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Darkmunk

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 16:58
I finally managed to grow some more tomato fungus so I had another go at making a nice bit of wall art.
The setup - 28mm soligor , reversed onto extension tubes. My Metz is still broken so I made do with a 1 sec exposure and firing the fill flash by hand.


This is the first one I noticed had potential



then I straightened it and left it soft and pastel coloured.



C&C welcome more work needed I think. Really need to get in closer so I can take the full frame.
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alun

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 17:10
That looks like quite a difficult subject, given the depth of the fungus.
How long before the tomatoes get that hairy?

Darkmunk

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 18:42
If you see a tomato with the start of this fungus, then put it on a plate with a bowl over it to keep it dark and avoid spreading the spores, then wait about 2 days.
I think I left this too long - as you say, it's a bit tricky getting a nice composition when they get too long.
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 19:09
This is so unusual, Mark. I really like it!

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Mongoose

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 19:13
pretty cool looking shots, I think I'll leave this subject to you though, I don't fancy the conversation with my better half about why there is a mouldy tomato in the house.
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Darkmunk

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 20:11
Thanks guys.
I have no idea if the spores are harmful to me or the lens
But I found my nose running (probably psychosomatic) and chose to leave it that way as some sort of defense
At one point I forgot myself and removed the lens in front of the toms with the camera still switched on.... probably sucked a cazillion little babies onto the sensor
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pnjmcc

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 22:05
Darkmunk wrote:
At one point I forgot myself and removed the lens in front of the toms with the camera still switched on.... probably sucked a cazillion little babies onto the sensor



Great shots thought, Is it difficult to compose?

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Darkmunk

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 08:49
Yes this is particularly difficult to compose, with the lens reversed you have to open the lens to compose the shot and focus on one particular spore, and then stop it down to f16 to take the shot. With a DOF of less than a millimetre it takes some doing not to move the whole shebang.

Still trying work out of the spore sacks are translucent and fill with black liquid and then dry out, or what? Some of them look half full - I'll try and find an image.
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i-Berg

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 09:06
Mark,

That's a fascinating subject choice - and photogenic into the bargain.
Rather than the globules being 'half full', they might be full droplets, but with a particulate matter that drops like sediment to 'the bottom'? If the spores are in suspension in a droplet for eg, what you may be seeing is some droplets with fewer spores looking more translucent?
http://www.pbase.com/iberg

thoughton

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 09:17
Fascinating stuff Mark. What size are the black spheres?
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Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 09:44
Quote:
What size are the black spheres?

About the size of a dot from a ball point....
I'll take a shot just for you Tim ... any excuse not to work
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thoughton

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 09:52
Don't put yourself out, but if you find the time I'll look forward to it

PS Slick watermark there, might steal that idea

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Darkmunk

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 09:55
Here you go.
I got lucky, just took this one shot, hand held, but with the body leaning against table, and it is usable
Click the image to see all the 'baby' fungus all over my sensor ( this is a full frame)


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Darkmunk

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 10:04
Here's a selection of spore sacks to try and figure out what the life cycle is.
I'm guessing they start out white, fill with spores and go shiney black, then dry out and form smaller, cratered spheres.


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Last Edited by Darkmunk on 23/02/2010 - 10:04

pink

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 10:04
I never coming around to yours for dinner ?

Nice shot though

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