Observation 209983: Physcia aipolia (Ehrh. ex Humb.) Fürnr.
When: 2015-07-12
Who: zaca
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Thanks for the comment J-Dar.
By: zaca
2015-07-15 07:14:53 CDT (-0400)

I always had a compact camera. Once, when I started to observe fungi and lichens, made a field trip with a couple friends, one also with a compact camera and another with a DSLR and all sorts of extension tubes and the associated paraphernalia. From that time I concluded that if you want a really good photo and don’t care about the time it takes, then you should use a good camera, but if you want to observe and illustrate the diversity, then the compact camera is the best choice. Before (till about one and a half year before) I used a Canon Power-shot A480 and presently I ’m using a Pentax WG3, both having a macro mode. Very rarely I use flash, but the WG3 has some led lights for macro photo, that sometimes I use due to the short distance to the object. More important than anything else I found extremely important the angle at which the photo is taken, always trying to have the lens paralell to the object, because of the reduced depth of field.
Regarding the location of these observations, I always got surprised with the huge diversity of the place and many things are still to discover there, I believe. From this field trip I still have much more, mainly crustose, and some I will post soon.
Best regards,
zaca

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By: J-Dar
2015-07-14 21:08:34 CDT (-0400)

are always so good Zaca! Do you mind if I ask what kind of camera you shoot with? Looks like mostly natural light (no flash), don’t tell me you are using an Iphone or something! I shoot often with my Samsung cell phone, for the sheer simplicity of it, and because it actually shoots ok close-ups, albeit with poor resolution. I have DSLR’s and extension tubes, and off-camera flashes, but its so much work that I find myself only using it when I am alone (no kids or co-workers) and have time to play around. Anyway, great job documenting the lichen flora of Serra de Sao Mamede, looks like a outstanding place…I think you just posted more species than I have on my life list!

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