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I’m amazed by the intricate patterns formed by lichens on rocks. For me these images evoke realms beyond their subject matter—mysterious  planets, magical eggs, and more. The images on these page were taken  starting in September 2015 with the remarkable Sony A7Rii camera, which has exceptional resolution when used with excellent lenses (mostly my older Canon lenses, which have been tested with Imatest). They are printed approximately 23×24 inches (58×86 cm) and framed 29×40 inches (73.7×101.6 cm).  I find the detail to be amazing, and I’ve been a keen observer of photography since growing up in Rochester, NY near the Eastman House photographic museum, which I frequently visited. I’ve seen innumerable photographs, but rarely have I seen any with detail like these. They look beautiful at any distance. As good as the enlarged website images look, they can’t do justice to the prints.

Click on any of these images to view them enlarged.






round_color_DSC01056.-crop_640WHere is a crop of the above image intended to illustrate the fine detail in a tiny portion of the image (around 1/140 of the print area).

Unfortunately it’s not as sharp as it should be when displayed in most web browsers, which seem to resize it slightly even though the HTML code is set for full-size display (it should be 640×440 pixels). The resizing applies an anti-aliasing (lowpass or smoothing) filter that blurs some of the fine detail.

You can see the full detail of the image by right-clicking on it, selecting Copy image, then pasting it (from the clipboard) into an image viewer or editor. (Irfanview is an excellent free image editor for this purpose.)

grassesDSC00685-1200WThis image, taken July 18, is a little late for the show— I’ve run out of the larger frames, but I might print it smaller in place of one of the prints I have.


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