Best Photo of the Month

We know many of you are out in the field, camera in hand, taking beautiful, interesting, awe-inspiring or just plain quirky images. They may be coffee-table-book-beautiful, show a field guide level of detail, or convey the sheer joy of mushrooming. Let’s share them! Enter your choice pics in the Fungus Federation’s Photo of the Month contest. Winning images (editor’s choice) will be posted on the FFSC website and may be used in a FFSC publication. Your images will not be used for commercial purposes.

Submitting Images

We will source images from those submitted on the FFSC Google Group as well as individually submitted images. Images can be submitted via email to bestphoto@@ffsc.us.

Technical Criteria

Please send an image that does not have EXIF metadata stripped off or just full-sized original image if you are unsure. Acceptable formats: anything but RAW files.

Information Required

  • Photographer’s name
  • Title for image, if any
  • Optional: Date, Latin Binomial
  • Give us few words about the collection if you’d like. Rough location, habitat, did you leave them in the field or bring home? If edible, how did you prepare them?

Past Best Photos of the Month

November, 2019

"I took a Walk" by Kaye Peyron

Best Photo
Date: March 01, 2019
Camera: Canon Canon EOS 60D
ISO Speed: 1000
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 85 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Flash Used: No
Date:  March 1, 2019,
 
Helvella Lacunosa
 
Found in Watsonville, CA. During this time of year it was rainy and cold. At first we almost missed it because it was under all these leaves. We did not collect this baby elfin for it needed more time to grow before consideration of collecting. 

September, 2019

"Psathyrella so." by John Valberg

Best Photo
Date: April 16, 2019
Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D5600
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure: 1.00 sec
Focal Length: 60 mm
Aperture: f/25.0
Flash Used: No

No flash used, Nikon D5600.

Found at Sanborn County Park under a log.
 

September, 2019

"Psathyrella sp." by Peter Vahlberg

Best Photo
Date: April 16, 2019
Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D5600
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure: 1.00 sec
Focal Length: 60 mm
Aperture: f/25.0
Flash Used: No

Found at Sanborn County Park under a log.
 

April, 2019

"Pilobolus Fungus" by Judith Ogus

Best Photo
Date: 20 April, 2019
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Pilobolus Fungus 

Found the fungus on horse manure and used a 200mm macro lens for the photo and Canon40D body.

Here is a close up

closer view of Pilobolus Fungus

 

February, 2019

"Auriscalpium vulgare" by Dan Tischler

Best Photo
Date: January 19, 2019
Camera: OLYMPUS CORPORATION TG-4
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 6 mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Flash Used: No

Auriscalpium vulgare

 

The ear-pick or pine cone mushroom is a member of the order Russulales, making it a close relative of russula and lactarius species along with stereum and hericium.

 

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