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Hey! Look at me!

Hey! Look at me!
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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: 2010-02-13
Camera: Sony Alpha 900, Minolta 100 f2,8 Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-19 4:20
Viewed: 3666
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all!

Hey! Look at me! Why do you just walk past me? I'm small, I know, just something like 6 x 4 cm. But is that a reason to ignore me, eh? Sit down and let's have a good time together... Do want to know who I am?

Listen, I was born during a cold night in the little water course you can divine behind you, yes, there, under the snow, just beside the river Ärgera. Some stones stopped my tiny flow, and I then got a cold. I was caught while I was flowing over these stones and while I was playing and having fun with my buddies, the air bubbles. They could not go home because of the deep cold and that's why they still are in my company.

The next day, this water course started to flow again, just a little bit, but as it still was very cold, I grew and covered myself with a new layer. Now, I'm playing with some other friends, the sun rays, although they are quite shy and do not appear as numerous as the bubbles did. Oh, and I can't catch them, but I love to filter them and to help them to reflect on the coloured stones. I love when they come back from the ground and dance through my different thin layers, singing a joyful melody and carrying pleasant colours.

I enjoy every moment of my life knowing it'll be short... But don't worry, if I have disappeared when you come back in a couple of days, I promise I'll come back and try to play the game again! Maybe you would then play with me...?

Kind regards

Icy, your devoted friend


Taken in RAW, basic corrections in Camera RAW (colour temperature, levels, sharpness and saturation). Then import to PS CS4 and final postprocessing.

All my pictures are natural. One of our TN members told me that my last picture gives him the impression to be manipulated. I'm a nature photographer, not an image creator. I don't use any filters or particular postprocessing techniques to create effects. All I try to do is to reproduce what I saw as true as possible... knowing this is impossible: the light that goes through the lens is manipulated, the light caught by the sensor is manipulated, the file postprocessed on the computer is manipulated, too... The perfect reflection of the reality does not exist...



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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-19 5:12]

Hello Markus,

I appreciate your nature technique without photoshop as addition.
A nature picture have to remain a real nature image, this is most beautiful.
Again a extraordinarily picture, almost an artwork through the nature them self.
Very well composition and good presentation. TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Markus,
concordo con te che non esiste una realtà assoluta, concettualmente sappiamo che dovrebbe esistere una realtà, che potremmo definire assoluta, ma non corrisponde ad alcuna realtà fra quelle che noi esseri viventi (tutti) percepiamo e non corrisponde neanche alle realtà percepite con strumenti ottici o d'altro tipo; pur conoscendo la reale dimensione e il contenuto di questa immagine posso fantasticare e immaginare un vasto territorio visto dall'alto, forse da un satellite; non devo cercare alcuna realtà, ho solo il piacere di osservare con stupore la bellezza.
Grazie e complimenti
Buon fine settimana
Ciao Maurizio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-19 6:21]

Wonderful capture of a great...experiment.
Thanks for sharing that!

Hi dear Markus ,
As always so nice macro work.
You are great nature photographer.
I like your beautiful shots.
Note is great too.

TFS dear Markus,

Best wishes

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2010-02-19 10:12]

Hello Markus
oltre alla bellissima foto, questa volta ci proponi un'interessantissima introduzione in cui è l'acqua in prima persona che ci si presenta e ci si racconta. Il suo scorrere, il suo fluire, il suo "fermarsi", quasi come un'amico che ci esprime le proprie emozioni, belle come quelle che trasmette la composizione nei suoi colori e nei suoi dettagli. Buon week-end

Haha:) great otobiographical notes Markus;)

I envy your imagination as always! another awesome natural pattern of nature, you know how I like scenes like this. Inspirational shot in every way!
TFS and have a nice WE MF!


Ciao Markus, fantastic abstract by nature, splendid light, fantastic artwork, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Markus and Happy February..winter is slowly on the way out.

I love your take on ice. Ice has so many uses, it can look one way one day and totally different the next. It's fun walk on and hear the crunch under your feet, or like me, I jump on it along the rivers edge and almost fall into the river.

Interesting portrait you captured, colours, detail and your imagination.
TFS Janice ; )

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-19 15:38]

Hi Markus,
excellent details of the ice portrait as well as excellent narrative from you on the beauty and the passion you have for this nature abstract art.
You integrate the beauty of describing an object with great flair with the scientific facts. That is very exciting and very lively.
The real strength is the ability to show something different from something ordinary. Giving an extraordinary emphasis with the power of a good lens and the eyes that scan and detect such a minute beauty, is you.
Congratulations and I was thinking also how am I going to adapt your "iconic" icy / river subjects in this rainforest.
As a start, I posted the dried leaf and it seems quite interesting.
Thanks for the beauty and thanks for the views - art of lighting and ideas.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-19 15:40]

Hi Markus,

You are a man of many talents. Icy's letter is as wonderful and creative as your fantastic photograph. Have you ever thought of publishing your masterpieces? What a volume that would be! Another awesome feast for the eyes. I love it!!!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-19 17:11]

Hello Markus,
Well today I made the mistake of showing Lucy my wife your portfolio, now she thinks that you are something special, to which I must agree. Your eye is amazing and your talent for capturing what your eye sees is equally superb. This is another fine example of the Peissard style. Great work Markus.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-19 23:57]

Hi Markus,
Magnificent image with a wonderful story:)Well seen and composed.
I hope to see this friend also in Istanbul,but it's warm here:)
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting..

Hallo Markus,

Your devoted friend Icy's letter is as wonderful as the photo itself. The art of nature, the real "something from nothing" - and I myself don't see any serious manipulation on this image, nor on others of You. Great shot about a detail which is and will always be unseen by most of the people. Tfs.

Have a nice weekend, friendly regards, László

Hallo Markus,
das ist schon wieder so ein tolles Bild, wow, diesmal hat das Eis so eine tolle Struktur - es muß eisig kalt gewesen, wenn es so "splitterig" ausschaut.
Herzlichen Dank, super.
Habe heute eine kleine Überraschung für Dich hier ... schau' doch mal vorbei wenn Du Lust hast ...
Liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-02-20 4:04]

Lieber Markus,
Das Eis hat Dir wieder ein schönes Bild inspiriert. Und wieder sind die Strukturen anders. Man entdeckt jedesmal wieder andere Formen und Farben.
Und ich sehe, Du hast mehr als eine(n) hier inspiriert!!
Wünsche ein schönes Wochenende und hoffe auf bald

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-02-20 4:13]

Hi Markus,
Ice, a more interesting composition ...
Color and detail of a beautiful work of art.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-20 4:19]

Hallo lieber Markus,
ich stimme mit Anne zu. Deine schöne Serie über Eiskunst bringt uns heute ein neues wunderschönes Bild.
Ich warte geduldig die nexte Präsentation.
Schönes Wochenednde,

Ciao Markus. A different way to look at the Nature. Efficent and innovative. A kind of magic!


Vives en el País del hielo Markus. Aquí este año tenemos un invierno muy variable y extraño, por la abundantes lluvias, poco frecuentes en el invierno Español, nevadas, cambios bruscos de temperatura... yo espero ya con ansia la Primavera.
Bonito tu trabajo, como siempre observando y sacando partido de pocos elementos y sabiéndolos combinar.
Yo te llamaría "el Dalí de Tn" :-)

Un abrazo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-20 11:26]

Hello Markus,
Wonderful textures and pastel shade colours combine to form a wonderful abstract image - no, not abstact: I see Icy!
Whatever the interpretation this, like the previous, are patterns that you could sell to the textile industry, captured from nature!
You have the camera eye of an artist.
Thanks for sharing this and have a good weekend,

bonjour Markus
cette photo est magique et ta note est un petit chef-doeuvre
j'aime ta façon de voir et de capturer la glace et la neige dans tout leurs états avec un superbe sens artistique
la lumière et les détails sont excellents
Passe un bon dimanche

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-21 5:18]

Hello Markus,
What a lovely little Ice figure accompanied by a charming story! I admire your imagination and the way you observe nature!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Markus.

This is a beautiful closer look with that pleasing pastel tone. The artwork is so well appreciated with details exposed so well.

A different look depicting the winter mood and thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

Dear Markus,
Your friend Icy is actually a baby seal - as I have seen them in Antarctica - opening his big innocent eyes, with a thin layer of snow covering him...

I often have wondered about human nature wanting to ""see something"" instead of just admiring Nature's work: Mountains remind us of faces and are named so, Stalactites in caves, Shadows etc

We shape mud and snow into sculptures, we take photographs to tell the story.

Thank you, it is a pleasure to view your your work, and I add it to my favorites to enable me to view it at leisure.

I wish you a nice week-end with your slides,
Greetings from a noisy South Africa (only two more days of Vuvuzelas at night...)
Herzliche Gruesse

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