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Frosty Stars

Frosty Stars
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-24
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Your Favourites from My Gallery [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-31 8:13
Viewed: 2181
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the sumac just outside one of the lecture halls I found these delicate stars where the night had spilled them.
Careful not to breathe on them, I preserved the tree's glittering treasure to share with you.
I cropped the initial image by about 10% but dared not crop it further for I did not want to lose the delicate crystals that clung to the fluff around the edges of this cradle.
Please don't breathe on them: I fear they will disappear.

"How full of the creative genius is the air in which these are generated!
I should hardly admire more if real stars fell
and lodged on my coat."
--Henry David Thoreau, 1856

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PierreFrigon, Ratna, tfebbo, shelbeesmom, XOTAELE, JohnTulip, Emma, c_rapp, ioana_tm, harpya, SkyF, TheMystic, DAM, vandana2923, chrisJ, cstathoulis, jacobo, Werewolf, shelbee has marked this note useful
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Hello Silke,

Excllent colors bg POv DOF Perect details very crisp nicly compsed and capture phtoo excllent Job, i really like how you PP the Ice

TFS Kyle

Amazing. Just beautiful. Love the colors of the BG. These crystals against it really come out.
Thank you.

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  • Ratna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 68 N: 204] (1231)
  • [2007-01-31 8:42]

Fantastic shot. I have never seen one before. Thank for sharing =)

I am holding my breath as I type this message so I don't melt them :)
Wonderful to see these crystals that nature made. Very good close up. I know the 5700 is GREAT for macro shots.

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  • tfebbo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 11 N: 240] (1086)
  • [2007-01-31 10:51]

Hi Silke,
Fantastic photo of these all too fleeting visitors. You've captured the details of the snowflakes beautifully. Well done. Cheers, Todd

This is beautifull. Very sharp and a good composition.

What a beauty, Silke, and stunning those single ones, a thing of beauty is a joy forever, thanx, M, (*_*)

Beautiful and crisp Silke! Amazing colors, excellent focus and DOF.
Well done!


Magníficos detalles. La luz es estupenda Silke. Agradables contrastes.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Lieber Omachen was ein schones bild!
Macht ein alte man das herz zo warm. Danke lieber
freundin un Gruss

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2007-01-31 16:46]

Perfect Silke,beautiful colours and details,excellent work.

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-01-31 20:21]

Gorgeous capture I am holding my breath just for you... love the colors of the tree with these beautiful little flakes. TFS

Wonderful photo of the frost. I like the bg you were able to find for it, it is almost as if the sumac is red snowfakes also.
Good POV and pleasing DOF.

Hi Silke,
nature is magnificent! isn't it? Great details of a beautiful work of art. TFS

All the best,

Hi Silke,

In fact you were very professional in this point, preservation is essential in everything. The look is wonderful, I imagine sells that closely. Perfect composition!


Beautiful shot Silke! Nice contrast of the ice with the sumac! I hope it wasn't POISON Sumac!...All I have to do is look at that stuff and I break out!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-02-01 13:53]
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Hello Silke,
this is so beautifull, what a wonderful color combinmation. I love the composition, the sharpness of the snowflakes and than the softness in the background works so well. Superp macro!

What incredible details in this macro! The depth of field, contrast and repetition make this a really compelling photo! Thanks.

I haven seen this in Switzerland on 3500 meters high (Saas Fee)
They call it Fee = Fairy because see is making this crystals
Super shot in my eyes.

Silke, when I first saw the thumb nail on the gallery, I thought... Hmmm a picture of a coral?.... well you fooled me. It is even better than what I anticipated. Superb is the name to what nature has to offer us. Take care of your world.


Silke, beautiful. Looks so unique and artistic. Amazing that you captured that nature wonder. TFS :) Vandana


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-02-04 9:14]

Hi Silke

Wonderful repetition of patterns & shapes, with superb colour & sharpness. Tfs!

I like your note: I am holding my breath! Great capture, nice crop and delicate indeed! The bg color suggest melting imminent (as in: a snowballs chance in hell!)

Hi Silke,

WOW!! What a great photo!!! You've captured such a wonderful moment and TFS this with us!! :)
Excellent sharpness and presentetion!!

Very well done

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2007-02-05 15:39]

Hi Silke,
This is so beautiful. I lke the way you composed the picture and the colours are lovely. well done.

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  • jacobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 597 W: 28 N: 650] (4739)
  • [2007-02-06 12:48]

Beautiful crystal stars. I like the contrast between the white and de dark background.

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2007-02-08 21:17]

WOW... Silke.. I hope the heat coming in my doors and windows doesnt melt them.. I must be quick and type this.. and move on.. for I wouldnt want your beautiful photo to disappear.. haha..

Fantastic capture... love the ice crystals, isnt nature so beautiful.

Well done..

Keep warm.. as we feel uncomfortable here in the heat of the day...


I love the way the snowflake is preserved and how precisely you catch it and play around! Excellent!

I never knew "real" snow flakes existed, It never snows here. . :(
Beautiful snowflakes, I love the red nettles they are siting on!
well done,

Hello Silke

A lovely capture of these snowflakes.I really like the red BG,Nice testures and details in this image.TFS


hello Silke,
fantastic shot here.
Nice composition and contrast between the silvery white and the deep hues of the background.

Well done.
best regards, Daniel

Excellent macro photography. Good photo painting.

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