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The colours of winter

The colours of winter
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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: 2008-12-03
Camera: Sony A700, Minolta 100 f2,8 Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Abstract ice formations [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-04 11:31
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 74
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Hi all!

We usually attribute white to the main colours of winter, maybe completed by grey and blue. We instinctively think at snow, ice and cloudy skies or fog.

But the winter can appear in delightfully coloured dresses, also when ice and icy surfaces are concerned. Here, at the border of the river Ärgera, a lot of stones are covered with moss and algae. Even in winter, when there's less water in the river, its level changes during the day. This allows the cold to act as an artist and to create beautiful shapes and patterns and to highlight a great variety of colour tones.

Taken in RAW, basic level corrections in Camera Raw before the import in PS; level corrections, attenuation of the bright tones, saturation (little) and sharpness.

Kind regards


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bonjour markus
les cristaux de glaces ne sont pas frequent sur TN et ce que j'aime sur cette photo ce sont les couleurs que cette glace laisse transparaitre.
une tres bonne idée.

Hi Markus, I like a lot this splendid abstract by nature with fantastic light and wonderful colors, great composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-12-04 12:00]

Bonsoir Markus,

Un vrai tableau qu'on ne se lasserait pas de regarder! J'aime beaucoup le mélange de formes et de couleurs. Très bonne reproduction des textures.
Bonne soirée,

another excellent macro textures Markus ..... now the winter has started building its fabulous abstract superimposing the ice upon the leaves of the previous season
compliments great work sERGIO

Merhaba Markus,yine ilginç bir çekim,kışı hissettiren bir kare.Buzlar ilginç bir görüntü oluşturmuş,soyut çalışma tadında,ellerine sağlık :)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-04 12:41]

Hello Markus,
During a lot of years we were travelling every summer to Switzerland. We have enjoyed the beauty of your country during the numberless walks through the mountains. Wallis and Berner Oberland were our favourite regions. And indeed we enjoyed the details in the landscape.
And that's what I admire in your brilliant photos, such as this one. What a fantastic colours and composition! Thanks.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-04 12:44]

Hello Markus,
Ötzi has nothing on you! You are the master Iceman!
The shape, colours and composition of these ice crystals are a joy to view, a wonderful way of depicting the transition from autumn to winter.
Great to see and thank you!
Kind regards,

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-12-04 12:56]

Lieber Markus,

Du musst für Deine Meisterwerke nicht mehr weit suchen, Du bleibst gleich in Tentlingen. Wie immer bei Dir: schön gemacht, sehenswert, beneidenswert. Aufgepasst: es ist an dem Ort, wo Du die Aufnahme gemacht hast, nicht einmal ausgeschlossen, dass Du auf eine Gämse triffst (nur im Winter allerdings).

Herzlich grüsst


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-04 13:05]

Hi Markus,

What a beautiful abstract painting this is. You call cold the artist - in my opinion it is you who is the artist. You have the wonderful ability to see the beauty in what most of us would overlook. Colors, details, and textures are just magnificent. Thank you for allowing me to see through your eyes.


Gee... all those straight lines and angles make this a dynamic abstract composition. The colors and textures are super also. Good observation and nicely captured...

I wonder if a frame other than stark black and white might work also. It is the the high contrast between the black and the white that draws me away from your photo. It's probably just my eyes and personal opinion. It is the same thing I was trying to convey in my last critique. I tried a workshop to show what I mean. I basically eliminated the white.

Evelynn : )

The crystalline look is very enchanting...I am fond of some leaded crystal which ice can mimic at times...mostly in cobalt-alike blue and such but this one is very different! Love it!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-12-04 17:54]

This is wonderful, Markus... Such an original piece. : )
Intriguing composition with the striated ice sheaths.
The lighting is perfect, exposing the translucence of the ice AND the rich colors of the vegetation.
A real work of art.
TFS. : )

Very nice arrangement of ice and vegetation, Markus.
Seen with an artist's eye and composed with outstanding technical skill.
I like the colours of winter here and agree with you that winter is not altogether dull.
TFS and regards.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-04 23:32]

Hi Markus

A wonderful shot - great detail and composition.


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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-12-05 0:23]

Hello Markus,

This is a very interesting shot of the leaves covered in thick frost/ice. It actually gave me the chills ;-). This is a very good abstract picture Markus. The details are splindid along with the patterns and cracks and lines on the frost. Excellent lighting, sharpness and focusing. This is a well composed shot with a nice POV. Well Done. TFS.


Hi Markus
It is probably the best shot in your art-nature serie. Great varity of texture and colors, perfect realisation of subject. Good sharpness. Nothing to critique

Ciao Markus,
un'altra splendida macro di questo fantastico gioco di forme e colori creato dalla natura che cogli sempre con grande maestria fotografica e che ci restituisci con immagini di grande sensibilità poetica, eccellente la definizione e magnifici i colori.

Dear Markus ,
What a nice macro.It is great with excellent details.

Best wishes

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-05 2:25]

Hallo Markus,
Zu diesem Bild möchte ich Dir speziell gratulieren! Eindrücklich diese Farben und Formen und dazu ist es Natur pur, es brauchte aber das menschliche Auge um den passenden Ausschnitt auszuwählen. Ich hätte dich gerne gesehen, als Du dieses Motiv sahst!
Nochmlas bravo und einen fröhlichen Tag

Bonjour Markus

Image fabuleuse. Jeu de textures et de couleurs à la fois original et esthétique. Photo artistique qui révèle un vrai regard!

A wonderfully beautiful shot of winter's crystaline touch. Just outstandingly seen and captured. TFS Markus... :)


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-05 12:52]

Hi Marcus. Once again this is your time of year when the snow and icetake over. But this just gives you more things to take picture of. This is somthing different the paterns and shapes in the ice is like modern art. With so many shades of green. well done TFS.
Nick.. Have a nice weekend.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-12-05 12:53]

Wow Markus, these just get better and better! This shot shows how at home you are in the ice and snow...amazing display of natures building and design. The leaf in the top right really helps keep it in context...and the details are excellent. Great work as ever my friend.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-05 23:46]

Hi Markus

Another very interesting photo from you and another abstract view of the nature that allows us to explore our imagination and to just relax looking at a photo for minutes!
I love the perfectly straight lines here - they are geometrically impeccable and i love seeing that in nature.
I also like that you have a leaf in the corner of the frame - which in turn also have its straight lines to show off.
All these textures and small details make us look closely when we pass through a park or in a forest near some elements we would normally exclude.
Great job and thanks for this!

Bravo and TFS

This is just beautiful, Markus!
A montage of different colours and textures, skilfully composed into a photograph!
Nothing is better than Nature for beauty!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Markus,
Wonderful image, I like it a lot.
I think the stones, moss & algae have brought in some interesting color & depth, transforming the shot..It's magic! :)
Very well done,

Hola Markus, como en ocasiones anteriores nos mustras los caprichos del hielo, aunque esta vez con la variente de los colores vegetales del fondo. Sea como fuere creo que es un bello y armónico conjunto. Técnicamente se ve bien enfocado, encuadrado y con buena luz. Un bonito trabajo y veo interesante el seguir tus experiencias en la naturaleza en esta época del año.
Saludos y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-06 13:57]

That's amazing!!
Incredible clarity.
The patterns are so cool!
Very good lighting.

Very well done,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-07 6:12]

Hi Markus.
Once more unusual and very attractive subject from your. "Winter" colours are represented by the nice and creative way. Impressive combination of cold ice and sharp ice shapes with alive colour palette of the leaf carpet. Thanks for charming art shot taken with high skill. My kind wishes and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-07 8:08]

Hello Markus,
I'm sorry to have missed this wonderful capture of thin ice covering the vegetation.
Beautiful patterns and colours in a very fine composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Markus,

A fine natural composition with splendid colours, details, sharpness, nice DOF and POV.
TFS and cheers,


Bonjour Markus
Bravo pour ces magnifiques paillettes de glace.
Belle réussite

Hello Markus,

Fantastic work.
Beautiful colours with excellent details.
Lighting and definition are splendid.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-08 5:09]

Hi Markus,
thanks for the response on my another bird shot :) . Yes, as far as what I did during the shooting, i beieve it is Ok. Now when Ivan Kruys describe to me the possibilities, I think the puzzle is getting into its place. i dont blame the apparatus but I think i know now. Thanks youre one of the contributors to my solving the puzzle. Thanks.
My conscience still want me to upload it.
I like the colours of crystals. So this one make me like it very much. Other than that I can explain. It is just simply very attractive to me.Thanks.


Bonjour Markus
Tres belle vue de ces cristaux de glace, belle composition.
felicitation et bonnes fetes de Noel

Hallo Markus,
zauberhafte Komposition von weichen organischen Formen und harten Kristallen. Wunderbare Pallette aus warmem Ocker, sanftem Grün und eisigem Grau. Dokument einer außergewöhnliche Begabung, das Außerordentliche im Alltäglichen zu sehen und festzuhalten.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

Dear Markus,
This is amazing shot with excellent details, sharpness, tones of colors & a perfect abstract to highlight the winter in most glorified way. I appreciate your crisp notes. TFS.

Next impressive ice photo from you. Great close-up and sharpness, and intersting 'lined' forms of ice of course. Good eye, congrats,

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  • danar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 17] (273)
  • [2009-02-17 15:12]

Hello Markus

It's a very interesting and strange photo, for me but very attractive. I really like the colors and the ice's shapes.


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