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Elephants' Paradise

Elephants' Paradise
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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: 2010-02-27
Camera: Sony Alpha 900, Minolta 100 f2,8 Macro, Kenko Extension Tube 25
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-03-06 0:40
Viewed: 4325
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 64
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Hi all!

Elder elephants retire in marshy and swampy regions where they can find tenderer food. At the age of about 60 elephants have lost their teeth and the ritirement in the swamps is the consequence of this. There they finally die and the fact that elephants have retired over and over again in the same swampy regions has originated the legend of the elephants' graveyards.

But its not a legend - and my picture proves this - that the elephants' Paradise is in Switzerland, in the bed of my home river Ärgera, where they briefly make their apparition during very cold weather...

Kind regards


Taken in RAW, basic postprocessing like colour temperature, levels, sharpness and dynamic range in Camera RAW; import to PS CS4 and final adjustments.

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Ah quelle magie Markus!
C'est tout un monde que l'on découvre dans cette rivière... La composition est fabuleuse. En plus de l'éléphant, on découvre une falaise végétale, des gorges mystérieuse, des roches rondes, une mine d'or... et un animal étrange aux grandes oreilles et au museau applati, juste derrière l'éléphant... J'adore! Bon weekend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-06 1:10]

Hello Markus,
Once again a fantastic photo. The colours are so beautiful. The lines and structures are great. So this is a brilliant composition. Excellent sharpness and even a very good DOF.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-03-06 1:46]

Hello Markus.

Very well seen this sculpture. I think the elephants are really happy to walk around in such a beautiful surrounding.
Thank you very much for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

Süper ve çok doğal, sanatsal bir çalışma.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-03-06 2:13]

Hi Markus,
Ice, artwork ...
Natural composition.Frame and details are excellent.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-06 3:06]

Hi Markus
Today is easy for me, because I see very well one of the elephant!
The silhouette is great!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-06 3:51]

Lieber Markus,
Wirklich erstaunlich die Vielfalt in dieser Eiswelt! Man kann ja fast alles finden, der reinste Eiszoo. Aber ein Elefantenparadies in der Aegera, das werden die Leute der Umgebung nicht wirklich glauben :-) Und wer den Elefanten hier nicht sieht, muss ja blind sein. Wieder ein schönes Eiskunstwerk mit höchst interessanten Formen und subtiler Färbung, wie es nur die Natur hervorbringen kann.
Wünsche ein schönes Wochenende
Herzliche Grüsse

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-06 4:07]

Hallo Markus,
Nette info- zu Ihren Foto die ich mit Interesse gelesen habe. Plastisches Bild wie die von den Elefanten ist eine Seltenheit. Wenn man etwas nähe eis Fläche betrachtet ist die immer mehr oder wenige geometrisch. Die gesamte Serie ist außergewöhnlich und hoch interessant. Grüße, Siggi

Hi Markus

Very clever. A wonderful icey composition, well done.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-06 4:23]

Hi Markus.
Once more unique work of Nature. Unbearable combination of colours and light tones, surprising alive texture and highest quality of a reproduction of the splendid ice pattern. Bravo, Bravo and once more Bravo.

Ciao Markus,
altra fantastica immagine, in cui ti fai eccellente interprete di questi meravigliosi ricami che la Natura ci regala, straordinaria nitidezza e splendidi colori, i giochi di luci e ombre rendono ancor più bella questa stupenda presentazione, arguta anche la metafora del titolo.
Grazie e complimenti
Buon pomeriggio e buona domenica
Con amicizia

'Little Elephant Trapped in a Labyrinth" is the caption to this picture that automatically came to my mind, Markus. Gestalt at work, I suppose.
This is yet another super image of the frozen world. The textures in the entire frame are truly beautiful.
Thanks for giving the opportunity to view your fantastic creations once again.

Una macro eccezionale dove si perde il senso delle dimensioni. Potrebbe essere stata scatata anche dentro una grotta. Solito eccellentedettaglio e fantastico gioco di lucue.


Das wird ja immer besser, Markus, jetzt findest Du schon Elefanten im Eis - ein Mammut, ok, aber dieser Elefant?!? Hast Du schon herausfinden können, ob es ein afrikanischer oder asiatischer ist? Anhand der Ohrengröße könnte es ein asiatischer sein ;-)
Suuuuper Schuß, tolles Motiv, bin wirklich wieder mehr als begeistert, vielen Dank
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Markus, elephant in Switzerland, amazing capture!
An other splendid and original composition with fantastic design, superb sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Markus
very nice picture with great sharpness and beautiful light
i can see the elephant very good in the ice
great colours
greeting lou

hello Markus,
your glance is incredible, gives us a very beautiful travel in forms and in the feelings of one natural factitious, great photo!
"keep photographing!" TFS

scoprire il paradiso africano con un elefante dietro la roccia e l'altro che barrisce
in un fazzoletto di fiume ghiacciato e' un altra meraviglia che solo tu riesci cosi'
bene a trovare....altro gioiello nella tua galleria,Markus
grazie per queste delizie grafiche ciao sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-03-06 14:50]

Salut Markus,j'ai plus de mots pour commenter tes oeuvres artisitique...l'elephant de glace est incroybale....comme toute la composition...c'est tres important avoir entre nous un artiste si original,different et de grande classe....merci encore une fois de partager...bonne Dimanche,LUCIANO

Buen trabajo Markus; una fotografía con algunas características similares a la anterior, sobre todo en luces y tonalidades, aunque esta con menos contundencia en las formas que la anterior.
Otra bonita creación tuya.
No quiero insistir en el tema de Dalí jeje pero los elegantes eran un tema muy recurrente de este pintor.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Hi dear Markus ,
Once again a wonderful photo.
This is lovely and nice elephant.
Lovely idea from you.

Kind regards

"Es stapft ein großer Elefant
allein durch das Savannenland.
Er war im Kopf nicht klug.

Die Elf, so sprach er aufgebracht,
erinnert mich an Fasenacht
mit fadem Biergeruch.

Ich wollte', ich wär' ein Zwölefant,
mit Elefanten nicht verwandt,
das wäre mir genug.

So ging er hin zum Amtsgericht,
doch helfen konnten die ihm nicht,
die Zwölf ein anderer trug.

Es war der Hirsch bei seiner Balz,
der trug die Zwölf auf seinem Hals
als Zacken und als Enden.

- Reinhold Petermann

Wie Du siehst, bin ich der absurden Poesie zugewandt. Sie tut Deinem genialen Bild aber keinen Abbruch tun!

Herzlich grüsst Dich Dieter

Hello Markus
Oh, God, you have such eye for details! I can see the elephants in your pictures! Extraordinary!
Kind reards

Hi Markus,

Another superb post from mother nature, really i can see the elephant here between the paradisal elements. Great job!
TFS and have a nice week!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-08 5:14]

Hello Markus,
This is great!
It is amazing what one can see in ice formations and this capture of a very fine-shaped elephant is superb. Not only that, there is also a fine variation of other crystal shapes with superb charnges of light and shade, which makes the impact of the image very attractive.
Thanks and have a good week,

Hello Markus,
what a great work, outstanding! You greatly captured it in ice formations and really elephant shaped. but in general view, it looks like skin of an elephant. composition, sharp details, colors and presentation great. Thanks for sharing this marvellous piece from Nature. have a nice week.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-03-08 6:14]

African and Indian Elephants never will be able to know your lovely paradise dear Markus, at least nowadays. Anyway you created a fine new specie in a perfect way. You got an incredible 3D effect in this lovely image my friend.
Thanks for show us your "dreams" through your lens!
Best wishes,

Bonjour Markur
l'éléphant est bien visible dans cette photo, pour le reste, chacun peut laisser son imagination vagabonder et découvrir des formes et des figures différentes
j'adore l'effet de lumière sur cette image prise avec un grand sens artisgtique
Passe une bonne nuit

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-09 19:43]

Hello Markus,
Truly the Argera River is home for a large variety of interesting and unusual animals. I see their habitat contains some beautiful ferns as well. Wonderful image!!

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2010-03-12 11:07]

Siemanko Markus !
The excellent snapshot, nice colours and the nice natural composition, it is necessary to have good eyes in order to spy such natural scenes.
I am greeting Slawek

Hi Markus,
What an absolutely stunning image. This is the first time I've seen your work and I just love what I see. Your photo's are beautiful and this one is truly stunning. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

Hi Markus,
A beautiful photo and a great legend! An intersting conecetion between elephants and ice.

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