Observation 61330: Leucoagaricus americanus (Peck) Vellinga

When: 2010-08-28

Collection location: Montgomery Co., Maryland, USA [Click for map]

Who: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)

No specimen available

Growing in wood mulch in front of new apartment complex.



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Thanks Alan
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-02-10 09:45:18 CST (-0500)

That is how I feel, too.

monkeying with photos
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2012-02-09 22:32:31 CST (-0500)

> Is this acceptable or is it monkeying with the photos to bring attention?

You should edit your photos to make them look as much like they really did in the field as possible. Usually this involves changing the color levels, contrast and color saturation a small amount. All cameras are not equal, so the colors in your unedited pictures will not be accurate. Your job is to make them more accurate. If you turn up the color saturation too much you will win photo contests, but people will make fun of you. The best photo mods make them look more real and less modified. Less is more…But none is usually inaccurate.

you go (all creative) guy!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-02-08 19:16:14 CST (-0500)

this is not a mushroom in ID dispute, so throw away that plain gray photo cloth!
go ahead and make them more beautiful; art and science can go hand in hand.
isn’t the beauty of fungi part of the POINT?

it’s not like you are torturing us with out of focus photos here.

Debbie and all
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-02-08 14:31:43 CST (-0500)

I would like your opinion on these photos. I have cropped them and I can see no reason why this is not okay for posts to MO. I have also used Microsoft picture manager to increase the mid-range contrast by -20. In that this can modify the color, it is suspect in a scientific sense. Most of the best photos I have are shot with a flash and this has the effect of ‘washing-out’ the contrast, especially the mid-range up-close contrast. Adding mid range contrast takes out the glare, brings out detail that you may not see in a quick dash through the woods, and generally makes them better looking. What is the consensus out there? Is this acceptable or is it monkeying with the photos to bring attention?

photogenic, aren’t they?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-02-08 11:48:34 CST (-0500)

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