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Moss Sprouts

Moss Sprouts
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-11
Categories: Lichens
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-16 6:42
Viewed: 2885
Points: 44
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Back in our wilderness days we used to grow our own sprouts. These were usually seeds from the food cooperative and organic so we had to wash them. With this in mind, the other day when I was out on Turnbull Wildlife Refuge making a video, I took some close in shots of moss growing on the sides of the basaltic rock. When I got home my mind was more on video and only yesterday did I look at these pictures. Frankly I was quite surprised to see these almost abstract patterns of greens, mixed in with grays in the rock and a fallen twig, a few pieces of dried grass etc. But the tall and thin sprouts really got my attention. I felt as though I was looking into another world..and indeed I was. These are moss sprouts. My rendition of moss sprouts, composed in frame.

Considering how close in I was and shooting at ISO320, I had a shallow DOF, but it actually made the image better in the abstract notion. The DOF blended the colours together in an ethereal way which amazed me...so here it is...let me know what you think!
Thanks to all for your comments on my 1 year anniversary!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-16 6:55]

Hello Bob,
Top of the morning my friend. This is a wonderful image I love the lighting and the depth of field. All the elements come together extremely well. I like this image very much, stay well Bob and have a great day. Rick

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-16 8:16]

Hi Bob.
Congratulation My friend for Your first Year here, and a lot of great images and exellent notes, they teach me a lot. I hope You be here for a long time.
Great work My friend.

Hi Bob, not an easy subject to photograph, you got to get down lower than a snake with fallen arches!!! Good work though and an excellent display. regards h

Some say that the native Americans were able to hear grass grow, well, here we can almost observe those sprouts growing Bob! The shallow DOF did give the composition an ephemeral air, a bonus indeed for this fine macro-scene.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-16 9:29]

Hi Bob,

How beautiful - and how green! I don't see enough green here or water or clouds or ........ Only really think about when it begins to get hot again. I need a trip to your awesome wilderness.



Like it, getting down and dirty. Reminds me of a shot I posted a while ago with "spore flingers" at their best.


P.S Well done on the milestone

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-16 9:52]

Hi Bob

Lovely composition of wonderful forms and colours. Well observed and captured.


Dear Bob
Congratulation on 1st year here :O)
Perfect details,Narrow DOF and POV.
Superb shot my friend.

Good Luck

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-16 13:24]

Hi Bob. A bit of macro work from you today. you must have got down low for this one.good colours and deatil . i like the DOF. well done TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-16 13:41]

This could almost be an under-water scene!
The moss sprouts sea weed and the moss itself, coral or some kind of sea-sponge :-)
I see what you mean about the blended colours! Red and green are a perfect mix... complete opposites and so giving great contrast to the shot.
Very good detail and clarity.
Nice light.
Well done Bob!!!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-16 14:04]

Hi Bob,how is very nice this pic!!You have always greats ideas to show the nature,this is a great artwork,it seem another peinture of your collection,my best compliments,Luciano

hello Bob

excellent image of this vegetations, with fine POV and details,
great luminosity of the image and contrast and excellent DOF, TFS


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-04-16 21:40]

Hi Bob!

Patterns... the key word of nature's beauty! Knee down, have a seat or stand still, then just look around - anywhere you are - and you'll discover beauties like this one.

Kind regards


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-17 4:11]

Hi Bob,
Wonderful shot of these delicate and tiny sprouts. You have turned an ordinary thing to something extraordinary with your keen eyes and skillful hands. Lovely colours and superb lighting. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Namastay Bob,
A nice macro capture of these mosses. An excellent example. Very good details and composition. soooo close. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-17 6:03]

It's almost watery in the background, the sprouts ondulate as if they were corrals of some kind. There is no better bed than laying on a bed of moss and smell the sweet odor it has while looking at the sky. This is what your picture makes me think of. A sweet bed for sweet dreams, the beauty of beginnings.


Hi Bob, splendid focus onthis beautiful moss, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-17 7:23]

Hello Bob

A very good close up of this moss.it looks like a tiny forest.
Lovely rich colours.
The POV and DOF are well done.


Like your many other visuals this one is also great.

I always the constant variety of great mosses found in the Pacific Northwest.

Joli détail de l'infimiment petit.
Bonne journée.

Fascinating photo!!
Love this macro style...something you normally don't do but when you do, it's awesome.
Great stuff!

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