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Golden Dream - for Bob

Golden Dream - for Bob
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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: 2009-01-31
Camera: Sony A700, Minolta 100 f2,8 Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Abstract ice formations, TN Classics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-08 6:10
Viewed: 4125
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all!

I would like to dedicate this picture to our friend Bob Shannon to thank him for his contribution here on TN and for his encouraging words on my pictures.

Yesterday and today winter came back in our country as in many other places, too. I made two ski hiking tours with my son and we had quite harsh conditions: snowfall, wind and sometimes fog. But the effort we had to provide was well recompensed: the 50-70cm of fresh powder snow made us shout out loud of joy during the downhill.

The only disadvantage of this situation is that my camera stayed at home waiting in the dry for better days. So I decided to present you this picture that I took a couple of days ago in the bed of the River Ärgera during one of my favourite "ice expeditions". It was not easy to move in the narrow river bed and I had to well observe the steep slopes covered with a thick layer of snow in order to estimate the danger of avalanches. It was also hard to progress in the icy and snowy conditions. But, again, the effort was worth it... from my point of view, of course. I could take a series of pictures that make me dream.

And isn't it very important to keep dreaming in our rough world and society? For me it is, and nobody else than mother nature can take me so easily away into the fabulous world of dreams.

Now Bob, I hope and wish that you and your wife also will have a fine dream when looking at this picture.

Kind regards


Taken in RAW, basic level corrections in Camera RAW before the import to PS, then level corrections, pronounced attenuation of the bright tones, little saturation and sharpness.

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Hello Markus,
tout simplement magnifique.
Superbe photo avec une très belle lumière.
Well done

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-08 6:52]

Tu as vraiment l'oeil pour ces photographies abstraites, Markus, on croirait même que c'est éclairé du dessous. C'est fantastique, tout simplement, j'adore le choix de composition, les effets de lumière et d'ombre, la texture de la glace qu'on pourrait palper. C'est inspirant et oui, porte à rêver de beauté. Merci!


Hi Marcus
Another beauty in your collection of textures of nature. Great colors, beautiful mosaic. Great idea, perfect realisation

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-02-08 7:48]

This is very impressive. Use of gold color instead of the expected gray/blue was really a good idea! Gary

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-08 8:09]

Hi Markus.
Touching dedication, very interesting note and amazing as usual art picture from you. It is clear that ice pattern is wonderful and you have reproduced it brilliantly. Bur I especially like two plans of the subject: first is ice and second one is under the ice. Illumination of the second plan with its lights and shadows is so impressive as a main object. Well done and best wishes.

Crystallized ice pictures somehow sooth my feelings Markus, your captures also look like abstract paintings. Thanks for this one also my friend, I just altered the colours slightly in my WS to reach cooler tones, hope you don't mind...

Hallo Markus,

nur schnell einen Abstecher in die TN Gallerie und schon bin ich wieder bei einem Deiner Eiswunder angelangt. Herrlich gelungen, das Licht ist ja phantastisch. Sehr schön finde ich auch die Widmung an Bob.

Beste Grüsse

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-08 10:50]

Hi Markus. A nice dedication to Bob Iam sure he will love it. Today you show us ice which is touched with gold. When i first saw it i thought it was hair. This is beautiful. well done TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-08 12:53]

Hi Markus,
Excellent close up.Well seen and composed.Sharpness,lighting and visual impact are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Markus!
Perfectly taken shot of these golden ice crystals with nice composition, nice pov and good lighting. Nice dedication too.
TFS and Have a nice new week MF!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-02-08 21:40]

Hello Markus,
What a golden piece of art you share with us here Markus. The ice crystal are wonderful, you have captured mother natures beauty once more Markus, thank you.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-08 22:20]
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Hi Markus,
Outstanding image and you have yet again created an artistic masterpiece. Superb lighting effects and the details on the ice are just magnificent. It takes keen eyes to spot these and immanse skill to captured them and you fortunately have both qualities. We, at TN, are so privileged to have you among us and I, in particular, am enjoying these art forms to the fullest.

* You should try to hold an exhibition of these pictures in your place, will be appreciated by everyone.

Hello Markus,
A beautiful capture and dedication for Mr. Bob. Excellent art work on ice. Many thanks for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-09 4:17]

Hello Markus,
When I first saw this I thought of the kind of frosted glass that is sometimes used in bathroom windows but then those mass-produced sheets of glass have a repeated regularity in the pattern.
This ice pattern is not at all regular, infact the ice patterns are very irregular sharp crystalline shapes and the warm yellowish colours coming from the river bed through the ice are, as you say, like gold. The effect is exquisite!
It reminds me that ice crystals are never regular or repeated, each one is unique, as are snow crystals. The wonders of nature!
Thanks and best regards,

I truly enjoy your "ice" work Markus, another fine image in the series.
Nature's "stained" glass window into the land of dreams, and only the most discerning minds need apply ;-)
Well done!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-09 7:21]
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Lieber Markus,
Welch ein schöner Kontrast zu Deiner Symphonie in Blue! Dass die Aegera auch golden wirken kann, hatte ich bei unserem Ausflug bemerkt. Und mit dem Eis, sieht es noch spezieller aus. Das WS gefällt mir auch nicht, habe mit diesem WSKünstler auch schon argumentiert.
Herzlichen Dank für diese feine Komposition
Liebe Grüsse

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-09 11:03]

Fino pov y composición,
formas, dibujos texturas...
de alta calidad,
bellos tonos amigo Markus.

ciao Markus!
un altro delizioso astratto naturale che il nostro amico gelo ti ha confezionato....
colorazione calda e segmenti di cristallo
contribuiscono alla bellezza di questo post
che hai saputo cosi' bene proporci...
complimenti ancora!!! sERGIO

Hello Markus,

I enjoyed reading your notes as well as looking at your photograph. If we had snow, as we have had this year, then I feel I might become interested in the possibility of ski-ing!
The pattern of the crystals and the varied colour tones are remarkable.
This is a very rare subject but an interesting one.

I found myself looking for comparisons: it looks like straw, it looks like coarse fabric, it is an abstract painting. This is the beauty of photography, and all art forms, in that it can be interpreted in many different ways.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Markus,
Beautiful abstract painting.
Could be antique glass as well.
Well done

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2009-02-10 10:09]

Hi markus.

Nice capture, beautiful warm golden tones. Sounds like it was quite hazardous to get this shot with the risk of avalanche and all. But well worth the effort.
I love the fine patterns and details.




Congratulations on the fresh snow and a good day with you son. Those are truly Golden Moments.

This abstract shot has a lot to look at. I do like you gold rendition. Your ice pictures are very soothing to look at if I don't think about how you got them.

Always be safe down their on the ice so we can enjoy your work in the future.

Take care and thanks again - Bob

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-10 11:35]
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Hello Markus,
This is a beautiful pattern made up of ice crystals in interesting shapes. I would have guessed the colour was partly due to acidity of the water as is common here in the forests. It looks very natural, beautiful and golden to me.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2009-02-10 23:17]

Etonnantes et inhabituelles couleurs bien contrastées.
Bonne journée

Bonjour Markus,
C'est une autre petite œuvre d'art que tu nous présentes ici. J'aime bien les tons cuivrés, la lumière et les détails précis qui nous laissent voir de formidables motifs abstraits. Je peux presque toucher la texture de la glace. Encore une fois, ton œil artistique nous présente un phénomène qui aurait pu pour la majorité d'entre nous, passer inaperçu, bravo!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-12 4:24]

Hi Markus,
for me your eyes are nuetrally natural with nature. What you see is what in the real world.
So I really appreciate you comment and tips for my improvement.
Youre also technically very good in controlling the quality of what you shoot.
Thanks for this difficult technology transfer. Im learning a lot from you - technicality, and nature.


Hi Markus,

You present a unique nature elements to us and beautiful indeed.From the thumbnail, we already know this is Markus, its your trademark in TN and really enjoy like that...i am sure Bob like it. Also miss your panorama ;-].TFS.


Olá Markus

Gosto muito deste tipo de fotografia...gosto do abstrato, das cores diferentes, da textura e tudo isso encontro nesta linda imagem.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-15 12:19]

Hello Markus !
Another one from you which is incredibly beautiful ! I love the shapeof this ice formation, just as much as I love the golden color, and the light playing on it. Nature is the greatest of all artists, and you managed to reproduce it so beautifully for us - well worth the effort, in my opinion too. Very well done !

You are indeed a thoughtful person. And you know how I love to mix in a natural artwork, but can only do in my own style. Your style is superior even to my own minds thoughts...I see many others mentioning you now..and also a few times some are taking lessons in their own private ways..as they also have this special knowledge of patterns in organic energy...something only a special person can se and understand! Thanks ever so much Markus. I am humbled.

seems like a contemporary art painting
i love it...add it to my favourite

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