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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-21
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-23 4:47
Viewed: 3525
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Psathyrella hydrophila
Common Name: none

This group were growing on a partly submerged rotting tree stump in a woodland pond.
I had to wade into the shallow pond to get this angle.
Photo taken late in the afternoon,it was wet,windy and very overcast.

Photo cropped and sharpened USM 25%

Some info on this species which I got from the web…………………………
• Pileus
Cap 2-4.5 cm broad, convex, broadly convex at maturity; surface smooth, moist, hygrophanous, chestnut-brown to rusty-brown, fading to yellow-brown to tan, the margin usually darker and appendiculate with veil fragments, the latter white, then dark-brown from maturing spores; flesh pallid, thin, fragile.
• Lamellae
Gills adnate, crowded, narrow, light-brown becoming dark-brown in age.
• Stipe
Stipe 2-7 cm tall, 0.3-0.7 cm thick, hollow, fragile, equal or the base slightly enlarged; surface white, smooth; veil white, fibrillose, soon deciduous, remnants left on the cap margin or forming a faint superior annular zone.
• Spores
Spores 4.5-6 x 3-3.5 microns, elliptical, smooth; spore print dark brown.
• Habitat
Grouped or clustered, usually at the base of hardwood stumps; fruiting from late Autumn to mid-winter.
• Edibility
Questionable. Described as edible in some texts but not substantial enough to be of culinary value

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Good Morning Andy! So ya got the right one in today I see! This has great comp. with your subject beginning bottom left up through the frame. Very good details, DOF & sharpness..Can see a small winged insect on the 3rd "room" up, far left! Perfect light, with the glistening caps shown very nicely. Well done!!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-23 8:21]
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Bella composicion Andy con agradables detalles realzados por la luz del flash.
Excelente POV y DOF que permiten disfrutar de esta formacion de hongos en todo su esplendor.
Valiosa nota complementaria.

Beautiful composition Andy with pleasant details heightened by the light of the flash.
Excellent POV and DOF that allow to enjoy this fungi formation in all their splendor.
Valuable complementary note.

Cool image. I like the 'wet' effect, it adds to the composition which is great. As the others have said, good DOF and POV. Fast shutter speed. I like the insect, it give a perspective of size.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-23 10:19]
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Hi Andy, wet and moody, well done. My first instinct is a vertical crop, but this is beautifull as is.
This is one for a PS fundi,not me, in levels, cut out the right, lift the shadows, and rejon, you will get an even better picture, methinks.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-23 11:12]
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They look, dare I say it (a bit) like nipples! Or have I been single too long? :-0

Great shot Andy, I like the wet look. Nice composition and thanks to that fly!

Good work.

Although I am againts using flash with fungi at all, I must recon this time did a nice job. Good one.

Excellent composition. I love the way they swirl around the "log". Nice fill in light as well. Great job done here.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-23 16:36]
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This shot was begging to be filled by reflections from your flash, but you got it very well. The exposure is good and the DOF is excellent.

Thanks for posting

Very nice Andy well worth the wadding, they are showing the effect of all the rain we seem to be getting continuously here latley. they are sharp and well seen, lots of details even the fly looks good.

very nice shot! they look wet, that's cool.
colours and composition are good, so are the details.
good shot!

Great composition Andy The dark area in the right adds a great balance. The composition with the curved line of fungi is perfect. Only nit - the flash burned them slightly on the top but that is really a minor thing here.

Great DOF and good composition. I like your decision to keep the background on the right. The beech(?) leaves add a nice touch of subdued color to the photograph. Psathyrella is not a genus I know well - they are uncommon locally. Nice to get to see one!

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