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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-09
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-27 9:51
Viewed: 4981
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello again !

Psathyrella cluster.

The Psathyrellaceae is a family of dark-spored agarics that generally have rather soft, fragile fruiting bodies, and are characterized by black or dark brown, rarely reddish, or even pastel colored spore prints. About 50% of the species produce fruiting bodies that dissolve into ink-like ooze when the spores are mature via self digestion (autodigestion). Prior to phylogenetic research based upon DNA comparisons, most of the species that autodigested were previously classified in another family called the Coprinaceae that contained all of the inky cap mushrooms. The reclassification took place because the type species of Coprinus, Coprinus comatus, and a few other species were found to belong to another family, the Agaricaceae. The former group of old Coprinus was split between two families, and the name "Coprinaceae" became a synonym of the Agaricaceae in its 21st century phylogenetic redefinition. Note that in the 1800s and early 1900s the family name Agaricaceae had far broader application, while in the late 1900s it had a narrower application. Ironically, the family name Psathyrellaceae[1] is based upon the subfamily name Psathyrelloideae, that had been classified in the Coprinaceae. The type genus, Psathyrella consists of species that produce fruitbodies do not liquify via autodigestion. Currently Psathyrella is a polyphyletic genus that will be further fragmented and reclassified. Lacrymaria is another genus that does not autodigest its fruitbodies. It is characterized by rough basidiospores and lamellar edges that exude beads of clear liquid when in prime condition, hence the Latin reference, 'lacrym-" to crying (tears).

Most Psathyrellaceae basidiospores have a germ pore, and the pigment in the spore walls bleaches in concentrated sulfuric acid, in contrast with another phylogenetically unrelated dark-spored genus, Panaeolus. Psathyrellaceae are saprophytes or rarely mycoparasites on other agarics (e.g. Psathyrella epimyces). They often occur in nitrogen rich habitats such as muck soils, dung, wet soft decayed wood, lawns, garden soils. The peculiar genus Mythicomyces, so named because it combines features characterizing several traditional agaric families, has proven to be a phylogenetically basal genus to the other Psathyrellaceae[2].

I found this info HERE.

F:8 - 1/100 sec. - Manual exposure - Diffuse flash - On the ground

nglen, martic, cicindela, XOTAELE, marhowie, Jamesp, Hormon_Manyer, LordPotty, rbeckerb, Alex99, red45, NellyD, Juyona, JoseMiguel has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-27 9:55]

Hello to you both. The fungi look like they have been waiting for you to come along and take there picture. they look like a family and lots of faces.

Vey good detail and colours and good use of the light . a very nice POV. well done TFS. with good notes too.

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  • martic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 1 N: 159] (1327)
  • [2007-10-27 10:03]

Hello Felipe,
Very nice composition with this fungi pleasant natural colors and good POV, image well composed, I like it
well done

Hello Felipe!
It is really nice to see you again! And this is a great come back! :)
Lovely presentation showing perfect details of Psathyrella cluster mushroom. And as always very informative note!
My best regards from Lodz,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-27 10:07]

Like this POV, great colors
Regards, Dejan

Un original PoV, que muestra hasta los mínimos detalles de estas setas.
Perfecto el encuadre, buena nitidez e iluminación.
Un saludo, JL.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-27 16:12]

Hello again

A great and dramatic composition with excellent detail and colour.


WOW! That is a fantastic photograph. I wonder why they are all bending the same way so you could get that wonderful point of view of their undersides. The light is wonderful. The flash did not overpower the scene. You caught wonderful sharp details and gorgeous toning colors.

Evelynn : )

Hi Felipe,
Good to see You return, we missed You. Very nice photo, even with flash - this time it wasn't a problem. The image perfectly shows the habitat of this specie, from a great low POV. More than great compo, informative note... - I have to say the usual extramundi quality. Tfs this one and congrats, my Friend. All the best to You and Cris, László

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-27 23:35]

Hello Filipe and Cristina,
This is a beautiful capture of these fungi. The composition and the low POV are excellent and show amazing details and lovely colours.
You're very skilled at using the flash correctly to produce a natural-looking light.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Felipe,
I see its fungi season again in your country.
This is a beautiful clump of Psathyrella.
You've captured it perfectly.
Very well done.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you find this season.

Hola Felipe

Good to see you here again.
Great shot of these fungi, excellent sharpness and DOF


Hola Cristina, hola Felipe!
Un cordial saludo para ambos. Que bueno que han vuelto; como dice LordPotty (Steve) parece que han vuelto a presentarse a la escena los hongos. Una excelente foto tan detallada y sin la sobrecarga del flash. Me gusta mucho la composición y la extensa narrativa con abundante información. Los felicito.
Me gustaría conocer mas detalles de la técnica usada por ustedes de aplicación del flash; a mi me salen siempre muy sobreexpuestas las imágenes.
Un saludo cordial,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-28 6:00]

Hi Felipe.
All mushrooms welcome you a raising of hats. Your POV is surprising and amazing. I like large DOF, excellent sharpness and details of the subject and perfect soft flash light. Shot is composed blamelessly. Colours are rich and fine. Bravo and TFS.

Hi Felipe,
you are the fungi master. Hre you ried a new tack, increasing contrasts, and it works very well. Good composition, good light work. Well done.
My best regards,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-10-28 11:01]

Hello Felipe and cristina , Fantastic shot from this mushrooms , great sharpnes good light and fine point of vieuw the details ar very good and the bg ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-10-29 3:26]

Hi FeCr!

Classic shot! Well known Felipe's Low POV [TM] :-) As always great use of flash and great DOF. Very detailed picture. Lovely composition with cluster of fungi and surrounding elements of microforest. No nits my friends :-)

Hi Felipe,

Those are great looking fungi you've captured here.
Showing very good details, good light, colours and POV.
And I liked reading your interesting notes too.

Greetings, Nel

Muy pero muy bueno el punto de vista ascendente.
Los detalles de la estructura laminar son excelentes, gracias a la adecuada iluminación.
Me gusta mcuhísimo la composición y los toques de verde que aporta la grama.
Enhorabuena y gracias por compartir la foto.
Un gran saludo,

Que luz mas buena y la composicion.
En una foto de este tipo siempre se me suele quemar algo.
Esta da gusto verla.

Saludos a los dos.
Jose Luis.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-19 13:41]

Hola amigos,
precioso trabajo, realmente excelente el flash, colores naturales sensacional pov,

Ola Felipe,
Bela foto,parabens pelo otimo album.

Hi Felipe, lovely composition with a lot of fungi, splendid warm colors, excellent sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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