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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-14
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 18mm-55mm f/3.5 - f/5.6
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-02-15 0:27
Viewed: 4484
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In France - or at least in the part of France where I live - Spring is still far FAR away. We have snow, ice, cold and grey weather, and temperatures never climbing above 0°C. Sometimes it can look a bit depressing, but on the other hand, if you find courage to go out in spite of the cold there will be plenty of photo opportunities.

Yesterday, when I went out with my camra, I realized everything was full of icicles. They were everywhere : on trees, on fences, on cars... It was so beautiful to watch, and I took several pictures - most are not so beautiful, but I rather like this one. It was a tiny icicle, compared to some others, but it was looking pretty, and the moss adds a ice touch of color.

If you look at the two WS pictures, you will see on WS # 1 a group of icicles, much bigger than the one on the main picture (the longest was almost 30 cm long), and on WS # 2 you will see how hard life can get for the water birds, during winter.

Anyways, flowers and butterflies are still a far-away event, so for now I have to be happy with such kind of pictures.

I hop you'll enjoy them...

horias, eng55, maurydv, siggi, CeltickRanger, jusninasirun, roges, nglen, Mello, Noisette, boreocypriensis, jaycee, zulfu, sandpiper2, Hormon_Manyer, Alex99, tuslaw has marked this note useful
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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-15 0:41]

Hello Valerie
I like the texture and the colors of your shot!
You have right, the icicles is everywhere.

Ciao Valerie, beautiful and original composition with ice, wonderful light, splendid colors, great sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-15 0:56]

Hi Valerie,
Very beautiful capture.Well seen and composed.
Sharpness,details,POV and visual impact are
perfect.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

Hello Valérie!

Indeed, also in my country spring is far away... and this makes me happy! I love the winter season so much! Well, that's also a reason to like your picture of this icicle. I like the simplicity of the subject very much and find it quite symbolic how the icicle connects the trunk to the moss.

Kind regards


Ciao Valerie,
une image pleine d'atmosphère avec de belles et naturelles couleurs, ajoutant à l'impression mélancolique, une composition subtile et poétique.
Merci et félicitaions.
Je te souhaite une bonne semaine
Ciao Maurizio

Hey Valerie!
This is a wonderful image and i love the concept and you are pursuing a king of photography which very few people do, excellent
Goutham R

Hy Valerie
Even in Belgium spring is far far away! We have snow, ice, evrything! Interesting composition, a miniatural and ephemeral column;
All the best,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-15 3:59]

Hello Valerie,
this is to, an artistic shot. Great sharpness, composition and pov.I like the idea a lot.
Best regards Siggi

bonjour Valérie

superbe ce glaçon formé à partir de l'écorce d'arbre qui donne une
photo d'ambiance, prise par un excellent POV et cadrage approprié
pour présenter cela, superbe focus netteté et détails,
j'aime également la photo des oies, TFS


Hi Valérie.

Excellent shot at this icicle.
Beautiful choice of tall frame of the flow from the log to the ground.
Well metered exposure with fine details.

TFS and best regards,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-15 9:50]

Bonsoir Valerie,
Exceptionnel cette macro.
Exceptionnel couleurs et les détails sont présentés.
Salutations amicales,

hello Valerie
very good composition with nice light and beautiful colours
great shot Valerie
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-15 10:12]

Hi Valerie . It sounds as if you are still having some cold weatehr. But as you say still worth going out with the camera. This is a beautiful picture of the ice from the wood down onto the moss. Taken with good detail and bright colours. Well taken TFs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-15 10:48]

Hello Valerie,
Original photo in great beauty. Your choice of POV and composition was great. Beautiful natural colours. Artistic photo, I like it.

Hi Valerie
Très esthétique ce glacon avec cette belle lumière et ses reflets interessants.Elle est Vraiment spécial ta prise . Félicitation...JP

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-02-15 13:11]

Hello Valérie,
I saw your 3 versions about icicles, but I never saw a natural one personaly. Anyway, you can be happy because you did a good job. Nice shots and nice note too and now I already saw an icicles by your lens.
TFS and have a nice week. Thanks for your kind comment in my last post too.
Best wishes,

Salut Val
très jolie composition hivernale, la nature nous offre parfois des tableaux merveilleux comme ce glaçon qui relie la mousse au tronc d'arbre
la belle luminosité sur le glaçon contraste bien avec le fonds noir
les photos dans le WS sont superbes aussi
Félicitations Jacqueline

Hi Val,

I'd say you took a nice fantastic view from nature!
You've managed to focus in on the icicle very nicely. Nice balanced exposure too.
TFS and have a nice nigt MF!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-15 15:33]

Hi Valerie,

I haven't seen an icicle last night since my one and only winter trip to Colorado. You were so lucky to find one in a nice setting like this. This might be smaller than the others but it is quite impressive and you captured it well.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-15 21:10]

Hello Valerie, excellent and fantastic macro shot with nice composition and great details.
TFS and G's,

Hi Valerie

Great series of shots from your cold neighbourhood. I can't imagine living somewhere where the temperature doesn't get above zero. Good on you for going out and finding beauty in the cold. I feel sorry for the poor geese, but I guess they have evolved to cope with those conditions. Good composition.


Bonjour Valérie,

Although spring's still far away, winter has its own wonder. Your pic is a beautiful play of lights and colors, a very interesting detail photo with an ice formation - a symphony of icicle. Pleasant to my eyes, and the WS photos are superb, too. Merci beaucoup.

Spring's still far from here, too, but the weather forecast says there will be around 10 Celsius degrees (plus) on the next week, so I hope... I like snowy winters, but this time I feel it was enough. :)

Friendly regards and hugs, László

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-02-26 9:21]

Hi Valerie.
We have not any icicle this winter absolutely. You have found a very attractive even art subject and managed to create a sweet pictorial shot. Details and colours as well as vertical composition of the image are amazing. Thanks a lot and best wishes.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 281 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-14 19:41]

Hello Valerie,
A perfectly composed image showing the wonderful art work that nature produces. Love the fine detail and great exposure you managed to capture. I certainly hope spring will soon arrive in your area, it is just now starting to get a little nicer here in Ohio.

Hello Valérie,

A lovely detail from nature!
When walking around it is important to keep eyes open, as there always are so many interesting details to observe (and photograph for that matter)...
This is a pleasant still life, well framed with good details!

Pablo -

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