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Merry Christmas to our trees

Merry Christmas to our trees
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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: 2009-12-20
Categories: Trees
Camera: Sony Alpha 900, Zeiss-Sony 24-70mm f.2.8
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-21 8:33
Viewed: 3849
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all!

I hope you don't mind me dedicating this picture and the best wishes to the most mistreatened plant on this world: the tree. After the shocking flop of Copenhagen I believe that we all need to think at what we are doing to our planet in general and to the forest in particular. Isn't it shocking to realize that we do important efforts to disappear...

During the last hike at the Schüpfenflue with Dieter he explained me that trees do not die because of their age, but because of an external influence. This can be an illness, an accident like a lightning strike or, in most of the cases, the result of the stupid behaviour of the human being.

Well, I don't want to be pessimist now that Christmas and the new year are approaching, but I wanted to focus on something that, from my point of view, becomes more and more important. Realizing that the politicians are not able and not willed to really change anything in a positive sense, it's our duty to show them the way... And who could do this better than the members of TN, eh?

Nevertheless, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Kind regards


About the picture: taken in RAW, basic corrections in Camera RAW like white balance (5800 instead of 5000 set by the camera), saturation and sharpness. Then import to PS, little adjustment of the levels.

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Hi Markus,

Lovely winter shot with great sharpness and fine colors

TFS Thijs
ps. Merry Christmas and a happy new year

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-21 8:39]

Wonderful capture this winter scene!
Great details and light!

Hello Markus,
Beautiful staff, beautiful light and shadows.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-12-21 10:29]

Hi Markus
Beautiful winter scenery,I love the composition great light.
TFS Michel

Ciao Markus, Merry Christmas to you too, thanks for this fascinating winter composition with fantastic light, great exposure, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Markus! Nice shot. Very nice lightness. Beautiful shadows. Good contrast. Very good exposure. Perfect sharpness. Interesting note. Well done!

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-21 11:22]

Incredible volume and texture details dear Markus.
Amazing soft shades, shadows and lights. Very fine art compo.
TFS and have good Christmas and a happy new year too.
See you in TN,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-21 11:30]

Hi Markus. Pure beauty and such fine use of the light making shadows on the clean snow. With all of the shapes in the tree branches the snaw has formed. Very well taken TFS.

A very happy Christmas and New Year to you and your family .

Our tree are very happy in winter because the snow makes more beautiful!

Ciao Markus,
una splendida immagine a sostenere una "pessimistica" speranza, certo ognuno di noi potrebbe fare qualcosa per salvare la nostra Terra e, se ognuno lo facesse, ci salveremmo o meglio si salverebbero i figli dei figli ... dei nostri figli, comunque la Terra sopravviverà; una fantastica immagine di questo paesaggio invernale con gli alberi carichi di neve e la luce che si fa largo fra loro con grande delicatezza per non disturbare il quieto riposo sotto il bianco vestito; straordinaria definizione e meravigliose sfumature dei colori.
Grazie e complimenti
Auguro anche a te e alla tua famiglia un Buon Natale e un Felice Anno Nuovo.
Ciao Maurizio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-21 11:56]

Hello Markus,
thank you for this wonderful Christmascard. I wish you a happy and merry Xmas, too.
Regards Siggi

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-12-21 13:09]

Hi Markus

I didn't mean to leave you out of the people that posted on TN this afternoon, i just set you aside from Paul and Niek. I take a completely different look to your photography and your photos are a new inspiration for me in the same time. I know i will try your type of shape-based abstracts in the months to come!
As for this shot, it's very inspiring both as art and as note.
I totally agree with you that we must raise awareness to the world about the need to protect our natural areas and maybe even grow their surfaces.
It's true, trees go through many problems to reach a certain status and life...even competition for light among them is a crucial battle, not to mention the elements you speak of.
However, i think that this detailed photo expresses your thoughts very well and shows us an intimate side of things. Very nicely depicted shapes and shadows, presented in a tight but nice composition.
Very nice work, my friend and an overall lovely post.

Bravo and Merry Christmas for you and your loved ones!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-21 13:18]
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Hello Markus,
A great capture with a fine message!
The image taken after a heavy snowfall is beautifully exposed and composed with the different intensities of the light adding artistry to the heavily snow-covered branches.
Like the burden these trees carry the whole of the environment of our planet carries the burden of human over-population and greed. As long as political leaders place the interests of their countries before that of the planet, a conference like the recent one at Copenhagen can never succeed.
The only hope, as you point out in your note, is for us at grass roots level to do something about it!
I wish you a Happy Christmas, despite the increasing troubles of this world.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-21 15:52]

Salut Markus,une photo magnifique...j'espere qu'on travaillera mieux et beaucoup pour sauver la nature et la terre.La photo est un excellent jeu de lumiere sur la neige,une parfaite gestion du blanc..et le resultat est le meilleure,sois pour nettete' que pour composition.Mes compliments mon artist de la nature et mes plus gors felicitations de Bon Noel aussi a toi! Bonne journee',Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-21 20:04]

An absolutely gorgeous winter scene Markus!!
I don't remember ever seeing snow coating branches as dense as this image shows. The composition is perfect, as is the lighting and color. The shadows and textured snow creates a mystical feeling!! Great work!!

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-12-21 23:20]

Lieber Markus,

ich wusste es! Du würdest sicher am letzten kalten sonnigen Tag nochmals in Richtung Schüpfenflue losziehen. Das Bild, das Du suchtest, war mir auch schon klar, hier ist es, ein wunderbares Resultat Deiner Suche. Kommentar überflüssig.

Im Zusammenhang mit Deiner Notiz kommt mir das Zitat in den Sinn: "Herr, vergib ihnen nicht, denn sie wissen was sie tun!"
- Monkombu Swaminathan, Präsident IUCN, 1990.

Ich wünsche Dir und Deiner Familie frohe Festtage. Herzlich grüsst Dich Dieter

hello Markus,
exceptional photographic output very beautiful composition, you managed the light with the better way, simple wonderful photo! bravo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-21 23:57]

Hi Markus,
I wish Merry Christmas for you and your family too!This is an excellent shot.Well seen and composed.I liked POV,exposure,lighting and visual impact a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-22 0:27]

Hello Markus,
Thank you for this wonderful dedication to our trees and forests that harbour flora and fauna and bring us so much peace and happiness! It's a wonderful capture in lovely sunlight and colours showing beautiful curves, shadows and textures. And above all it looks so untouched and peaceful!
Many thanks and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year! Ulla

Hi Markus,

Amazing winter scene! a real dance of light and shadows!
I also wish you and your family a merry christmas and a happy new year 2010. Let`s hope the best .....
Have a nice day!

Ps. thanks for also warm congrats on new species.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-22 1:25]

Hello Markus,
Wonderful composition in light and dark. You've chosen a perfect POV for the best conditions. Great DOF.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family,

ciao Markus!
the image is very nice, and measures the strength capacity to withstand nature by the branches of plant
I believe that nature is more strong of the man and will succeed to protect showing the side more aggressive, as already we happen to encounter in its increasingly numerous signals.
I want to be confident and hope that together we can prioritize to protect the natural environment for future generations, and implement them to that small number of men who decide the timing and conditions....
best wishes for a Merry Christmas to you and your family sERGIO

hello Markus
Yes ,this is a super plase to make winter picture,s
you are lucky to have such place
great sharpness with good light and beautiful colours
great shot!!
greeting lou

What a beautiful play of light in this second of the series I am seeing, Markus!
Wish you too a Merry Christmas!
Thanks for sharing this very attractive winter time image.

bonjour Markus

à toi également Joyeux Noël et Bonne et Heureuse année 2010,
je vois que chez vous en Suisse il y a beaucoup plusss de neige
que chez nous au Canada (en tous cas en comparant nos photos),
dans cette photographie j'aime le jeu d'ombres et de lumières qu'il y a,



Hallo Markus
I very much like the contrast between light and dark and shadow and light in this scenery. The iced tree branches are something I have only seen in pictures and photographs and never in real. I have seen snow on a few occasions but never these thick solid masses of ice. I really like the blotch of light right at the far end of the scene, playing hide and seek between the trees.
Thanks for sharing, and I also want to use this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2010. Thank you also for all your valuable contributions to the Trek Nature site. Best regards.

Si en otras de tus tomas hay que pararse a pensar un poco antes de encontrar el motivo o significado, en esta no es necesario !
De entrada es una toma que te cautiva por sus formas y sobre todo por sus expléndidas luces; cálida y fría a la vez, emanado quietud y sobriedad. Un excelente trabajo a mi entender.

Buenas fiestas para tí también y toda tu familia y amigos.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Markus
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!
A very fine picture, in your characteristic stile.
My best wishes,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-12-24 10:26]

Thank you Markus for such a wonderful thought that you decided to share.Very lovely capture to go with yourthought.Excellent exposure and details.That gentle light and shadows are amazingly beautiful.
A Merry Christmas and NewYear to you and family.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-25 1:21]

Hola Markus,
The pure white, shadows, shapes,
the texture of the snow ...
a time of great quality,
Merry Christmas friend.

Hello Markus
davvero una foto incredibile sia per la luce che per i particolari che sei riuscito a ritrarre e che ci proponi in una bellissima cartolina natalizia. Tutta la bellezza della stagione fredda è racchiusa in questa composizione ben definita ed in cui sia il bianco che la luce sono bilanciati come meglio non si poteva. Merry Christmas

Hello Markus,

you and your family also Merry Christmas and this is an nice Christmas card.


Super schöne Aufnahme Markus. Das "schwere" Weiss, beinahe skulpturhaft, aber frisch gepudert. Eine herrliche Aufnahme und passend zu Weihnacht Neujahr, aus Schweizer Sicht.

Hello Markus,

No doubt, you have more snow than we have!
And it is still in the trees, creating this picturesque Christmas scene...

And I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, White no doubt!

Pablo -

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-26 3:51]

My congratulations, dear Marcus.
Not only for Holiday Season and coming New Year, but also for such masterpiece. It is simply outstanding art picture of a stunning scene. Curves of snowdrifts, lights and shadows on a snow, reproduction of its texture are fantastic. However, the covered by snow impressive splendid branches are unbelievable. All is simply great. Bravo.

You're really something, Markus!!!
What a lovely thought! A perfect wintery shot with wonderful detail!
Here's wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

Hi Markus

I have to say that I was drawn to this picture immediately. I really like the light and dark in this picture. The shapes are stunning beautifully showing the trees off.

Happy New Year and TFS

Hi Markus.
Fantastic shot and great notes, about Copenhagen meeting which is let us down and many hopes....I agree your points ...Thanks to share our feelings....
Your photo excellent and well presented..I wish you and your wife happy new year and all the best 2010.
Kind regards

Markus, bonsoir.

Merci pour cette très belle photographie d'arbres sous la neige. Vous avez parfaitement su capturer cet instant magique du passage des rayons du soleil à travers la canopée. Très belle netteté et magnifiques contrastes (la photographie ne devait pas être très facile à faire compte tenu de la différence d'éclairement entre la neige éclairée et les arbrezs dans la pénombre).

Merci pour ce partage.

A bientôt.


Hi dear Markus,
This is so nice.
I like it so much and like to be there.
really this place is lovely nad wonderful..Very well captured.
Kind regards
My photo ( freedom ) is delleted , I do not know why !
I liked your kind comment, I am sad for this subject, and i am sorry dear Markus.

Hi Markus

Une superbe image hivernale.C'est une magnifique présentation.
Mais je commence à avoir hâte d'en sortir de cet hiver à -20C. Pas toi? Ça donne quand même de belles images comme la tienne.
Bravo et merci...JP

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