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Polytrichum piliferum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 20 March 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Polytrichum piliferum (Bristly Haircap - Ruig haarmos) is a low-growing (usually about 4 cm or less), species that forms open patches. It is an effective colonist and pioneer of dry, acidic substrates. The capsules are borne on a 1–3 cm long reddish seta. The capsule is covered when young by a whitish, hairy calyptra.

Yesterdays walk was the perfect timing to find these young capsules on massive patches and with the sun shining through, they gave the landscape this intense orange/reddisch colour - a sensational feeling this early in spring !

Kalmthout (Be) - 18/03/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/320 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

A great example of fractal -- this could be a huge expanse of old growth forest. Beautifull rendered.

20 Mar 2010 8:19am

@GJC: Thanks for your visit, GJC.
I don't understand " fractal" in this context - i only know this from the mathematical class. So maybe you could explain a little more ?

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

The light is stunning and the mini landscape with the old "tree" in the "meadows" ;) is adorable!
Top shot, if I may say so ;D Have agreat weekend Johan!

20 Mar 2010 9:06am

@daniela scharnowski: You may, Daniella ! Thank you so much again.
I'm really honoured with your comments ! (Thanks for adding me to your watch-list !)

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Johan, I love the color here! I think you could improve this by cropping from the top and bottom to make it a panoramic. This will reduce the out of focus foreground and background, which is a bit distracting.

20 Mar 2010 3:42pm

@Julie Brown: Julie, I think it's a very nice idea to try ! With the blurred fore- and background I tried to create some depth in the picture, but indeed there is some more room for a panoramic crop. (That would be my first ! ;-) )

payam from tehran, Iran

very nice focus control good job.

20 Mar 2010 5:31pm

@payam: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Payam.

Florence from Paris, France

Like a tree in the savana ! Great, clever (should I say) focus.

20 Mar 2010 7:54pm

@Florence: Nice to see you back again, Florence. Indeed, if you don't know what is in the picture, you could be easily mislead in size and place ... Thanks for your comment.

dang from Atlanta, United States

Love it. I think the suggestion by Julie would be nice. Maybe a bit less crop from the top, but it would increase the landscape feel however done.

21 Mar 2010 9:40am

@dang: It is indeed a good suggestion. As soon as I have some time, I will try to crop this image properly.
Thanks for thinking about my pictures !

Patricia from Brecht, Belgium

Prachtig, ook deze kleuren (✿◠‿◠)❤

21 Mar 2010 5:15pm

@Patricia: Ik had deze kleurtjes niet verwacht in de lente op de Kalmthoutse hei... maar ze zijn momenteel absoluut niet moeilijk te vinden ... moest je wat tijd hebben - het is er zalig toeven in het lentezonnetje ...

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

Nice DOF. Beautiful!

21 Mar 2010 7:24pm

@Sergei Z: Thank you very much, Sergei.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Ik vind de beperkte focus wel een mooi diepte effect geven...., maar panorama heeft ook altijd wel wat;-)
Blijft een prachtige opname met mooie warme tinten!
Schitterend natuurlijk karpetje:-)

21 Mar 2010 7:52pm

@Marleen: Als ik wat tijd heb, probeer ik de suggestie van panorama wel een keer uit ... Normaal bewerk ik mijn foto's totaal niet, behalve de RAW naar JPG convertie uiteraard. Ik fotografeer nog volgens de oude stempel ;-) ik probeer de foto goed te hebben op het moment dat ik die maak - is dat niet zo, dan is het hopelijk een volgende keer beter ... Deze suggestie lijkt me idd wel de moeite waard...
Bedankt voor je complimenten...
NB: het karpetje is bijzonder hard om op te liggen - ik spreek uit ervaring ;-)

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

The red is really amazing too. So I was looking over your equipment on your About page [great story by the way!] and I wondered, is it the teleconverter that is getting you in so close? I have extension tubes but they aren't getting me that much closer.

21 Mar 2010 11:14pm

@Self-Indulgence: Kristen, I used extension tubes in the past on my 60mm macro but was not very happy with the result. Last weeks I have been experimenting adding my teleconvertors to my macro 150mm When shooting 1/1 on the macro, the convertors keep the same working-distance but adding mm - so i reach magnification factors up to 1.4/1 and 2/1. I even tried both convertors together making a factor 2.8/1. Problem in the field: keep it steady :-))) so I use a good tripod, cable-release and mirror-lockup or delayed shutter. The factor i can not control that much: the wind - a movement of 1mm seems a 10 beaufort storm :-). I try to avoid flash to maintain the natural light of the scene... Technically it is challenging but I like it :-) NB The result you can see the next days :-) This one is just 150 mm as a landscape-lens :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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