Deer Lichen Diversity
NW Florida Panhandle, Emerald Coast, Florida, USA
March 22, 2009, 9:30 am
I am not level-headed enough. I could not level the tripod and the best I could do slipped in the sand as I turned and clicked the pano head mounting between stops around the 360-degree circle.
I bracketed exposures to capture detail in the glaring sand and glowing lichen tops as well as dark depths of the surrounding forest. However, this process was so slow that the light changed radically with passing clouds, so the exposures didn't match.
Also, the tripod was too high to photograph the lichens. I had fixed the focus on a middle ground, hoping the depth of field would keep the near lichens in focus. It didn't.
I returned the day after the equinox with lower tripod (Gorillapod), slower exposure time, smaller aperture, no bracketing, and closer focus. Still not successful. Also the 15-degree increments did not give enough overlap between images in all cases.
Returned on March 22 at 9:30 in the morning, with the short tripod's flexible legs spiral flattened into a rotating turntable. The aim was to get as low as possible and to be able to turn the camera supported with pano head over the central nodal point in 32 11.25-degree increments. Partially successful. Although the focus was as good as possible, the slower shutter speed blurred some stems in the wind as well as the background. The leveling still varied around the circle. The camera was not low enough to capture all the diverse lichens.