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The Nugget

The Nugget
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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: 2008-08-21
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Sony A700, Minolta 100 f2,8 Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-14 4:21
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all!

Have I ever told you that I’m one of the richest men on this world? No?

The other day, when I walked through the stony and rocky bed of the wild and narrow upper course of the river Ärgera, I was attracted by that big nugget lying among the dark grey pieces of clay, very typical of Flysch. When I saw it, I of course knew that it wasn’t gold, but I couldn’t help having the wildest thoughts: what would I do if I would be rich? I could stop working, get a new camera, travel and buy expensive presents for my wife…

I then left the place, let my dreams behind me and made a few steps hoping to discover something beautiful to photograph, but an indefinable feeling told me to go back to the “nugget”. I sat down, attracted by the shapes and patterns of the clay and the colour of the yellow stone. Suddenly, I realized how beautiful the whole was and first did not understand why I didn’t see that straight from the beginning. Now, I know: the fact that I looked at it with the wildest dreams of getting rich made me blind. Only the lighthearted eyes of the nature admirer could see and feel the real beauty of the scenery…

And as soon as I got my mind freed, I also felt how rich I am! It’s the most precious “nugget” I have ever seen!

Kind regards


N.B. Taken in RAW, imported to PS, level corrections, attenuation of the bright tones, sharpness. Saved as TIFF, cropped and JPG for TN.

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hello markus,
you surely are a rich guy as you have got special ability to see, observe and appreciate the beauty of nature which is around all of us but we fail to see it.
I liked the image very much for its color, texture and composition, the notes makes the shot quite interesting to look at, i too am starting to dream if it was gold and if i could get it :-)
tfs & regards

Hallo Markus,

Da hast Du ein interessantes Bild, eine gute Geschichte, in perfekter Ausführung vorgestellt! Was mich sofort zusätzlich packt ist die Frage nach der Geologie, das sind ganz ungewöhnliche Formen und Brüche wie bei getrocknetem Lehm. Die Aergera bringts!
Beste Grüsse

Hi Markus
Again a great mosaic of textures and colors and a great funny story behind the image. Great idea to show this vivid stone in a grey surrounding. Another great shot in your geological serie

It sure does stick out. I can see why it stopped you. Being an old placer panner I can see the clay rocks are the wrong kind to be a nugget nearby unless there was some kind of heavy runoff but even then the black silt would be apparent somewhere...but in your story you speak of richness in a different way..and I understand it completely...no idiomatic problem in getting your message across on this one Markus!

Hi Markus,
So you got hit by the gold fever hard. I am glad that you soon landed on both feet again and noted that you had your camera with you. That golden rock does look wonderful stuck inbetween the grey sandstone. The perfect neutral color of the flysch gave that rock a wonderful rich tone and made it the perfect eye catcher.
What I like about this shot as well is that you can now get an even better understand how flysch is formed.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-14 11:10]

Hi Marcus. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder . Until i had a camera i did not see very much in nature. And other things happened in my life around that time which opened my eye to life. A few years ago i would have said you were mad to take a picture of this, now i can see the amazing shapes hiding the golden nugget. So well taken with detail and natural colours. TFS.

Hello Markus,

I've always enjoyed a sense of emotion in your photos. They always spark imagination. This is no exception. Such a poetic composition. Well done.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-09-14 13:07]

Hello Markus,
I really enjoyed your note. : )
I agree with you: Lucky are those of us who can open our eyes and heart to the beauty of nature in its purest form.
This is a very beautiful and unusual shot.
The gold of the "nugget" really stands out from the gray clay.
I rather like the juxtaposition of the different textures, and the designs created by the cracks.
Great composition.
TFS. : )

hello Markus,
interesting series where the rocks will tell
abstract and magical visions formidable texture

best regards sERGIO

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-14 15:11]

Hi Markus,
I love the notes :-)
This is a very good abstract.
The golden nugget stands out very well.
Great texture and detail.

Well done,

Markus my friend,

you do amaze me day to day. Sometimes I feel you're more to just illustrate your story with an image than back up the image with a story, while this illustration could even speak for itself too as it is of the best kind. And together, they are just perfect: there is a concept behind the whole thing, I miss it most of the time when watching pictures. (I hope you get the point it's a bit hard to describe well)


Best regards,

Como siempre Markus, nos sorprendes con bellos y originales conjuntos. Bella composición con agradables colores bien conjuntados y armoniosidad en las formas.
Buena semana: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

I love such elegantly presented photos such as this of a very simple and well seen subject. Simply magnificent... going to be one of my favorites... Thanks so much for sharing.


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-09-14 22:55]

Une belle mise en évidence d'une magnifique pierre.
Bonne journée.

Hi dear Markus ,
Another great shot with excellent details.
interesting series.
Thanks for sharing and kind regards

Hi Markus, your capture is a great geoformation as usual but I like your to read your notes as well:) TFS this.
Have a nice week my friend!


Hello Markus,
It's a golden image, Markus, as it is well photographed and composed.
It's beautiful!
And if you ever find real gold, you can always contact me off line;-)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-15 21:30]

Hi Markus,
Another one of your fantastic abstract art image with such lovely colours and details. Beautiful lighting and exposure and you have given life to such simple forms of nature. Looks majestic. Thanks for sharing this great image.

Hi Markus, beautiful and original abstract composition by nature, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-16 16:53]

Hi Markus,

What a stiking shot this is! Perhaps only those of us who walk around with their cameras would notice it. I know I see things now I never saw before I fell in love with photography. The gold against the grey is magnificent. Excellent details and textures of the nugget and the clay. Unique and wonderful. Loved your notes too.


Hello Markus,
Sorry for my delay to view this awesome image of the nugget!
very impressive indeed to see a yellow or golden flysch among the grey clay! the pattern on the clay also looks very nice!
many thanks for this wonderful sharing
well done

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-17 3:36]
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Classic 'Heaven' shot! I love your work Markus, you remind me so much of an English artist, a favourite of mine called Andy Goldsworthy. Not only was this so well seen, but its well thoughtfully composed and well executed.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-17 5:58]

Hello Markus,
A great capture of lumps of cracked flysch contrasting well with the piece of yellow stone that looks like it might be gneiss.
This is technically great and an original posting.
I also like your philosophical thoughts. I agree: we who appreciate and can admire nature in all its forms are the richest people in the world!
Thanks and best wishes,

Hi Markus,
What a different shot vith great graphism, colours, light and details.TFS.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-18 19:48]

Hello Markus! I just love your way of playing with textures and colors, you have the eye for sure, thanks!


Hello My Friend,

I did enjoy reading your notes!
It was almost like a parable!

The photograph does look very artistic. The patterns and textures are sharply focussed. The nugget looks very special and precious and your composition has placed it perfectly in the frame.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
Many thanks for your warm comments on 'First to the Michaelmas Daisies'.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-09-19 4:15]
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Today I opened my eyes in the morning and thought about how it would be great to be rich and not go to my work every day. It was cold in the room, and it was cold on the street and it was windy. And it was so wonderful to lie under the blanket and to dream about something impossible. Probably, dreams are good precisely fact that they make it possible for a moment to be distracted from the surrounding world and to imagine anything. But, fortunately this moment concludes - otherwise dreams would lose their charm

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-21 10:21]

Hello Markus,
This is a very fine and artistic image and what luck to find some gold! A wonderful pattern in fine colours and well composed!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-09-22 6:30]

Funny markus, because Love and I often discuss about our "richness" in this world compared to even the richest people... I also feel very rich, millionnaire, just because of the surrounding of where I live, the beauty, the nature, the generosity of the people. I like your very thoughtful notes and the picture to accompany it is superb, very very very Markussian. That means a lot!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-09-27 1:08]

Hello Markus,
I still believe that youre a rich person. rich in photograpghic skills and excellent thought in putting something normal into an artistic beuty.
rich in explanation and experience in geological things.
Wonderful composition, well patterned in such an excellent clarity.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-30 22:27]

A penny for your thoughts .....wonderful story to go with your Nugget Dreams, Markus:)
Superb framing, composition and details of the texture that could only be brought about through keen observing eyes.
TFS & Cheers

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-07 1:37]

Dream on Markus!!
Interesting story to go with this interesting image.
I wish I knew more about geology and the ground around here at the beach. There are some wonderful scenes at my feet and on the cliffs as I walk by.
I must start looking out for gold from now on!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-07 22:43]

Hi Markus.
I am impressed with your note so mush as with your picture. Thanks for so lovely story. I have read it with pleasure and smile. However, I can understand your thoughts. Your godsend and photo of it are brilliant and generate different associations. Superb texture, shape and colour reproduction. Bravo for next masterpiece from you and thanks a lot for warm words of comments to my shots.

Hy Markus
I was locking in TN galery for your picture. I did not to forget to say that I like it, with her little story! Very simple and full of meanings
Regards, Oana

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