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The End of the Show

The End of the Show
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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: 2009-03-17
Camera: Sony A700, Minolta 100 f2,8 Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/150 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-19 10:00
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Hi all!

In my last post I said the curtain has dropped and the show is over. But as you know, the actors usually don't just disappear behind the curtain once the theatre is over. Sometimes, they even appear several times in front of the public to thank it for the applause and the interest...


I have to tell you the story how I came to this picture. On that day, when I got up early in the morning, I realized that the night had been quite cold. I disposed of about an hour to quickly go down to the river and try to do a picture of an ice formation before the sun was too strong and before I had to go to work.

I hurried to my car, drove to the river and began to walk through the bed. But there wasn't any trace of ice. There still was quite a lot of frozen snow lying on the ground, but the cold during the night was too short to freeze the flowing water. First, I was a bit disappointed, but the first sunrays of the day, the blue sky and the cheerful songs of the birds told me that there are other things to appreciate during this hour.

After about 20 minutes of walking I came back to my car, opened the door and when I put my camera into the car I heard a cracking sound and felt something bursting under my feet... It was a magnificent icy surface. Indeed, the car was parked on the border of an unpaved narrow road that was full of water holes. And the water there was frozen!

I was so concentrated on my river when I had arrived and the fact that I usually have to walk through difficult and narrow canyons made that I didn't see these icy surfaces. There were some beside the road on earthy surfaces, too. I had about half an hour to take a couple of pictures...

Here's one of them.

Kind regards


N.B. Taken in RAW, basic level corrections in Camera RAW, import to PS, level corrections, contrast, attenuation of the bright tones, sharpness.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-19 10:19]
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This is magnificent, you find beauty in ice like I have never seen. One after the other, it is beautiful. I would like to know how big it is, what is represented in your picture? Is it big or very very small? Just to have an idea of the scale. Those beautiful curves in this beautiful ice add movement and remind me of this drawing we doodle while talking on the phone, having one curved line added on the other but touching on one point... this is now very well shown in the natural state, it is part of nature and inherent to its own inner law. Thanks Markus, c'est original et si bien vu!


always the nature fascinates,
very beautiful moment and photo
best regards Markus

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-03-19 10:28]

Hello my dear neighbour,
Trust you are in great spirits:)

The composition speaks for itself and i see we have a little thing in common and that is "blue".The white ice and the cracked surface is a lovely design of streaked blue.And i have a pair of blues on show tonight:)
I appreciate your dedicated thinking and search for the topic of interest you hold passionatley to your heart.And as the word goes "when you really need something the whole universe conspires to give it to you".And here is what you wanted right under your nose.I like the strong impressions on the ice, the little dried up twig sticking out of the surface telling the tale of life that lived beneath this thin glass just a few months ago.The translucent character of ice makes the impressions stand out all the more showing fine contrast between the two.

Well handled exposure and lovely idea of a vertical composition.Of course i love the white frame that is further supported by the light grey thin frame.It gives a more fuller appearance to the composition giving the feel of open and not restricted boundaries.

Thanks for sharing

Ciao Markus,
da una parte i "cacciatori di farfalle" hanno aspettato con ansia i primi tepori e dall'altra tu sei costretto a chiudere il tuo straordinario spettacolo di questi capolavori della Natura legati alle basse temperature, meriti ampiamente il plauso per tutta questa serie che ci hai regalato e quest'ultima è altrettanto significativa per la sua composizione elegante e le forme vaporose, leggere e trasparenti, bellissima immagine.
Alla prossima serie ....

Hi Markus,

I think this is a very appealing shot.
Well composed.
It reminds us of the beautiful and fascitating things that are all around us. It's strange what things ice will do. I wonder what causes these intricate curves.

No reply is necessary man. Just wanted to say TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-19 10:58]

Hi Markus,
Very nice capture.Well seen and composed.I liked exposure,framing and details a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Markus,
Fantastic shot! It looks so unreal yet it does make sense...
Superb capture.
Cheers, Andriy

Absolutely beautiful Markus... I love shots like this... so simple, so artistic, so filled with feeling and emotion... superb. This one is going into my favorites folder... TFS


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-19 12:28]

Hi Markus!
A splendid catch.
Very beautiful colors and clear.
Have a nice evening,

Ciao Markus, fantastic artwork by nature, wonderful composition with splendid ice beauties, very well done, ciao Silvio

Interesantes historias Markus y bellos resultados, como siempre de gran creatividad con el añadido en esta ocasión una textura del hielo
especial que matiza la luz.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi

ciao Markus!
you can say that the photo was " under your feet ".... a farewell to the winter frost with this magnificent movement of lines, shades and reflections
another beautiful piece to be inserted between the memories of the cold season

best regards sERGIO

Bonjour Markus
Quelle magnifique photo, vraiment très artistique.
Tout dans la nature est beau, il suffit de prendre le temps de bien regarder autour de nous
les formes et les dessins de cette flaque d'eau gelée est superbe
belles couleurs et grande netteté
J'ai adoré lire ton histoire
Merci pour le partage

Thank you for this encore Markus.
I can still hear the audience applauding.
This does look very much like a big stage curtain,so your title is well chosen once again.
Very nice work.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-19 22:57]

Hi Markus.
Fantastic pattern created by Creator. I am delightful a lot. However, I also am amazed with brilliance of reproduction of this terrific nature work. Superb delicate colour palette. Amazing light. Great framing and composition of the scene. Refined detail reproduction. My congratulations and many thanks for this beauty.

Hallo Markus
Wonderful story, magnificent capture, great presentation.
I am sure the fairies and elves worked right through the night with their hammer and chisels, carving the most beautiful patterns and lines from the ice and left it at your car just in time for you to see it. Ha-ha talking about one’s imagination running away. Bravo my friend, you did it again. You presented us with yet another imaginative piece of work.
Best regards

Hy Markus
I hope that this will be the last from your beautiful ice impression series. I like the curved lines of the ice, and the pale colors;It seems a fresh ice formed on the surface of water. Well done!
Kind regards, Oana

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-20 2:43]

Lieber Markus,
Eine schöne Geschichte, die Du uns hier erzählst..und so musste es doch noch kommen. Aber jetzt ist der Winter halt vorbei, Du wirst jedenfalls wieder neue Sujets entdecken.
Der Vorhang wird immer feiner und feiner..so schön wieder dein Bild.
Habe heute die ersten Mauersegler gesehen, es ist wirklich Frühling!
Alles Liebe

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-20 5:31]
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Hi Markus,
really a fantastic pattern and design you have spotted. Beautiful and so lovely with similar reprtition. What rules are used here?
Degree of coldness? The heat of the earth? The warm air that bring into being. Those are the things that creeps into my mind. still unanswered as Im a human being of no knowledge at all to the natural phenomena that we enjoy. i must say that this lovely finding opens more towards the littleness that we possess. ( I possess actually).
This brilliant presentation also allows me to appreciate the beauty that is not found here in my warm locality. thanks for the eyes that shared throughout the world.
Anyway, this is the melody ,the sound of music ,the tune that is brought through the sense of natural wave of TN to me. I used the gramaphone speakers of my fungi shot to communicate with you. : )
Markus, the line of communication is the love for nature.
Thanks for sharing all the designs and patterns of nature.


Wow, Markus, it is the most artistic picture of a natural phenomenon I have ever seen!!
You deserve all the praise in the world for creating this image.
You know what? It will look different things to different people. To me, it looks like the billowing, fine silk sari draped around a pretty woman :-)!
Great illustration for Gestalt psychology.
Words are inadequate to express the beauty and appeal of this picture.
Well done and TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-20 6:25]

Hello Markus,
Wonderful artistic photo in a great composition. Very beautiful colours.

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-03-20 11:56]

Siemanko Markus
One amazing ice photo else. I wish nice weekend and first day of calendar spring.
I salute Slawek.

Hi Markus, simply great shot! A real nature art! Perfectly seen and captured as usual.
TFS and cheers MF!
Have a nice WE!


hi Markus,
a great picture of a geometric creation of nature, simply beautiful,
kind regards

Merci Markus pour tes chefs-d'œuvre,
Je ne sais plus quoi dire...

Markus, grosser Meister der Details, dieses Bild ist Musik für die Augen. Eine vollendete Symphonie - ich bin verzaubert.
Und dann noch die Geschichte um das Bild. Die großen Wunder dieser Schöpfung liegen uns förmlich zu Füssen. Sie allerdings zu sehen - das ist die große Kunst.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-03-31 8:53]


Gorgeous curving lines of frost on the ice. Your framing, with the major diagonals and two spots in opposite corners, is exceptional. Nature is the artist, but you have captured its work very well.

Your story just goes to show that one must start looking for subjects as soon as you walk out the door!


Hi dear Markus ,
Another great shot from you.
So nice and very well done.

Thanks for sharing
Kind regards

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