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Helvella for Horia

Helvella for Horia
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-06
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/2 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia II, 80-89 Points I, for Horia, Ascomycetes 2. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-10 7:23
Viewed: 9536
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 85
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Helvella elastica

This one is dedicated to our friend Horia, to give back the dedication of the wonderful shot he posted for us recently, thanks MF.

Thanks Marco [Sarcodon] and Jose Ramon [JORAPAVI] for the ident. correction.

Helvella elastica Bull. ex St. Amans syn. Leptopodia elastica Bull. ex St. Amans Boud. Glattstiellorchel Helvelle élastique, Elastic Saddle. Cap 1–3cm high, saddle-shaped and irregularly lobed, grey-brown to yellowish-brown, underside smooth, whitish drying ochraceous. Stem 40–70 x 3–7mm, whitish, often compressed. Asci 330 x 20µ. Spores 19–22 x 11–13µ. Habitat open ground in woodland. Season summer to autumn. Occasional. Edible – poor. Distribution, America and Europe

I found this info HERE.

Hope you like!

F:8 - 0.5 sec. - Manual exposure - On the ground

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Hola Felipe,
Un magnifico punto de vista de esta Helvella, con una justa profundidad de campo, no se si has hecho otras tomas de la misma, pero también me la imagino con la caida de agua desplazada i el formato un pelín más rectangular.
Saludos cordiales.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-10 7:31]

Hola Felipe y Cristina,
Me encanta la idea de mostrar ese arroyo como fondo para estas relucientes setas. Exquisita presentación en todos los aspectos: iluminación, color, nitidea, punto de vista, aislamiento del motivo y acertadísima profundidad de campo.
José M.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-10 7:35]

Hi Felipe.
Wow!!Excellent macro with waterfall on BG.
In a word - perfect.
Superb work!!
Congratulate and TFS.
Regards Milos

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-10 7:54]
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Hello my friends

This is most flattering!
I know you said you were going to search for something nice...but i never really hoped for such a beauty in this time of the year! It's simply aborable!
It just goes to show everybody that "Love is all around" :) These three little hearts are magnificent!
And if that wasn't enough, the water-fall behind them is just the cherry on top of the cake! What a bliss!
I really like the low POV here, but also the DOF, due to which that fall from the BG is so well visible.
The colors and details are gorgeous, the exposure impecable and the composition...magical!


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-10 8:08]

Otra maravillosa y didáctica presentación amigos con una bella composición, extremadamente estética con la cascada de fondo bien desenfocada.
Me encanta la posibilidad de ver no sólo el colorido con nitidez, sino las texturas que presentan estos ejemplares.
Una excelente iluminación muy bien lograda a partir de una lenta exposición, con un punto de vista y encuadre muy correctos y un marco acorde con la belleza de la imagen.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-12-10 8:08]

Great clear and really good shot!

Hello Felipe,
What a great POV that you had for this picture. This is really beautiful with the water falls in BG, wow! I love the wet texture of it and those great details, exposure and composition. As always, this is a great shot. Thanks,

Hi Felipe,
Very good shot, good famed and very pretty colours.
Good shot..!
Best regards,

Hi Felipe,
Good image.
Excellent compo..
Further on I agree with Horia's critique...as it is wriiten very well..

An amazing shot Felipe!
The colours are fantastic so rich and vivid. The waterfall in the background add a wonderful dimension to your nature shot. I feel I could step into your shot and feel the moist ground and smell the air.
TFS Janice

Hi Felipe,

Really sharp and colorfull picture. You have done a great job with the framing, I really love it. TFS


Felicidades, Felipe. The photo is well framed and balanced, providing plenty of clarity to enjoy the subject and enjoy the gorgeous ambience. Well done.

hi felipe,
this is a lovely shot,
beautiful colours,
well composed,
nice pov, good dof,
excellent sharpness and crytal clear image,
very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-10 9:52]

Hello Felipe,
Wonderful capture,crispy clear and very beautiful! Excellent colours and a very nice composition too, showing the waterfall behind.
TFS, Ulla

Hola Felipe y Cristina,
La foto es muy bonita con muy buena luz y gran definición aunque el montaje parece un poco artificioso. En lo que no estoy de acuerdo es en la determinación. Las diferencias que observo a simple vista son: El tamaño por la relación con las hojas tiene que ser muy pequeño, en cambio la crispa es muy grande, el pié en la crispa es totalmente estriado y en el ejemplar que nos presentas es algo hundido longitudinalmente, y el color del pié en la crispa es blanco y no crema, por lo que creo que estas presentado otra especie que no es la de la foto. Mañana te subo una Helvella crispa que aunque no esté tan bonita si te puede ayudar en al determinación. Un cordial saludo

wonderful colors,
very nice bg,
great macro,


Hi Felipe and Cristina.
Very strong photo. At first this is mushroom photo with excellent technical parameters like light, sharpness, etc. But what makes it special, is BG, which gives to it nice trekking in forest feeling.

Hi you two,
it's like looking into a dream-land - abstract things with wonderful colours in the BG. It looks like a refreshing waterfall in the back, I love it, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-10 11:54]

I am consistantly amazed at the magical appeal your fungi shots seem to always have! Yet another wonderful masterpiece!
Very nice!
Thanks & TFS,

Amazing shot of this interesting looking fungus, Felipe, with a waterfall for a background!
Stunning sharpness, colours and clarity. The picture gives a three-dimensional effect.
TFS and bye.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-10 12:26]


This picture is just too perfect! Not only have you got wonderful funghi in perfect sharpness, lovely colours and light and with a great POV but you also have that amazing BG!



Perfection in this wonderful capture Felipe, every parameter of this photo is flawless. I love it. :)

Hello Felipe,
Very very nice macro. TFS.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-12-10 15:13]

Cze¶æ Felipe. ALE PIÊKNE ZDJÊCIE. Pozdrawiam Robert.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-10 15:20]

Hello Felipe and Christina,
This is magnificent fungi close up.Exposure is spot on,focus couldnt be better.POV,crisp clear details and composition are excellent.

Hola Felipe y cristina.

Estupenda imagen, nitidez y color muy buenos.
Parecen de goma.


Hi Felipe

Good macro. Clear details and good low POV. Nice camera work. :-)

Magnifique prise de vue.

Rely great photo with waterfall buckground - fantastic idea perfect realisation
Best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-11 6:41]

Hi Felipe.
This is really work of art by Great Master. It's difficult to comment. Everything is perfect at highest level: presentation and framing, sharpness and details, captured scene, POV and DOV, etc, etc. B-R-A-V-O-O-O.

Hi Felipe and Cristina,
This is Helvella elastica Bulliard 1785, not Helvella crispa (Scopoli 1772) Fries 1822.
Check it on the net or on your book: observe the furrows on the stem and the shape of the cap in H. crispa in comparison with your specie.


Hola Felipe y Cristine,
Que puedo decir?
Las setas como siempre son impresionantes y la toma es perfecta. Pero este fondo !!!
TFS - Shir

Wow! very good capture Felipe, this is very special and belongs in my favorites. The inclusion of the waterfall is simply marvelous. Excellent work mf..

An impossible shot Felipe; just beautiful.
Everything is perfect.
Superb work of art.
Well done.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-13 17:14]

Hola Amigos, esta semana ha sido una prueba tras otra... Magnífica panorámica elegida para mostrarnos esas rarezas, Tienes que ser muy experto para poder tragarte una de esas cosas.
Es muy agradable la textura y la composición. muchos saludos.

Hi Filipe
a great point of view and a very creative background of this fungi colony...I think it´s a perfect nature macro very well composed

bonjour felipe
le pov est excellent avec la cascade en fond,de plus la demie seconde donne un effet agreable a l'eau et le champignons se detache parfaitement.

Only you could pull off a shot like this Felipe :) Wonderful job from top to bottom..
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year mf.

Hi dear Felipe ,
excellent focus. very nice colors.
good sharpness and very well exposed.
thanks dear Felipe for sharing this nice shot.
best regards

Hola amigos,
Una foto espectacular, a pesar de las dudas acerca de la clasificación. Artísticamente es una foto grandiosa, con buenisima nitidez y lo que es mejor la cascada como fondo.
Solo me queda desearos unas muy felices fiestas, y que podamos seguir compartiendo nuestro amor por la naturaleza en este sitio por mucho tiempo.
Un saludo afectuoso

Excellent pic. Brilliant colors.
What's behind? A small waterfall?
Smart framing: I like it a lot.

parece el paraíso. Buenísima

Hi Filipe,

Thanks for viewing my fungipictures.
This one also good sharp.
Good pov.
The background is to my taste a little to much busy.

Regards Gert

very impressive, but the frame is needless, TFS Ori

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