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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: 2008-01-01
Camera: KonicaMinolta Dynax7D
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): gondox's favorites - abstracts and close ups [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-16 11:58
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all!

I started the new year with nothing. A good start, isn't it? Actually, there's (almost) nothing on this picture except some liters of frozen water; can they be considered as anything? And what about the sunlight and the shadow?

Nothing... or at least not much.

It's the first time I realize how beautiful nothing (or not much) can be!

Kind regards


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-16 12:02]

Hi Markus. Some time not much or nothing is all you need. yet this has so much to ofer. fine detail in the frozen water so many shapes and shadows . for one i like nothing . TFS.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-16 12:09]
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Hi Markus!
If I write my opinion about this photo in one sentence, it will be simply 'I like it very much'.

Really impressive shot. I like the shadow in the left - it seems to me that I can see a frozen planet flying somewhere in the space. What lens you used for this picture?

Very good inspiration, to photograph nothingness in all her beauty...

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-16 14:37]

Hi Markus

A very beautiful composition - it looks simple but has obviously been very carefully thought out and captured.


Hello Markus! Wonderful Nothing! Amazing composition. Very original picture. Excellent experiment. Well done!

You really are a totally abstract minimalist. Not sure I have ever really known one....

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-02-16 16:31]

Hi Markus!

Man, you are so tricky! Always coming out with something one could have never guessed... Now I can start to think what you're next picture will be about :)
Nowadays I work so much can get so tired that when I sit down to rest for a couple of minutes sometimes I suddenly realize I'm thinking of nothing. Never understood when my father told me it can happen when I was five.
Thanks for showing it is still a way of existance...

Best regards,

Hello Markus,
This is a fine image of displayed light and shadows here!
a true artisit to show the beauty of nature in it's own way
my compliment for a beautiful image from heart!
best regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-17 2:14]

Hi Markus,
what a simple yet powerful image.
The composition is fabulous!
Exceptional lighting with long shadows.
Very good clarity.
Superb work!


Très impressionnant comme photo et dire qu ec'es de la glace, trèsbien réussi, cette texture est très intéressante.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-18 1:43]

Hi Markus

What an striking abstract!
It's really strange how something that simple can make you look at it for uch a long time... :)
I LOVE the light here and the bigger and smaller shadows it creates. The intensity and angle of it are just terrific!
The composition is equally interesting and adds a bit more to the abstract of the shot.
Very nicely seen and taken, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-18 6:58]

Once again another sublime shot, instantly recognisable in your style..you present us with 'nothing' and yet fill the frame with light, shadow, the transition between the two and incredible texture... Thanks Markus, you are a breath of fresh air and give us somewhere to sit, look and think of nothing!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-19 7:57]

Bonsoir Markus, c'est génial! C'est tellement beau et c'est tellement "rien"... la lumière sur cette glace grumeleuse est superbe. Juste la texture, de la texture de bout en bout. Bien vu et comme quoi la photo, ça peut être comme le bonheur... Merci!


What interesting texture and gradation of size and light you captured here. The angle you shot this at, and the curve of the shadow, belie the subject and give it a spherical appearance. Thanks for "Nothing"!! : )

Evelynn : )

Hello Markus:

Never had seen "nothing" so nice. You have taught me what this magnificent picture of "nothing". Thanks for "nothing" friend of mine.

A hug.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-21 10:08]

Hello Markus

The texture and details are exquisite.
Wonderful use of the angled lighting.
The colours are amazing.
Super focus and sharpness.
A wonderful ,and artistic shot.


Hi markus
yes im back^^
To your picture:
very good idea you had at this shot
the pov and composition is great here
very simple actually but with the good shadows and colours its a great one
tfs and best regards Toba

Hello Markus !
Well, this one's a strange picture and that's why I like it - very unusual. Maybe this is nothing, but it's a beautiful nothing. The light and the textures are wonderful, and the composition is truly perfect. Very well done !

Hello Markus.

water is so much more than nothing.
It is the very essence of our lives.
Without it we would not exist.
Some 75% of our planet is covered in water, but only 3% of it is drinkable and 50% of that is polluted by our existence here.
It is worth so much more than all the oil and all the gold that exists, yet mankind takes it for granted that it will always be there.
So maybe sometimes what we percieve as nothing is actually everything.
Its a nice photo and it provokes good discussion.
Thanks for sharing it.



Hello Markus,
Attractive texture in the snow!
Well exposed, this fine abstraction of nature is a treat to my eyes...
Accurate framing, to catch the shapes created by the play of light!
Pablo -

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-06-17 7:16]

Hello Markus,
it is not nothing, it is really something. A real great shot of genuine serenity and excellent beauty. Great thought and wonderful idea.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-30 22:17]

Hi Markus,
Beautiful...is all i can say as i look at this very very original compositon.
Yes nothingness can be a lot ...can mean a lot...can make a lot of sense...the play of light and shade in thi creative composition that you posted to start this year.

I am delighted to have come across this one that brings out imagination at its best.Imagine this being gallons of water ..only thing being ...it is frozen and in this state water becomes a powerful medium of artistic expression.I like the the contours of the frame, the duotones and the crisp shot that has captured this moment in an excellent mood.
TFS & Cheers

Hy Markus
You really think that this is nothing?? No, this is the simplest picture that I saw in my entire life! Excelent picture!
Regards, Oana

Dear Markus,
Nice work with affective shadow.

Nice shot

Kind regards

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