Fluted Black Helvella.

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Submitter's name: Darin Rhein
Title: Fluted Black Helvella.
Gear used: OM-1 MD + Zuiko 50/3.5 Macro + Winder 2 +Varimagnifinder + cheap mini tripod.
Diaphragm: f16
Shutter speed: 1/2 second?
Film used: Fuji Superia 200 ASA.
Technical information: Natural lighting. Print scanned (I know it's not the best way to do things, but I have to make do with what I have) on Epson Perfection 1250 at 1200DPI, cropped and resized in 602Photo.
Subject information: I found this interesting mushroom while out for a walk in the woods, and thught it would make a good first TOPE entry for me.

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Comment left by: Brian Swale (no e-mail specified) Good result for a challenging topic. Due probably to the shiny nature of the cap, you have managed to obtain some detail in the black from the reflected sky.
Might benefit from some sharpening.

Comment left by: Darin Rhein (no e-mail specified) Thanks for the kind words! I tried sharpening before I submitted and was not happy with the results. However, when I sharpen it now it looks better to me. The power of suggestion I guess.

Comment left by: Duncan Paterson (no e-mail specified) Interesting subject and good photo. Looks like this one's not for eating?

Comment left by: Fernando Gonzalez Gentile (no e-mail specified) Darin, would you have submitted this entry into an uruguayan photo contest , you'd have received applause and lots if different lectures (views, interpretations) about it.

Technically, I'd have tried to lower the angle of view, but this seems to have been impossible.

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