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Potato fungus

Potato fungus
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-24
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Trips to New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-20 3:12
Viewed: 7012
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On my second day out with Steve (LordPotty) we went to Coal Creek to admire a different set of fungi to that which grows around Arnold River. One of the first ones we aw was this bizarre (Chamonixia pachydermis), sometimes known as potato fungi due to its superficial resemblance to the humble potato. They are found in most forest types in New Zealand and also occur in eastern Australia. They are found semi-buried in the substrate and split like a bit like a puff ball to release they spores on maturity. They grow to roughly 50mm wide and 40mm high and are found in autumn. I really liked this one with a bluish hue standing out nicely on the bright green mosses.

Captured by lying the camera on the ground in super-macro with natural light.

Info based on http://www.hiddenforest.co.nz/fungi/

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Hello Chris,

Beautiful composition with a great surrounding of the fungi made of old leaves and mosses. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Excellent exposure and great colours.

Hi Chris,
Superb macro capture of this strange and interesting fungus with wonderful clarity my friend! Great composition. All splendid. TFS.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-20 4:32]

Hi Chris,
what a superb natural scene, excellent details and range of colours from a great POV. Very well naturally exposed too, fine work.

Hello Chris,
Lovely shot of the Potato fungus. It does look like a charred potato. Excellent POV,DOF and Sharpness.What you said is true - the green velvety leaves and ferns gives a good contrast and make a pretty background.
TFS & regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-21 12:30]

Hi Chris. I must admit fungi is not my cup of tea as we say in England. But this picture is first class all the same. The detail and colours are first class. you have used the light so well. I shall have to start looking at fungi in a different way from now. TFS.

Hello Chris
Interesting fungus and excellent composition with lovely DOF
Well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-22 20:55]

Hi Chris,
Wonderful close-up shot of this fungi with very impressive sharpness and details. Lovely colours and lighting. I like the natural surrounding and the fragrance of moist forest cover. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hallo Chris
Time is rather limited today for a proper comment, but I cannot pass without saying a few words. I have never seen something like this fungi and it is extraordinarily and very interesting to look at. What I like most in this image is the lovely and bright greenery in the foreground. Thanks for sharing this strange but fascinating subject.
Kind regards.

Hi Chris,
Wonderful shot, excellent colors, great focus. A top photo.
Taxonomically: I checked out this specie on the link You gave and on other sites. Never thought this belongs to Boletaceae family. On this photo it seems like similar to for example a Scleroderma.
I bookmark You as one of my fave photographers, because - fungi or not - I like Your work very much.
Best regards from the heart of Europe, László

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-24 20:09]

Hello Chris

Excellent clarity the focus is razor sharp.
Wonderful colours,the fungi stands out on the bed of bright green moss.
Very good POV

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