ISO100, 35mm, f/8, 0.8 sec

El Dorado Hills (CA), Placodioid Lichen, Brown Circular Foliose Lichen, Monochrome

ISO100, 35mm, f/8, 0.8 sec
El Dorado Hills (CA), Placodioid Lichen, Brown Circular Foliose Lichen, Monochrome

Photographs can take on an entirely different look when going from color to monochrome.  Taking another image from the lichen-covered rock located in the hills just above Bass Lake, the initial post-process had the finished photograph in color.  Yet with the lighter colored Placodioid Lichen as the dominating elements along with some orange and blue/grey lichen, the image was on the edge of having too many elements.  By converting the monochrome and burning (darkening) the darker lichen, the image is simplified into 2 items: the lighter lichen with its outreaching branching and the darker rock background.

This is when a fascinating thing occurs.  I now see a open-mouthed fish-like creature on the right.  Towards the center I see a head facing skyward with a nose at the 1pm position.  The rock background has taken on a marble or granite appearance.   Amusingly, in color the center head is yellowish in color and resembles a baby chick with a beak.

Processing Notes: Originally process to a color photograph.  Subsequently edited in Nik Silver EFex Pro 2 to monochrome.  Silver toning and paper tone were both pushed towards a slight green-grey tint to give the rock a dark granite feel.

Other posts from this same rock:
El Dorado Hills (CA), Quartz Vein, Placodioid Lichens
El Dorado Hills (CA), Serpentine Rock, Placodioid Lichen, Brown Circular Foliose Lichen

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/8, 0.8 sec

El Dorado Hills (CA), Placodioid Lichen, Brown Circular Foliose Lichen, Monochrome.  El Dorado Hills, CA. February 15, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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