Observation 209035: Exsudoporus frostii (J.L. Russell) Vizzini, Simonini & Gelardi

When: 2015-07-05

Collection location: Keystone State Park, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: John Plischke (John Plischke)

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By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-07-07 19:55:01 CDT (-0400)

Nice job finding so many interesting mushrooms given the adverse conditions in your area.

By: Eva Skific (Evica)
2015-07-07 14:51:29 CDT (-0400)

it is true.
– area- from Turkey Point to Port Dover (50 km radius), for the fourth year has no rain.
I look at the radar, rain comes through Detroit, after which bends, a portion goes to the Hamilton – Toronto area ,
another part of the cloud goes through Ohio and Pennsylvania
The forests through which I am looking for mushrooms is wetland

No rain up there since April, Eva?
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-07-07 08:34:34 CDT (-0400)

You still seem to be finding lots of mushrooms. Down here we have more rain that we need lately.

Thank you
By: Eva Skific (Evica)
2015-07-06 17:29:53 CDT (-0400)
Dave, you wrote exactly what I meant to write word for word except that my camera is Nikon P330 – Canon

and there is no mushrooms because I did not have rain from April :(:(

I guess…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-07-06 09:36:51 CDT (-0400)

that explains why your photos are so much better than mine, John :-)

My “method” is to keep my SONY digital on “automatic setting”, resolution 3 MB, turn dial to “macro”, point and shoot lots and lots of photos… some in-situ, some posed, and some in hand. Once I load them onto my computer, I put names on the ones I like… usually less than 10% of what I have shot. On a really productive day, I may shoot as many as 400 photos. Not many of the in-situs find their way into a permanent folder. If I come upon a really interesting observation, or a particularly nice example of something common, I use the translucent white umbrella and foil reflector in hopes of getting a decent in-situ. Sometimes I’m just lucky and a hasty point-shoot turns out nice. Orienting perspective with respect to ambient light is always something to think about.

Right now the mushrooms have slowed down, but I think it’s because the ground is holding too much moisture. I think when it heats up and dries out again, there will be another fungal invasion. In the past, extremely wet summer periods like this one have produced many oddball species of boletes, and other cool stuff.

Mushroom Photography steps
By: John Plischke (John Plischke)
2015-07-06 01:19:49 CDT (-0400)

Glad you like the photo. We spent about 15 minutes once we found the first few looking for more and looking for the best quality ones we could find. The goal is to find nice mushrooms and hopefully beautiful ones at several stages of development. So after we had enough we set up. Setup takes about 10-15 minutes. Trying to get everything as perfect as we can. I had a helper today. When moving the mushrooms I try to pick 1 or 2 that were naturally growing right there and not do anything to them except to clean them up by removing a leaf or needle etc. Then I clean up the surrounding area. Then I add a few I picked from elsewhere. It would be nice if they were all growing together but typically they are not. When moving mushrooms it is very important to keep them in there naturally occurring habitat. So then I spent another 15 minutes photographing them. Sometimes I chop a bit off the top or sides so it is important to take many photos of the collection. Collections like this don’t really occur in nature it takes a lot of work helping it along. lol. Of the mushrooms I posted tonight I took 95 images today. Then when home I delete the lesser quality ones that left me with 28 photos from the original 95. I may have kept 3 shots or so of each species I shot today. Then I posted one of everything I shot today, Then the fun or really hell begins. I shoot in raw. Raw lets me improve the photos later by being able to change the exposure etc some afterwards. I it really helps but seems to take forever. Then I convert 1 photo or each group setup , that would by my favorite one to tiff. Tiff is archival unlike jpeg, All my photos are in tiff not jpeg. Then To use this site I have to make one jpeg to post it. Then when trying to post a jpeg half the time I cuss because they are to large for mo. 1/2 my pictures exceed 20 mb in jpeg. In tiff they are 137 mb. So I can post some of them till I go back and resize them. By that time I have had enough and resize and post them sometime I skip naming them because I don’t want to deal with my post saying its now a new genus etc and continue with yet another delay. After I get them on my its another process labeling them with my system then filing them and adding them to my list with comments. Then I need to check on another list I have . Its a long drawn out process, My desktop is full of mo photo I still need to file and work on. Any way I thought I would explain my process some so hopefully it will be helpful. The goal when I go out is to get 1 great photo and if I can do that in a trip I have been very successful. I was today with this picture. I spent all day looking in multiple spots and the mushrooms are disappearing. Spots that were real productive 2 weeks ago don’t have hardly anything up. I still found good stuff today but I think in 2 weeks the bounty that we have been seeing will be gone. I was hoping to get a lot of bolete shots today and hopefully new stuff but was unsuccessful.

Most photogenic E. frostii!
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2015-07-06 00:45:05 CDT (-0400)

John, Ma Nature made these especially for you so you could capture them with your camera and have them featured in a field guide one day. :-)
I have seen a few frostii in my lifetime, but never such a gorgeous collection!

By: John Plischke (John Plischke)
2015-07-06 00:15:03 CDT (-0400)

Hopefully you get to see them. The stem is so distinctive looking. Usually I see it 3 or 4 times a year in small numbers maybe 1 to 3 of them scattered, this spot had 15 of them. I seen it 10 times this year at 10 different spots. It does grow at least to the middle of the state. Maybe you will get to see them later this year when you go to that area. I will PM you about that and a few other issues later tonight.

I have not…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-07-06 00:05:52 CDT (-0400)

ever found this species! Nice specimens.

The second pictures shows how the photo gets taken
By: John Plischke (John Plischke)
2015-07-06 00:02:18 CDT (-0400)

The second pictures shows how the photo gets taken.

I could add a third of the setup

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