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Shadows and Lichens

Shadows and Lichens
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Copyright: Michael Hastriter (devildoc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 57 N: 186] (2851)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-26
Categories: Lichens
Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikon Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR +, Promaster 77mm MC C-P.L
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-26 21:13
Viewed: 2121
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It was cold but sunny without much to photograph, but with my new 80-400mm I decided to shoot whatever might be biologically interesting and run the lens through its paces. These lichens, I would normally shoot with my 105mm macro lens, but instead am testing the "reach" of the longer lens for future macro applicatons.

Lichens are composed of a symbiotic relationship between a fungi and an algae. There are three (at least) species of lichens on this rock. Note the bird dropping to right of gray/green lichen. Such deposits add to the nutrient base of mostly barren stone surfaces. Lichens are one of the first steps of succession of any community in the early beginning of an ecosystem (i.e., volcanic rock to furtile tropical forest). The dark branched object is merely a shadow from some branches above.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-02-27 5:41]

I like this very much, artistic yet natural. well captured. tfs.

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