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Unseasonal beauty

Unseasonal beauty
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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: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-01
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/13 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): New Zealand native fauna & flora [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-02 1:12
Viewed: 3726
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The rainforest on Mount Pirongia,in New Zealands North Island is so dense and damp,that even in the summer,fungi such as this Favolaschia pustulosa,will continue to grow.In many other places,these fungi are usually associated with autumn and winter months.Favolaschia,which also comes in bright orange (Favolaschia calocera) is a small stalked bracket fungus,possibly introduced from the tropics.
To get this shot,I had to get extremely wet and dirty,lying on my back in a swamp with my whole body underneath a rotting log, (mind you,I'm a caver,so I'm used to such things).
The focus is still a little soft as it was very dark and I was still using auto focus. Consequently,I once again had to adjust the gamma correction and sharpen the image.
I look forward to showing you the orange one of these when I have mastered the aperture settings,and can get out there with a tripod.

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To bartove: I'll show you around...LordPotty 1 11-16 05:45
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-02 3:50]
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Beautiful fungi. It has real pictorial appearance. Like Paul said brights areas make your picture little worse, but overall is very good. Thank you for posting Steve.

Hi Steve I have to agree with Paul. This is a superb shot. The light on the fungi is perfect and the details very sharp. Well done man.

wow, incredible fungi!good shot,good sharpness and details.colours and compo are good to.well done!

This is your best fungi so far Steve, excellent POV and the dertail and softly lit fungus grabs you. The two bright bits hold this image back...but these are easy to remove. I have done a WS to clone them out - a bit rough and ready, now I am late for work! ;-)

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Very graphic and unusual features in your creations, one sometimes finds it hard to place it even with the help of colour photography. I have to give it up for the angles you became a master, we should award you a ,,black belt in perspective-do,, Steve !

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-02 6:28]
  • [2]

Espectacular especie Steve... verdaderamente.
Excelente POV con adecuado DOF, la iluminación tan particular (voluntaria o no) le aporta una atmósfera muy especial.
Buen disparo.

Spectacular species Steve... truely.
Excellent POV with suitable DOF, the so particular illumination (voluntary or not) contributes a very special atmosphere to him.
Nice shot.

Steve, Very nice detail showing the patterns & textures very well. The absence of flash is not an issue here as your larger subject fungi dominates. The hot spots that Paul has removed make this one "Top Notch" don't you think? Great capture!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-11-02 8:20]
  • [2]

Right on!!!
Nice capture. To get shots like, one has to get down and dirty. You did it.
Well done

Mike <

Looking forward to the orange one.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-02 10:03]
  • [2]

Very well captured and excellent control of the white areas.
Nice detail of this unusual fungi.
The only distraction are the bright areas in the background,which Paul has done a good job in cloning out.
A great shot,well done.

besides the bright spots the detail on the fungi is excellent and so is the exposure. I hope you dont mind, but I did a w/s to remove the light spots.

Thanks for posting

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  • miravi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 21] (260)
  • [2004-11-02 11:31]
  • [2]

This is a very nice one.
I never seen thisone before.
And that is right i'm not living in the tropics.

Hey, Steve, this is really something else. Veeery interesting, unusual. I've learned something here. The result is almost artistic, and your shot is very well presented, according to the difficulty. More of these, please!

I love rain forests, and your emaizing gallery makes my love them even more!
One day I will come to see it myself...
best, Eyal

What an interesting fungus - well spotted and well captured.

Hi, Steve--
I love the texture on this. It looks otherworldly. Nice capture.

Hi Steve again,
Very interesting shot - as always from You. From the thumbnail view I thought it's a snail. :) Nice exposure, unusual yet excellent POV, and overall a high above average image, in spite of the blown out parts. Great job, well done.
Friendly regards, László

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