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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-10
Categories: Lichens
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 52mm HOYA Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Your favorites, Abstract Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-24 2:52
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is something i like more and more: abstract nature shots. :)

Sometime in spring i went to a friend's cabin in the mountains and one day to took a hike to a nearby peak. On our way, we passed by a set of rocks that had the most beautiful pattern and the biggest variety of colors on the lichens on them. I couldn't resist taking some picture, although at that time neither my idea of shooting this was clear nor the weather condition helped.
The result is this mosaic of patches of color of different sizes, which as a total look ok, but i do see some flaws, amongst the biggest being the DOF...i should have gone for the biggest one i could have selected.

Anyway, this is a small dedication for Niek (SunToucher), another abstract enthusiast. My friend, i still kept one of those rocks from there and if i'm ever going your way, i'm taking it with me ;)

Hope you'll like it!
PS: The quality of the picture might not be too great becasue, due to the multitude of elements in the frame i could only select the "4" on the quality scale from the photoshop and still make it a bit under 200kB.

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya Circ. Pol.
Focal Length: 36mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec.
Metering Mode: CWA
Exposure Bias: -0.66
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: handheld
Weather conditions: cloudy

PaulH, Argus, cicindela, SelenE, Alex99, dejo, eqshannon, Jamesp, uleko, cecilia, hester, SunToucher, cedryk, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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To SunToucher: okhoria 4 10-28 14:10
To Evelynn: resolutionhoria 1 10-24 23:39
To cicindela: thanks to Ivanhoria 2 10-24 15:23
To Alex99: what happened?horia 2 10-24 11:22
To Argus: thank youhoria 1 10-24 03:59
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-24 2:59]

Hi Horia,
ah, more abstract shots i see...this is becoming a habit with you ;o) Once again, the framing is all important in these shots and you eye for such arrangments is excellent. Great detail and the almost pink hue of the rock against the different greens is very pleasing on the eye. Good work.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-24 3:28]
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Hello Horia,
It's great when living things make abstract patterns, some of which can be quite beautiful. Here you show some nice colour combinations, the black borders of the lichen (Rhyzocarpon geographicum) looking good against the pale pink gneiss rock.
Nice one!
Thanks for reminding us that the TN gallery should not just be to please entomologists, ornithologists and botanists but also lichenologists!
Best wishes, Ivan

Hello Horia!
Yes, I see that this is another of your pictures which is a little more artistic than "typical" insect/reptile photos :)
And it is really nice to see that you try to photograph different points of view for the nature - it brings a lot of fun and experience (also for someone who is watching! :>).
This mosaic of lichens is very nice and colourful (do you know the species?). You are right that not all parts of photo are in prerfect DOF, but after reading note I understand why :) And of course this is artistic shot so it is less important :)
Best withes from Lodz,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-24 5:25]

Hi Horia,
First I thought it was an aerial photo :o) Very interesting detail and a creative photo. I liked the colors and patterns. TFS
Best wishes

Hi Horia,
Actually, I have the photos of these one, but they are all not good enough for posting. :-)
You've done this photo very well. They look amazing and have an abstract patterns with beautiful colours.
Excellent details and sharpness, very nice composition and well framed as well.
TFS and Best regards,

Hello Horia
I really like the way you are taking on what many may view as the blander style of subject. to me its absolutely great and looks like a shot from a a very high flying plane showing maybe a section of the amazon or everglades...Great work Horia

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-24 15:28]

Hello Horia,
Great shot of this magnificent lichen, great colors & composition
Regards, Dejan

Not sure if I told you or not, but I love patterns. I saw this earlier today and come back now tonight so say..I know what you see...I see what you know. Patterns in images are so important. Perspective is one of the earliest lessons in art. You skipped the books and jumped into the deep end with much success. And this photo is a great example. Soon you shall see more of me doing this "stuff". Thanks for your notes and image.

This is another nice abstract Horia. Sounds like you have initiated a challenge to some of us. I need to get better at finding this type of intimate shot. I'm sure Niek appreciates the dedication. Did you crop the image a lot. It does seem to have lost some resolution.

Evelynn : )

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-24 22:12]

Hi Horia

I also like abstract nature shots :) You have achieved an excellent result here as you have the abstract quality, whilst it is still very clearly a shot of lichen. ice contrasting colours too.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-25 9:38]

Hello Horia,
Beautiful capture of these lichens on the granit(?)rock face. They make a beautiful abstract pattern in lovely colours on the pink rock. I love lichens and they come in all sorts of strange and abstract forms. The closer you observe them the more fascinating they become.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-25 10:10]
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Hi, Horia.
Thanks for warm comments on my last post. You have given me nice idea of the subtitle of the shot. I have corrected it a bit in the note.

I am not a big fun of abstract art but I welcome your searches so much. I feel at you promising researcher. The true researcher is never satisfied of reached. Your picture is very impressive and well done and shows that you have reached you creative aim. My best wishes and TFS.

Hi Horia, splendid abstract work, nature is a great painting, very well done, ciao Silvio

Spot on exposure which enhances the colours and tone - Lovely abstract, like the patterns as well.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-27 6:50]

Hi Horia

I love the idea of this. It seems that nature abstracts are popular at the moment with both Niek and Evelynn posting them. There is something very attractive about the colour combination here. Wonderful textures and nicely composed



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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-10-27 10:26]

Hello Horia,
never mind the attention. This is your gallery and here you can show the picture you like.
Lichens remind me to places I bear good memories in mind. Therefor I like them a lot. But they are also hard to capture in a interesting way. This image has, although it doesn;t show any borders the depth effect in it. the pinkish colour of the rock matches really well with the colour of the lichen. Therefor I like this picture a lot.
REgards, Jacob

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-28 14:16]

Hello Horia,
I also like this type of shots. Details of nature - sometimes abstract but letting us discover nature from different perspective.
Here only I could wish would be a deeper DOF. Otherwise all is nice.
Best greetings from cold Poland!

Hi Horia,
So the abstract war is on! :)

I love all the different patterns of the lichens on this rock. The almost toxic colored one jumps out perfectly from the rest and the surface of the rock. The small cruve in the rock adds extra depth to the photo. I do have to say that it is a pitty that you had to downgrade the photo this much, because I am sure that the original one has much more details.

Many, many thanks for the dedication. I do hope that we both can challenge eachother to create more stunning photos. You know that you are welcome to visit and I do hope you will not forget to bring along the rock.


P.S. A dedication means a favorite!

:) later

Hello Horia,
Abstract work using nature; well done!

Hello Horia.
Very lovely. Almost abstract. Great colour and detail. I like the way you filled the frame with this rock. Very well seen.
Best regards, Steve.

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