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Like a Bird

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/1250 second F/4.5 ISO 80 32 mm


"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

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

nice B&W shot..

17 Sep 2009 5:10am

Ben from Lyon, France

Wonderfull composition !! Is it a real man ?

17 Sep 2009 5:15am

@Ben: sure, he was on a roof :)) he even saw me from distance and was waving to me .. have that shot too :))

Louis Hebert from Kuwait, Kuwait

This is a great post with the clouds and the silhouette. I like the high contrast feeling of it.

17 Sep 2009 5:24am

@Louis Hebert: thanks Louis :)

Bill Jennings from (Bay Area Northern Calif), United States

you are a natural - it's ashame you can't do this full time, for pay: you should try...

17 Sep 2009 5:27am

@Bill Jennings: sure :)) ha ha ... yes, I need more money for new camera :))

Luke Wiley from Spokane, United States

Nice clouds in B&W!

17 Sep 2009 5:32am

masoud from tehran, Iran

terrific capture , great!

17 Sep 2009 5:51am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Very beautiful light! Clouds cover the man and protect him to sun...

17 Sep 2009 5:54am

amirreza from tehran, Iran

nice light
nice b&w
nice shot
nice barbar

17 Sep 2009 5:57am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

A handsome photo, love the strong contrast. I almost posted clouds today...glad I didn't! ;-)

17 Sep 2009 6:06am

J R Regaldie from Madrid, Spain

highly contrasted image which has a great composition.
very good texture on the clouds

Excellent again !!

17 Sep 2009 6:15am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Powerful shot!!! Realism!!!

17 Sep 2009 6:20am

Ekios from Une des iles du Salut, Guyana

Impressive !! Ayayayayae .... your are still the best damnit !! I'm over jealous .. !! :)

Congratulations as usual :)

17 Sep 2009 6:32am

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

wonderful silhouettes and shapes! those cloud formations look so interesting! the light is excellent, too! :)

17 Sep 2009 6:33am

Mahmood from Tehran, Iran

Wonderfull Composition , Great B&W .

17 Sep 2009 6:43am

@Mahmood: thanks Mahmood !

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, Fantastic light in these clouds, the silhouette reminds me of a snowman LEGO! Nice day.

17 Sep 2009 6:43am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Oh le ciel! les merveilleux nuages! Comme les étoiles certaines nuits d'été, incrustés dans le ciel! et puis l'ombre humaine!!! C'est superbe!!!

17 Sep 2009 6:46am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A great shot and a wonderfull composition

17 Sep 2009 6:58am

STEED from GUERET, France

Space Invaders ?????????????????????

17 Sep 2009 7:07am

fabrizio perelli from Roma, Italy

fantastic sky perfect photo

17 Sep 2009 7:44am

H.S from K, Iran

WoW!! this is a brilliant picture! I loved it!

17 Sep 2009 7:47am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Terrific composition backed up with an extraordinary post process. Exellent low key shot.

17 Sep 2009 8:03am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

love the sky, very nicely captured.

17 Sep 2009 8:04am

jafar from pakdasht, Iran

nice shot! Well done.

17 Sep 2009 8:31am

Mhélène from Paris, France

Beautiful composition, these three clouds are funny !

17 Sep 2009 8:42am

René Klein from Haarlem, Netherlands

Fantastic picture!

17 Sep 2009 8:56am

@René Klein: Thanks Rene :)

Manel from Girona, Spain

Interestin B&W shot

17 Sep 2009 9:29am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Great silhouette effect and compo... and what a sky !!!

17 Sep 2009 9:39am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Fabulous drama. Looks good as a landscape semi abstract with the bottom half cropped off too.

17 Sep 2009 9:47am

LB from Portugal

Impressive b&w. A great composition. And the clouds... wow!

17 Sep 2009 9:52am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Very nice composition. Nice silhouette.

17 Sep 2009 10:00am

Veronelle from Lens, France

beautifull sky !

17 Sep 2009 10:33am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Excellent shot, the clouds are lovely.

17 Sep 2009 10:36am

oncho from granada, Spain

Buena silueta y cielo deslumbrante

17 Sep 2009 10:47am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

The sky is very dramatic! a nice worker silhouette too.

17 Sep 2009 10:48am

M.M.Lotaief from Cairo, Egypt

Gorgeous Mariana! you have talent!

17 Sep 2009 10:51am

@M.M.Lotaief: ha ha .. thanks MM :)) My initials are MM too :))

Mostafa from Tehran, Iran

great capture

17 Sep 2009 11:25am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Well seen and captured Mariana! The PP treatment is perfect. ;-)

17 Sep 2009 11:39am

PATRICK from miramas, France

great capture

17 Sep 2009 12:08pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Interesting effect and the pyramid of clouds is most unusual!

17 Sep 2009 12:15pm

Oscar from Espira, Spain

Its terrorific, but I like

17 Sep 2009 12:16pm

@Oscar: terrorific ? ha ha thanks

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great cloud capture in B & W! The lighting is a nice effect.

17 Sep 2009 12:44pm

Saeed from -, Iran

Excellent, Nice B&W Shot...

17 Sep 2009 1:02pm

rian from mobile, United States

it's great how you come up with these kinds of images.. framing is really awesome, factoring in those clouds makes it more great! :D

17 Sep 2009 1:16pm

Gina from Portugal

Nice sky and beautiful composition!

17 Sep 2009 1:57pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

Very nice high contrast image!

17 Sep 2009 2:04pm

Scott from San Antonio, United States

interesting image. The contrast is exceptional!

17 Sep 2009 2:15pm

@Scott: Thanks Scott !

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

interesting shot :)

17 Sep 2009 2:28pm

Reno from Madrid, Spain

Super originale cette photo! les nuages semblent s'empiler, comme une construction humaine. Lovely shot.

17 Sep 2009 2:29pm

Stephane Themeze from Maryland, United States

W can't have it all, can we? I would have stripped the man of its structure and just keep him and the sky for a stronger graphism. The angled and stocky shape is conflicting with the rounder ones.
Anyway, this being said. It's beautiful to...see it!

Have a good day Mariana

17 Sep 2009 2:30pm

@Stephane Themeze: interesting comment ! to be honest a few men working on the roof attracted me first, their silhouettes , and I even did not pay attention to clouds . So, when worked on this shot , I did not want to remove anything, but just keep an original shot .

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

Great contrast for a beautiful compo , no mermaid this time , but well , u have to post for every taste isnt'it ? ;)
have a great day , dear artist

17 Sep 2009 2:39pm

@Jean-Luc: pool is closing soon :)) I need to go to Bahamas to find a new mermaids and meet you in a person :))

Jean-Luc T from Charente, France

Very special sky. Poor little man under this threat! Great shot really!

17 Sep 2009 2:58pm

Don from spokane, United States

A remarkable sky to go with this interesting silhouette of the person and that wire crossing the image. Overall, a very successful image.

17 Sep 2009 2:58pm

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

Great sky and with the silhouette is a different post! Nice work

17 Sep 2009 2:59pm

shygefe from Bordeaux, France

Ombre chinoise sur fond de ciel et nuages qui explosent de lumière !

17 Sep 2009 3:02pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Thunderstorms above his head ... not a good sign! ;) I like the composition and the contrast in the clouds.

17 Sep 2009 3:06pm

fotografa from London, United Kingdom

Love the composition, silhouette effect, formation and drama in the clouds.

17 Sep 2009 3:29pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Great shot! Wonderful how the "bird" seems to come and go!

17 Sep 2009 3:46pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

fantastic sky, light and composition

17 Sep 2009 3:57pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Working hight on emoution.

17 Sep 2009 4:07pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Surrealist atmosphere !
Original and unusual :-)
Great shot ! Cheers

17 Sep 2009 4:07pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Wonderful silhouette. Dynamite sky.

17 Sep 2009 4:09pm

Klaus from Germany

amazing clouds and lightning

17 Sep 2009 4:13pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Nice dramatic image.

17 Sep 2009 4:15pm

jean-pierre from Romans, France

bonjour Mariana . j'aime ces nuages qui dévorent le ciel et cette personne en contre jour . bisous

17 Sep 2009 4:16pm

MG from Casablanca, Morocco

cette photo est belle et en même temps dégage une impression de sinistre que reflète le noir et blanc, les lourds nuages semblant s'abattre sur la terre , la clôture et le personnage casqué aux aguets .

17 Sep 2009 4:24pm

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia

oh, it's so beautiful, this contrastful b&w. maybe it's a stupid question, but how do you get it so contrastful (like night black sky) - is it the short exposure? i've always been amazed by these contrasts in Ansel Adams photographies.

17 Sep 2009 4:29pm

@Linda: thanks Linda . NO, it is not a stupid question . Many people asked me the same for other shots . I do not have other explanation but to tell you that sky is so dark blue and always with great formations of clouds . When I change the color shot into BW , without doing so much contrast in PS , I get that contrast right away !

farzane from tehran, Iran

nice B&W shot!!well done

17 Sep 2009 4:56pm

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

Wow! Nice effect on those clouds!! Wonderful black & white, nice composition.

17 Sep 2009 5:04pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The dramatic sky seems as though it's about to fall! A magnificent image, Mariana.

17 Sep 2009 5:19pm

David from Mataró, Spain

That hard contrast it's the leitmotiv of the photo. Really interesting.

17 Sep 2009 5:29pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Mariana,
clouds, a super game in s & w. A recording with style. Dear greetings Christel

17 Sep 2009 6:02pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Like the clouds have come to watch him.

17 Sep 2009 6:21pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

a truly spectacular image, i really keeps you guessing! the clouds are unbelievable!

17 Sep 2009 6:31pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

it seems that the sky will fall on his head!
beautiful composition!

17 Sep 2009 6:32pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very Zen! I love it!

17 Sep 2009 6:58pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

You have an imaginative look very creative, and this contrasted photo is also a very good one.

17 Sep 2009 7:03pm

Manuela M from Rennes, France

Les nuages contrastés sont splendides!!
Ils apparaissent comme les personnages du crépuscule qui accompagnent cette silhouette noire!
Une très belle composition!

17 Sep 2009 7:21pm

Eldiablo from over the rainbow, Monaco

wow bravo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

17 Sep 2009 7:42pm

Pedro Callealta from Cádiz, Spain

I have surprised the contrast of the clouds very much. In addition this silhouette is perfect to obtain a good composition

17 Sep 2009 8:00pm

Imaginerf from Troyes, France

Clever idea, lights are splendid !

17 Sep 2009 8:28pm

Carlos from Riva de Ruesga, Spain

great b&w

17 Sep 2009 8:32pm

françoisedu80 from France

Bonjour Mariana ,
Impression surprenante que ces nuages posés juste là en décor ,suspendu au-dessus du personnage .
Bises .

17 Sep 2009 8:43pm

@françoisedu80: I miss so much to see who you are and what are your pictures :)) Anyway, kisses to you for visits and lovely comments :)

Tomix from landerneau, France

very nice picture!! the clouds are awesome..

17 Sep 2009 9:09pm

Graça B. from Lisboa, Portugal

Your sky was so much cloud, I couldn't see anything but a splendid silhouette. Good night Mariana.

17 Sep 2009 9:13pm

Yvon from Belgium

Yessss ...
Well done.

17 Sep 2009 9:41pm

Lynn from United States

FANTASTIC!!! Brilliant contrast...beautiful clouds and yes indeed he looks like a bird on a wire :))

17 Sep 2009 10:06pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Fantastic silhouette, nice capture!

17 Sep 2009 10:37pm

Samantha from Toronto, Canada

incredible shot!

17 Sep 2009 11:50pm

Ginnie from Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Bird on a wire, Mariana! :)

18 Sep 2009 1:06am

e. from New York, NY, United States

wow! gorgeous lighting! i really really love the clouds here.

18 Sep 2009 1:07am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Amazing cloud formation...

18 Sep 2009 1:29am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

A grand b&w. Great capture.

18 Sep 2009 1:40am

One from Açores, Portugal

A very nice silhouette !
I really like the light and contrast, really well done !

18 Sep 2009 1:42am

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Excellent contrast. Well done.

18 Sep 2009 1:49am

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

Wonderful use of negative space, Mariana.

18 Sep 2009 3:11am

Ivar from Indianapolis, United States

Nice shot, dramatic sky... lovely tones.

18 Sep 2009 3:24am

Papalopoctli from D.F., Mexico

Beautiful clouds!!! very special...

18 Sep 2009 4:22am

magneta from Moscow, Russian Federation

Great B&W dramatic sky! Impressive!

18 Sep 2009 4:34am

alireza from tehran, Iran


18 Sep 2009 4:56am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales boy), Germany

Great light and contrast.Very well composed,I love it !!

18 Sep 2009 8:53am

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: thanks Anthony !

Mª Angeles from Barcelona, Spain

Espectacular y bonita en general!!! Saludos

18 Sep 2009 9:50am

Marcie from Newton, United States

So dramatic!! Love the light..the sky..the black and white silhouette. WOW!

18 Sep 2009 12:14pm

luwi from Innsbruck, Austria

very cool image, feel free on the constructionside!

18 Sep 2009 8:18pm

Albert Perpinyà from Spain

A masterpiece.

18 Sep 2009 8:33pm

Blackdog from London, United Kingdom

I like the tower of clouds! Superb image - you might like this one too...

different but similar ;o)

18 Sep 2009 9:04pm

Mike from United States

A VERY cool pic. I really like those heavy looking clouds looming over the man.

19 Sep 2009 12:29am

Ken from United States

crazy lovely clouds...

19 Sep 2009 4:33pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Super nice siluette photo with dramatic sky! Great composition!

20 Sep 2009 8:00am

Kaveh from Abadan, Iran

i love it . . .

21 Sep 2009 10:42pm

grant from kansas city, United States


23 Sep 2009 2:10pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

excellent, i like it :)

24 Sep 2009 9:33am

Riccardo Orioni from Brescia, Italy

this is a great photo

5 Oct 2009 5:14pm

@Riccardo Orioni: thanks a lot . you do not like portraits ????

Riccardo Orioni from Brescia, Italy

I really like your photos, also the portraits. but personally i prefer shots about situations, nature, landscape, compositions
see you :)

5 Oct 2009 5:28pm

@Riccardo Orioni: That is fine :)) I really prefer candid shots and portraits, macros as well :)) Hope to see you again :)

sebastian from Germany


20 Oct 2009 7:19pm

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/1250 second
ISO 80
32 mm