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The Little Mermaid

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 2 September 2009 in Sport & Recreation and Portfolio.

[ to help you a little bit - pic was taken from 8th floor down to the swimming pool :) ]


"The moment always dictates in my work. What I feel, I do. This is the most important thing for me. Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see. I never calculate or consider; I see a situation and I know that it's right, even if I have to go back to get the proper lighting."
~ Andre Kertesz

zeinab from tehran, Iran

Work is interesting and well
Good texture has been created
Be successful

2 Sep 2009 5:41am

Ben from Lyon, France

Light , frame subjet.. it's great.
And I have no negative criticize today

2 Sep 2009 5:50am

@Ben: that is good :)) and you even can see her nose under the water ..ha ha ...thanks Ben :))

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

WOW !!! I don't know how you did that, but it's really great great great !!!!

2 Sep 2009 5:51am

@Lydie et Roland: I do not know if you are going to believe me but I did nothing :)) I only needed to be careful not to fall down from my balcony, from 8th floor, since it was not easy to get a good framing and I lean over the balcony more than I should do :)))

k@ from Paris, France

Superb, love the dancing water brightness and this young mermaid rushing underwater, this is beautiful*

2 Sep 2009 6:04am

Mahmood from Tehran, Iran

WoW . Light , Frame , Idea Are Greaaaaaaaaat .

2 Sep 2009 6:14am

amirreza from tehran, Iran

nice idea barbara

2 Sep 2009 6:16am

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

pffff amazing, well done , the light and the processing. Congrats

2 Sep 2009 6:35am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

This is a superb image... love it !

2 Sep 2009 6:37am

pernilla from Andonno, Italy

Amazing picture! Love the light and the point of view. Very creative.

2 Sep 2009 6:40am

Mathilde Collot from Dans l, France

Il n'empêche! Malgré les 8 étages!! C’est une image magnifique! Ondulations frissonnantes d'un côté et puis de l'autre! Le lisse de l'eau simplement fendu par cette belle naïade!! Superbe!!!

2 Sep 2009 6:49am

amir from tehran, Iran

WoW, superb shot, the light reflction,toning and the framing are all perfect, tanx

2 Sep 2009 6:51am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, is the first time I see a mermaid, a great scoop, beautiful image. Good day.

2 Sep 2009 7:07am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beatiful light and reflections

2 Sep 2009 7:47am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Pure magic - a wonderful image!

2 Sep 2009 8:01am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very good composition, the mermaid seems anoher effect of the light on the water, beautifully done!

2 Sep 2009 8:19am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Very beautiful photo, the mermaid seems to melt into water and the light reflections!

2 Sep 2009 8:37am

Graham Morgan from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Beautiful, what more can I say . . . beautiful

2 Sep 2009 8:40am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Very cool, love the light on the water and the girl swimming.

2 Sep 2009 8:41am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

I love it alot ! great composition, amazing light and play of reflections ! 5*

2 Sep 2009 9:27am

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Là où une femme passe, elle laisse derrière elle sa signature comme un effluve de parfum lumineux!

2 Sep 2009 9:39am

Manuela M from Rennes, France

Une sirène fantastique dans cette eau abstraite!!
Bonne journée.

2 Sep 2009 9:52am

masoud from tehran, Iran

excellent!! very nice

2 Sep 2009 9:59am

Mags from Paris, France

Wonderful one, such a beautiful light!

2 Sep 2009 10:14am

Helen from Melbourne, Australia


2 Sep 2009 10:26am

@Helen: thanks Helen :))

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Great ripples B/W treatment. Water distortion wonderfully flowing

2 Sep 2009 10:39am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Congrats on the spotlight pearls image by the way

2 Sep 2009 10:52am

@grouser: Many thanks Grouser :))

Mhélène from Paris, France

A great b&w abstract ! I like it !

2 Sep 2009 11:06am

Lynn from United States

WOW WOW WOW!!! This is brilliant Mariana...very unique the light on the water and the composition of the woman is perfect and so is the title. BRAVO :))

2 Sep 2009 11:32am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Very nicely done.

2 Sep 2009 11:41am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Hey Mariana, you never stop to amaze!!! I'm 100% captivated by such amazing light, beautiful forms and how they interact wonderfully with each other! So well seen and perfectly captured!:-)

2 Sep 2009 12:01pm

@hugo poon: Many thanks, Hugo :)) Love to read your comments - make me really happy :)

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

wonderful! the light refraction(?) adds some sort of atmosphere in this image. I am reminded of the song "pure shores" from the OST of "The Beach" :))

2 Sep 2009 12:28pm

shygefe from Bordeaux, France

Jolie ondine qui ondule dans cette eau de nacre.
Trés réussi, bravo.
Bonne journée

2 Sep 2009 12:44pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Beautiful reflection pattern on the water. She's really a mermaid.

2 Sep 2009 1:06pm

René Klein from Haarlem, Netherlands

Wow, you made a wonderful picture!

2 Sep 2009 1:12pm

rian from mobile, United States

that tidbit of information made me admire your shot more.. :D excellent work, this looks really beautiful.. :)

2 Sep 2009 1:19pm

jhcibils from Berlin, Germany

A amazing psychedelic effect!

2 Sep 2009 1:27pm

@jhcibils: thanks a lot :)

frisky from NYC, United States

very nice!

2 Sep 2009 1:27pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

PERFECTLY SHOT Mariana. Can not fault it all... Hope you don't suffer from vertigo hanging over the edge to get this shot.

2 Sep 2009 1:43pm

@LESLIE: Hey, the irony is that last year I had a serious problem with balance . It took 2 months to get well . And these days I hear my right ear is buzzing the same as this time . Need to see a doctor again :)) Will be ok !

"... م.ر.گ ..." from Tehran, Iran

great and excellent shot

2 Sep 2009 1:46pm

Sarina Gito from Amsterdam, Netherlands

great shot!!

2 Sep 2009 1:52pm

@Sarina Gito: Thanks Sarina for your visit and comment :))

kimera from Spain

i was seeing only the water and thinking "what a good texture"... after i went to the bottom and i saw the figure... well done

2 Sep 2009 2:01pm

@kimera: ha ha .. Yes, i was thinking to crop a little bit from the top, but decided not to touch the original photo . Thanks .

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A perfect composition and the pattern of water has a strog graphic impact. Like a lot.

2 Sep 2009 2:01pm

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

This really is a spectacular photo!!

2 Sep 2009 2:16pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Some of your pictures are strange, but i do like them in a kind of way. They sure have character.

2 Sep 2009 2:51pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine capture of the water's highlights and the shimmer of the pool. Nice to have a swimmer to give us a sense of scale. Wonderful processing to get this contrast and impressive image.

2 Sep 2009 2:51pm

Ken from United States

What everyone said, and MORE! Great!

2 Sep 2009 2:56pm

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

A very beautiful picture!! I love the way the light is reflected in the water, and the figure of the mermaid swimming beneath!! I also think it's very nice in Black and white!!

2 Sep 2009 2:58pm

Andy from United States

Wow love the shimmer of the water.

2 Sep 2009 3:10pm

Stephane Themeze from Maryland, United States

Mmm! A variation on the swimmer of Andre Kertesz who made this kind of lovely take a nice classic to make.
Why would she flee the light;))

2 Sep 2009 3:30pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good afternoon Mariana,
this recording is very beautiful and the title is exact . I wrote some poem long time ago. This one is for your now. I hope, that you like it. I wish you every time the best. Dear greetings Christel

The Fisherman

Long, long ago `s
as a fisherman went daily in His Boat
to fish
far out to sea `s.
The heart gave him laugh in the body,
if he could make a day of prey.
So he went out year after year, satisfied
and late evening back home.
The gulls were his only companions
and also its precursor.
But one day in the evening sun,
His heart was filled
full of joy and bliss.
He heard the song of a mermaid
and it was not very smart.
She sang and danced up and down before Him
and lured him further, out to sea `s.
In the bright moonlight he saw your face
and suddenly caught him love.
The mermaid smiled at him charmingly
and said to him:
many years, I have already followed,
To marry you is my reward,
I want you to man
The fisherman did not consider long
Hold in His arms
He felt the urge.
The gulls lifted the mermaid
in your white dress to the fishing
up from the water,
They continue to whisper and sing
loving words in his ear.
To celebrate your wedding all night,
the mermaid was in the fisherman's arms
and he kissed you very gently.
But in the morning it was all over,
fishermen found it was only dreaming.
So it can happen some fishermen
begin if mermaids
You turn your head.

This poem is for Mariana.

Dear greetings Christel

2 Sep 2009 3:40pm

@Christel: oh Christel, this is the best comment I have ever received ... your poem :))) Thanks , thanks my dear friend :)) Now, I wish I can send you or invite you for one great cake I am baking right now :))) My son goes to Europe tomorrow to visit our family , so dinner needs to be special today :))) Hugs and kisses to you :)) This poem I need to print and save on a paper :))) LOVE it !!!!

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

wonderful work

2 Sep 2009 3:53pm

Mª Angeles from Barcelona, Spain

Escpectacular, esta composición es magnifica, el color la textura todo en general. Felicidades!!

2 Sep 2009 3:55pm

fotografa from London, United Kingdom

Lovely well timed shot, love the shadows and ripple effect of the water and lady swimmer.

2 Sep 2009 4:14pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Hoho........ quite good!!! How I wish that she could reverse and swim back to those wave currents where bright lights exist... ^_6

2 Sep 2009 4:15pm

@flyingwind风飞扬: that dark part is a shadow of the swimming pool wall ... i wished the same , but it is ok :)) Thanks

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Fantastic... magnificent water effects... an excellent photo.

2 Sep 2009 4:26pm

Michael Rawluk h from Canada

That is gorgeous. The bright part of the frame contrasting with the darker.

2 Sep 2009 4:37pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

Magnificent reflections... I was going to ask you how you did it but then I saw your answer to Lydie up there. Please take care when shooting these pics... we don't want anything happening to you, right? :)

2 Sep 2009 4:37pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

just beautiful. it's superb.

2 Sep 2009 4:44pm

Sujit Sudhi from Hyderabad, India

Fantastic. I spend a lot of time trying to make sense out of the image before I read the fineprint

2 Sep 2009 5:03pm

Eldiablo from over the rainbow, Monaco

wowwwwwwwwwwwww cool ! in my favorites ;))))

2 Sep 2009 5:23pm

bekkah from United States

a wonderful composition, very cool shot!!!!!

2 Sep 2009 5:33pm

Ajay from Pune, India

The reflection of the lights on the wavy water is looking amazing and the swimmer is just adding icing to the cake.

2 Sep 2009 5:38pm

peter from new york, United States


2 Sep 2009 6:07pm

Fade ToBLACK from tehran, Iran


2 Sep 2009 6:16pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

wow, great title! the ripple of the water shines nicely as well as the person swimming in it.

2 Sep 2009 6:22pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Another great shot from you! You are worth all the comments and more!

2 Sep 2009 6:23pm

mirela from brighton, United States

this is absolutely fantastic!

2 Sep 2009 6:30pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great close-up from the eighth floor! I love the dancing lines created from the refracted light.

2 Sep 2009 6:44pm

Tracey from Maryland, United States

It is beautiful...we must have had the same thoughts. I posted similar pics yesterday and today!

2 Sep 2009 6:58pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

What a great capture!! I love this in B&W. I like the refections in the water. Perfect focus!

2 Sep 2009 7:17pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What an incredible effect you have caught here . . very special indeed.

2 Sep 2009 7:34pm

R.J.Dee from Ettlingen, Germany

pursued by waterghosts she is convinced that her beauty will bewilder these stubborn pursuers
I like this motive very much !

2 Sep 2009 7:40pm

philippe from moselle, France

Fantastique , les sirènes excitent bien en voilà la preuve !!!!
envoutant Mariana, bravo ....

2 Sep 2009 8:12pm

Blackdog from London, United Kingdom

Really good Mariana, you took the shot at the perfect moment.

2 Sep 2009 8:26pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

rendering the texture of the water is beautiful, and crossed by a splendid Naiade!

2 Sep 2009 8:27pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States


2 Sep 2009 8:32pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Superb! I studied this at great length trying to figure out your post processing.
Luckily, I read your answer to some did not use I am even more amazed.
I think the mermaid swimming into the dark area is genius, as is the heavily textured water.

2 Sep 2009 8:37pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Nice pic and title!

2 Sep 2009 9:18pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Truly magical. She's gliding through that gorgeous light and water.

2 Sep 2009 10:09pm

Gary Hart from California, United States

Great shot, Mariana.

2 Sep 2009 10:38pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful picture of this little mermaid surrounded by the beautiful reflections of the water. Well done!

2 Sep 2009 11:02pm

Nadia Olisa from Canberra, Australia

wow that detail is amazing. and in b&w it becomes all the more beautiful. great work! :)

2 Sep 2009 11:40pm

Ginnie from Atlanta, Georgia, United States

What a find from that far up, Mariana! Do you feel like a spy? :D

3 Sep 2009 12:58am

@Ginnie: NEVER !!!! I love candid shot and really never care who is going to see me or not :)) RIGHT ?

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Such a lovely and creative image. Really love the light effect and the tones. Beautiful composition.

3 Sep 2009 2:12am

Mahboubeh from Raleigh, United States

interesting and C)0000000oo0oll

3 Sep 2009 2:26am

@Mahboubeh: thanks Mahboubeh :)

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Excellent processing. The shimmering of the water and reflections are perfect for this shot. The title could not be more appropiate for this little aqua glider.

3 Sep 2009 2:28am

Ivar from Indiana, United States

Awesome... cool angle and great reflections. Very nice

3 Sep 2009 3:22am

One from Açores, Portugal

A very creative composition !
I really like the contrast, really well done !

3 Sep 2009 4:16am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Excellent! Love the composition

3 Sep 2009 4:27am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Wow ! very very good.
well done ;) It's perfect .
good luck :)

3 Sep 2009 4:42am

oncho from granada, Spain

Que te voy a decir que no te hallan dicho ya.....fantastico momento

3 Sep 2009 6:25am

fabienne from Quelque part ou ailleurs, France

A wonderful shot !

3 Sep 2009 6:39am

Sriram from Chennai, India

Amazingly captured the light reflecitons in the water...great picture!! Good work!!

3 Sep 2009 9:45am

Ti from Alpharetta, United States

Two mermaids, the other one below her in the water...No, actually three mermaids, the third one is taking a break with her camera on 8th floor! :-)

Hope you check the railing condition was solid and secured? You had the camera strap over your neck so you don't accidentally kill the other mermaids? :-)

Really like how she out run the reflection "net" so not to be captured! :-)

3 Sep 2009 12:34pm

@Ti: you , oh, you :)) three mermaids :)) You are right , when you say so :)) but, as far as I know you did not like my self portrait before this shot ... so, im not sure how you are right :))

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Dynamite image! That is the coolest photo I've seen in a long time. Perfection.

3 Sep 2009 2:50pm

Luis A. De Jesus R. from Mexico City, Mexico

Cool reflections. Reminds me of those Calvin Klein commercials of the 80s.

3 Sep 2009 4:15pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

She appears to be swimming among satin sheets! Excellent work!

3 Sep 2009 4:32pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars : a magical shot

3 Sep 2009 4:43pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Very impressive!

3 Sep 2009 7:35pm

@Daryl Johnson: thanks Daryl :)

Sugata from Newark, United States

Wonderful! You have a large telephoto lens it seems!

3 Sep 2009 8:48pm

@Sugata: Unfortunately - no :)) I wish to have a better camera and lens , but I am still with my canon SX100 IS Thanks Sugata :)

Aurore from Paris, France

Wonderful shot, really... congrats Marianna !!

3 Sep 2009 9:55pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

congrats on the spotlight!! really deserved!
what a fabulous shot!! BRILLANT!

3 Sep 2009 11:03pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

hey! i will not be surprise you got again the spotlight with this shot! :))

3 Sep 2009 11:11pm

@Tomix: hey, tomix, thanks . NO, no spotlight for this one :)) but, it is cute . I like it !

10fraction from Rennes, France

razumem ha ha, ovo je neverovatna slika. Bravo, cestitam!

4 Sep 2009 9:08pm

@10fraction: naravno da je ljepa ;)) rekla sam ti . thanks

grant from kansas city, United States

i love this one!

4 Sep 2009 11:37pm

Expose from Tehran, Iran

This is a superb image... love it !

5 Sep 2009 12:36pm

Ekios from Une des iles du Salut, Guyana

Wow !! Hypnotizing !!

7 Sep 2009 4:38pm

@Ekios: Many thanks for your visit !

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This is an amazing shot! So unique and wonderful!

10 Sep 2009 2:46am

yaser from karaj, Iran

nice shot

11 Sep 2009 8:47pm

Miguel Almeida from Lisboa, Portugal

Amazing, i`m in love with this photo.

11 Sep 2009 9:41pm

@Miguel Almeida: thanks Miguel . It is lovely to me too :) Tomorrow I will post another picture of the same girl . Caught her today again :))

Cliffor Gwinn from United States

This is trippy...I like!

25 Sep 2009 5:51pm

kaveh Sadeghi-Azad from TEHRAN, Iran

fantastic, even better than mine.

14 Oct 2009 6:46pm

@kaveh Sadeghi-Azad: no, your texture is great, but my picture has a 'target' - that little girl :)) without that main target, picture usually remains plain :))

Jen Meers from Edmonton, Canada

Mariana. This is an awesome photo! One to be proud of:)

20 Dec 2009 2:31am

@Jen Meers: Hi Jen, thanks a lot :)) I love this picture too ;)

gloutonnerie visuelle from France

Superb, Fluid as dolphin a real picture

6 Nov 2010 4:49pm