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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: 2009-10-28
Camera: Sony Alpha 900, Sony 70-200 F2.8 G
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): automnal compo! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-11 3:21
Viewed: 3276
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear friends

This is another picture I have taken a couple of hours before I went to hospital. During my walk through the autumnal forest I was surprised to realize for the first time in such an intensive way that our humour and mind is perfectly reflected in nature. Of course, from former experiences - notably in art forms like classical music and painting - I already knew about that. But this day I experienced this coherence stronger than before. At home, I then went through the archives of my pictures searching for ones corresponding to sadness, happiness, angriness, love, hate or melancholy. I was then surprised to notice that some of our humours or minds are quite easy to reproduce or symbolize with a picture, but others are more difficult.

Today, let me show how, in my eyes, melancholy is represented out in nature. I believe that the colour tones and the lighting of this autumnal barberry bush stands for melancholy: not sad, but a subtle mix of happiness and sadness, not negative, but with something deep and heavy in it. It’s not an explosion of joy, but also not a dive into dark depths. It’s pleasant and painful at the same time...

Taken in RAW, basic level corrections and sharpness in Camera RAW, import to PS, saved as TIFF and the JPG for TN.

Kind regards


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-11 3:48]

Salut Markus,quoi de mieu pour celebrer l'automne? Un artiste comme toi! Et le resultat est une autre fois different,jolie,une peinture dediquee' a cette magnifique saison,un peu triste ma qui donne nous des grandes chances pour faire magnfiques photos comme la tienne.Mes compliments et bonne journee',Luciano

Hello Markus! Amazing work, excellent brightness, superb colours, splendid effect. Well done!

Hello Marcus,

This is a very delicate representation of autumn!
In our part of the world this is the time when nature goes for a rest, to gather strength for a new season coming up...
Well framed with a wonderful colour palette!

Pablo -

hello Markus
a beautiful image,a beautiful photo,i like your notes!
keep photographing! keep feeling!

Hy Markus
Indeed, autumn is a very melancholic season. I like the warm colors from this picture, accentuated by the bg light. Very artistyc as well.
My kind regards, Oana

Ciao Markus,
la melanconia è un sentimento che mi piace, che interpreto come un dolce malessere in cui le cose per un momento si fermano, tutto il mondo circostante si acquieta e resti solo con i tuoi pensieri ...., questa immagine lo rappresenta molto bene, tutto è dolce e soave, luci e ombre convivono .....
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

Hallo Markus,
dieses Bild ist wundervoll und zeigt uns den goldenen Herbst in seiner kompletten Farbenpracht.
Das Licht ist so warm, ein excellentes Bild, gefällt mir sehr, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-11 7:31]
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Hello Markus,
To me 'melancholy' implies mainly gloom or sadness and I don't quite agree here! In our Pine forest close by we have plenty of Cotoneaster and Berberis bushes (seeds spread by birds) and to me their bright colours in autumn really only bring joy on all the grey days! It reminds me of a poem -
"Dein Auge kann die Welt
Trüb oder hell Dir Machen
Wie Du sie ansiehst
wird Sie weinen oder lachen".
And - your capture makes me happy!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-11 7:33]

Hello Markus,
A very fine capture of autumnal beauty! I suppose autumn is a time of melancholy with the onset of darkness and the closing down of many forms of life, but for me this beautifully composed show of colour is uplifting and I thank you for that!
Best regards,

hello Markus

i love autumn because of its beautiful warm colour tones
and luminosity like in your image, beautiful autumnal photo,



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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-11-11 10:56]

Bonjour Markus, je ne suis pas surprise de retrouver des photos de toi aussi splendides, encore une fois, qu'elles le sont depuis longtemps. Les couleurs sont profondes, j'adore le fushia des feuilles du dessus tout devant celles qui sont plus dorées. l'automne nous présente des couleurs fantastiques et cette photo en témoigne bien. J'adore aussi la photo précédente, j'y retournerai! Alloooo!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-11 12:42]

Hi Markus. I hope all is going wee after your hospital stay. I do always fine your notes interesting to read . This is a wash with warm colours. Each small leaf being a different colour. The plant is getting ready for its rest to be ready for the spring . yet we have to keep going all year round. TFS.

hello Markus
this is a great colored composition with nice soft light in the midle
the colours are ver good for my
i like this picture
greeting lou

Esta foto describe bien tus pensamientos agridulces. Espero que todo te vaya bien .
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Markus,

A fine capture of autumnal coloures while changing the season.
The DOF/POV, clarity and composition are delightful!
TFS and have a nice day!

Ps. nice to know that you like my present to you.

Hi Markus,
excellent red autumnal picture! artistic and delicated post, very well done.
TFS. Ferran

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-12 5:02]

Lieber Markus,
Farbenfreudig Dein Bild und eine Berberitze so schön, wie diese Büsche nur im Herbst sind. Ein feines Licht fällt auf die Mitte des Bildes, was eigentlich ein gutes Omen war! Sehr subtiles Bild.
Ich habe auch Bilder von diesem Busch gemacht, werde sie später mal bringen.
Freue mich, dass es von Tag zu Tag besser geht und wünsche Dir nur das Beste.
Herzlich grüsst und winkt von weitem

Ciao Markus, beautiful autumnal composition with splendid light and wonderful colors, fantastic shoot, very well done, ciao Silvio

bonjour Markus
très belle composition automnale avec un superbe jeu d'ombre et de lumière
les petites feuilles rouges sont d'une belle netteté
j'adore ton sens du beau details
passe une bone nuit

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-12 23:22]
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Hi Markus,
thanks for your critique. i like it very much and also how much I appreciate it. The moment I posted it, I have been thinking about the critiques.There are mixed reactions and I love noting them all and it is such a lovely experience to me.
The blurry bees really sting me : ).
Truly, TN members notes are useful indeed.
As for this one, it is such an artistic view that invites a never ending search in the composition. The beautiful light with beautifully coloured leaves, give a beautiful presentation from you.
well seen and just like an uninterpreted poem.


Markus, tu nous gâtes !
Le spectacle ici présenté, est d'un très grande beauté.
Merci beaucoup pour ce travail, et le résultat que tu nous offres

Hi Markus.
I welcome your note and thoughts a lot. However, the perception of an environment and different scenes and images is often defined by mood. For me your shot reflects the beauty of the season. Some autumn scenes are really sad but yours is very impressive. Colours are very pleasant, rich and nice. Especially I like velvet texture of the picture. Well done and TFS.
P.S. What is your impression from A900?

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-11-19 4:04]

Hi Markus

I've been out with a bad flu the past few weeks so i see i've missed a few nice posts from you, but now that i'm ok i checked your gallery and this image really captured my eyes right away! It's an abstract, yes, but not something i've seen you usually take. However, judging after how great this looks, it would appear that you take such shots for many years :)
This is a delicate balance of color, texture and depth of field that truly evokes autumn. I really love the soft light on the central branch and the lines that create this beautiful composition.
The title also works very well and i understand your choice and feelings.

Bravo and TFS

Markus, bonsoir.

Merci pour cette photographie magnifique de l'automne.

Dans tes commentaires, tu nous parle de mélancolie (même si tu tempère un peu le terme). A mon sens, l'automne ne doit pas être ni triste ne mélancolique : ce n'est qu'une partie du cycle de la vie, sous nos latitudes. Et la chute des feuilles puis leur décomposition sont gage de prospérité future.

Il est par ailleurs curieux de voir la différence d'appréciation des saisons sous nos latitudes et dans les contrées proches de l'équateur, où les différences sont moins prononcées et de nature différente.

Bonne soirée.


Hello Markus
this is one of the most beautiful posts. I like it very much. outstanding work indeed, with amazing splendid colors. The title Melancholy very suitable for it. wonderful composition and POV. exposure and other photographic feautures superb. thanks a lot for sharing this beauty. well done

Hi Markus
I never get tired of autumn colours, and your presentation of this vibrant bush is beautiful! The dark background accents each leaf very well. Well done and I hope it all worked out at the hospital.
TFS Janice

Hallo Markus,
Beautiful picture in this composition!!! Lovely shades of autumn.
Nice title.
Greetings, Joao Edgar

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