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Picture of lichen covered rocks at high tide – 20 seconds long exposure

January 7th, 2008 · 18 Comments

Picture of lichen covered rocks at high tide
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera December 25th 2007. Click image for larger view.

I photographed these lichen covered rocks when the tide was very high. Usually the sea doesn’t reach this high, but the lichen must be somewhat resistant to the saltwater to survive the waves.
I really love the texture and formations the lichen create on rocks.
For new readers: The foggy effect was created by using a 20 seconds long exposure of the moving water.

Check out this macro photo of a water drop with lichen as a background.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 20 sec (20)
Aperture: f/10
Focal Length: 68 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

Tags: Coast · Lichen · Long exposure · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Rocks · Sea Ocean · Shore

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shinade // Jan 8, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Boy oh boy have I ever missed seeing your lovely and wonderful art. This one is really very,very good. I love the effect!! Oh BTW….Happy New year!!:)

  • 2 techfun // Jan 8, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Its so otherworldly! You should see if you can sell your work for inspiration material for game designers. I can just imagine a fantasy game involving running around casting spells at people in that world.

  • 3 Claire // Jan 8, 2008 at 3:48 am

    I love lichen! Although it brings up painful memories for me 🙁

    If I had finished uni it was going to be my honours project, lichen as a pollution indicator in Industrial towns.

    I am saving up for a better camera.

  • 4 Bobbie // Jan 8, 2008 at 6:14 am

    That is really spooky-looking! 😀

  • 5 Magnus // Jan 8, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Very, very nice!

  • 6 vaggelis vlahos // Jan 8, 2008 at 10:11 am

    fantastic capture

  • 7 wildrose // Jan 8, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Interesting 🙂

  • 8 Tom // Jan 8, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    This is a beautiful photograph. The water is spectacular. It looks as if this were the top of a mountain jutting out above the clouds. To me, this is a very calming and serene photograph. Nicely done.


  • 9 Trevor Carpenter // Jan 8, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Beautiful. I think I may try this out.

  • 10 Merlyn Trey Hunter // Jan 8, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Absolutely stunning. I’m seeing your work for the first time today, and I am quite humbled! Every single image on you blog is better than anything I have ever seen in the pages of National Geographic. It’s clear how much you love the subject, your gorgeous homeland, and it transfers to the images as well! Darn good work, my friend!

  • 11 Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage // Jan 8, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    I really like the foggy effect from the long exposure. It’s a great compliment to the lichen and draws the eye to the lichen very well. I’m really impressed.

  • 12 Susanne in Key West // Jan 9, 2008 at 4:45 am

    Very nice, Thomas!!!

  • 13 Mintea // Jan 9, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    It looks so magical, like something out of a story book.

  • 14 kristinaQ // Jan 9, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    This is a gorgeous photograph! It looks so dreamy and mysterious… props to you for capturing such emotion 🙂

  • 15 Onedia // Jan 11, 2008 at 12:57 am

    This is simply a gorgeous the detail

  • 16 Nichole // Jan 13, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    This is an absolutely amazing photograph!

  • 17 Jen // Jan 15, 2008 at 7:06 am

    Absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • 18 leo // Jul 4, 2008 at 8:38 am

    nice picture! i’m shock in a few second!