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Frösty Fern Fråctals; i.e Ice Lichen.

Frösty Fern Fråctals; i.e Ice Lichen.
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Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-07
Categories: Humorous, Single-celled, Bushveld, Seascape, Ocean, Lichens, Sky
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Super -EBC Fujinon Lens Optical Zoom
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *1, !"Mon pays, c'est l'hiver"..., !CÖLD coast, !Nice Ice [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-07 12:55
Viewed: 14819
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
... aka Ode to WATER, Air, Earth and Fire...

There are only certain times when certain events come together to present us with a vista. Similar to the symbiosis required for lichen we need confluence of conditions for what we have here:
a) high humidity, i.e. we have water which is frozen on a glass pane, like lichen on a rock;
b) arctic air that caused this frosty fermentation;
c) earth that supports my bushfeld and Bold Rock in the darker b/g;
d) solar fire of the rising sun which lights up the ice crystals ...

Photo was shot this AM, about half an hour after sunrise, when the sunrays had not yet melted
the lichen like ice crystals from my window, and the light was at the right angle to make the crystals sparkle.

The "fractals" shown here are more along the lines that I am familiar with -= ie. ferns or firtrees at all angles =-
than my prevous post with differently formed "ice lichen"/"ice dancers" which were on a different pane of glass...

Tech talk: Cameramode: supermacro; hand-held. NO PP,
just scaled and captioned, with max JPeG compression quality to fit 200Kb .

hester, jmp, Adanac, bobair, pablominto, peter_stoeckl, dew77, marhowie, SelenE, jhm, Alex99, s_a_s_h_a, Finland_in_Eton, sprok has marked this note useful
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To nadine432: de toutes tes photos, j'ai choisi celle ci,Shoot_Score 1 03-05 02:50
To s_a_s_h_a: Thanx Alex.Shoot_Score 1 02-12 18:37
To Alex99: ... very talented assistants ...Shoot_Score 1 02-11 15:46
To jhm: Dank je, dank je!Shoot_Score 1 02-11 02:11
To gerrit: Dank je, Gerrit...Shoot_Score 1 02-10 23:22
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To anahory: Obrigado Pedro!Shoot_Score 1 02-08 23:54
To dew77: Thanx Sebnem!Shoot_Score 1 02-08 23:50
To arfer: Artist? Nature deserved THAT credit!Shoot_Score 1 02-08 23:13
To marhowie: "cool", ...Shoot_Score 1 02-08 22:42
To wuta: Dank-je-wel...Shoot_Score 1 02-08 22:24
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To Adanac: It was shot #Shoot_Score 1 02-07 22:53
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Hi Jay,

Superb natural phenomena captured really well here Jay.
WEll done TFS

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-07 13:36]
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Hi Jay

I love it. Ice and frost formations amaze me and this is a gorgeous example. Love the colour tones and the fern like formations captured in razor sharp glory



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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-07 13:50]
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Hi Jay,
I'm impressed by the beauty of this ice fractals. Light, composition and geometry are outstanding!
Thank for sharing, José M.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-07 14:36]
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This is absolutely awesome, Jay and the fact that two folks have already chosen it as a personal favourite should tell you that too! I love the feathery curves (Lord only knows what gentle drafts of air have contributed to them).
Wonderful details

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  • Glint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 51] (315)
  • [2007-02-07 15:08]

hello Jay,
delightful and artictically displayed for us.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-07 20:56]
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Hi Jay,
Simply beautiful, THANKS

Hi Jay,
very nice frost fern fractals(say that three times fast).Excellent albeit cold subject. Bob

AWESOME composition, as well as creative inpretation of the ice image!!!
Great POV; great foreground, and guess the background just did its "thing".....

Very nice photo...............you are to be congratulated on this one!!!

Hello Jay,
You convey the winter cold very well here!
Awesome beauty is captured, the ice crystals look very good on the blue sky backdrop...
Well seen, well framed, excellent work!
Pablo -

Hi Jay
this is a outstanding photo,all the nature´s beauty is very well portrayted here...what a delicate ice sculpture and what beautiful almost abstract picture you captured!
winter really has his own beauty and I thank you for this absolutely magnificent moment!
best regards

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-08 4:36]
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Hello Jay,
Magnificent and unusual capture again.Well seen and composed.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.POV,lighting and framing are also excellent.
Have a great day!

Hello Jay,
chillingly, flesh creepingly beautiful, those fractals of ice in front of a distant winter landscape! This is a masterpiece of subtle colours, atmospheric depth, and a relaxed composition in perfect harmony.
I might prefer to enjoy this beautiful image without any text written in the border below as that takes away some of the concentration and meditative silence.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hi Jay,
This is "cool", I like it :)
The crystals are well detailed and exposed nicely. I think the OOF BG enhances the capture here as well.
Nice work!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-08 9:27]

Hi Jay,
Very creative :o) I liked your composition, your subject and the light. Well done.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-08 15:10]
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Hoi Jay , Beautifull shot again , beauty colours tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-08 22:44]
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Hello Jay

Wow you certainly are an artist with this subject.The ice patterns and lighting are beautiful.A very unique medium and posting.TFS


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  • gerrit (26)
  • [2007-02-10 15:15]
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Hi Jay,
extra-ordinairy and beautiful shot. Nature's handwritng on glass.
Regards, Gerrit

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-02-11 2:08]
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Hi Jaak,

Dit is gewoon subliem, wat de natuur kan verwezelijken, dit is lang geleden dat ik dergelijk mooi onderwerp zag, fantastisch gedaan, met scherpheid om u tegen te zeggen.
Mooi gedaan.

Prettig weekend,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-11 13:57]
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Hi Jay.
You have very talented assistants who help you to take nice pictures. I really know their names. They are Frost and Nature. Amazing patterns and their reproduction. BRAVO and TFS.

P.S. Spiders will be back.

Hi Jay,
It's another one beautiful artwork, I think more better then "Icedancers at Dawn".

Good work

Wow ! Super photo... one of the things I miss here in the Thames Valley... never gets really cold here... rare event for it to drop below freezing... No Jack Frost.. sigh.

Great lighting, glistening off of and highlighting the patterns. TFS.. and thanks for the very informative notes.

hello Jay
de toutes tes photos, j'ai choisi celle ci, le givre est magnifique, une belle netteté aussi
une photo assez pure

bonjour jay
avec cette photo vous nous montrez encore une des merveille de la nature,avec en plus l'arriere plan qui rajoute de la couleur.
bravo et merci.

They look like winter palm trees.
So peaceful and vivid.

Amazing capture; too good.

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