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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: 2009-12-02
Camera: Sony Alpha 900, Zeiss-Sony 24-70mm f.2.8
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-02 8:12
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all!

Finally, the winter has arrived in my country, about one month later than last year. I'm so happy to see and feel the snow and the ice again.

Finally, I'm able and allowed to do small hikes after my surgery. Oh, I don't walk far yet, but far enough to find some silent, serene and peaceful spots near my home.

Finally, I have got my new lens (Zeiss-Sony 24-70mm f 2.8). I could try it out outside today and the first impressions are very good!

Finally, I've found the time to post this picture on TN after a couple of busy days. I was composing a new slideshow, and this was quiet an intense work.

About this picture: The Schwarzsee (Black Lake) is a nice place in the Freiburger Prealps, about 20km from my home. It's a departure point for many beautiful hikes (summer and winter) and it's also a small ski station. The Lake is about 1000m above sea level and in winter hundreds of people are walking on the frozen surface, are playing hockey or are skating.

Today, only some parts of the surface were frozen and the cloudy sky as well as the trees covered with snow created fine reflections. For me, the little hour I could walk and look at this ephemeral lightplay made me happy. I just felt like sharing my impressions with you.

It's important for me to add that the total postprocessing of this picture was made in Camera RAW. That also means I didn't use any filters or particular techniques in Photoshop. The picture simply is natural...

Kind regards


nasokoun, marianas, nglen, ramthakur, maurydv, eqshannon, Alex99, eng55, Mikolaj, boreocypriensis, uleko, Dis. Ac., meyerd, anel, chudy, Argus, tuslaw has marked this note useful
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hello Markus!
splendid game of frozen reflections, is created a enchanting result, your new lens shows very sharp, I wish you good photographs and you are healthy!

What a great capture!
A great idea,wonderful reflection!

Hola Markus,
me alegra que te recuperes tan ráoido y sigas con los ánimos de siempre; eres una pieza importante, con tu estilo, dentro de Treknature.
Enhorabuena también por tu nueva lente que espero te de muchas alegrías.
Esta toma sería complicacda para juzgar la eficacia de esa sony-alpha, pero poco a poco lo iremos descubriendo con tu trabajo.
Has traspuesto tus trabajos de la piedra y el hielo al agua y manteniendo la misma línea. Siempre cuesta algo entrar en tus trabajos, pero una vez dentro son para disfrutarlos.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Wow Markus, is something abstract, as only you are able to realize. The frozen surface is so strange for me, that I hardly imagine what it is. But I like it!
My kind regards,
PS: I am waiting also for snow....

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-02 10:54]

Hi Marcus. Once again i new this was a picture from your Good self. Just by looking . This one is slightly different from a lot of your picture. I like the frozen refections in the water. with the shapes and colours. TFS.

What type of surgery, Markus? You leave me worried! Hope all is well with you.
As usual, your picture of the first signs of winter in amazingly abstract yet beautiful. Your new lens has done a great job in lending a fine texture to this image.
Please take care of yourself and best regards.

Ciao Markus,
un'altra fantastica immagine dove la realtà viene isolata e trasformata in puro astrattismo; solo alcuni elementi, grazie alla tua descrizione, s'intuiscono e ci restituiscono la loro quieta immobile presenza; mi piace moltissimo.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona notte
Ciao Maurizio

As I have told you since I first lade eyes on your images...they are not just photographs...they express...as in the land of one romantic language from which you come...at least in my eyes...you take thsi feeling a step or two up and beyond....I am always dazzled at your works. And I guarantee you that if you had a one man show in NYC some day not only would it not surprise me, but would make me so jealous not to be able to come and see. You continue to do marvelous work of not just professional quality but up and beyond...You would have to teach me, o Sensei (* If you do not understand this..it is from my good Chinese mentor Jack Leung who masters and writes music for the orchestra of Gloriana Opera)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-02 21:59]

Hi Markus.
My congratulation on purchasing and testing of a high end lens. Now you have superb combination A900 plus 24-70. However, your previous set also was amazing. It is clear the result is simply great. Only you can do this. Unique reproduction of nature beauties. Bravo.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-02 23:59]

Hi Markus,
Very nice and unusual capture.Excellent POV,details and composition.I liked visual impact also a lot.
Thanks for posting..

Hello Markus! Fantastic shot. Original idea and very original capture. Very sophisticated experiment. Well done!

Hi markus,

When i read your notes i feel bad myself. Hope there is not a big problem. I wish you speedy recovery MF! A natural abtract job with great dispersal effect of the tones.
TFS and have a nice day on the way of recovery!


hi Markus

Glad to know that you are recovering enough to start getting out again. that always takes a strong person and willpower after surgery and with the first snows.

What like most about this picture is that the rest of the world would be complaining about the snow and cold, you just show us another approach to life and using the water have once again changed the perspective. I really like photos from people bold enough not to have to always include the sky in pictures and with this picture it has worked expectionally well. it is a great abstract.


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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2009-12-03 4:52]

Hi Markus,
nice to hear that you´re fine ater your surgery and on mountains again. Belive me, there is not better treatment that a snowy winter on the mountains!!! Enjoy it for me... I´m with over 30º! I miss the Andes so much...

About your pic, I´m still sorprised. It´s something that you can look many times and find something different. Compliments, I love things like that.

Have a nice day and TFS

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2009-12-03 11:24]

Hello Markus,
Even though the image is rather abstract at first glance, after careful study, we can really appreciate you keen obsevation of nature. The essence of the winter, the crispe and refreshing cold air are all so well captured in this composition.

I hope you feel better soon, getting stronger and go further down the path to find your piece of serenity and tranquility. Thank you for taking your time to share with us your passion for nature and its imense beauty. My complements and sincere wishes.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-03 11:28]

Hello Markus,
When I first saw this I thought it was taken through a frosty window, but after reading your note I realize what it is but I'm still curious as to how you captured this and from what distance? It is certainly a very beautiful abstract design, sharply depicted by your new lens. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Markus,
komponierst Du jetzt auch noch impressionistische Bilder? Sieht aus wie ein Gemälde.
Ein wundervoller Effekt, gefällt mir sehr.
Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Markus,

another fine structure and mirroring image with fine soft tones.
You must see it and you does it.
Good work.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-12-03 23:58]

Lieber Markus,
glücklicherweise durften wir dasselbe Bild gestern im vollen Glanz auf Deinem grossen Bildschirm besichtigen. Ich bin mit Dir froh, dass Du schon wieder auf Pirsch gehen kannst. Aber dass schon der nahe Schwarzsee solch unglaubliche Vorstellungen anbietet, das ist mir neu. Das ist wieder die Geschichte mit den "Augen des Betrachters" (the eyes of the beholder) ... Meine Urgossmutter pflegte zu sagen, wenn wir Nachfahren über irgend eine Partnerwahl in der Familie spotteten: "Ihr müsst das mit seinen Augen sehen..."
Herzlich grüsst

Hello Markus,

This is interesting play of light and shapes..!
A very original expression of winter, and the feeling of dark and cold days are very well conveyed...
Good textures, and the tiny touches of blue adds life!

Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-04 3:56]

Lieber Markus,
Das Bild haben wir ja gestern bei Dir schon angeschaut und jetzt komme ich endlich dazu, eine kleine "Kritik" zu hinterlassen. Zu kritisieren gibt es eigentlich nichts, es ist ein fein und subtil gestaltetes Bild, wie wir es von Dir kennen. Wir können uns hier alles Mögliche vorstellen.. sogar mit unserem Geist unter Wasser tauchen, brrr :-)
Hat mich so gefreut, Dich gestern zu sehen und festzustellen, dass es Dir doch schon recht gut geht. Jetzt braucht es noch immer ein wenig Geduld!
Liäbi Grüäss

Ciao Markus, you and nature, a splendid couple of artist, fascinating silver reflections, superb artwork, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-12-05 5:31]

Hi Markus!
The nature sometimes alone draws unusual images up to us, but it is necessary can see it and you just have this gift. Very artistic and abstract photo.
I am greeting Slawek

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-05 8:13]
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Hello Markus,
Your previous image was gold and now you have a silver one!
You have the ability to make one stare at your images and I have stared for a long time at this one wondering if I should accept it as an abstract or whether i should try to work out how this image was taken. I can see the silvery water quite clearly, but I cannot understand what the grey vertical shapes are.
Maybe it just happened that way and some mysteries are not to be solved!
I accept that!
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-05 19:04]

Hello Markus,
A very interesting and abstract image with wonderful textures, lighting and colors. Nature has provided you with a beautiful reflection, made especially for you and your new lens. Well done!!

Finally, I'm able to spend sometime on TN, Markus.
A lovely shot, I do wish you a speedy recovery.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-08 11:12]

Guten Abend Markus,
finally, ich habe mir gedacht, dass ich auch Schwarzsee besuchen muss. Mit ein bischen Glück kann ich auch Anne (anel) überzeugen mitzukommen. Und wenn du nur 20 km entfernt wohnst ... vielleicht könnten wir uns treffen. Es wäre schön.
Ein sehr ungewönliches und schönes Bild.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-01 4:08]

Hi Markus,
your abstact is very attractive. The mirror like reflection and the hazy style is simply catchy.
i dont know what else to say only i like it.
Its such a great experience to see such work of nature with ice.


Dear Markus ,
really this is great shot.
I like this so much


kind regards

this is real art, tFS Ori

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