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Common Puffball

Common Puffball
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-18
Categories: Fungi
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-20 13:46
Viewed: 3628
Points: 14
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The 1st of several Fungi from a site new to me though local one. Near the Village of Owthorpe the wood they are in is actually on the A46 better known as the Fosse Way and has been in use since the Romans built it a while back.It is crossed by an ancient track way called Herrywell Lane, it passes into a mixed wood and the floor of it was covered in loads of different fungi some I have only seen here on TN other never at all, so here's the 1st I think I have the ident right, no doubt others will correct me if I am wrong.
Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum) this one is about 60mm high quiet a bit small that the largest member of the family the Giant Puffball and is in the stage of ripening ready to release its spores though the vent that shows it's self here as a darker bump on the top. It started out a pure white and will end a dark brown.
When in the pure white stage I understand it is edible.
there are some white patches on some of the leaves , these are not over sharpening , they are I think fungus mycelium these are the actual growing bit of the fugus the bit above ground is there purely to spread the spores around to increase their numbers, the mycelium break down the leaves and other organic substances. One of the side effects of this is that nutrients are released back into the soil for other plants to make use of.
I think the green leaf at the side is actually from an Ulmnus (Elm Tree)quiet unusual since Dutch elm killed so many in the UK.
adjustments to image
shadows and highlights
USM and fade back in pin light to 75%
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-20 14:16]

Excellent shot Rob, the flash has brought out the little nodules very well. Nice autumn composition. Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-20 15:33]

Nice contrast here, and mood, too, Robert! Looks like the head of a femur gone bad! Very nice

Excellent image, Robert. The sharpness, lighting and detail are superb. Fantastic note as well.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-20 16:32]

The DOF in this shot needs special mention - it is excellent. The whites are sharp and the detail good.

Thanks for posting

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-10-20 19:36]

I see your Puffballs are also getting brown with the late season ones. I just photographed a small grouping of these this afternoon and they are also brown like this one. Nice detail, Robert on this 'shroom!

Robert, very nice smathering of autumn leaves makes for an excellent BG & your exposure, detail,texture & color tones are superb. Excellent note, great stuff - very nice!!

Brilliant light usage Robert. The fungi stands out on this take. Very nice capture.

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