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The little things

The little things
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-13
Categories: Trees, Lichens
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Theme(s): Abstract Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-05 9:46
Viewed: 4369
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Something else for today. While walking around in the woodland surrounding the Lour Burn, I noticed how well all the trees were covered in lichens. To me a sign of healty air.

The larger lichen you see here is part of the Fruticose Lichens family. And I believe it is called Old Man's Beard.

Fruticose lichens are the most highly developed lichens. Their branches are much closer in form to "true" branches although, unlike most plants, the lichen branch has no specialized vascular system for transporting fluids.

The thing I like about this kind of photography it the fact that you can create a completely different view of something simple. It also creates a entirely different atmosphere. Especially when a wide apertue is used.

gracious, PaulH, nglen, cicindela, Silke, eqshannon, pablominto, marhowie, hester, dew77, lovenature, petrudamsa has marked this note useful
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Hello Niek,
A simple but very creative composition and I liked it!
We missed so many good things that we unaware of it's beauty just like this one
good exposure and focus against the darker bg on the DOF
well done and thanks for sharing, Niek

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-05 10:00]

Hi Niek,
Intersting shot and well seen. The f/2.8 has really made this Lichen stand out. Nice rich colour in BG and great texture in the branches bark and the Old Mans Beard itself.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-05 10:06]

Hi Niek.Some times we have to look at what nature has to offer. you have used your eyes well in this shot good for you for seeing it .
The Lichen looks so fresh and healthy. with nice colour and detail. very well done TFS. good notes too

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-05 10:29]

Hello Niek,
Lichens can not only be good subjects for photography as you have shown in this shot but they can offer an interesting field of study. However not all are indicators of clean air: the feathery brighter green one is a species that needs unpolluted air.
Nice composition and sharpness where needed and a pleasing blurred natural BG.
A fine contribution to TN and thanks for sharing it.
Best wishes, Ivan

Hello Niek focus nicely selected and sharp detail I have this lens its a great one for portraits although the motor is a little noisy great for general purpose. Bokeh is nice good colour. I like the light also tfs rgds Necip.

Bonjour Niek
Les lichens constituent un groupe végétal très intéressant mais le plus souvent délaissé. Ils constituent pourtant très beau sujet d'étude et de photographie, comme en témoigen ton cliché, très intéressant et bien réalisé.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-05 13:17]

This is truly delightful! I love the delicate details and soft colours of this, and the composition is wondrous indeed

Such a simple thing and you turned it into magic with a camera. Lichens are an intriguing "thing" in nature but they make analytical minds think in terms of mathematics....which is by the way only a Theory! Mathematicians have fits with me for saying that, however until they find an answer to Pi, then they are eternally lost:-)


I must live in VERY healthy air! All our trees are covered with lichen. I thought it was because we get so much rain. We have a lot of Old Man's Beard also.... as long a Rip Van Winkle's beard! It hangs down just like a beard. I like the limited area of sharpness and the lovely blur everywhere else... particularly in the background. It's a really pretty green. Thanks for sharing.

Evelynn ; )

Helklo Niek,
Lovely details are captured in this fine close-up!
Very attractive colours and the narrow DOF is just right to emphasis the subject!
Pablo -

Hello Niek!
Maybe not very colourful and maybe not very large, but thanks to them rarely presented on TN and because of them for me much more interesting :)
I like this original presentation, it is a very good contribution to diversity on TN. By the way, I am not specialist but one of them looks for me like Usnea species :)
Have a nice evening and best greetings from Poland,

Nice work Niek, I like it. Great detail, color, and light. I like the greens of the BG here also. I've a shot of some very tiny and strange looking fungi I never posted..Perhaps it's time :)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-06 11:19]

Hi Niek

This is a very artistic presentation. Lovely DOF and wonderful colours. Little things as fascinating



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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-08-06 12:45]

Hello Niek,
Very nice close up.Well seen and composed.POV,simple BG,framing and lighting are wonderful.

Hi Niek
How delicate the branch and lichens are. I love the lime colour. The only thing I can see that's a bit distracting in the background is the small round brown plant. It's nice you captured two different varieties here. In Canada we call the lime lichen Wolf Lichen (letharia vulpina)
TFS Janice

Hi Niek,

Great composition and beautiful colours.
I don't think that small things are simple at all, they are just often overlooked and the intricate details of them escape the untrained human eye.
That's why I love the small things: for their complexity that one must search very close and atentive to discover.

Cheers, Petru

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