Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Lichen like a planet

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Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park on October 24, 2016.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 11, 2017 at 5:09 AM

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  1. Wonderful find!


    February 11, 2017 at 5:24 AM

  2. So cool!!!


    February 11, 2017 at 6:56 AM

  3. Was it really perfectly round like that?! I’ve never seen lichen grow like that. Fascinating.


    February 11, 2017 at 7:09 AM

    • This portion of lichen was as you see it. There was more, but I imposed the circular frame to emphasize the roundness of this portion and make it look like a planet in the darkness of outer space.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 11, 2017 at 12:16 PM

  4. I like the idea and your follow-through!


    February 11, 2017 at 2:52 PM

  5. Buen trabajo! it also looks like an interesting pizza!

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    February 12, 2017 at 11:01 AM

  6. The color’s appealing, but I especially like the way your framing picks up and emphasizes the black that’s scattered through the image. It’s just a little odd how the “planet” seems to be floating in a night sky. Instead of seeing the frame over the photo, it seems the photo is superimposed over the darkness. It’s really a cool treatment.


    February 12, 2017 at 10:07 PM

    • Your next-to-last sentence made the expression “presto change-o” pop into my head. I like your observation about the layering of the orb and the frame.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 13, 2017 at 2:15 PM

  7. I like this a lot and do think the round matting is a good way to go. I read the comments first and don’t see anyone else with a vision of pizza dancing in their heads. Or a cookie.
    The most recent copy of Lenswork has an article with the work of a photographer in circular crops which I think work well and this image of yours reminded of. Unfortunately, one has to subscribe to see more than the copy’s cover and the photographer himself does not have the circular framing on his website.
    The Lenswork cover…http://www.lenswork.com/previewpages/lw128/lw128preview.html

    Steve Gingold

    February 16, 2017 at 4:37 PM

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