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Lenzites betulina

Lenzites betulina
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Copyright: Kirsten Tr (Kirsten) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 6 N: 216] (664)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-17
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, 37mm-370mm, 52mm UV
Exposure: f/2.8, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-24 6:19
Viewed: 4171
Points: 24
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I found this one on a trunk in the backyard.we call it an elfenbankje or a ferryseat.
i selected the bottomtexture and placed it on top of the image and made it transparent.
usm, brightness contrast,selective colour.
here's is some info :

Fruiting body annual or short-lived perennial, 2-10 cm broad, 0.5-2.0 cm thick, at first resupinate, then forming sessile, fan-shaped, tiered brackets or occasionally rosettes emanating from a common base; surface tomentose, concentrically-zoned, often multi-colored, cream, pale-buff, dingy yellow-brown, or greyish-brown, in age sometimes green from encrusted algae; flesh thin, pliant, becoming tough, cork-like, white, unchanging; odor and taste mild.

Gills white, radiating from attachment point, broad, tough, cream-colored.

Spores 4-6 x 1.5-2.0 µm, smooth, cylindrical to elongate bean-shaped, nonamyloid; spore print white.

Scattered to clustered in overlapping shelves on hardwood logs, but not limited to birch as the the species name would suggest; fruiting from early to late winter.

Inedible; too tough for the table.

Lenzites betulina would be just another polypore, except that the the spore-bearing surface is gill-like, not poroid. Despite this apparent similarity to fleshy, gilled, mushrooms, Lenzites betulina is a polypore with the characteristic leathery toughness one would expect of a member of this group. Another polypore, Trametes versicolor has a remarkably similar, zonate, tomentose, upper surface, but is easily distinguished by a poroid hymenium. Less common than Lenzites betulina is Gloeophyllum saepiarium, which also has a gill-like hymenium, but is rusty-brown in color, and grows on conifers as opposed to hardwoods.

from www.mykoweb.com

all critiques or comments are welcome, i'm here to learn :o)

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Very interesting post Kirsten. It nearly looks like a beehive. Great note supporting the photo as well.

Kirsten, Also would state that this is an interesting looking fungi with a great supporting note. You might try manually jumping up that F-stop for more depth on your next one. Thanx for posting!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-24 11:13]
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It is an interesting fungi and a good capture of it too.
Nice textures.
A very informative note too.
Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-24 11:44]
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Pragtige bankie, waar is die elfie? Like this one, Kirsten! good detail and horiz compo!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-24 13:57]
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Nice work Kirsten, I agree with Howard about the Fstop, you need a bigger DOF for these close ups. Also I think the focus could be a bit sharper, it is very diffcult to get these fungi to focus - was the exposure really 30 seconds? If so that is why it's not so sharp.

Good work and good note.

That's fascinating... what a great eye to capture and compose a photo around something many would miss. Love the detail and textures.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-24 15:48]
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You did an excellent job here. You have learnt your post processing from a pro - I am still trying to finf half the things you mentioned in your technique!

The image is sharp and the colors great. I like this shot a lot and thanks for posting - looking forward to the next one!

Very nice specimen for the fungi theme. I am impressed with those textures, I would not ming if you posted some other view of this same one, specially the underside seems to be fantastic. Good note.
PD: what do you men by "i selected the bottomtexture and placed it on top of the image and made it transparent"
Do you mean that some of the textures of this shot are not real?

My goodness, all that detailed information. You must be studying to become a a biologist or something. I find the shot lacks a little in sharpness and maybe the very long "panorama" format hadn't been necessary.

Nice capture and interesting composition Kirsten. On my monitor the dof looks perfect with a lot of details and the colours looks very natural. Great informative note - thanks.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-10-30 1:48]

Beau specimen de champignon qui complète bien la collection. La note est très détaillée.

Hi Kirsten,
Your photos show typical basidiocarps of Daedalea quercina (Linneo 1753) Persoon 1801, I'm sure at 99%.
It is a very common specie all over the world and its determining macroscopical features are:
1) The hymenium whith gills arranged like a labyrinth (inde nomen of the genus, Dedalo=Greek labyrinth).
2) The wide thickness at the join with wood.
Others important features are microscopical.

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