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Morning surprise

Morning surprise
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Auteursrechten: Markus Peissard (Heaven) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Kleur
Datum Opname: 2008-04-07
Camera: Sony A700
Belichting: f/11, 1/160 Seconden
More Photo Info: [view]
Fotoversie: Originele versie
Datum inzending: 2008-04-07 11:41
Gezien: 3397
Favorieten: 1 [Zicht]
Punten: 56
[Richtlijnen voor opmerkingen] Opmerking van de fotograaf
Hi all!

Two days ago, I was barefoot in my garden and planted some bulbs. The temperature was about 15°C and I thought it could be the right moment. Maybe I was wrong: this morning, when I got up, I found my homeland covered with a wonderful layer of snow. I took this picture early in the morning when I came back from the city to my house. I live at a two minutes drive from the point I took the picture and just stopped at this place for a minute.

In the afternoon, I took half a free day off and went on a ski tour with my son. It was fantastic: the powder snow flew up in the sky in every curve we made - and we did a lot of them!

Life can be so beautiful...

N.B. Taken in RAW, almost no postprocessing necessary except a little level correction (attenuation of the bright tones and the usual sharpness.

Kind regards


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Hi Markus

It was the same here as well, but without the blue skies after the snow...

Saturday was +15C and Sunday roads were closed due to snow... luckily i did not plant my potatoes on Saturday... i will hold off another week i think...

Beautiful picture, love the overhanging branches, but would have probably pulled the track a little close to the left thirds line in the picture to lead the eye to the mountains. anyhow - great shot. I had no realised that the weather pattern had extended across the whole of Europe.... my ignorance i guess.


Hi Markus,

It's a heavenly POV. Love the solitude.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-07 12:15]

Hi Markus. Yesterday was the first time this year we had snow in Southern England but it had all gone by the afternoon. You have captured a beautiful landscape with the mountains in the Background.all covered in snow. i like the way you have included the tree . well done TFS.

Hello Markus,
I really like to thank you for this such a lovely winter scenery from your beautiful country!
very good pov with great depth, beautiful lighting and excellent details in the image!
good use of the tree branches covered with snow as beautiful silhouette to makes this beautiful composition
many thanks once again from heart!
best wishes

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-07 13:04]

Hola Markus,
espléndida vista y sensacional pov,
hermoso trabajo y composición,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-04-07 18:14]

Bonsoir Markus,

Superbe photo, l'endroit est très joli et très agréable à regarder.

Hello Markus,
A beautiful mountain landscape, with this fine carpet of virgin snow!
Well, maybe not so popular in April but it has happened before and it will happen again...
A lovely composition, where the naked branch is an important element!
Pablo -

Superb shot, MArkus...
The composition unlike any I've seen earlier..
Very well done!

Hello Markus,

Beautiful landscape. Excellent composition with the branches in the foreground. Beautiful light and colours. But now I want sun and warmer weather! :-)

Hi dear Markus ,

Very nice scenery with great composition.
Light and sharpness are wonderful.
Very well done
kind regards


Hallo Markus, nochmal,

es neechet, das ist ja mein Veloberg, der Chäsberg. Danke für das schöne Bild direkt aus unserer Gegend.
Herzlich grüsst

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-08 8:23]

Hi Markus,
looks like you go the same weather system as us in the north west. It all seems a bit dreamlike now though, as if it never happened.
Anyway, a great POV from your beautiful homeground and impressive exposure. Very sharp fron to back for f/11 too, well done my friend!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-08 8:59]

Hello Markus

This is a wonderful capture of this Winter wonderland.
Excellent lighting ,the snow and ice is sparkling.
Excellent POV and DOF.
Sometimes Mother Nature can surprise us with a late Spring storm.


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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-04-08 15:44]

Hi Markus!

It's not an everyday sentence to hear from you about life, and it's so good to see even you can take time off from work and enjoy it! Who cares about the wasted plants anymore? ;)

The sight is wonderful, you chose the perfect timing to take the shot: without the long shadows in the front it would not be the same! The snow was gone just 2-3 months ago here but still I miss it, it's very good to see this idillic scene...

The tree hanging in from the top was strange for first sight to me, but imagining without it would seem to lack on contrast I think, so it was very wise to compose in.

The weather is fine here too but with some rain, instead of doing sports I chopped some reed shafts for heating purposes for a relative this weekend but it was still great fun too to do it outside!

Best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-09 2:40]
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Lovely photo of this Winter Wonderland!
Wow! It is so amazing how snow transforms the land.
This happened to us too. We had the warmest day of the year and then two days later we're 4 inches deep in snow and freezing at -1C!
Fantastic composition here using the path as a lead-in line and the trees above to frame it.
Excellent clarity and sharpness.
Brilliant exposure too.
Just stunning, Markus!
Well done!!


hello markus,
nice capture, the winter looks so beautiful here, the pov is suitable and the composition is fien, nice management of exposure,
well done,
tfs & regards

Jane and I have been joking about this crazy weather for a few weeks now...SNOW...how unique...It got so bad here I had to resort to making videos about it...but in looking at someone else's image, it is a lot better than being th3ere:-)

Hi Markus, splendid winter composition with a lot of snow, I like branches of tree as frame, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonsoir Markus
cela fait si longtemps que j'ai vu une telle quantité de neige, que cela m'enchante assez bien.
avec la végétation givrée... c'est très reussi

Bonjour Markus,
C'est la météo en folie et il semble que ce soit le cas un peu partout dans le monde. Hier, il faisait 15 degrés et demain, on attend de la neige, un 11 avril!!! J'aime beaucoup cette prise de vue avec les branches en avant plan qui donnent du relief à la photo. L'exposition est bien maitrisée avec de belles teintes de couleurs tout en douceur. Merci de partager cette belle image.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-04-13 8:06]
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Hi Markus

I remember the same thing happening here as well on about the same date: one day i was out in a t-shirt and the other it was snowing (a bit less than there, but still).
But even if this wasn't expected, i think you did the best of it - i'm sure that a nice ski-walk with your son was beautiful and very relaxing :)

It's great that you managed to take some nice photos, as well and this one here is great! I like the composition and the perspective here.
The frost covered trees stand out well and the beautiful peaks in the BG add a lot of impact to the scene, too.
Very well managed exposure and lovely colors as well.
Is this shot taken far from your house (just as a curiosity), or do you have a similar and gorgeous view from your garden?

Anyway, Bravo, TFS and take care my dear friend

Buen formato y realismo evidente. Veo que disfrutas de las cosas sencillas, que normalmente suelen ser las más grandes e inimitables.
Ah, los bulbos seguró que nacerán jajaja ... es peor lo que aquí ocurre, que ni siquiera llueve !!
Un abrazo Markus:

Josep Ignasi

Ne reste plus qu'à savoir si c'est une bonne ou mauvaise surprise !
Bonne journée.

Hallo Markus
Your snow covered landscapes are really beautiful. I think it must be such a lovely view and experience looking at a snow blanket like this in real life. This is such a peaceful scene with lots of open space and I am sure lots of fresh air to inhale. That track gives me the feeling to just want to walk onto it and just keep going. The sound of a snowy silence echo here. Very well framed and presented. The ideal scene to look closely into. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-04-22 14:35]

How wonderful to be able to ski so close to your home.
What a super view this is, and the snow gives such a wonderful feel to the whole scene
Thank you for sharing your part of the world with us Markus
Kia ora

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-04-28 2:57]

Fantastic picture! It loooks like winter is everywhere

Superb image! Excellent composition. Keeping the branches at the top seems to be a wonderful idea. The white of the snow loks great!

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-09 6:28]

Hello Markus,
Now that's a picture post-card i would buy from you to send home if i ever came to Switzerland:) I love this shot, and they remind me of the beautiful UNESCO cards that my dad used to buy me as a child.A splendid capture with a great DoF and the branches with snow in the FG creates a wonderful feel of the far and the near.The lighting is excellent in this PoV you have used and i can smell the morning air....it's wonderful as you share this magnificent scene from your part of the world.
To my favourites....TFS & Cheers
TFS & Cheers

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