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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: 2010-11-04
Camera: Sony Alpha 900, Sony 70-200 F2.8 G
Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite pics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-08 4:02
Viewed: 3930
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear friends

It may be surprising to call such a perfect reflection a "self-portrait". I'm also not arrogant and believe I'm as beautiful as the superb nature shown in the picture is. It's just that it reflects my mood, the colours of my mind and... the stage of my life.

Reflection is the change in direction of a wavefront at an interface between two different media so that the wavefront returns into the medium from which it originated. Common examples include the reflection of light, sound and water waves. The law of reflection says that for specular reflection the angle at which the wave is incident on the surface equals the angle at which it is reflected. Mirrors exhibit specular reflection.

N.B. Taken in RAW, essential postprocessing in CameraRAW, croped and saved for TN in PS.

Kind regards


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Ciao Markus. Great compo by the right POV to exalt the perspective and simmetry. Excellent light and colours managment. Perfect sharp.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-11-08 5:16]

Hi Markus,
Nice thought ..!
Reflections of fall creek.Very nice composition.Excellent light and natural colors.
Best wishes,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-08 5:21]

Hello Markus,

Excellent mirror picture, the nature is wonderful, alone you have to find and photographeren.
You did perfect work.
Sharpness and clarity be superb. TFS.

Best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-11-08 6:22]

Hi Markus

A truly great photo from you and yet another example o the symbols and keys behind your photography.
I just love the composition here - with the still reflection and the diagonal log creating a perfect triangle - as well as the general exposure and colors captured.
A very well thought of photo, taken with much skill and dedication.

Bravo and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-08 8:50]

Hello Markus,
Beautiful photo in a great composition, clarity and almost perfect reflections in the water. Very beautiful colour contrasts. Good sharpness.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-08 8:58]

Salut Markus,quelle belle idee' et quelle qualite',une photo magnifique mais aussi un peu triste pour nous,chasseur de papillons et insect...mais surement tu est content en attendant nouvelles creation avec le glace d'hiver..ehhe..mes compliments et bonne soiree',LUCIANO

Hello Markus,

another piece of nature art, not so beautiful as your previous post but sometimes are this difficult.
This are not an easy composition to make an suburp picture.
Good po, sharpness with fine natural colours.


Ciao Markus, fascinating composition with fantastic reflections, wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-08 10:01]

Hello Markus,
Wonderful photo! Such a perfect, flawless reflection. Great details, very well captured.
Best regards Siggi

Bonsoir Markus,
Il semble que la bonne saison commence pour toi! Superbe jeu de miroirs, de structures et de teintes subtiles. Je n'ai pas pu résister à pencher ma tête vers la gauche pour voir ce que ça donnerait... Intéressant. Une sorte de pyramide ou de voie "ferrée" en bois, avec une tête de cobra au bout... Bref, comme toujours tu parviens à susciter mon imagination. Amitiés,

Hi Markus
I get it!
This is really a beautiful reflection and landscape. There are so many interesting textures, colors and shadows here, which are reflected perfectly into the water...double beauty.
TFS Janice

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-09 4:16]

Hello Markus,
such a stunning composition. The reflection is in perfection with good artistic style.
The braches, the water and the colours are really exciting to see.
You have given a special attention, and that attention is amazing and very impressive indeed.
Very well appreciated composition in your special genre.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-09 4:18]

Hello Markus,
A beautiful composition showing a perfect mirror image of the decayed branches in the water. I like the stones too and the fine details and colour contrasts.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-09 5:24]

Lieber Markus,
Freue mich wieder ein Photo von Dir zu sehen! Ein sehr wildes und natürliches Bild, Widerspiegelung der Orte, die Dir lieb sind. Eine interessante Bildkonstruktion, die horizontal wie vertikal präsentiert werden könnte. Aber auf diese Weise gefällt sie mir auch bessser.Ein "archaisch" aus alten Zeiten herkommendes Bild auch.
Herzliche Grüsse über die Stadt

Hy Markus
I hope that your mood is not down as this fallen tree.
Perfect simetric reflections, maybe not as poetic as your other images, but still keeping the details and inspiration. Well done!

All the best

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-09 6:49]

Hello Markus,
We call such perfectly calm water 'spegelblank'. Indeed, this is a perfect example of how water can be a perfect mirror, as here in the reflection of this dead young spruce tree to create a wonderful pattern with the late autumnal colours forming a great BG.
A melancholic time of year that still has beauty, as you found it.
A time to reflect!
Thanks Markus for this fine contribution!
With kind regards,

hallo Markus
what a nice capture with nature mirror. great symetry and superb coloration. reflection show all details. title is very sutiable. nicely composed and presented good notes. thanks for showing us this beautiful scene. have a good night

Markus, you are blessed with an uncanny sense of identifying beauty in nature that most of us are blind to.
In this composition, the real and the reflected parts of a fallen branch make a perfectly symmetrical horizontal shape that my mind cannot help associating with the concept of Mandala -- an Oriental symbol Carl Gustav Jung interpreted as representative of the Self. When you refer to it as your own "portrait", you are actually referring to your own 'Self'.
It is not what we see in this picture that is important; it is what we don't 'see'.
Hope I do not sound crazy and/or pompous to you, my friend.
Thanks for this valuable insight through your great picture and best regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-11-13 18:25]

Hello Markus,
The detail and color in the reflection is so good that it is hard to tell when the real branch ends and the reflection begins. A nicely composed image with wonderful artistic qualities. Well done!!

Hi Markus.
I like how you relate this perfect symmetry of the reflection with your life. It is a true mirror like image and the stillness of the water is amazing. Nicely processed in RAW with pleasing natural tone. Thanks for sharing and best regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-20 4:19]

Hi Markus.
Unbelievable work. My congratulations. Amazing scheme, outstanding realization. Quality of the image is breathtaking. Bravo.

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