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Candle Snuff

By chase
One of the commonest wood rotting Fungi.The small, erect,tough fruitbody is simple & finger-shaped or more often strap-like & forked at it's apex giving it an antler shape.It is also known as Stag's Horn Fungus & the posh name is Xylaria hypoxylon.
Typically black & downy near the base but grey-white on the upper regions,it becomes all black & warty during the Winter months.
Candle Snuff is inedible as it is very tough.
One of my favorite varieties of Fungus because of it's shape & texture, but one I find difficult to photograph because of all the different focal planes.
Taken in my local woods using a piece of gold wrapping paper as a reflector.

F8 manual mode
1/6th sec with muddy tripod
ISO 200
Pattern metering
Live View
Raw file converted in C1,curves adjusted,slight crop for composition & border added in CS3

Thankyou for taking the time to look & for putting up with my passion for Fungi.
Hopefully I will be starting a new & totally different project tomorrow...fingers crossed I get the result I want Wink
Janet xx

Tags: Fungi Lincoln Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Moss Candle snuff Xylaria hypoxylon Wildlife and nature Fiskerton woods

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RTDS 12 Cyprus
15 Nov 2008 11:12AM
Excellent capture.
Like the details and the colours in this image.
Great dof aswell.
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 11:13AM
superb work here Janet, i'v never seen these before....marc
AlleyCatz 15 274 6 England
15 Nov 2008 11:15AM
Another excellent macro Janet.
Great detail and dof.

Hope you get the result tomorrow Smile

Wooly 15 112 4 England
15 Nov 2008 11:20AM
Excellent macro Janet, great detail.

alyismad 15 9 Wales
15 Nov 2008 11:44AM
The light always perfect and a great shot

KarenFB Plus
15 5.7k 183 England
15 Nov 2008 12:02PM
Beautifully caught! I like the pov and the dof is perfect!
whiteswan01 13 13 England
15 Nov 2008 12:35PM
excellent shot saw these myself did think much to them but you have caught them well ill have go next time
SoulOfNature 13 23 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 12:54PM
A brilliant shot has always and a good find.

Jean x
Paintman Plus
14 1.5k 180 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 1:09PM
I think you've done exceptionally well with this. The sharp focus and composition are spot-on.

BERTRAM 13 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 1:10PM
Excellent shot well captured.
Ray42 13 3 England
15 Nov 2008 1:30PM
Great shot - is this anything that is called dead mans fingers?
49er 15 564
15 Nov 2008 1:36PM
very nice.. Yet to find one myself.
chase Plus
15 2.2k 566 England
15 Nov 2008 2:00PM
Thanks all.
Edgar...they are all over the place here,mind the Foxes & Squirrels have probably trampled all yours Wink
Ray..No,Dead Man's Fingers are very different,although from the same family.They are bigger & grow in clusters of hard,warty finger-like clusters.Initially they are dark grey-brown,the upper region is swollen,flattened & occasionally lobed,tapering to a short similarly coloured stalk region & it looks like black fingers,not Antler shaped.
Janet xx
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 2:57PM
Beautiful shapes and textures.

Iain_Proudfoot 14 40 2 Ireland
15 Nov 2008 3:47PM
Great shot.

Warm Regards, Iain.
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
15 Nov 2008 5:15PM
I so like these Janet.
Wonderful shapes & colours.
SlowSong Plus
12 9.7k 30 England
15 Nov 2008 5:44PM
Super sharp image. Great shapes and perfect background.
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
15 Nov 2008 5:52PM
very different species Janet
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
15 Nov 2008 6:43PM
Well, you have captured it well - focal planes and all-- superb image!
chase Plus
15 2.2k 566 England
15 Nov 2008 6:49PM
Thankyou everyone.
Janet xx
Silverzone 13 2 England
15 Nov 2008 7:30PM
Lovely image. Sylvia
GillyB 16 317 8 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 10:09PM
Lovely capture Janet, can't wait to see what your new project brings Smile

fishing 13 4
16 Nov 2008 4:39AM

Quote:Excellent shot saw these myself did think much to them but you have caught them well ill have go next time


and Yes


cjl47 13 5 3 England
16 Nov 2008 11:25AM
Quick look and vote - loads to look at. I have been to the annual club exhibition to present a digital slide show, had to run it four times and the last presentation had over 60 people viewing. A few weeks back was the juding so i've been busy putting it all together for the catalogue and producing the video. As a result the club had now added digital imagining to our regular comps.
MalcolmS Plus
15 1.2k 13 England
16 Nov 2008 6:20PM
Great separation Janet, terrific use of DOF

microchip 14 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 7:21PM
Excellent detail and composition, "common you say" ,I have never seen one at all, shall have to get out more,
bricurtis Plus
16 2.5k 51 England
16 Nov 2008 8:13PM
These always remind me of bits of washed up driftwood - I have never seen them either Janet.
Glynn Plus
15 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 3:24PM
Clarity and textures are great as it is not very often you see something this small this close.

chase Plus
15 2.2k 566 England
18 Nov 2008 7:37AM
Thanks all.
Janet xx

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