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.
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.