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Chamonixia pachydermis

Chamonixia pachydermis
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-26
Categories: Rain Forest
Exposure: f/8, 1 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Fungi [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-26 2:20
Viewed: 4770
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Chamonixia pachydermis is an unusual blue stained,puffball like fungi found partially buried in the ground in beech forests.
It is usually quite difficult to photograph well,so I wasn't too disappointed with this early shot from my new Canon Powershot SX10 IS
I must say,I'm having real difficulty learning how to use it properly.
Its certainly much more complicated and difficult to use than my old Panasonic Lumix.
I shall persevere though.
I'm sure with practice I'll eventually master it.

Here is a little more information about these strange fungi,from the Hidden Forest:
Species: Chamonixia pachydermis (Zeller & C.W. Dodge) G.W. Beaton.

Common Name: Potato Fungus
Found: Nothofagus Forests
Substrate: Partly buried in ground
Spores: Dark brown
Height: 40 mm
Width: 50 mm
Season: Autumn
Edible: No

Hope you like the shot.
Thanks for looking.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-26 3:28]

Dear Lord,
first of all congratulations for the new camera. To me it is a good one and its quite effective. The product is good also. For this shot it is a very lovely one. Well presented in great surrounding of green.
The subject is well seen.
I think you are going to like the camera very much especially when it is very helpful to have "live view" and you can compose the shot effectively.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-05-26 4:45]

Hi Steve,

An indeed strange looking fungi,looks almost as a stone to me,concerning the camera,it is always playing and learning the new buttons and so on especially when you have changed brand,anyway I think you will get used fast on it,thanks


Thanks for your kind words on my recent picture of Bird of Paradise flower, Steve.
This is quite an interesting fungus you have shot with your new camera. The puff ball has a greyish blue colour to it which has been captured pretty well.
I guess you will need a little more practice on your new equipment to make the best use of it.
So keep trying and happy shooting!

It certainly sticks out well among the growth. It almost looks out of place. It seems like when you're not on the water you're crawling on the ground. Thanks for your correct ID on my picture. I had forgotten.

Hola Esteve

Good photography, Fairly well managed. Congratulations for your new Canon! Believe me that when mastered all its features, you'll have fun using it. I have one (his younger sister) and SX110 IS, can be sure it is excellent, DIGIC processors are superbly efficient.



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