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Larches in the Sky

Larches in the Sky
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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: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-19
Categories: Trees
Camera: Sony A700, Minolta AF 28-70 f 2.8
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favorites-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-29 12:32
Viewed: 3877
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all!

We have the first heavy snowfalls. I'm glad about that and can't wait to prepare my skis. But when I look at this picture, I'm also glad that my wife and I had that kind of weather to highlight the autumnal colours of the forests in the Swiss National Park in the Kanton of Graubünden.

We were so fascinated by the colours of the larches as well as by the colour of the sky. I rarely have seen such a clean, deep and crystal clear blue. When I told this to my son after we were back home again, he told me that a friend of him who comes from that region has already told him about the particular light conditions in the Engadin, the famous valley in Graubünden with villages like St. Moritz, Silvaplana and Samedan.

I have taken some pictures - principally on the famous "Panoramaweg" (panoramic way) - with a deep blue sky that I almost can't show to my friends of the photo club because I'm afraid they would believe I have pushed the postprocessing. I also was surprised to hear other people talking about the wonderful sky and the particular lighting.

Kind regards


N.B. Taken in RAW, first level adjustments, imported to PS, level corrections, attenuation of the bright tones, sharpness.

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Ciao Markus,
bellissimo questo bosco a prevalenza di larici che hanno assunto i colori autunnali in contrasto con gli abeti verde scuro e i faggi ormai spogli, il tocco della Luna in cielo alimenta l'atmosfera di quieta armonia, bellissima la composizione con il primo piano dei rametti, splendida luce crepuscolare.

Hi Markus,
An impressive scen shot of a forest enriched with autumnal colurs on a more vertical slope with great perspective. I also liked dark blue sky with moon. An astounding beautiful landscape shot indeed.
TFS and cheers my friend!


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-29 14:06]

A fascinating POV you chose here Markus, love the mix of colours and the moon is really the icing on the cake. I guess we shall start to see some of your amazing snow scenes soon...can't wait!

WOW... those Larches are great looking in their autumn gold. And I love the cameo appearance of the moon... :) Lighting is great... on very rare occasions here the sky gets a deep blue and the late afternoon light shines brillantly on the background landscape. Sometimes with an approaching or passing storm. Perhaps that is what you had in this photo. Wonderful capture Markus... TFS.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-10-29 21:58]

Hello Markus,
yes such a beautiful colour.
Bright yellow on superbs blue really look
very captivating and pleasant.
Nice natural framing of the branches.
So wonderful .


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-29 22:34]

Hi Markus.
So artistic shot of a very nice place, which is colourd so nicely. I welcome brilliant selection of the POV and nice framing of the image by the tree branches. I also am impressed with sharp image of the Moon on fine blur clean sky as well as the great DOF and terrific details. Bravo and kind wishes.

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-10-30 10:36]

Hello Markus,
This is such a lovely sight to see. wish i was there to see this myself. Excellent details and rich autumnal colurs. I like the POV, and composition, the way the moon has been bordered by the leaves, just superb i say. TFS.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-30 23:33]

Hi Markus

So it's already snowing there, huh? Quite strange, since i'm living in the N-W of Romania and we had 25+ degrees yesterday...???

Anyway, i'm happy if you're happy, but i'm also glad you managed some nice autumn colors photos before it.
This one here is very delicate and beautiful!
The gorgeous patterns and tones from the forest in the BG are so well bordered by the trees in the FG, all under the supervision of the wonderful mood.
Spot-on exposure here, terrific DOF and charming composition.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-30 23:37]

Hi Markus

A lovely shot of these autumn larches. I have not heard of the Panoramic Way before - it sounds great.


Ciao Markus, splendid autumnal composition with fantastic colors, I like a lot moon in the wonderful blue sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • goldyrs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
  • [2008-10-31 19:47]

This shot is a poem, a song perhaps...
I am stunned, Markus!
Thank you for this beautiful bright shot!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-11-03 1:37]

Hello Markus
Splendid shot of autumn colors taken from a fantastic POV embracing the Moon in the sky. I like a lot the light and colors on the near branches.
Very well seen and done.
TFS and best regards

Grand view looking upward, Markus.
The sky with half a moon in it is truly fascinating and contrasts well with the autumnal hues of larches on the earth.
The branches of the trees in close range frame the view very well.
Have a great skiing season and all the best.

Hi Markus,
I would have never expect you to post a photo with a clear blue sky. But, I have to admit it does fit this photo perfectly. The strong yellow color of the larches contrast beautifully with the blue sky. And, the clear sky does allow for a free view of the shapes of the branches. I like the way you used a natural framing and I like the central position of the moon.

Hello Markus,

It sounds like you had a wonderful outing. The air does look clear and the yellow larches are nice against the blue. It is nice to see the details of the larch with the others in the distance.

Evelynn : )

Dear Markus ,
Amazing colours with nice compo.
Well captured.

Best wishes

Precioso trabajo Markus, solo se te podía ocurrir a tí !! Como siempre has prestado un especial cuidado al color y sus combinaciones como vemos en esta original y cuidada toma. Se crea un interesante efecto óptico en la supèrposición de los planos. Un buen trabajo.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-06 7:31]

Bonjour Markus, très jolie composition au cadre naturel, les couleurs sont magnifiques et la présence de la lune est un attrait de plus. Bel esthétique et excellente technique. Bravo,


A nice natural feeling when looking at this one! Nice fall color and of course its great that you have in the center the moon. Thanks for sharing! Cheers Josh Lewis.

Hello Marjus,
Extraordinary yellows in this October photo with a well saturated blue sky...

Hello Markus! Amazing picture. Nice landscape. Good sharpness. Very good colours. Nice contrast. Very funny natural frame. Well done!

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