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Phoca Vitulina Glaciens Ephemeralis

Phoca Vitulina Glaciens Ephemeralis
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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: 2010-02-13
Camera: Sony Alpha 900, Minolta 100 f2,8 Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-24 4:47
Viewed: 4096
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all!

Let me present you one of my last discoveries of new wildlife species, the "Phoca Vitulina Glaciens Ephemeralis". I met this beautiful animal a couple of days ago and was touched by its tender view. It looked at me as if it would tell me to stay for a while and I almost could feel its transitoriness.

I then could not resist and asked it the permission to take a picture. It gave me this permission, but under the condition that the picture would be published on TN...

Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora (not sure yet)
Suborder: Pinnipedia
Family: Phocidae Glaciensi
Genus: Phoca
Species: Phoca Vitulina Glaciens Ephemeralis

Taken in RAW, basic corrections in Camera RAW such as colour temperature, level corrections, sharpness; import to PS CS4 and final postprocessing.

Kind regards


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Hallo Markus
A very interesting species you discovered and indeed a very special kind. I am glad you are able to share it with the humans of this earth in particular the people of Trek Nature.

It is very fascinating to look at. One can get lost in time and imagination, looking at all the different shapes and patterns in this image. The texture of the surface on the upper half of the image reminds me of what I have seen in documentaries when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon for the 1st time.

The texture of the surface in the right hand bottom corner and on the left hand middle reminds me of lace, which is soft and delicate and womanlike.

The round circles in the middle of the frame reminds me of the bubbles from a foam bath, and to round of this image filled with hidden treasures I also see a Christmas stocking. Thanks for sharing this unique species. Best regards.

Ciao Markus,
le tue immagini oltre che colpire per l'eccellente qualità tecnica e per la gratificazione visiva, stuzzicano la nostra fantasia e ci portano in un mondo favolistico, la tua fantasia espressiva migliora continuamente frutto di una continua osservazione con occhi attenti e pronti a cogliere la misteriosa bellezza che ci circonda.
Grazie e complimenti
Ti auguro una buona serata
Con amicizia

Lovely image here, certainly stimulating.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-02-24 8:51]

Hi Markus.
Thanks for your wonderful words. May be some time your wishes will become a reality in our country.

As usual I managed to find a sweet peace of Nature Art and share it with us by so creative and refined way. Brilliant reflection of beautifulness of a fine winter pattern, great use of precise and powerful equipment. My warm greetings and compliments.
Yours Alexei.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-24 9:13]

Hi Markus. I see you did as ask and posted this unusual looking animal on TN for us al lto see. Taken with good detail and in its natural suroundings. Is it laying eggs. ?/


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-24 9:26]

Hello Markus,
Another beautiful piece of Ice art with a lovely little creature in it! I like Nicks question as to whether it's busy laying eggs!
Another wonder of nature very nicely presented.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2010-02-24 10:26]

Me gustaría ver desde detrás de un pino al Señor Markus buscando entre el rio esas formas del hielo jeje.
Precioso y original trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-24 10:31]

Hi Marcus
Is for the first time on Tn this new spp? :))!
Great imagination for you!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-24 10:33]

Hello Markus,

I find your series of the matter very specially.
Almost a painting also the other pictures.
Sharpness and clarity are nice.
Lovely colors and splendid presentation. TFS.

Best regards,

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2010-02-24 11:52]

Lieber Markus,

das Vieh kann nicht konkurrieren mit dem "Crocodylus", ist ja auch nur ein Schaumschläger. Wie ich mir das Bild aber genau ansehe, beginnt es langsam interessant zu werden. Die vielen Details, die Farbübergänge, a ist "action" im erstarrten Eis. Künstler Du!

Nochmals gute Nacht, Dieter

Hello Markus
I like this amazing capture!
I never see animals in the glass!
Now I look more attempt of all the details!

Hi dear Markus .
As always lovely shot from you.
A sweet peace of Nature Art.
Beautiful colours.

Thanks for sharing
Best wishes

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-24 13:43]

Hi Markus,
Another great capture.Well seen and composed.Excellent
sharpness,details and framing.
Thanks for posting..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-24 15:40]

Hi Markus,

Another of your miraculous discoveries! An amazing piece of ice art. I love this "animal" surrounded by the bubbles and how "he" is resting in the wonderful angle which divides the picture into sections. We are so lucky to have you, your imagination, and your skills on TN.


Haha:) Amazing post Markus,

This figure is absolutely resembling a seal resting on the rocks close to sea:)
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-02-25 4:15]

Lieber Markus,
Haesch wieder äs nöis Viech gfunde! Wirklich einer Robbe ähnlich, da hast Du aber genau hingeguckt!
Schöne Komposition mit feiner Farbgebung von gold zu grau sich wandelnd. Wie länger ich es anschaue, desto besser gefällt mir dieses Bild.
Herzlich grüsst

Indeed an interesting job to uptake these your stimolant and fascinating works. Excellent graphic geometries here and stunning details.
Best compliments dear Markus.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-25 6:13]

Hi Markus,
lovely view of this nature composition. You spotted it very well and you crop it finely.
Well seen in great details, the bubbles, the textures and the tones of rusty stylish.
Well done, lively time to look around for an art to be shared.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-25 18:53]

Hello Markus,
You show this new species in such great light it brings out some much of its beauty. Thank you Markus for showing us this wonderful creature.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-26 3:50]

Hello Markus,
A very special creature. It looks more like a jelly-fish.
Very nice photo in great structures and an excellent composition. Beautiful matching colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-26 6:24]

Hello Markus,
The nice thing about ice photography is that every subject is absolutely unique and your watchful eye together with your skillful photography gives us fine and unique images to view with wonderful ephemeral shapes in the form of creatures or abstract patterns.
You show us that this aspect of nature has unlimited possiblities and the mind boggles!

Thanks once again for opening our eyes my friend and have a good weekend,

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

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-26 7:38]

Salut Markus,mon anglais est tres mauvais et j'ai eu besoin de beaucoup de temp pour comprendre que tu rigoalais..ehehe...une nuovelle composition artistique superbe,orjamais j'ai plus de mots pour commenter tes perles d'hiver...mes plus gros compliments et bonne fin de semaine,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-26 13:05]

Hallo Markus.
Diese art von Fotografie ist vergleichbar mit einzigartiger Kunst. Also ab morgen Augen auf vielleicht finde ich auch die natürliche Schätze.
Grüße Siggi

Hi Markus.

This is impressive.
The V pattern attracted my attention from the thumbnail.
Excellent monochromatic pattern and shapes well seen and captured.
Another excellent nature artwork and TFS.

Best regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-02 19:34]

Hello Markus,
Congratulations on this new species. It actually resembles a seal with it's head resting on a large boulder. I can definitely see the water bubbles surrounding it's body as it just emerged from the water. Please keep us posted on any new or interesting specimens from your area of the world.

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