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Porcelain Fungus (Oudemansiella mucida)

Porcelain Fungus (Oudemansiella mucida)
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-21
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/14.0, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): FUNGI, MUSHROOMS, LICHEN - WORLD WIDE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-28 1:23
Viewed: 4944
Points: 43
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Work has kept me away from any activity to TrekNature. I did not even had time to take a quick peak, let alone write critique or post a photo.

I took this photo last week on a fungi hunt in my favorite location. The Porcelain Fungus (aka: Beech Tuft, Poached Egg Fungus) is an edible fungus, once the slime has been removed. Hence the name Poached Egg Fungus)

I thought you might be interested in a fact about Oudemansiella mucida, the Porcelain fungus. About 20 years ago scientists discovered that this fungus ( along with many others as you know) produced a powerful anti-fungal agent which helps it to defend its timber from attack by rival species of fungus. This substance was later synthesised, and spawned ( sorry, no pun intended) a multi-million pound branch of the agricultural fungicide business, the development of the strobilurin fungicides. These have been responsible for the most dramatic improvements in crop yields ( an additional 1 tonne of wheat per hectare is common). Nearly every single wheat crop in the world is now treated with strobilurin fungicides, which are now already in their 4th or 5th generation. Not an arboricultural fact, I know, but it relates to the spalting we see in timber. (written by John Clohesy)

I made this photo using my small/cheap Velbon tripod and my cable release. I've only adjusted the white balance and added some sharpness to the photo.

Now I am off to my parents to help them get the garden winter ready. I will return later today for giving critique

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Hello Niek,
Good fall mood, nice light, well composed, good note,...
Well done

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-28 1:33]

Hi Niek

Sorry to hear work has got the best of you these past few days :(
So this is the one you were telling me about... :) Very nice!
I really like the composition here most of all. The careful position of the two umbrellas at precisely 1/3 of the frame, while the log it grew from take exactly 2/3 of the vertical.
The textures here have a very important role, too: smooth BG, geometric on the umbrellas and very pattern-ish on the beautiful log.
The small other fungi and lichens on the log are another element i love here - creating a sort of a camouflage pattern and giving some extra colors and contrast to the entire scene.
The POV is exceptional (your small tripod worked well), the DOF is outstanding and the exposure is very well managed - with this soft light falling gently on the scene.
Splendid work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Goedemorgen Niek,

Dit zijn ze. Onze tere, maar oh zo mooie jongens. Of zijn het meisjes (-: Een schitterende compositie. Die 2 zwammetjes groeiend vanuit dat berkenstammetje. Een plaatje. Het kleurenaspect vind ik ook klasse. De warme kleuren op de achtergrond en de wat fellere kleuren op de voorgrond. Hierdoor creeer je diepte en een foto die bij dit tijdstip van het jaar hoort. DE HERFSTFOTO. Knappe opname. Prettige dag en ben benieuwd of de tuin (ouders) al winterklaar is. Groeten en TFS BOB

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-28 2:53]

Hi Niek,
some fantastic detail in that log, these two fine pair are of course perfectly placed, and the exposure spot on. It must have been dark down in the ground under trees for a 1 second exposure! Hope you haven't given up on your landscapes completely though..

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-28 3:39]

Hello Niek,
great shot and very interesting notes
beautiful composition and colors
Regards, Dejan

Hello Niek,
Those delicate plants are very well captured!
It is interesting to see documented how new life can rise from a dead organism...
A beautiful colour palette and a well balanced composition!
Pablo -

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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 5:29]

Hi Niek.
So poetic pictured subject and artistic reproduction of the beautiful scene . I lie your lowest POV, great details and sharpness of the fungi and trunk, nicely coloured a bit blurred BG. Bravo. Excellent art work.

This is such a nice autumn scene Niek! I like this composition, colors, mood and natural exposure. Like I have said before, I think that mushrooms pictures are not that easy to do and you did great! Thanks,

Hello Niek,
Great captured of this beautiful Fungi!
good clarity with exposure and focus in it
Very well composed and well seen
TFS and best wishes always to you

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-28 14:31]

Hello Niek,
The fungus is a beauty in itself and you presented it in a very nice way. I like very much this diffused, a bit coloured light well depicting the conditions at the bottom of the forest. Also the habitat is shown well.
Very nice contribution.
Best greetings from Poland!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-28 15:08]

Hi Niek

Excellent exposure, lighting and detail here. Must have taken ages to achieve!



It is ok so long as it is work that keeps you away and not illness! Work has to come first, but I know how it can interfere with one's life and interests.

This is a nice shot. I will pass on eating a "slimy" fungus! : P I like your two little white capped fungi. ...nice exposure and sharpness with the fall colors in the background. So why use f14 on such a close shot???????

Evelynn : )

Good - almost 3 dimensional! Wonderful and delicate detail all around! Very well done! Cheers, Klaus

Very nice fungi there Niek! Framed nicely by some other and different growths with fall leaves in backdrop. Almost sounds like a lunch! Very nice sir.

A good photo although I can see 2 or 3 areas for improvement, I hope you don't mind me mentioning them....I would have removed the twig in the foreground below the log, and also possibly the other fungus head in the background. Also I would have widened the DOF just a little so that the whole of the fungus stalks were perfectly sharp. At the moment the base is just a little soft. I have just started fungi photography and I know how hard it is to check all of the different aspects of the shot, so it's still good anyway.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-30 8:08]

Delightfully delicate!
I love the composition here and the colours are superb.

Hi Niek.
Very beautiful forest detail. This is what we mostly miss what walking through the landscape and it's great that you captured it so beautifully. Good crop and composition too. Well done my friend.
Regards, Steve.

Hi Niek,
Fantastic porcelain fungus,very nice photo.

Hi Niek, very good capture with effective DOF and a well chosen pov. Your exposure is exact and details are marvelous. Really like this one..

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-05 10:47]

Hi Niek

Not only are your great at landscapes you have to put us to shame with funghi shots as well :) I love the composition here with the lovely autumn setting. Lovely colours, nice exposure, great note and excellent POV



Hi Niek,
I like the colour in this capture and your crisp focus brings out very good detail.The exposure is well handled and depth of field looks good as well.Fungi always make for an interesting subject and your capture is well done especially for showing the translucent nature of these plants.Tfs. Bob

Hi Niek,
Very well captured. A bit less DOF would be even better. Also very interesting note. Much better than my notes for sure. ;)


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