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Where I feel well

Where I feel well
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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: 2009-01-10
Categories: Trees
Camera: Sony A700, Minolta AF 28-70 f 2.8
Exposure: f/22, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-15 10:27
Viewed: 3551
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all!

I had some difficulties to find a suitable title for this picture. Then I tried to remember what I felt when I took a series of pictures at this edge of forest near my home. It was only happiness. I just felt well. What to say more about?

Only nature can give us a present like this one. And it contains much more than the picture reveals. The blue sky, the snow, the trees and the complex composition they create are only the packing. What this packing contains is individual and different from person to person...

Kind regards


Taken In RAW, primary level correction before the import with Camera RAW; in PS levelcorrections, attenuation of the bright tones, sharpness and little saturation, hue correction of the blue tones.

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Hi Markus,
I can understand that you feel well at such a place. The snow, the blue sky, the sunshine, just perfect, I also like it very much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Very beautiful image Markus,
Nice use of shadow and open bright blue sky to add depth. Excellent composition selection with perfect details.
TFS this natural esthetic capture MF!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-15 11:10]
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Hi Markus.
Very nice title. I also can say that I feel well when I watch this full of lights, colours, fresh air and beautifulness picture. You have reflected the soul of this place and weather perfectly with great taste and so high skill. Superb art shot with refined reproduction of the fine tree branches covered with snow, brilliant exposure and charming lights and colours. Thanks for so nice and poetic work.

Hi Markus,
I am your neighbor today. A fine abstract artwork of snow and dried branches. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

is truly a beautiful gift box for
all of us ... is true,Markus .. the feelings that we have looking at this spectacle of nature are personal....different states of mind, but certainly very pleasant
thanks sERGIO

hello markus

Wauwh wath a beautiful picture
great composition
and nice colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-01-15 12:26]

Bonjour Markus, il y a quelque temps que je n'ai vu tes superbes photos. Celle-ci est tellement hivernale, j'aime la lumière et la beauté de la neige collée aux branches. Ici, c'est très froid et malgré tout, nous avons tous les deux réussi à rendre la luminosité de l'hiver! merci à toi!


Ciao Markus,
un altro splendido paesaggio invernale inondato dalla luce riflessa dalla candida neve, bellissima la cristallizzazione sui rami e meravigliosi i giochi grafici con i contrasti di colore creati dall'azzurro del cielo.

I know exactly what you are saying....at 63 I feel it much differently than I did when I was only 50...10 years or 13 to be exact have made all the difference....and 20 years ago this wold have been enjoyable for me...but no longer..now I love things to see from inside...and have good memories..well done..

Hi Markus,
Certainly a lot of beauty in this plenty of patterns image.
I like a lot the thoughtful composition you've made, so well balanced and displaying all the elements you were interested into.
Your PP work was so effective, colour rendition looks totally natural and pleasant to look at.
My compliments and thanks for share.
Best regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-15 15:21]

Hi Markus,

This is the kind of wintry scene I love to see pictures of. The blue sky, the white snow, and the branches are a perfect combination. I love looking through the bare branches covered with the thick snow to see the beautiful scene unfold. Magnificent composition with the large tree framing the picture.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-15 15:49]
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Salut Markus,je suis content de voir quelqun qui as des photos de la nature qui viennent d'etre realisee'...je suis pas content de voir des viellies photos de l'ete',tu as des excellents idees et des prises fantastiques comme ca en hiver aussi,mes plus gros compliments,la nature d'hiver est un grand spectacle aussi sans insects ou fleurs! Luciano

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-15 21:07]

Hello Markus,
"I feel great"to see the place 'where you feel well' :)
Once more you re-create a canvas painted by nature using its most brilliant winter colours...the branches heavily laden with snow at the far and the near end of the frame are an absolute joy to watch.And through the clearning one is able to see the line of trees farther away still enveloped in snow...the blue sky adds up as a fine element.An absolute winter scene composition with excellent PoV and DoF making another perfect post card beautiful Switzerland.
Thanks for sharing

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-15 22:10]

Hi Markus,
Outstanding wintry image and you have handled the light and exposure so expertly here. The frost laden branches look fabulous and the blue backdrop looks so pleasant. Great image again from you.

Hallo Markus
I can understand why you felt the way you did, when taking this image. It makes me happy to and I am thousands of kilometers away from it. The combination of the pure white snow, the dark branches and the blue sky peeping through the open spaces are sensational. It is like looking at the world through a cleanly washed window. You take a very common scene and turn it into a world of magic through your lens, and present us a dreamscape. A lovely image with lots of attraction, presented in a most pleasant "Heaven" style and manner. Great composition and viewpoint. May I add to your note: Only nature can give us a present like this one, only nature and a little help from a friend called Markus. Thanks for sharing this incredible sight.
Best regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-16 1:13]

Hi Markus

I envy you for the lovely weather you seem to be having. Here it snowed pretty much last night and i was hoping to get out and do some shooting today, but it's still all grey and gloomy :(

Anyway, this is again a very nice and interesting photo from you!
A much more dynamic composition compared to your previous but i like it very much, too. There is also much more depth to this scene and it looks great.
The texture of all the branches are wonderful and the high natural contrast between them and the thick layer of snow is most charming, especially if we have a bit of backlight, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-16 5:23]

Lieber Markus,
Eine ganz spezielle Komposition hast Du hier ausgewählt. Die schneebeladenen Aeste rechts führen das Auge zu den Bäumen links und zum wunderbaren Ausblick in den blauen Himmel. Das Licht ist professionell gemeistert,war sicher nicht ganz einfach. Feine und poetische Landschaftsdarstellung. Ich möchte Dir auch noch herzlich danken für deine Zeilen zu meinem Winterbild. Es hat mich sehr gefreut:-)
Herzliche Grüsse

Hi marcus,

I am sure you feel well here.I feel well and cool too.You are master of snow shot.Even you don't put title i still feel well to see this.I wish i have window at my home like this.Brilliant markus.TFS.


Hi Markus,

another wintervieuw.
The previous are better as composition but here good atural colours and details.


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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-01-18 7:32]

Hi Markus-

I love the contrast of the branches dark against the snow that is clinging to them. It must have been very sticky snow. It makes me want to shake them and enjoy the cascade of snow falling on me- a favorite activity in my youthful winters!

Stay warm,


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-18 14:00]

Wow! What a wonderful scene!
Very good clarity.
Superb contrast.
Excellent sharpness.

Well done,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-22 3:37]

Hello Markus,
An excellent capture of a wintery scene taken from a great POV with fine sharpness, DOF and set in a brilliant composition. The lighting is fantastic. I can easily imagine why you feel good in such an environment!
Thanks and best wishes,

Thanks also for your kind critique on my 500th!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-23 14:34]

Hello markus !
I can understand why you felt happy when taking this picture, it's really an enchanting place ! I love the blue sky and the sunny light, making a great contrast with the coldness of snow.I also like the way you have composed the picture, allowing us to see the border of the forest in the BG. Very well done !

Bonsoir Markus
Tes photos enneigées sont toutes plus belles les unes que les autres.
Merci de nous faire profiter de ces décors...
Dans le sud la neige est rare.
(j'ai mis pour toi l'oiseau + rapproché) Amicalement

Hello Markus! Amazing contrast and wonderful sharpness. Excellent colours, superb saturation. Perfect work. Good luck!

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2009-01-28 10:30]

Hello Markus
beautiful the composition and the game of lights and shadows. A great winter scene with good contrast and soft tonalities on the frozeen trees. Very interesting the sky on the background well contrasting with the forest.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-01-29 23:15]

Nochmals salut, Markus,

hier gilt das schon gesagte. Raffiniert wirkt auf diesem Bild besonders der leichte Nebelstreif am Himmel rechts im Bild. Übrigens, die grossen Schneemengen zu Beginn des Jahres haben bei mir die Erinnerung daran hinterlassen, dass die Solaranlage nicht arbeitete. Jetzt werde ich den Dachlawinenschutz wieder abmontieren.

Nochmals grüsst

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-02-20 12:24]

A wonderful, clever composition. You know how to make the most of this environment photographically Markus, your kinship with it is apparant here. You are the 'Iceman' :o)

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-03-03 18:59]

Incredible image Markus,
This could easily be a postcard shot, simply beautiful!!
I love everything about it, the composition, lighting, colors and exposure are all marvelous!!! Great work!!

An amazing winter scene Markus. This fantastic and peaceful moment was perfectly recorded from an amazing point of view indeed! Somehow it takes me back to my childhood! Thank you!
George Veltchev

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