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First Touch of Spring

First Touch of Spring
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Copyright: Laszlo Kaposvari (Hormon_Manyer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-30
Categories: Fungi
Camera: HP Photosmart R817
Exposure: f/2.8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fungi of Hungary, Ascomycetes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-01 9:42
Viewed: 3903
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Nature Lovers,

Today I wanted to upload a snowy landscape which I've done last Sunday, but now, on the 1st of March probably all of us living on the Northern hemisphere think and feel winter's finally over and the beautiful spring comes. So I rather chose a spring fungi image which was shot last year.

A year ago I already uploaded a photo of this group. At that time I thought the fungi belongs to Sarcoscypha coccinea specie. It's still possible, but another specie of this complex, Sarcoscypha austriaca is much more common here in Hungary, and the differences are only microscopical. Both species are growing on decaying hardwood, from February to April here. They're usually the first fungi of the season.

Tech talk: most probably not my best shot ever, but today I'm in 'spring mood', and wanted to share an unmistakable 'spring image'. Selective sharpening and unsharpening were used with little exposure correction and so (don't fully remember, I've done it months ago, but haven't shared the image 'til now). I hope You'll like it.

maurydv, jconceicao, siggi, red45, eng55, valy67, zulfu, boreocypriensis, Noisette, Argus has marked this note useful
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Hello Laszlo,
a beautiful picture of this nice strange mushroom taken from an excellent POV with good sharpness, i like this composition showing the natural surrounding.
Best regards.

Hello Laszlo,
Very interesting species. The focus is not perfect but the composition and the colors are well done. Spring is coming with many fungi to share! Best regards,

Hi Laszlo,

Fantastic photo of this beautiful mushrooms.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.

nice fongues, TFS Ori

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-01 11:34]

Hello Laszlo,
Very good capture of this mushroom.
Beautiful colours with good sharpness.
Lighting and composition are superb.
Good notes.Best regards Siggi

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-01 11:59]

Hi Laszlo!

Good to hear that you're in spring mood :-) I hope we'll see spring very soon. Even in Lodz snow melted. Nice scene from microcosmos, good composition. I like mix of fungi, moss and wood.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-01 12:38]

Hello Laszlo,
Very special photo of this fungi. Beautiful contrasting colours in a very nice composition.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-01 13:26]

Hi Laszio,
Beautiful capture.POV,colors,contrast,lighting,exposure and composition are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Laszlo,
You know,although I'm a fungi freak,and realise that some fungi fruit in spring,I still forget,and think fungi=autumn.
We are just getting into our autumn here,so fungi time is near.
I just hope I can get a new camera in time to capture all the thiungs I'm hoping to.
TFS this spring fungi.
All the best,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-03-01 23:51]

Hello Laszlo !
Although I didn't have much timethis week-end, - yes, I saw speing coming ! Fist flowers on the willow-trees, first bees, first flowers, beautiful sun... Winter seemsto be over at least ! :-) As for your picture, it is a beautiful one indeed. These fugi are very beautiful, and I love the way you have composed the picture, with the branch reachingup toward the right-top corner. Nice natural colors, too. Very well done !

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-03 5:43]

Hi Laszlo,
sorry for being a bit late in replyingto your enlightening critique. your workshop too is very useful in giving me the idea of a better fungi shot. Thanks and I really appreciate your guide.
Personally I salute you for the knowledge in fungi, which when compared with me it is just like earth and sun in distance.
This shot of yours is rich in colours and beautiful in composition that give the sense of size. But most of all it is a unique and special one.
Lovely composition.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-03 8:30]

Hello Laszlo, a wonderful shot of this strange fungi with excellent detials and nice composition.
TFS and G's,

Hi and Good Morning Baratom László,
An excellent shot of this strange -flower- shaped fungi which i did not see before. Your POV and composition managed are great too.
TFS this fine image. Have a nice Sunday!

Hello Laszlo
this beautiful photo is well composed, great natural environment, i like the cup fungi's, they have special colors and shapes
the have superb sharpness and lighting
Have a nice sunday

Buen formato y excelente composición, amenizada por una acertada gama de colores de buen contraste con el entorno. Un tabajo precioso.
Saludos Laszlo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-25 4:56]
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Hello Lázló,
We have S. coccinea that is rare in S. Sweden and it is found from Feb. until April.
I have taken a shot of it but this one is much better than mine. Taken from a great POV with fine sharpness, lighting and colours in a nice composition with its substrate and moss on the stone.
With us it could be regarded as an early sign of spring but it is not common enough for that!
Thanks for sharing this and pointing it out to me and I hope you recover quickly from the 'flu'!

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