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The most ideal place

The most ideal place
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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: 2006-03-25
Camera: KonicaMinolta Dynax7D, Minolta AF 28-70 f 2.8
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-07 5:05
Viewed: 3787
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all!

Every spring since 2006 I go to what I call ironically the "ideal place for nature photography". It's a quarry in the Plasselbschlund, a valley with the River Ärgera near my home. This quarry is famous for its stones and flags. They are mostly used to build garden walls and paths. The quarry lies in the Flysch region of my canton.

Imagine behind decayed barracks, at the bottom of a steep slope, some heavy, rusty old machines, cairns and a lot of dust and mud, especially at the border of the quarry where almost nobody steps through. There you can find an almost flat surface with deep dust. Imagine what this becomes when the snow melts or when it rains... a paradise for a nature photographer!

I discovered this place by chance once I wanted to go to the mountains but couldn't continue by car because of the snow. I parked the car in front of the quarry and had to cross it. I bogged down and soon my shoes and trousers were full of mud. When I looked for a better and less dirty way to pass I suddenly saw interesting shapes and patterns... I can tell you I immediately forgot the dirt! Later, at home, I discovered it was more gold than dirt...

Every time when I go back to that place I just hope that nobody would see me. I believe that the person who would discover me in the middle of the mud with my camera would think I'm definitively crazy...

Kind regards


Taken in RAW, imported with Camera Raw into PS, level corrections, sharpness.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-07 5:22]

Lieber Markus,
Deine Beschreibung zeigt uns einen Markus, den wir jetzt gut kennen. An den unmöglichsten Orten ein Motiv suchend und es auch findend. Und wie schön es ist. Sogar für Schlamm kann man sich begeistern! Bin nicht sicher, ob ich Dir auch dorthin folgen würde..
Auf alle Fälle sehr, sehr schön.
Herzlich grüsst

Hello Markus! Very interesting abstract painting. Fantastic effect. Good luck!

Hi Markus,
A beautifully captured abstract. Excellent art work. Sharp details and good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Markus,
le tue immagini astratte, con cui cogli certi aspetti della Natura, sono di una straordinaria bellezza come in questo caso, in cui metti in risalto la forza degli elementi e la continua e lenta trasformazione dei materiali; ottima nitidezza e splendida luce.
Ciao Maurizio

questi modelli astratti che riesci a scovare
nei luoghi piu' insoliti e "sporchi" sono dei veri gioielli..mi piace e condivido la tua ricerca continua di nuove espressioni andando a scovare
.......The most ideal place...
grazie per il tuo inconfondibile "fiuto natural-artistico",Markus.....complimenti!

You should be a totally rich man by now Markus...if you lived in the states and did these in large format..they would be hung in large skyscrapers lobbies and such all over...It continues to marvel me..you don't even realize the super talent you have for this...it is among the best eye for patterns I have ever seen and I mean it!

Hy Markus
I am not between those how loves the mud. In fact, I avoid it how much it is possible. But yeah, for a good picture, sacrifices are necessary, even walking through the mud and waters and snow. On this picture I will not say that this abstract is not part of the nature. Oho, it is in fact sometimes too much.
But anyway…this mud is like a melted metal, like a mixture of gold with something…Well done!

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-04-07 8:10]
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Dear Markus-

Lovely picture, including some texture and curves that look surprisingly like an elephant seal!

So why are you concerned if people find you in the quarry? You are crazy, aren't you... ...at least as crazy as any of us on TN and elsewhere, chasing over/through/around some obstacle in pursuit of our latest photo. I don't worry about such things anymore (everyone in my town already knows how crazy I am), but instead look forward to seeing other photographers at the shore when the temperatures are below minus 20. It means there are kindred spirits in the area!

Best regards,

Bonjour Markus,
Tes images forcent l'admiration et ta démarche est particulièrement intéressante. Tes clichés montrent que l'harmonie et la complexité des formes se répètent quelques soient les échelles. Ton image d'une tache boueuse est bien comparable à celle de l'estuaire d'un grand fleuve. Merci pour ces regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-07 10:36]

Hello Markus,
Yes, I think I should have the same feeling when I was taking pictures in the middle of this mud..Am I crazy??
But the photo is fantastic. Great composition and colours. Great choice, the focus is in the middle of this image.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-07 11:21]

Hi Markus.
I know you are not crazy. You are a great master who can see what many of us cannot even notice. I am amazed how well you can work with ice, with mud or anything else. Fantastic pattern and brilliant reproduction of this cute picture created by nature. Bravo. Unique work.

hello Markus
splendid glance and surreal resault,
particular and very good photo
best regards

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-04-07 12:23]

Siemanko Markus!
Very very ideal , drowned tin looks like .

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-07 12:38]

Hi Markus. I wish i could some time see what you do because i wouldjust walk past this. You have an eye for natural beauty. I ca see many things in this picture i could be milk being mixed with coffee. You are far from crazy my friend. Well done TFS.

Ciao Markus, an other of your fantastic abstract, great art by nature, superb composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-07 13:37]

Hello Markus,
Beautiful abstracct capture. Well composed shot with great sharpness.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Markus !
I think it's the same for all of us nature photographers - people do think we're a bit crazy ! ;-) As for your picture, I tried t guess what it was before reading your note, and I must admit I had no idea. But the result is just gorgeous, I love the texture, it looks almost like silk. The patterns and colors are wonderful, too. Very well done !

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-08 1:47]

Hallo Markus !

Ein sehr gut gemachtes Bild.
Ich mag die Farben sind schön und klar.
Ich erwarte vieles mehr.
Schönen Tag noch,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-08 1:49]

Hello Markus,
An unusual composition ...!
Excellent art work...
Pastel colors worthy of silver.
Thanks a lot for sharing,

Hi dear Markus ,
So nice shot .Amazing colours and light.
Very well done.

Best wishes my dear friend

This is unbelievable, Markus.
The movement of water over mud has created such phantasmagoria of shapes and forms it leaves one amazed at the workings of Nature.
Still, it is your eye that observed and noticed those shapes and forms and captured them into this composition of immense beauty. What I 'see' in these shapes and forms is entirely my perception; it has nothing to do with a common shared experience. That is what abstract art does to most of us.
That way, this is a work of art and not a picture of mud.
Thanks for sharing yet another creation that transcends the mundane.

extreme abstract cplor and shape!
Well done and a great note.
Ps: wear rubberboots

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-08 4:55]

Hello Markus,
A superb capture of the flowlines of water that has patterned the fleisch mud. Beautifully photographed and composed with your usual artistry, but not so nice to walk in!
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Markus,

An rare picture from melting water, sand and soi but beautiful stucture and details.
Fine colours.
Nice to see the different site of nature.


Bueno Markus, todos los fotógrafos estamos un poco locos ... o quizás los locos sean los que disfrutan con el fútbol, los coches o videocónsolas. Casi todo está permitido en nuestra sana afición y a mi ya no me importa que me vean tirado delante de un excremento intentando fotografiar una mosca jajaja.

Como de costumbre, un original trabajo, lleno de plasticidad, armonía y color .

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

bonjour Markus
avnt de lire la note, j'ai essayée de deviner ce que c'était : de la glace, de la neige ou de l'eau qui coule ? en fin de compte c'est de la boue
La photo est très jolie et très artistique
merci pour le partage

Hi Markus,
An impressive nature capture with wonderful colours and excellent composition.
TFS and have a nice day!


Hi, Markus,

haha, thanks for your interesting note. crazy? far from that. perfect? yes, this is the right word. thanks for sharing your artistic masterpieces with all of us at TN and this is definintely another great example. I like the contrast here - smooth vs. coarse - haha, looks a bit like a religious picture of Heaven and Hell to me. very well done!

Man Yee

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-09 3:48]

Hi Markus,
a very abstract piece of capture. From the dry ice look to the hardened mud gives a nice dreamy and icy feel.
Very sharp details of the sands, that presents something lovely and even look edible.
Very different showcase.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-09 16:15]

Salut Markus,je suis pas encore sure si ce ci est une photo ou une peinture. Vraiment exceptionelle,toi merite une espace dans ta ville pour exposer ces incroyables oeuvres artistique!! Mes plus gros compliments,bonne journee',Luciano

Salut Markus,

bei diesem unglaublichen und myteriösen Bild ist der Text fast ebenso spannend. Vielleicht besonders für jemanden, der auch schon in der Tatüren steckengeblieben ist. Deine geheimnisvollen Ecken kenne ich allerdings nicht. Am meisten wundert mich immer wieder, dass man im Flysch (fast) keine Fossilien findet.

Ich werde am kommenden Freitag bis zum 27. Mai nach Frankreich, Spanien, Portugal, Marokko per Velo verreisen (das ist allerdings sehr übertrieben: zuerst den Zug bis Pau, dann Velo, dann mit der Flugere von Tanger retour, und das alles auch nur, wenn keine Unglücksfälle und Verbrechen dazwischenfunken). Deshalb wird Stille in meiner Gallerie einkehren. Auf der Reise muss der Cybershot Apparat reichen, mehr kann ich nicht tragen.

Herzlich grüsst und wünscht Dir einen schönen Frühling

You see, and capture, such beautiful patterns in nature... they are all around us... we just have to be patient and take the time to really see... wonderfully creative work Markus.. to see the Creator's artwork everywhere. TFS.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-04-14 18:15]

Hello Markus,
Amazing patterns, textures and lighting!! At first glance I thought you had used a very slow shutter to capture moving water as it ran upon a beach of sand. I now see this is what you actually were seeing, incredible!! Great job!!

Hi Markus
Excellent abstract.Great effect and detail. Very interesting and well done.TFS

Hi Markus,

A fascinating, abstract image, lots of interesting textures and subtle color and brightness variation, an exceptionally attractive image.


There's poetry in this shot, Markus. Its like an abstract, painted beautifully.
Love you superb,almost conversational note.

great capture, TFS Ori

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