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#1 Myc

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:07 AM

Been waiting for nearly a year
Finally these little gems decided to show themselves!!

Tried taking some long exposure photos to demonstrate the bioluminescence but my camera isn't high quality enough.

Hoping to try with a borrowed professional camera tonight.
After a minute or two outside, you can see the faint glow from several feet away. Very eerie looking.
I like to imagine the superstition surrounding these fungi prior to scientific study!
Very cool and well worth the wait.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:17 AM

Cool! Is this some that you grew, or natural?

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:40 AM

I'd love to see a pic of the gills. It looks like the caps of the bioluminescent fungi I found a few years ago, and I was having a hell of a time ID'ing it (meaning I never did). I did make sure it wasn't an Armillaria species (they are parasitic) and I wanted to propagate it.

I spread it all over the place on the property I lived on back then (in SE Tennessee) and it acted like natural landscape lighting. It was amazing. If it's the same stuff I found, the mycelium glows incredibly bright (when I peeled back some bark, exposing the myc., I could read by the light it cast).

Great find... MAKE SOME PRINTS! (upon closer inspection, it looks like you spawned a log with plugs... did you order the spores from a vendor?)

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:49 AM

very nice!:headbang:

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:51 AM

Very, very cool Myc. I've never seen anybody have luck with those before (I know people have, just not people I know!).

Is that a birch log?

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:52 AM

Way cool!! I've been considering getting some luminous fungus spores, and it's good to hear that they can be fairly bright. We have a, well, I guess you'd call it a trip garden at a place I visit, and those would be a great addition.

Were they difficult to get going?
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 11:04 PM

The project was started from plug spawn purchased from Sporeworks.
Innoculated to an Arizona Ash log.
I will try to take some prints.

It's raining here so I can't get photos tonight.
Hoping for tomorrow
Will take awhile to upload bioluminescent pic since I only have access to a 35mm traditional film camera.

I guess I just must be one lucky fool to have such great success with all of my projects.
Can't wait for this Fall to see how my other woodlovers like me!

Thanks for looking.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 11:14 PM

Luck is part of it, but a small part I believe.

From reading your posts, I think a much bigger part of it is your methodical approach. Growers tend to approach the work like they approach their writeups.

Precision in documentation usually connotes an equivalent precision in preparation and execution.

Precision seems to go hand in hand with success in most things, but very much so in this hobby.

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 06:45 PM

How did I miss this thread?

Very cool Myc! Great to see someone fruiting these. I really love bioluminescence. I've been told that the ghost fungus, Omphalota nidiformis, grows near to where I live. I've found what I'm assuming was the same species once before, while I was out in the bush at night time. They have a very strong glow to them. I'm planning on going hunting for them at some point soon with cloning and printing in mind.

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 09:13 PM

How did I miss this thread?
. I've been told that the ghost fungus, Omphalota nidiformis, grows near to where I live. I'm planning on going hunting for them at some point soon with cloning and printing in mind.


Please keep me in mind when you do.
Ironically, these fruited just after those samples went out.

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 10:41 PM

I most definitely will Myc.:)

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:51 AM

I let these mature a little before grabbing a specimen for closeups
They are slow growers for sure - still glowing at night!

Glow-in-the-dark photographs are proving to be beyond my photography skills but I'll keep trying.
Hoping to add some to this thread.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 09:28 PM

damn you should have options menu with a nightshot option. thats awesome myc. turn the flash off. also, so, as ive seen bioluminescence before. do you have to touch it to get a reaction. i know often in the water you have to swim or see waves crashing to see the bioluminescence. depending on timing and amount it can look like a crazy flurry of blue green waves crashing against boats.

i lived in the usvi and was tripping on lsd before a thunderstorm on a boat. and the waves were crashing and lighting up. it was very amazing!

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 11:23 AM

Thanks Eatyu
I was hoping for some photography advice

I've tried a digital camera.
Night setting - long shutter exposure
ISO 400 film speed
Largest aperture opening that I can achieve with this camera

35mm traditional film camera
30 sec. shutter exposure - I don't have a photographer's bulb so this is the longest I can get
ISO 200 film
ISO 1600 film
Wasn't paying attention to the aperture setting ( f stop )
Film is getting rather expensive @ $10 a pop with no results!!

All photos were taken using a stable tripod and the cameras' onboard timer system so I can press the shutter activation without shaking the camera while the shutter is open.

Waiting to borrow another camera - got a friend with a professional grade digital which should save on film while experimenting.

I have some colonized woodchip spawn bags that glow like a son-of-a-gun!! Man they are bright.
I put them on the dresser in my bedroom and go to sleep at night admiring them. Not enough light to read by but they do cast some ambient light.
Here's the best I can do so far - photo from the aforementioned digital camera but the zoom is too weak to get good closeups.

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 08:40 AM

do you know anyone with a Sony camera with nightshot?

also, if you want to keep using film cameras with long exposures, you can just ask the photolab to develop the negatives (cheaper than printing a bunch of black frames)

then you can cherry pick the frames you want printed.

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 09:38 AM

For a shot like this you might need more than 30 seconds if it's at night. Generally there is a bulb setting on most older 35 mm cameras. With this you can take a cable release, and as long as it's depressed it will hold the shutter open. Newer cameras might have it where you press the shutter and it opens, and won't close until you press it again.
You might want to do this with a flash along with the open shutter. This would combine the normal image with the glow. Just hit it with a low flash burst while the shutter is open, or you could just do this with a hand held light for a few seconds on. All of this would be better done with a digital camera. If you did this with film, you would need a high end light/flash meter to know what settings to use. With digital you can look at the preview to see if you got it right.
My guess is that you are looking at a 2 min exposure at 400 iso, f4, and with a 100 watt bulb in lamp of some sort about 2 seconds on.

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 09:53 AM

[COLOR=Lime]MYC,


You might want to send a message to this guy
to see what his setup was on his cam.

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 08:36 PM

MYC,


You might want to send a message to this guy
to see what his setup was on his cam.


[COLOR=Lime]Opps... Sorry MYc,

I broke a board rule and linked off site (got warned)
Anyhow, it was a link where a guy has some
good pics of Panellus Stipticus, I figure you
could contact him to see what was his
setup on his digital camera.

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 12:07 PM

Thanks for the link Jigalow.
Not sure what the problem was but it's the thought that counts.
My blocks look just like the ones shown in the photos you linked (sans fruitbodies).

Thanks all - for the photography tips.
I've been able to get some better photos and will continue to play with the camera.
These fungi are actually very fun and rewarding. Maybe I'm still just a kid at heart.

These images were taken using a Canon PowerShot S410
No flash
long shutter exposure option set for 15 seconds
tripod
timer to prevent camera shake
aperture is not adjustable to my knowledge (f stop)

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 06:40 PM

BB is failing my upload, so imageshack it is...

tried to enhance the image a bit.
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