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Lepiota aspera - detail

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 16 October 2010 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Lepiota aspera (Spitsschubbige parasolzwam (BE) / Freckled Dapperling (EN) / Spitzschuppiger Schirmling (DE) / Lépiote à écailles (FR)) is a fungus in the Agaricaceae family. This species is likely to be very toxic though it is sometimes listed as edible. The cap is usually 5–10cm across, ovoid at first then obtusely conical or bell-shaped, dark brown at the centre elsewhere the surface breaking up into dark brown scales. These scales are just a wonderfull subject for a macro-photographer ...

Image: Schilde (BE) - 21/09/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Marilla from Turku, Finland

That looks strange. It would be impossible to know what it is without your text.

16 Oct 2010 4:05pm

@Marilla: Maybe the detail is too abstract ? I thought the texture would be interesting enough for an image.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Oh no, it's not too abstract - it's mysterious. All photos can't be tempting. This is a question I've been wondering a lot but I haven't got the answer yet... Processing makes pictures attractive but a nature photographer can't use processing all the time.

17 Oct 2010 6:51am

@Marilla: That is a very interesting question, Marilla. It all just starts with the defenition of "proccessing" ... so let me ask you: what is "processing" an image according to you ?

Marleen from Netherlands

Fantastische structuur! Doet me denken aan iets smakelijks....vijg?? Gaaf abstract Johan!

18 Oct 2010 2:07pm

@Marleen: Dit is gewoon de bovenzijde van deze paddenstoel, Marleen. Geen vijg aan te pas gekomen :-)

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

It looks poisonous to me! I like the way you have the light and detail going out of the frame diagonally.

19 Oct 2010 2:14am

@Julie Brown: I don't know if it is realy poisonous, but the species has a very unpleasant smell, so eating is just not recommended. I'm just trying some different ways in making "abstract" macro's out of the mushroom-caps. I notice there is a huge variation in forms, patterns, structures, etc ... but is is very difficult to make a good image out of it. Think I just have to do some more experimenting.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

A very leopard like pattern.. you didn't do bad in capturing this. I looked and you have some really nice lenses too so really its all about how you want to present at this point. This could be used as a texture in another even similar photo.

21 Oct 2010 4:17pm

@Dutçh: A bit unusual texture for a mushroom don't you think ? I'm very pleased with my 150 mm macro - starting to know this lens by now :-).

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
ISO 200
150 mm