located at the National Trust site, Waggoners' Wells, in Surrey (nr Greyshott). The common consists of a series of manmade lakes surrounded by ancient (predominantly beech) woodland. The ponds were constructed in the 17th century probably to provide water for the local iron industry - although it's unclear whether they were ever used in that capacity.

1.6:1, 100ISO, Manual, Canon MT-24EX dual macro flash set to E-TTL.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-06 15:56]

Beautiful image Adrian, the spiral really takes the eye in and then it tops and keeps me looking through it. The texture and detail are amazing. Great note too. Very well done.

je n'ai pas très bien compris le traducteur et je ne sais toujours pas ce que c'est...mais le motif de l'espece me plait bien...on dirait une certaine d"étoile de mer...belle couleur et bon rendu...amicalement BI

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-06 16:00]

Extraña y hermosa captura de este hongo Adrian.
Muy buena perspectiva (aunque no imagino como será el espécimen entero)... rectifico, ahora apareció el workshop con ella.
Gran profundidad, colorido y nitidez.
Interesantes datos en tu nota complementaria.

Strange and beautiful capture of this fungus Adrian.
Very good perspective (although I do not imagine as it will be the whole specimen)... I rectify, now appeared workshop with her.
Great depth, colorful and clearness.
Interesting data in your complementary note.

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  • ste (66)
  • [2004-09-06 16:49]

moi non plus je n'ai pas bien compris les explications mais la photo est trop belle, on a envie de se laisser engloutir par la spirale

What an unique posting. This is lovely stuff. Remarkabale capture. The details are sharp and the geometric shape gives a pleasant look to the compo. The note supports the picture very well.

Nice perspective on the fungus - is that a ring flash, or a 'roof top' flash that you are using in these pictures. The lighting seems very natural, quite impressive.

Adrian, Good creative shot of nature, well seen. Good sharpness and DOF.
Greetings, Jan

Until reading you note I thought this was the tentacle of some underwater creature ;-))
Beautiful details, sharpness and DOF, great light, that twin flash looks very interesting. Must check out whether it will work with my Tamron..

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2004-09-07 2:12]

Nice picture of this very good mushroom.
I know it very well and I collect this type in october in our forest. Of course we must boil it before eating. For me it is one of the best.
But, must be reserved to experimented people. The name in French is: amanite vineuse ou golmote.

Fantastic photo Adrian,
The composition is very well and I find the cropping you did exelent, and you result is very nice to be looking to, very good note, very good job

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-07 11:44]

This does look fragile. Very good post with an excellent note supporting it. The sharpness is great and the DOF good. Thanks for posting

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-09-07 14:50]

The thumbnail fooled me, I thought it was some sort of anemone. This is great, the "eye" draws one into the halusiating vortex, and I think the image rocks, Adrian!

This one really shows how much a note means - without I would never guess it was a fungus.

Great capture Adrian, wonderful colours, perfect cropping and composition and very clever use of dof to leave the details.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-09-09 12:41]

The comprosition is wonderful the spiral really draws your eye into the shot. Great DOF and colours.

I clicked on the thumbnail to find out what this was ... and I'm glad I did. It's a real pleasure to see something that doesn't have 10 legs, or 8 eyes.

I find your note very informative and interesting. I'm learning new things every day.

Great macro of this disorted fungus. The details are so clear.

Belle image ! très ésthetique...

This is a beautiful shot - strong composition and excellent use of depth of field.

Adrian, an extremely well taken shot. It seems as though fungi has quite a following here on TN, and I can see why from this shot. I also liked your choice of lens, it is a great compliment to any SLR. I see you also use an "exotic" flash setup- you are really into this. I find your notes truly informative- to me that can be 50% of the photo in some cases. This shot would have impressed me without the notes, but I wouldn't have had a clue as to what it was. (I honestly thought it might be some sort of little sea anemone, or some such- LOL).
Great job,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-19 15:46]

Adrian, beautiful shot with a beautiful shape as a subject. Good composition.


Beautiful picture, very graphical with a nice light ! Really well done, you have the eye !

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2005-07-12 10:18]

Nice macro Adrian! Fantastic spiral figure. Wonderful creation inthis deph! Great pastel colors and tectonic structure.
Thanks for sharing

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  • omnia Silver Star Critiquer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-22 9:55]

I have never seen anything like this before. It looks very abstract, and was a surprise to learn it was a plant and not animal. Very sharp detail and nice composition.

When I saw the thumbnail I thought it must be a starfish(leg). Thanks for the great note.


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  • jorlo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 0] (485)
  • [2006-02-18 18:41]

wow incredible!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-04-28 19:58]

... which seem...

Nice shot!!!!

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