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The Tear / For Bob

The Tear / 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: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-28
Camera: Sony Alpha 900, Minolta 100 f2,8 Macro
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): automnal compo! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-02 8:00
Viewed: 3360
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear friends!

When I saw Bob’s last posting (The Perch Eternal) and after having read his deep notes, I knew I wanted to present you this picture. Bob described the life and the sense of the existance of the leaf he had photographed.

I had the encounter with this leaf last Wednesday, a couple of hours before I had to go to hospital for a surgery. As you can imagine, I had mixed feelings before the surgery. But the walk through the splendid autumnal forest almost took away my worries and the view of this beautiful dead leaf with the sparkling tear made me think at all these people on the world who don’t have the chance to access even to basic health care. My worries definitely flew away...

Kind regards

Taken in RAW, postprocessing in Camera Raw: colour temperature, levels, sharpness and saturation. Then import to PS, saved as TIFF, JPG for TN.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-02 8:45]

Hi Markus. A nice dedication to Bob. I hope you are ok after you surgery. You have taken a fine close up of this leaf with the rain drop . Taken with good detail and warm colours. I like the way the main leaf has light on it. well seen and taken TFS.

Hallo Markus,
dies ist ein herzergreifendes Bild zusammen mit Deinen Worten.
Ich liebe das warme Licht in Deinem Foto.
Auch hoffe ich Dir geht es gut.
Lieben Dank und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-02 9:19]

Hi Markus.
I am sure autumn for you. This season gives a lot for such creative photographer. Amazing contrast between perfectly illuminated and sharply reproduced leaf and deeply coloured and shadowed surrounding leaves. Nice composition, impressive combination of lights and colours, details and light blurriness. I also hope all is OK with you.
My warm greetings and TFS.

hello Markus
very good result with the lighting in the mainly subject, as always a artistic glance in the nature in the seasons, with very good output in warm colours a fine photo a fine dedication!
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-02 11:32]

Lieber Markus,
Bob wird sich sehr freuen, ist doch dein Bild nahe dem, was ihn auch fasziniert. Schön wie das Licht nur auf das eine Blatt fällt, auf dem sich Deine "Träne" verweilet. Melancholisches Bild, das der Jahreszeit entspricht.
Wünsche noch eine ruhige letzte Nacht im Spital.
Liebe Grüsse

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-02 12:55]

Hallo Markus,
was für ein super Bild !!! Der Herbst ist immer da durch alle Farben. Leider ist der Winter vor der Tür und morgen, übermorgen kommt schon die Schnee.
Eine schönen und angenehmen Abend,

hello Markus

un joli clin d'oeil à notre vétéran ami qu'est Bob,
Nature Morte style autumnal very beautiful photo
of these dead leafs where with your photo you
gived them life, with wonderful warm luminosity,



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-02 15:37]

Hi Markus,very nice point of view and excellent sharpness and colors,beautiful composition too.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Bonsoir Markus.

Excellente photographie de feuillage dans son élément, en autome, en litière au pied des arbres. Très bonne idée de composition et de point de vue. Les couleurs sont très belles, et font aimer l'automne, malgré, toujours, sa petite note mélancolique du temps qui s'en va.

Excellente netteté et profondeur de champ.

Merci pour ce magnifique partage.

A bientôt.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-11-02 17:17]

Hello Markus,
You post a very touching image which could easily be a tear for all mankind, who are experiencing some type of suffering or sorrow in their lives at the moment.
I can relate to your feeling as well, since I too had surgery last week to remove a lump from the right hand side of my chest. I worried about the results all week, and then Friday the Doctor told me everything was normal and the tumor was benign. Praise God!! Hope all is well with you also....

Hello Marcus,

An artistic and creative presentation!
In my opinion photography is very much about making nothing look like something, and you do just well here...
Excellent texture and pin sharp details, the subject is nicely framed!

Pablo -

Hola Markus,
como siempre asocias tu afición, muy férreamente, con tus sentimientos. La fotografía tiene eso y mucho más, a algunos inspira, a otros les hace pararse a pensar y en tu caso la explicación no deja de ser real. La captura, igual que tu pensamiento, llenos de sensibilidad; todo esto no evita en ocasiones que tus trabajos encierren un halo de misterio y de tristeza incluso, pero lo que es indudable, es que transmiten sentimientos y nos hacen pensar.
Saludos y espero que lo que nos contabas salga bien: Josep Ignasi.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-03 1:08]

Hello Markus,
A fantastic photo. I like it very much. The colours are so warm. The light on the leaf in the middle is splendid. Superb sharpness. And than one waterdrop. All in a very attractive composition.

Ciao Markus,
fantastica immagine autunnale in perfetto artistico "Still life" con uno straordinario utilizzo della luce laterale radente per esaltare gli eccellenti dettagli, molto belli e naturali i colori, una bellissima composizione ricca nelle sfumature e con la piccola goccia che ci riserva un'immagine in miniatura.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona giornata

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-03 6:21]

Hello Markus,
With this image you have captured the melancholy of Autumn, the solitary drop of water on the autumn leaf saying it all. The side lighting and the fact that the 'tear-drop' is on the lightest coloured leaf adds to the impact.
Nice tribute to our TN friend Bob and I hope your operation goes well and that you recover soon!
Thanks and best wishes,

Hello Markus
what a superb composition ! i like a lot the light colored and illuminated leaf in middle of the darker brown leaves with harmonious and warm colors
the water droplet is in french : la cerise sur le gateau !
Have a good night

Hello Markus,

another artistic picture from you.
Good pov and dof with exellent stuctures..
Fine colours.


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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-11-04 13:44]

Siemanko Markus!
Very nice autumn image, so solar and melancholy, provoking reflection.
I wish much health and the cheerfulness.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2009-11-04 18:36]

Hi Markus,
You have really good eyes for such artistic shot, yet it is all naturally made by mother nature. Excellent observation and a well executed photo, also well composed with great POV to lead our vision to the pearl of water drops, so shinny and sparkle light.
Absolutely beautiful.

This pearl drops on the leaf dry
with the light that illuminates them apart from others, has brought you well while going through the woods with his head full of questions....
I'm sure,Markus .. everything O.K.

cheers sERGIO

Hi and Good Morning Markus,

An impressive and thematic capture from Nature with perfect focus and delightful composition. Nice dedication our friend Bob!
TFS & Cheers,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-07 5:54]

Hi Markus,
the presentation is as always different from others. But the notes, I think we share the similarity. Thinking of oneself and simultaneously about other in similar situation as we are.
Very noble of you.
The leaf is one of the few differents, with the light shines on it.
May the light shines on us, and seen as the leaf..special in a way.
A lot of thanks Markus.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-11-07 9:55]

Hola Markus.
This is a truly artistic piece of art My friend, and an excellent present to Bob.
Lovely light and colours, and beautiful detail on the drop of water. I hope You feel fine by now. Take care and have a nice WE.
Luis Leal.

Excellent use of the light, great colors & tones Markus.
Hope the surgery went well for you.
I won't elaborate on the health care issue here in the U.S.
It suffices to say that our politicians are destroying a once great country with their bull.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-09 8:54]

Hello Markus,
You were very obsevant finding this beautiful leaf decorated with a fresh pearl!! It is a wonderful capture taken in good light and well composed. Great details too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Now how do I say this...
Let me not, for some things are best left unsaid, Markus!
But this much I can say, you do everything with such finesse and class, even a leaf looks classy in your shots!
Thanks so much for the share, my friend!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-11-15 9:04]

Bonjour bonjour Markus, quelle joie de te retrouver en effet. Cette photo est fantastique et j'y vois nettement la beauté des couleurs automnales, ici monochrome. La lumière est l'acteur de cette composition. J'espère que la "petite" chirurgie s'est bien passée pour toi. Alors, je semble de retour, mais j'écrirai peut-être un peu moins sur Facebook... on y fait le tour plus rapidement que sur TN. Mes salutations les plus joyeuses et cordiales, mon cher Markus,


Hi Markus

I love the colours in this shot, so many rich tones of brown and orange. the splash of light and the water droplet really add to the scene. Hope your surgery went well. I am slowly coming to terms with my health issues and not on quite such a destructive path as I was previously, but I have missed most of this autumn with my camera out of action.

Great composition as always

Bonjour Markus
J'avais raté cette larme ensoleillée, qui sur sa feuille d'automne, nous rendrait mélancolique.
merci pour ces teintes, et ce beau résultat

nice autumn pic, TFS Ori

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