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The Mirror

The Mirror
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Copyright: Markus Peissard (Heaven) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-18
Camera: Sony A700
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Abstract ice formations [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-24 11:18
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The mirror

The mirror is broken,
The reflection has gone,
The image stays blurred.

Where’s the joy?
Is this the death?

The ice will melt,
And I’ll be gone.

Hi all!

This picture has been taken in RAW, postprocessed in CS3, especially with level correction and sharpness. To accentuate the colors and the contrast I have attenuated the bright tones. Then saved as TIFF (who knows, perhaps it will be printed one day), cropped and saved as JPG for TN.

It was taken at a dingly place down at my river Ärgera. The earth around the small ice surface was more mud than anything else. But that little ice surface of about 5mx2m allowed me to take a wonderful (in my eyes!) series of pictures. Here, I've photographed a surface of about 10cmx15cm.

Kind regards


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Hello Markus,
A very fine piece of close up on ice surface!
the sharpness on the pattern and texturs is awesome and beautiful! so many of us will let this sort of beauty from nature passing by, but not you! much appreciated for the sharing!
best regards to you and family

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-02-24 12:05]

Hi Markus!

Very interesting shapes, with beautiful clearance. Looks like a big leaf. Maybe I wouldn't stand on it to take the shot...
The warm colors are nice too. Oh, and the bubbles, they are fine also.

Best regards,

This is (in my eyes too) a wonderful image. I love the patterns and the nice neutral tones beneath the ice. Good eye, nice work, and thanks for sharing.

Evelynn ; )

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-24 13:36]

Hola Markus,
original trabajo y agradable idea...
buenos detalles,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-24 15:04]

Hi Markus

Another stunning natural abstract. Great exposure and focus here. Outstanding.


hello markus,
the patterns created by broken ice has been captured well and looking at it with you notes gives it a different impact altogether, very nicely done,
tfs & regards

Hola Markus, interesante toma que a primera vista nos recuerda las cristaleras góticas de las eternas catedrales, aunque está efímera y pasajera que como nos dices, al final se irá ...
Originalidad como en tus últimas tomas y un buen aptrovechamiento de los pocos elementos que tenías.
Buena semana: Josep Ignasi

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-25 3:49]

Very nice abstract image Markus!
The swirling patterns in the ice is amazing!
Excellent clarity and detail.
Superb composition.
Very nice work my friend.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-02-25 4:55]

hallo Markus,
Ein kleines Kunstwerk hast Du hier geschaffen. Schön die Farben, die Transparenz, die Komposition. Das Bild lässt uns in eine Fantasiewelt tauchen. Sehe ich doch nicht einen speienden Fisch oder gar ein zerbrochenes Herz..ein "ephemeres" Glasfenster der Natur, eine halb-offene Tür in eine andere Welt.
hab herzlichen Dank
Liebe Grüsse

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-25 10:42]

Hi markus. The Broken ice has given lots of shapes and patterns to look at. loots of detai; and colours. this one shape could not every be the same. well done TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-25 10:51]

Hi Markus

Another great abstract shot from you my friend!
This definitely tickles my imagination again, but without any difficulty i saw a heart here...so if you ever want another title for it, you can always call it the broken heart :) If you're curious where it is, i'll send you a photo :)

That aside, i really like the interesting mosaic created by all the cracks. The pattern of colors beyond is also mysterious and adds to the attraction of the image.
Nicely done, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2008-02-25 23:52]

hi Markus,
this image is simply beautiful, the composition and the colours make it a great abstract painting, bravo
best reards

Un bon sujet bien traité, du véritable art figuratif.
Bonne journée.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-26 9:32]
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Hello Markus,
Beautiful capture of this very elaborate pattern in the ice! Very well chosen and I like the sharpness and the colours as well as the bubbles in the ice. I really miss these kind of sights this year - no ice here at all!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Markus,
We can have some great opportunities for captures like this when the daytime temperature is above 0C while the night temp goes below!
Nature's own artwork is always impressive, with amazing shapes and colours...
This is well framed with sharp fine details!
Pablo -

This is an amazing compostition!!And I just love the note....You're very creative!
Thank you,

Bonsoir Markus
Un grand bravo pour l'effet de cette photo.
L'impression rendue est difficile à décrire, on sent le lisse de la glace, et le rugueux des fêlures.
Les couleurs sont sirupeuses...

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-26 17:37]
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Cette image évoque un vitrail fragile. Vu par tes yeux il est clair que tu vas nous rapporter de superbes photos de nature abstraites. Ton travail est fantastique, Markus, j'aime beaucoup. Que de détails dans cette photo, on peut s'y perdre pendant des heures, bravo!


Supereb, compositon très artstique, très beau POV.

Hello Markus,

Excellent capture of this broken ice. Very good sharpness and wonderful colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-28 1:59]

Hi Markus,
your style is really starting to get very distinctive and well honed. Sharp detail and clarity are an absolute must for this kind of shot and you have done both perfectly here. Framing is excellent and exposure very good too - great job.

Bonjour Markus,
À chaque fois que je visite ton portfolio, c'est toujours avec beaucoup de plaisir de découvrir des photos toutes plus originales les unes que les autres. Tu possède ce sens artistique qui te fait créer des œuvres d'arts à partir de manifestations naturelles qui, pour la plupart d’entre nous, passeraient inaperçues. C'est un don précieux que tu possède et merci de le partager avec nous :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-28 20:25]

Hello Markus

A lovely look at this piece of ice.The macro work is well done.
Excellent POV and DOF.
You have handled the lighting masterfully.
The shot has a wonderful artistic ,and natural look.


Hi Markus, fascinating abstract painting from nature, splendid composition, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-03 0:27]

Hi Markus,
Wonderful artistic shot and I like this beautiful presentation of ice formation. Such simple things in nature can turn into so majestic art forms. Very impressive sharpness, colours and designs. Excellent POV and a marvellous composition. Kudos.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-03-03 4:37]
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What is this mirror? Was it made by trolls or dvarves? Or maybe it is the main mirror on Snow Kingdom and is is broken bacause the winter is over? I don't know. But I like it...

Hi Markus,

Very nice composition, looks like stainglass!
Lovely pattern!
Nice warm colours under the cold icy water!


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