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Piptoporus betulinus - Not edible

Piptoporus betulinus - Not edible
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-04
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 17-85 USM IS Macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-08 2:43
Viewed: 7983
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Scientific name : Piptoporus betulinus - Not toxic but not edible.
Description : saprobic and possibly parasitic. Growing alone or gregariously on dead birch trees, logs, and occasionally on living trees. Found year-round, occurring wherever birch trees occur naturally. Piptoporus betulinus causes a yellowish to brown cubical rot, and is a powerful decomposer of dead wood. Whether or not it attacks living trees as a parasite is contended.
Cap : 5-25 cm, kidney-shaped in outline, broadly convex to more or less flat; growing shelf-like or hoof-like, dry, with a smooth or somewhat roughened "skin" that often peels away, whitish to pale brownish in age, the margin rolled over smoothly to form a rim around the pore surface.
Pore surface : whitish, aging grayish brown, 2-4 pores per mm, tubes to 1 cm long.
Stem : absent or rudimentary and stubby. Flesh : white, thick, corky. Taste : slightly bitter, odor strong and pleasant. Spore Prin t : white.
Technique : Canon EOS 350D in mode P - White balance Auto - Auto focus - Focal length 70mm - Aperture f6.3 - Shutter speed 1/200s - Iso 200 - Flash not fired - File JPG fine - Handheld.

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Hi Christian,
Look like a humberger bun. Great DoF, sharp. Nice blurry BG. Nicely composed picture.

Ben Lakitan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-08 4:28]

Hi Christian

A very beautiful composition with this fungus "hanging on" to this beautiful tree. The colors of the fungi but especially the ones of the tree are very beatiful and the DOF is excellent.
Very nicely framed and exposed.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Christian,
Great composition with superb clarity. The details and light are wonderfull in this shot. Looks like you did some PP work to the BG. There is still some visable result around the top edge of the fungi. If I am incorrect, I am wondering what else it can be.

Hi Christian,
Sharp and clearly seen picture. Well composed and exposed. Because it is not toxic, then should be edible but may taste awesome:)

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-11-08 6:47]

Nice shot,nice compo&good POV&DOF!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-11-08 7:19]

Christian, excellent sharpness, composition and pov.

I like the contrast between the main subject and the bg too.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-08 8:32]

Hi Christian,

Well composed with a good POV,the colors are very natural,well captured and TFS


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-11-08 8:50]

Hello Christian,
Its good to be back and viewing your work again.
A good shot of this bracket fungus.
Excellent exposure,good detail and texture with well chosen DOF.
Nice work,TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-08 11:16]

Hi Christian.
Very nice and clear picture. This shot is made skillfully. Perfect lighting, beautiful composition, amazing BG. The main captured object is detailed perfectly. Sharpness is excellent. Very pleasant for look. TFS and my best regards.

bonjour christian
même si la champi en lui même n'a pas beaucoup d'interet pour le ramasseur puisqu'il n'est pas bon a manger,je trouve la note tres bonne,la netteté tres impeccable et le BG parfaitement flou.
bravo pour ce cliché.

Hi Christian,
very nice photo

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-08 12:55]

Simple and beautiful composition of this mushroom Christian.

I like it a lot: composition, color, sharpness, lighting, POV, DOF, focus, background, framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

I love the elected framing with perfect lighting and details.
Thank you and regards... Ricardo

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-11-08 13:27]

Bonjour Chrisitan !
Je suis ravie de voir que vous avez eu le temps deposter quelques photos malgré les travaux de votre maison. ce petit champignon pourraitparaître bien banal, mais vous avez réussi à en faire un chef d'oeuvre, avec une composition impeccable, des détails excellents et des couleurs sublimes. Félicitations !

belle réussite de cette composition, ce champignon est assez particulier et de jolies couleurs, bon BG, bons détails
bravo et merci du partage

Well done on the composition and colours. love the framework as well.

Bonjour Christian,
celui-ci a un gros ventre! belles couleurs et bon détails sur ce champignon. Le BG aussi est bien.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2006-11-09 13:41]

Very well composed and perfectly presented.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-09 19:13]

Bonjour Christian,
great work on this mushroom composition. Very nice DOF and a wonderful OOF BG to really show off this trange funghi.

Hi Christian,
Excellent camera work on this fungi shot. Very well composed and framed. A spot on exposure has rendered beautiful subtle colors. Very sharp detail brings out the textures well. Looks great!

Hi Christian,
Another great shot! Excellent details and nice OOF background.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-10 3:02]

Hello Christian,
Very interesting fungi.Well caught,framed and composed.Lighting,colors,details and sharpness are also wonderful.Excellent work mf!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-11-11 13:45]

Bonjour Christian, magnifique ce Polypore du bouleau avec une belle lumiere et parfaites couleurs. BG trés agreable à l'oeil. Bon week end , Didier.

Great capture Christian, very nice composition and clarity of image. Hope your keeping well mf, Iv check your web site and you seem to be a busy man. so many fine captures we have yet to see. Very nice work.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-15 17:28]

Hello Christian

While I'm definitely not much of a fungi specialist I can not really comment on the subject as such, but I can surely appreciate a good photo when I see one.

The composition is tops and very pleasing. I like the colourful branch filling and framing the space on the left while delivering the fungus into the frame. The DOF covered the complete range of the subject while it still rendered the contrasting dark BG completely OOF to compliment the fungus. The details are crispy and the exposure was spot on.

Very well done and TFS.

Hello Christian,
beautiful soft sunlight of autumn, delightfully subtle colours. A very beautiful and instructive presentation.
Thank you my friend! With thanks, and best regards,

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-11-19 5:18]

Cze¶æ Christian, ³adna fotka. Kompozycja, koloty i ostro¶æ super. Dobrze zrobione. Pozdrawiam Robert.

Hi Christian
Interesting fungus. Good POV and nice and sharp. Thanksfor your interesting note.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-23 4:36]

Bonjour Christian!

Simply shot, but very interesting and beautifull. I like colours and textures of both - fungus and tree. Good POV, well composed image, perfect quality. Piece of Alpes on our screens :-)

belle photo de ce champignon,je ne les connais pas mais il est joli. Thomas

Hi Christian

This is an interesting lump on the side of the branch. Very well seen! You have captured this with awesome clarity and sharpness. You have isolated it well from the BG. Impressive quality shot. Thank you my friend! :-)

Hi Christian.
Nice shot of this Piptoporus.
DOF a bit short this time for my personal taste, but the great BG and details definately makes it an interesting image.
BTW, I have been looking at you web (not only to the mushrooms section :), and I was quite confused with your location, I see you are next to Switzerland I thought you wher closer to the Atlantic :)
Best regards, Felipe.
Beautiful place

Hello Christian,
Excellent color and exposure, but I expect that from you always ;)
Sharp details and I like the interest/texture of the fungi alongside the tree bark also.
Excellent handheld work,
Very well done mf.

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