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Hymn to the Life

Hymn to the Life
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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: 2009-03-14
Categories: Trees
Camera: Sony A700, Minolta AF 28-70 f 2.8
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-28 9:06
Viewed: 3856
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all!

First, I had prepared another ice-abstract, but finally I didn't dare to post it... It's time to turn the page and to look forward. The next winter will be here soon again...

The willow catkins are for me the perfect messengers of the spring. They are the most beautiful sign that life comes back again... I every year enjoy the plain beauty of these soft and delicate catkins.

Kind regards


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Ciao Markus, splendid focus and fantastic light, wonderful composition, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Markus,
this is a real sign of spring,
The light and exposure are very good. so are the sharpness and details.
Maybe the composition could be some better with a more diagonal twig.
Well done,

hello Markus
beautiful Spring scene,
splendid subject for photographing,
very good lighting,
very nice photo

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-28 10:34]

Hi markus. i can see spring is also with you now. And you have the picture of the Willow catkins.Your use of the light from behind give good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-28 11:04]

Hallo Markus !

Splendid capture.
With some beautiful colors.
He came first in Switzerland? I saw on the news that the area is quite hot, if we say so.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Markus,
Excellent catch. Nice DOF, sharpness and details.
TFS - Regards - Adil.

hello Markus
beautiful composition
great sharpness beautiful soft light
greeting lou

Bonjour Markus,
C'est une très belle macro bien composée ; la bonne profondeur de champ, l'angle de prise de vue et l'éclairage permettent d'apprécier pleinement la finesse des détails avec une excellente opposition sur l'arrière plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-28 12:36]

Hi Markus,

I haven't seen a Pussy Willow for years - since I moved to the desert. Along with the robin they were the sure signs that spring was coming. You captured their beauty so well with beautiful textures, natural colors and fine details. I love the horizontal composition.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-03-28 13:07]

Hello Markus !
Even though I'm a bit sorry there won't be any moe ice pictures fo this year, I'm happy to see the spring is coming (even though I didn't see much of it in my own country...)Your catkins are wonderful, they look like silver, and they also look so soft. Excellent details, nice natural colos, wonderful composition, splendid blured BG, beautiful light. Very well done !

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-28 13:07]

Hello Markus!

I like your serie with ice art, but you're right - it's time to give a chance to Spring! Nice photo with catkins, well composed and detailed. These catkins are very important in Polish traditional Easter. Good to see that finally winter is gone.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-28 13:10]

Hello Markus,
the willow makes a wonderfully tactile subject! You have captured the texture with great skill and focussed it sharply against a simple b/g.

Best regards Siggi

Ciao Markus,
splendida composizione per queste gemme di Salice pronte a sbocciare per diffondere il loro polline, mi piace molto questa immagine dove si percepisce l'inverno nele tonalità scure dello sfondo, dal quale emerge prepotente il primo piano con i segni del risveglio primaverile.
Buona domenica.

ciao Markus!
hai fatto bene...gli astratti di ghiaccio devono lasciare il posto a quello che la natura ci sta presentando...e il salice ti
ha mostrato anche quest'anno che la primavera
e' arrivata!!!
aria nuova nel cantone di Friburgo.
buona domenica sERGIO

Hello Markus
cette photo est vraiment superbe, j'ai essayée moi aussi de prendre des photos de " chatons" mais elles ne sont de loin pas aussi jolies que celle-ci
Les details sont tellement nets qu'on croirait qu'ils sont réels et qu'on a envie de les toucher
Passe un bon dimanche

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-29 2:19]

Hello Markus,
Without the spots in the BG it really should be a perfect photo. Excellent sharp details and very beautiful colours.

Hey, Markus,

how're you? I am back to TN : ) I am so happy to be here again and see the masterpieces of my TN friends. Here you have a great capture with excellent details, colours and composition. thanks for sharing!

Man Yee

hi Markus

Superb shot of macro close up and good sharpness by using bokeh effect on the BG to let the detail stands out more strongly. Very nice softness of these elements.

tfs, bill

Hi Markus,

this one is an eye catcher straight from the thumbnail. The subject is so well isolated in very good contrast against the blurred background. Very sharp in details with pleasing light catching around the edges.

Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day.
Best regards,

hello markus,
nice capture, you have managed the exposure well here, the dark bg offers good contrast, liked the pov and the composition too,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Markus,

nice composition from this Willow.
Good of sharpness and details.
Beautiful colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-30 15:27]

Salut Makus,toutes les fois que j'ouvre ta galerie je suis de l'opinion que tu peu faire un livre avec le title "quand la natura fait spectacle!" Mais y veut des yeux et de la classe comme les tiennes pour faire des magnifiques photos comme ca et comme les autres!! Un immagination fantastique,mes plus gros compliments,LUCIANO

Excellent high lights and a well lit subject against a dark diffused BG is always a pleasure to watch Markus. This picture is simplistic in approach but gives a great impact. If you could have avoided that brighter area below while shooting , it would have been much better is what i feel. What do you think?

Hello Markus! Wonderful contrast and sharp. Good light and colours. Very good background. Well done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-31 5:16]
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Hi Markus,
thanks for your visit to my cattail post. Always upon your view and critiques I have to adjust my eyes. I belief that my eeyes are the one which like to see exaggerated view and dramatic production of rich and dense colours. I did not do anything to my setting. It is my eyes that need certaind re-setting. : ) Thanks Markus.
The abstract of the above shot is obviously seen, the beauty lies in the arrangement and the superbs clarity of the buds. Yhe sharpness of the hairs go so deep into the skin.
Very excellent detail and great combination of the similar blurry background with the crystal streaks of reflection in the cold and fresh atmosphere.
Lovely presentation.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-31 8:01]

Hello Markus,
A beautiful capture of a twig of willow catkins, the lighting making them look great against the OOF dark BG.
A fine sign of spring: we can now look forward to warmer weather!
Thanks and best wishes,

Si, la Primavera ya va viniendo de nuevo continuando el eterno ciclo de la vida.
El Salix en esta época es todo un espectáculo y muy generoso para los fotógrafos dada la multitud de insectos que a él acuden :-)
Muchas gracias por tus amables comentarios Markus, aunque el idioma Inglés no es muy fuerte y la traducción que publiqué en mi última fotografía no era obra mía jeje.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Markus !
A splendid capture some excellent colors.
Congratulations and expect and more.
Have a nice day,

Hallo Markus
Great shot, with super sharp details. The rich colour of the willow catkins is fantastic. Nicely composed and superly presented. New life in a new season in pure details. A very artistic presentation! I like the colours and the composition. Well done on this excellent work. Best regards and have a wonderful weekend.
Best regards

Hello Markus,

I have to agree with you about 'pussy willow'.
They are truly messengers of spring.
I used to collect them as a child so they bring back poignant memories.

You have done this twig proud.
The soft, furry, exploded buds are portrayed with the finest of details.
The narrow dof sets the subject against a simple oof b/g which is perfect.

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-10 10:56]

Hi Markus.
I have missed this shot when was out of TN but now I am here with my opinion. Despite your ice (and even mud) composition are amazing new page is so art as previous ones. Refines reproduction all tiniest details of the twig and buds. Exposure, details, colours are amazing as well as POV and composition of the picture. I love Minolta lenses (especially in the hands as yours), however, I cannot submit level of Sony cameras noise. Though you cope with them also successfully as with creative tasks.
Yours Alexei.

Hi dear Markus,
Your photos has special charism and i like them.Although i can not write about merit of your photos but i can praise your look.

Thanks again

Hello Markus
the nature in spring season always succeeds to amaze to us. Beautiful composition for details and light. Excellent focusing

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2009-07-21 21:58]

hi Markus,
you are a painter that uses the light as a pencil, this picture is another wonderful gift you give us, bravissimo
kind regads

very nice closeup, greetigns Ori

Hello Markus,

The simple but delicate flowers and captured with sharp fine details!
And I can support your statement about sign of spring, that goes for my place too...
Nice macro work with effective DoF..!

Pablo -

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