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This is for Markus

This is for Markus
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-19
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-15 23:34
Viewed: 3258
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Markus from Switzerland is the expert on matters pertaining to mountain rock formations -- especially Flysch. I am totally ignorant about Geology.

It was during my recent trip home that I saw some interesting rock formations in an interior valley in the region where my nephew is building a road for vehicular use. He has split open a kilometer long vertical rocky side of a mountain with machines and dynamite to make the road.
I found these interesting formations on the freshly opened moutainside. When I saw them, I immediately thought of Markus and took a few shots.

This picture is dedicated to him with great respect for his erudition in the subject. Hope he finds it interesting too and throws some light on this particular formation.

The image was taken in bright sunshine. I have made efforts to keep the colours natural at the PP stage.

Thanks if you find the picture interesting.

LordPotty, anel, Heaven, matatur, eqshannon, haraprasan, eng55, NinaM, Jamesp, crs, fartash, cataclysta has marked this note useful
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Hello Ram,
This is a very interesting geological image.
Its amazing how absolutely straight the fault lines in this rock are.
I imagine this must be granite or something equally as hard but I can't say what it is for sure.
A great image anyhow.

hello sir,
i am sure that markus will love this capture which has reflections of his owns style and the subject too will make him happy.
i liked the natural colors and the composition,
tfs & regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-16 5:03]

Hello Ram,
The picture is really made in the spirit of Markus' shots. You present these fine grey rocks in a very artistic manner, with natural colors and good light on the different layers,cut by the shadow-areas wich give rythm to your picture. Excellent sharpness and framing.
Markus will be very pleased, I'm sure.

Dear Ram!

Thank you very much for your attention and your dedication. It makes me happy.

You have realized a fine rock picture, I'm almost sure it's Flysch. At least, the patterns and especially the different layers are typical for that geological formation. The colours are typical, too, although oxydation occurs on other rock formations, too.

In opposite of what you say, I'm not an expert in geological matter, I just like all what concerns geology or rather rocks and stones. I don't know much about geology, but I'm attracted by the patterns, shapes and colours of rock formations. From that point of view, I'm glad to see your picture with the amazing horzontal lines and layers. The effect is beautiful, and the colours and their difefrent tones are superb!

... but be careful, dear Ram, this could be the beginning of a passion!

Kind regards


A beautiful sedimentary rock formation in cross section Ram, the partly oxidized layers break the monotony of the grayish rock with fine brownish zones and you've captured the essence of the subject very well in your sharply delineated close up. Would be interesting to look for fossils among the separated strata... A good dedication to Markus indeed!

If I am wrong someone will tell me..I had to go ask Jane and we both went through books we have..I think Markus knows much about it because there is not all that much of it in the world and in the area near him there is plenty..NONE here and I have no eye for geology other than what Jane tells me...and so..she is not here in the room and in pain..but later I will share this with her. It is a nice dedication and fine image.

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice abstract capture of this beautiful rock layers. A very goo dedication for the master of abstracts. Superb composition and very well managed exposure even if bright sunlight. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-16 8:45]

Hi Ram,
Very ineresting capture.Excellent note too.
Thanks for posting.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-16 9:07]

Bonjour monsieur Ram, what a nice dedication and you are doing great with natural abstracts, I think. After Van Gogh, here is a very Markusian shot indeed ;-) I like the choice of diagonal, strengthening and adding dynamism to the shot. The colours are great too!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-16 10:54]

Hi Ram,
a fine dedication to Markus.
This is just perfect for him :-)
Very good clarity.
Excellent composition.
A great eye.

Well done,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-16 13:24]
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Hi Ram

A lovely shot of these shales / shaley-slates (would need examine them in detail with a hammer to determine which). They are probably a flysch, but their position in the orogene would have to be identified as they are normally classified by this rather than rock type. Great shot.


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-11-16 21:51]

Hello Sir,

Very nice geological feature with an artistic appeal. You've captured Light and colors very well . These fine grey strata with cracks has their won beauty.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Ram
I for one also don’t have a clue about the subject of Geology, but find your image very interesting and a most appropriate dedication for Markus. The different patterns and texture of these rocks are very fascinating to look at. It looks like slabs of rock, packed on top of one another and gave in under the weight of it, and that is where the cracks and openings come from. Thanks for sharing this kind of image that I am not used for by you lens. Kind regards..

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-17 4:53]

Hello Ram,

You have posted an interesting photo showing well these rocks. The image is very sharp so that fine details of the layers can be seen.As you have made good use of the light there are so many niceand natural looking color tones.

Thank you for sharing,

Dear Ram
What a strange rock formation ,
Great details,lighting and POV.Welldone.


Hello Ram
Texture and colors - art and nature like on Markus photos - great dedication and great realisation of subject. Good light and exposure, nice composition
Best wishes

Hi Ram,
What a great abstract nature photo. The idea of letting the lines run slightly diagonal worked out perfectly and added drama to the photo. It interesting that the lines run so perfectly paralel from eachother. The iron parts in the rock oxidized beautifully and added a wonderful tone of color.
I am not so sure about the white frame though. it looks a bit too bright for the photo. Besides that, it is a great gift from India to Markus.

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