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Hot and cold revealed...

Hot and cold revealed...
Photo Information
Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-11
Categories: Crustacia, Humorous, Fungi, Flowers, Single-celled, Seascape, Lichens, Sky
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Super -EBC Fujinon Lens Optical Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Nice Ice [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-15 7:57
Viewed: 9831
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
... aka Ice Tulips? Ice Pasque Flowers? ...

During the recent cold snap when we had back to back days with -18C temperatures I was fortunate to witness some very interesting activity by Nature in the "hot & cold" department.

I would like to challenge my friends on TN, and ask if you can tell why I mention "hot & cold"... The evidence is in the photo.

The colours we see here are a) blues of ocean and sky; browns of my bushfeld, , i.e. the onshore part.

These iceflowers were part of a large "collection".
I focussed on this part via handheld super-macro.
Photo cropped and then scaled to fit TN. As there is a tremendous amount of detail in icecrystals I had to adjust the compression factor considerable to get under the 200K limit...

Anyway , enjoy. I look forward to your interpretations. Thanx for taking a look at another one of Nature's artworks. [ Let's hear it for -18C eh! ]

This photo is was taken the same day as my previous post with the
panorama shot, so I am not repeating the explanation of the ice here. ;)

Alex99, JoseMiguel, heidi, mikou, Silke, dew77, rimas, pilonm, marhowie, SkyF, Silvio2006, anniejo, Adanac, pablominto, greenpinkorange, mlines, Eller, peter_stoeckl, livius has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To paulsballs: ... looks like a Kiwi bird up center < YUP!Shoot_Score 1 06-25 14:22
To Lycaon: proper categoryShoot_Score 1 04-03 00:15
To Clancys: My first thoughts were of lollypops...Shoot_Score 1 03-18 21:06
To Silvio2006: fantastic frozen composition with amazing deShoot_Score 1 03-16 22:30
To anniejo: Mother Nature's wonderful presentation on a colShoot_Score 1 03-16 22:28
To pankajbajpai: nice shot showing the glory of the winter,Shoot_Score 1 03-16 22:27
To blakitan: Sharp and aesthetic image.Shoot_Score 1 03-16 22:26
To blakitan: Sharp and aesthetic image.Shoot_Score 1 03-16 22:13
To pablominto: Wonderful frost patterns, ...Shoot_Score 1 03-16 22:13
To greenpinkorange: How amazing!Shoot_Score 1 03-16 22:12
To greenpinkorange: How amazing!Shoot_Score 1 03-16 22:11
To methos: I like all the different shapes and textures.Shoot_Score 1 03-16 22:10
To Eller: lijken mooie ijsbloemetjesShoot_Score 1 03-16 22:10
To mlines: This is a marvelous piece of natures artestryShoot_Score 1 03-16 22:09
To Adanac: I surrender, PSShoot_Score 1 03-16 09:35
To Adanac: I surrender,Shoot_Score 1 03-16 09:35
To Silke: Lovely colours and details as usualShoot_Score 1 03-15 17:05
To dew77: composition are wonderful...Shoot_Score 1 03-15 16:49
To rimas: this very impressive Nature's artwork.Shoot_Score 1 03-15 16:49
To pilonm: Fantastic image directly from nature!Shoot_Score 1 03-15 16:32
To marhowie: I like this series, and this one is no exceptiShoot_Score 1 03-15 14:52
To simon182: You had better tell me soon!Shoot_Score 1 03-15 14:50
To SkyF: A icy piece of art ...Shoot_Score 1 03-15 14:40
To claudine: Here it is raining since two days...Shoot_Score 1 03-15 09:17
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  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-15 8:07]

Hi Jay.
Since early morning I have worked hard. Allow me , dear teacher, to not answer your question, and easier to express my emotions.

Once more great picture by Nature and Jay. Especially I like colour tones behind the window and light effect on the glass (ice). Quality of this macro shot is really outstanding as well as the expressiveness of this work. Bravo and best regards. In waiting anybody's answer.

G'day Jay
To me it looks like a Kiwi bird up center in the moonlight to the right!
Nice work
TFS Paul

Hi Jay!
Very beautiful and impressive composition! Your picture clearly shows how beauty the winter can be :)
Very good DOP and contrast.
TFS and best regards,

Hello Jay,
I guess that I'm not very imaginative today... I also see some kinds of tulips :) I like those patterns created by the frost, it is always so nice to look at. Is temperature dropped in your region? Here it is raining since two days... Well seen and well done with good details. Thanks,

Hi Jay,
This is a really appealing picture!
I like a lot this composition, we can have several lectures on it...
I can see like a mask with the couple of eyes in the "hole" at the middle.
So techically is not an easy shot to PP, due to the thousands of light glares on the ice, that becomes tricky when sharpening after downsize for TN size. But you managed so well to keep all this under control.
At where are the camera pointing to? A glass window?
I like a lot this presentation.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

nice combination of ice formations good focus

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  • heidi (78)
  • [2007-03-15 9:39]

Hi Jay,
I love those icy photos, they are simply amazing. It's really very beautiful. For me the hot is the great orange tone you've in the background that contrast very well with the cold blue.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-15 10:01]

Hi Jay.
Very good captured this iced drawing on window.Very interesting colors.Beautiful light too.Great work,TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-15 10:05]
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This is the best of the series in terms of composition, Jay.
Lovely colours and details as usual

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-15 10:09]
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Hello Jay,
Excellent capture.Clear details,exposure,sharpness,framing and composition are wonderful.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-03-15 12:21]
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Hello Jay,
Wonderful frozen composition with iceflowers. Outstanding clarity and colors. Thank you for this very impressive Nature's artwork.
My best regards,

Hello Jay,

Fantastic image directly from nature! Excllent composition also and great idea!



Hey Jay,
I like this series, and this one is no exception..
This display of natures artwork is amazingly intricate, yet simple in its beauty..The simple things in life are the best of course :)
Nicely done mf.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-15 13:53]
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Hello Jay,
wonderful macro shot, amazign all those details. A icy piece of art you captured. POV, sharpness and framing are very good.

Hi Jay,

I have studied this shot for ages and still can't work out the hot and cold link!
The shapes are incredible and a multitude of things can be seen from flowers to faces.

Excellent detail and exposure on this tricky lighted scene.

Well done,


Hmm, COULD it be something to do with the two blobs in the middle, the fact that one was cold water and the other hot water (reason being that under the right conditions warm water freezes faster - or so I believe)
This might in turn have produced different effects of crystallisation in the freezing process because of the energy in the hot water. Does that sound crazy?!

But the glass is VERTICAL is it not? Meaning that any water placed on would drip downwards...unless it was a very small drop...oh I don't know! You had better tell me soon!

Hi Jay, fantastic frozen composition with amazing design, splendid light and colors, wonderful and fascinating photo, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hmmmm, first impression: Two Native Americans riding off together in a pact of peace, the feathers of their colorful headdresses blowing in the wind.....

I think the "hot and cold" reference might be to the cold of the "iceflowers" and the
contrasting droplets of water that form the backsides of the riders I see :+))
Great composition, great capture of an interesting photo, and another one of Mother Nature's wonderful presentation on a cold day!!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-15 21:59]
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Hello Jay,
I serrender, But this is my favorite so far, great job.

hi jay,
nice shot showing the glory of the winter, well composed shot, nice point of view, natural colour tones, beautiful lighting,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Jay,

Interesting capture.
Sharp and aesthetic image.


Hello Jay,
Wonderful frost patterns, and the exposure is skilfully done!
Beautiful colours and sharp fine details...
Well seen, well don e!
Pablo -

How amazing!
I have never seen something quite like this. LOL
Such details and clarity in the picture, focus and colors are good too.

Lovely details on this one.
I like all the different shapes and textures.

Hi Jay. This is a marvelous piece of natures artestry. As we see nothing similar here it is very interesting to see. Excellent clarity and good icy colour graduations. TFS. Murray.

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  • Eller (0)
  • [2007-03-16 20:55]
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Dit lijken mooie ijsbloemetjes te zijn. Een keuze maken is altijd moeilijk, vooral tussen twee mooie keuzes. Zelfs tussen ijs en ijs! Dank je wel, Ell

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-17 10:24]

Hola Jay.- Verdaderamente espectacular la foto que hoy nos presentas aqui. Exelente macro con muy buena iluminacion y gran nitidez. Tu talento queda plasmado en un plano singular y con gran imaginacion, necesarios para un gran fotografo como lo eres tu.
Saludos desde Mexico. PT.

Hi Jay,
pretty, bizarre, beautiful rich colours. Looks like the season for ice flowers is ripe to change for true flowers, and winter is showing its beauties in a last splendid farewell.
With thanks, and best regards,

My first thoughts were of lollypops on a stick and/or flowers.
Very nice capture of another of Jay Frost's art work. Nice detail.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-21 22:11]

Hello Jay

Another of Jack Frost's masterpieces.Nicely captured with sharp detail and excellent focus.Very good colours too.TFS


Hi Jay,
I like the colors and details.Great job.
TFS and best regards.


  • Lycaon Silver Star Critiquer [C: 45 W: 7 N: 31] (114)
  • [2007-04-03 12:15]
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Don't see anything single-celled here ;-). Could you move those nice pics to a proper category please?

Hi Jay
I would not have known to make better. the balance of the white is perfect as pure the shadings of the ice very contrasted with background. Great

A bit on the left of the center the frost looks like an apple.This reminds me of a game called Cryostasis

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