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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-23
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50 - 60 points (chapter two), Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-03 6:33
Viewed: 7726
Favorites: 8 [view]
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In a recent post by Felipe, he described a way of diffusing the flash brightness in close-up photography using the built-in flash of compact digital cameras. The technique is to simply place a handkerchief over the flash.
I found these beautiful bright yellow fungi at Macquarie Pass National Park on the south coast of New South Wales, one of my favourite local places. This park consists of rainforest and wet eucalypt forest and the light can be difficult. The fungi were growing in a heavily shaded glade, but a gap in the canopy behind the glade produced strong backlight and it was not possible to shoot the fungi from the other side. So I adopted the handkerchief technique over the flash and here is the result. I think it turned out OK, so thanks Felipe.
As I stated in my previous fungi post, there are around 20,000 macro fungi in Australia and only around 1/4 have been formally described.

Update (7/2/05). I had previously suggested this fungi could be the Yellow Agarics (Cyrtotrama asprata) but I was wrong. Fungiman (Clive Shirley)correctly pointed out that they are in fact (Leucocoprinus birnbaumii) a relatively common fungi with a seemingly global distribution. This fungi is also found occasionally in potting mix used for pot plants. The caps are around 4-5cm wide.

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Wow...These are cool,Chris.A nice clear shot and good composition.The hankie sure did the trick.I'll have to try it.I think I'll have to put this in my favourites too.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-03 7:00]

Wow! Great picture. I love the colors, the yellow is just beautiful. Sharp details, good POV. Well seen.

Exceptional Post, Chris. The stuff you come up with... :)

No nits here, perfect shot!

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-03 11:28]

Good work with the Felipe tip Chris. This is a very informative post. good work

This is a great one, Chris. Superb photo quality. It's limpid, beautifully sharp and colored. Very good framing too. The light is so well displayed, and so naturally, that the cap textures really come out on the screen as if it was in 3D. A favorite!

Very god macro Chris.
Great colors, DOF, details and light.
It you have 20,000 macro fugis, you have some job to do, I'll wait for the rest.;-)
Very good work.

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-02-03 11:58]

Great picture Chris!
Well compused and well taken!


Excellent sharp capture Chris. The colour is very striking and the light shows the textures well. Good work.

Very good macro Chris! More like "lemon" yellow to me. Excellent sharpness & details. Well composed...Well done!

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-02-03 15:22]

Lovely colourful, sharp image.
Good note and tip.
Thanks for sharing Chris.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-03 15:37]

Three is a magic number. Fantastic trio Chris, the textures and pastel lemon colouring are superb. Very well composed and hte lighting is great too.

An excellent post. Just beautiful. I love the shape colour and composition you got here. I am also very happy my high-tech diffuse flash helped you with this beauties. A perfect use of a F:3.2, and POV with the small ones at the base.
And remember, several folds on paper, adjust levels... put some distance between the paper and the flash, the result is very different, better sometimes with middle distance macros.
I will post some more soon with this technique. TFP.

Great picture with very good colours and very interesting picture.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-03 16:51]
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Chris, vivid yellow shades, perfect POV, DOF and composition. The blurred BG is a nice contrast.



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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-04 4:02]
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Wow, excellent Chris! I love this yellow colour and ulltradetailed textures. Great work.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-04 4:19]
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Excellent macro, Chris.
You managed very well the fill-flash.
I look forward for the 19,999 other fungi ;-)
Thanks a lot.

Very nice composition, good sharpness and colours.
Well done.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-02-04 10:10]
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Bardzo dobry kadr, wspania³a kolorystyka, piêkne ¿ó³te grzyby, brawo.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-02-04 13:22]

Fantastic mushrooms,
I have never seen them before,I like the colours a lot, the composition is very strong, and the light is fantastic, very good job

Hi Chris, Nice photo but I think you have the wrong name Cyrtotrama asprata is a small fungus that grows on wood and does not have a ring (annulus) on the stalk. I believe you have is Leucocoprinus birnbaumii. This fungus is often found growing in pot plants or gardens rich in organic material. It nice to see it in a more natural habitat. I think I might have cloned out the dirt on the caps

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-02-05 10:16]

Beaufiful and it looks poisonous too, great exposre as well. You can use tissue paoer too as a diffuser, or even use it it get some extralight onto the subject - just make sure it is not in the frame.
Thanks for the humour with the secretary, I had a quiet chucle about the cobra.

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-02-07 6:55]
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Will you see other strange mushrooms if you eat these? ;-)

Nice composition and colours. Sharpness and DOF is good as well.

Very nice colors and composition Chris. That yellow trio really stands out.

No brasil eu também tirei uma foto disso. Interessante coincidência!
In the brasil I also took a picture of that. Interesting coincidence!

Veja logo mais meu post que vou colocar a foto dele. See http://www.treknature.com/gallery/South_America/photo8930.htm
See soon more my post that I will put his picture.

Parabéns! Linda foto!
Congratulations! Beautiful picture!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-03-12 1:23]

Amazing shot Chris.Very fine details and sharpness.Love the yellow colour.11/10!!

Great shot Chris - the clarity and composition are excellent. Thanks for the info on your technique - it was much appreciated.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-03-30 22:09]
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Excelente macro!
Tudo muito bom!!!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-04-15 3:33]

Ce champignon jaune est vraiement lumineux on peut comparer les couleurs avec http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/France/photo10231.htm . La nature fait bien les choses.Bravo pour ce cliché, tres interessante note Chris et merci de nous faire partager Didier.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-16 4:43]

Waouh ! Belle et intéressante macro pour ces superbes champignons jaunes. Très jolies couleurs et bonne netteté grâce à la profondeur de champ bien adaptée.
Wonderful and very well done !!!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-17 16:30]

What a great shot ! Amazing details, contrasts and especially colours. Great job.

Very colorful, and technically superb. Was the aperture really f/3.2, or f/32 to get such depth of field in a macro? Very sharp - the little insects (midges?) add a sense of size to the fungus itself.

Lovely shot Chris and a very useful note. I have been trying to shoot lots of various fungi recently so will pack a hankerchief and give this technique a go.
The texture of the fungi captured in this shot is wonderful. Thanks for posting this.

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  • jorlo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 0] (485)
  • [2005-06-21 12:27]

beautifull fungi!

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  • Deeb Silver Star Critiquer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 5] (14)
  • [2005-06-21 17:03]

Wow! I personally have never tried macro, but this image is visually stunning. Outstanding technical note also. Good job, and thanks.


Hi Chris, I just keep finding gems on this site. Great image and very useful note, well done. The fungi stand out so well from the litter. Will be looking for more. Regards, Rob.

Hi Chris,
How could I miss this picture before?
It is absolutely wonderful!
No need to add words - a favorite.
TFS - Shir

Very nice macro, Chris. Wonderful control of the depth of field. Colors of the fungi are exciting. Well done.

Excellent close-up Chris!
Focus and exposure couldn't be better. Artistically, the composition is well balanced. But best of all is the soft light and the colors contrast. The fungi really stand out of the picture. TFS

I was out of points yesterday, so here is your score

Another magnificent photography with which you delight to us. Excellent details and colors. And like always very useful your notes.
Otra magnífica fotografía con la que nos deleitas. Excelentes detalles y colores. Y como siempre muy útiles tus notas.

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  • Circe Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 54 W: 4 N: 22] (86)
  • [2005-11-28 6:19]

Hola Chris, impresionante fotografia e impresionantes hongos. Nunca habia visto nada igual.
Gran trabajo descriptivo, muy buena definicion, unos colores excelentes y un control de luz fantastico.
Un saludo de circe.

Good macro. Very nicely composed. Colors and DOF are very good.

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-06 6:38]

What a great delicate details and colors on this mushrooms. absolutely fantastic photograph. POV,Light ..all just perfect!

La textura es notable, asi la nitidez la luz que disminuye hacia el piso crea un gran contraste con su color marron,ademas excelente como documentacion biologica

Hi Chris, Beautiful shot, stunning colors and detail, cheers, luís.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-12-13 14:21]

Hi Chris!
Interesting image of this vivid coloured mushrooms,sharp, clear,nicely composed,
very good color,looks very nice!

Hello Chris,
At first I would like to sorry for delay :)
This is very nice picture. What is especially interested for me in this picture is combination of shape and colour of this species.
DOF and POV are very good, also not is helpful.
TFS and best greetings,

Hello Chris.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.
Great composition.

Jose Luis.

Hi Chris,

The reason of choosing this old post of You for today is now, when Steve (LordPotty) is in an inactive period I miss fungi pics from Your region.

This is an exceptional photo of the tropical specie Leucocoprinus birnbaumii (Clive was right), which lives in Europe only in glass-houses. Local literature says it was already found a few times in my home country, too. Fantastic details, cap texture, colors and sharpness. Very clever use of flash. A real stunner image. Bravo. A favorite for me, too.

20.000 macro fungi in Oz... Although Hungary's much, much smaller, something like Tasmania state or a bit bigger, we have ca. 3.000 only. I hope to find this specie once, in a glass-house, but the chance is very small.

Best wishes, László

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