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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 4:04 am    Post subject: Myxomycetes III... Reply with quote

the return of Hemitrichia calyculata. Shocked (I think Rolling Eyes )


Sony DSC-W5
1/5 sec. @ f/2.8 ISO 100 EV +0.3
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Hemitrichia calyculata
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where did you find these Ken Shocked They are beautiful. very nice pictures. Is that what pops out of the round fruiting bodies (it just looks like it "popped") Nice find Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting series of photos you've been posting Ken. I'm not very tuned into to the realms of nature you are investigating and I appreciate getting the education.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Where did you find these Ken They are beautiful. very nice pictures. Is that what pops out of the round fruiting bodies (it just looks like it "popped") Nice find


This is one of the few species that I have collected and kept back in a small cardboard box. As you can see the colorful peridium has long since split apart and only the remnants remain at the base of the mesh network, which is the capillitium that holds the spore mass. Walt has posted an excellent image of that already showing the spores. I suppose you could say that the capillitium does pop out to an extent. Thanks Doug. Very Happy


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Interesting series of photos you've been posting Ken. I'm not very tuned into to the realms of nature you are investigating and I appreciate getting the education


Glad that you find this interesting Thomas, myxomycetes are indeed a mysterious form of life and being quite small they are most always overlooked by even the most observant individuals involved in nature study. I had often heard about slime molds and that they lived on the forest floor but never gave them much thought until one day I really decided to find out what these creatures were all about. From that time forward it has been a never ending adventure and a quest to find, study, and research them. They are quite marvelous in their life cycle. Thanks Thomas. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice images Ken. I rarely shoot them outside of their enviornment but you got a nice background for your first shot. Your second shot is amazing for the amount of depth of focus you are able to get at f/2.8. I am limited at the present time to f/8 and always want more depth even at that ratio.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Walt. The Sony DSC-W5 always selects f/2.8 through the Meiji due to insufficent lighting I suppose. I really need to order the slave flash unit for that little camera Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great images, they remind me of certain fungi, but on a much smaller scale!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken Ramos wrote:
Thanks Walt. The Sony DSC-W5 always selects f/2.8 through the Meiji due to insufficent lighting I suppose. I really need to order the slave flash unit for that little camera Very Happy


Hi Ken. The reason I get such good DOF is because of the 150W halogen that I use.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hi Ken. The reason I get such good DOF is because of the 150W halogen that I use.


Wow i bet that gets things hot!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cyclops wrote:
Wow i bet that gets things hot!


Actually no, Cyclops. The light is transmitted via two goose necks so temperature is no problem...
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh is that a fibre optic set up then?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The reason I get such good DOF is because of the 150W halogen that I use.


I have a number of light sources. I too have a 150W fiber optic illuminator but oftentimes I opt for the Micro Lite FV1000 fluorescent ring. Fluoresecent light is fuzzy but it does appear, colorwise, more like daylight and if the objects have a shine to them, fluorescent light doesn't scatter as bad but you don't have that intensity and sometimes contrast of the fiber optic halogen. Thanks Steve. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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they remind me of certain fungi, but on a much smaller scale!


Well they are a slime mold and molds in general are considered fungi I suppose. Still myxomycetes are mystery, the fruiting bodies do not resemble any molds that I have seen in relation to fungi nor does the plasmodium resemble such, hence slime molds I suppose. I really find them a mystery because of the fact they begin their tiny little lives as amoebas and then change into something totally different, apart from the animal kingdom. Presently they are grouped with the Kingdom Protista which includes the unicellular plants and animals. Of course all that can or could be debated but I am in no position to do so. I suppose that is best left to the more learned gentlemen in the field taxonomy. Thanks Cyclops. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh thats interesting.Someone else said theyre not allied to fungi, yet it seems logical to me that they should be.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken Ramos wrote:
myxomycetes are indeed a mysterious form of life


Not the only one by the looks of this --> http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/4229.html
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