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Icy beauty

Icy beauty
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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: 2008-02-19
Categories: River
Camera: Sony A700
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Abstract ice formations [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-29 11:58
Viewed: 4027
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all!

It's still winter, isn't it? From the photographical point of view, as far as I'm concerned, it could be winter the whole year.

I discovered this leaf taken in a couple of different layers of ice and immediatly was fascinated by the image it offered to me. Packed in the ice, it looks ethernal, as if it would go on living, although it's death since a couple of weeks and unable to breath.

It fascinates me that simple things, depending on the way one looks at them, can get unexpected dimensions: a faded leaf and some ice can become beautiful and can initiate thoughtful moments. How can a dirty spot in the fade light of a pale winter sun offer me such a beauty?

Kind regards


N.B. I first had some problems when I wanted to take the picture. The autofocus was in trouble because of the uneven surface. You must imagine, although it may not be evident on the picture, that the surface is made of ice. I finally could set the focus on the leaf. The slight blurred effect that remains is natural and due to the icy surface.

RAW, level corrections, attenuation of the bright tones in PS, sharpness, crop and jpg for TN.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-29 12:23]

Hi Markus. Once again you have seen somthing i would have walked by. you use your eyes to the best and see things of beauty. your picture ful of detail and shapes. the leaf and ice together look like a shell to me. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend .

You are still the master of this genre...Someone else did one, not as this, but in your style..I think we might have to name this style after you in some way...fantastic...there are actually folks, like me and a couple of others who are play8ing with this patterns in nature with emotional elements!

Hello my dear friend Markus,
A true naturalist photographer on this site to have the beauty of mother nature well captured and apprciated! my compliment!
we will never notice the true art and beauty like this except through your beautiful vision that sharing with us!
it's so impresssive to see the dead leaf covered with layers of ice!
my respected artist from the wonderful country of Switzland!
have a wonderful weekend, Markus!
regards from Tony

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-29 14:51]

Hi Markus

ANother superb shot with excellent detail, revealing the true beauty of ordinary things.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-01 0:39]

Hi Markus,
Very artistic shot and you have portrayed a natural phenomenon of nature so beautifully. Very impressive sharpness and I like your top POV to create this fascinating work of art. It always is a pleasure to see these kind os images and you have mastered it so well. Excellent composition. Kudos.

Hello Markus,

Very well-composed picture. Great sharpness. I like the 3D effect. There is a twig on the left of the leaf, and I am not sure it would be so beautiful without it. Very nice colour.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-01 2:43]
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Hi Markus

I like this one the best out of all you abstract ice shots :)
You saw this leaf under the ice very well and you managed to take a very good photo of this interesting formation that it produces.
I know this is a leaf, but to me it also looks like a beautiful shell - you know the one with the wavy shape that can sometimes contain pearls :)
Anyway, the 3D shape and effect here are fantastic and very well rendered in your image.
I also like how you've managed to light and the focus too - spot on...exactly how i would have tried it.
The DOF is very good too and it reproduces everything in the frame with great details, while the natural colors are charming and enhance this slippery maze nicely.

Bravo and TFS

PS: ok....let's make a deal: you keep your winter there while i can have a nice early and warm spring here :))

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-01 3:27]

I don't like it...

... I love it!
Once again you have proved yourself to have such an exceptional eye for a photo. Like Nick said, I would have walked by this without a second thought!
Wow what clarity and detail this photo has! We can see each trapped air bubble with superb sharpness.
Very good composition.
Perfect light.
Thanks very, very much for sharing this Markus!

Hi Markus,
J'aime beaucoup tès artidtique original les couleurs et la composition sont excellents.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-01 18:21]

Hello Markus

Another work of art!
Beauty can be found all around us if we just look,you are very good at doing this.
The iced leaves have an almost fossil like look.
The frozen in time feel is super.
Well seen and thought out.


Yes it is still winter! I can tell that you like winter's patterns. This one is especially nice. I love the repeating leaf edge pattern.

Evelynn : )

Décidemment, la nature nous fournit de bien beaux tableaux.
Bonne journée.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-02 11:29]

Hello Markus,
Another fascinating work of art from you! Wonderful patterns and colours. I really like the wavy pattern by the leaf. Very well observed and captured!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-03 2:44]

Hi Markus,
i enjoy seeing the world through your eyes, it gives a different persoective on things. As always, a well seen concentration on a small part of natures bigger picture. Great detail and exposure, very well done.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-03-03 4:31]

Interesting picture. So many colors, so fantastic image. Well done Markus!

Hi Markus,
A beautiful capture showing the frozen leaf. Very good patterns and lovely artistic capture. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Markus,

as I always say you go for something new every time. This time you captured something very frozen (ok, evident), but still looking like a movement! It looks as if it was just falling into the water leaving weaves behind...
And the always touching presentation, TFS!

Best regards,

Hi Markus,

Your images of leaves in the ice are simply stunning. They look good compressed and reduced for TN, but the originals nicely printed, must be stunning. Perfect abstract, lovely colours and so well seen. You have made me long for a return to icy-cold mornings, which is really a mark of how good these images are.


Hi Markus.I.m not so long time on TN,but what I see is very surprising.Its wonderfull what you REALY see.A great compliment.Greetings Willy...

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