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Leotia lubrica

Leotia lubrica
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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: 2007-05-26
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/4 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Fungi of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-27 3:34
Viewed: 5052
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Jelly babies
(Leotia lubrica)

This is another photograph of the unusual species of cup fungi that I posted yesterday.
Leotia lubrica are classed as a cup fungi because they form spores on the upper surface rather than underneath.
The name cup is somewhat erroneus since they nearly always look like this, and not much like a cup at all.
I found this one on the walkway to Coal Creek falls, close to the small West Coast mining town of Runanga.
I shot this late in the evening using my PETZL LED headlamp for backlighting.
The focus is a little soft on the front, but I loved the image so much I just had to post it.
Hope you like it too.

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To extramundi: Thank you FelipeLordPotty 1 05-27 09:42
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Hi Steve.
I really like very much this approach. The backlight shows the strange jelly texture of the Leiota in a very nice way, and you have given a very mysterious atmosphere to the photo.
I dared a workshop to try to bring out more details, and it does, but it looses a bit the moody feeling.
Thanks for this artistic mycological posts, they are appreciated :)
Best regards, Felipe.

By backlighting the subject with your head-lamp, you have created an interesting image of this fungus, Steve.
It seems to be lit from within and without.
Well done on creativity; I like the effect.

Hi Steve,

You told me in a previous comment that Europe and NZ share many of the fungi species. Although I'm not totally agree with you (from your photos I've seen many "wonders" nowhere to be found in Europe), this particular one you presented here lives in Europe too. But the way you took this shot (especially the lighting), makes it in my eyes more exotic, truly opposite hemisphere-like. I have to get myself one of those PETZL LED headlamp, for there is no way to get a picture like this with a regular flash.

Cheers, Petru

Hi Steve,

We're lucky You're a caver and had Your headlamps on. :) Really, really fantastic lights! They make the whole shot more artistic than it could have ever been in natural light conditions! Atmospheric, moody, real mycological art.

Petru's right, this specie also lives in Europe, but isn't a common one. And this time I disagree with Felipe: the original shot seems better than his WS (for me, of course).

I also just checked out Your website. Man, it's to say the least FANTASTIC. Please let me know (by e-mail) if You're interested in direct banner / link exchange (if it's called this. I don't know, I'm not a webmaster myself) with the homepage of our fungi club.

Best regards, László

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