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Death on the Beach ( i )

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/800 second F/4.0 ISO 80 6 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

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Absolutely outstanding in every way! The clarity, composition, tones and light are all superb! Well done Mariana!

21 Sep 2009 5:05am

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

It´s excepcional, excellent. great job

21 Sep 2009 5:14am

objectif-p from Belgium

c'est tout simplement splendide

21 Sep 2009 5:22am

Lyl & Roll from BESANCON, France

Very nice details and colors... Great shot with the 2 drops on the feather

21 Sep 2009 5:40am

rem_la from Villiers, France

j'aime bien les deux gouttes sur la plume !

21 Sep 2009 5:54am

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Hello here i am :))) I like the details on the feather, well done!

21 Sep 2009 5:58am

Jean-Luc T from Charente, France

This feather writes a very beautiful story.

21 Sep 2009 5:58am

@Jean-Luc T: ah, it is not going to be a beautiful story :(( tomorrow you will see why . and see the title once again - DEATH !!!

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Superbe!!! Le dessin dans la définition de la plume est étonnant!!! brillant cliché!!

21 Sep 2009 6:10am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Very rich colors !
Strong !

21 Sep 2009 6:14am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Great composition. Very original capture, splendit!

21 Sep 2009 6:14am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A Superb capture...beautiful yet also disturbing...well done!

21 Sep 2009 6:34am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, He died because of pollution! The title and the picture scare me. Good day.

21 Sep 2009 6:37am

STEED from Gueret, France

With drops like tears on....

21 Sep 2009 6:38am

Eros from tehran, Iran


21 Sep 2009 6:43am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

OMG this is incredible!!!!

21 Sep 2009 6:46am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Beautiful with those water drops like diamonds on the feather! Great details in the feather and great colors.

21 Sep 2009 6:55am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Love that detail!

21 Sep 2009 6:56am

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

the details are wonderful , but i feel a sad story . Have a nice day

21 Sep 2009 7:04am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

A like the colours in the feather.

21 Sep 2009 7:05am

Andrei Barbu from Timisoara, Romania

Excellent capture, very good details and DOF. Beautiful shot!

21 Sep 2009 7:10am

jafar from pakdasht, Iran

Good see.Excellent capture

21 Sep 2009 7:26am

Mostafa from Tehran, Iran

wonderfull idea!!

21 Sep 2009 7:35am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Absolutely wonderful composition, use of DOF and sharpness.
And a strong concept indeed!
5 stars!

21 Sep 2009 7:38am

Standley from Carquefou, France

Quite a strong composition. The droplets on the feather are remarkable!

21 Sep 2009 7:39am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beauiful image with very nice details and composition.

21 Sep 2009 7:53am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Great colours and details!

21 Sep 2009 7:56am

Mª Angeles from Barcelona, Spain

Un DOF perfecto, me encanta que nitidez tan impresionante, Saludos

21 Sep 2009 8:05am

Frank from Germany

I like the pattern on the feather.

21 Sep 2009 8:51am

Ekios from Une des iles du Salut, Guyana

You see my dear Mariana, this is the master and the student story between us. Everytime I think i'm approaching juuuuuuuust a LITTLE bit of your talent ... then "BOOM" you give us something amasing ...

Damn it's going to take me years ... ;)

Fabulous !

21 Sep 2009 9:12am

@Ekios: hey, hey - do not say that :)) You are you ; I am I :)) And we are all different and with different styles !!! You are as good as I am ; so many times even better ...sometimes I am better :)) hahahhaha

lux from Munich, Germany

The beauty of decay, nice one!

21 Sep 2009 9:18am

BonAngle from Paris, France

poor duck :-(
the picture is so sharp !

21 Sep 2009 9:20am

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

stark contrast. the feather represents 'life' (for me) and the dirty waters represent 'death' or 'suffering'. brilliant! :)

21 Sep 2009 9:27am

Manel from Girona, Spain

Good definition, clearity, compositon and post treatment. Fantastic result

21 Sep 2009 9:33am

Mhélène from Paris, France

A superb composition with great details on the droplets and the feather !! Very beautiful !

21 Sep 2009 9:54am

R.J.Dee from Ettlingen, Germany

sensitive document of a fateful event - though I would have cut it on the top to form a rectangle

21 Sep 2009 9:54am

Oscar from Espira, France

I liked the frame. and the drops in the plume.

21 Sep 2009 10:04am

fotografa from London, United Kingdom

Superb clarity and detail capture.

21 Sep 2009 10:26am

oncho from granada, Spain

Muy detallosa con las gotas de agua

21 Sep 2009 10:29am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

What a wonderful find. The waterdroplets are like jewelries on the feather.

21 Sep 2009 10:53am

Lynn from United States

A fantastic shot with the waterdrops...the title says so much...not sure I want to see tomorrows. Great work my friend :))

21 Sep 2009 11:07am

narcís from Girona, Catalunya, Spain

Bones textures!!! SALUT!!!

21 Sep 2009 11:08am

Irene from France

Great great work ... and very touching picture !

21 Sep 2009 11:16am

kerfendal from Paris, France

perfect and poetic !!

21 Sep 2009 12:06pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Super detail in this shot Mariana! Bravo! ;-)

21 Sep 2009 12:20pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Outstanding shot Mariana, fantastic detail captured - love the little beads of water on the feather ***** +

21 Sep 2009 12:24pm

Arconte from Madrid, Spain

Wow!! It is an incredibre work.
The composition, the water, the title election...
Well done!!

21 Sep 2009 12:25pm

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

Outstanding by all means! Stunning photography here! Baravo...

21 Sep 2009 12:35pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Great feather! I love the movements in this picture!

21 Sep 2009 12:49pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Yet another great scene from life though sad... a passing of lingering beauty!

21 Sep 2009 1:00pm

rian from mobile, United States

i like your take on this, title-wise and shot-wise.. :) it's great how you were able to get great clarity & sharpness in this shooting condition.. well done! :D

21 Sep 2009 1:12pm

@rian: It took me some time to get a nice pic of this . It was very windy and waves of this dirtiness was taking away all feathers and back again . Beside, right there, a dead duck..... uh, that was such a sad moment .... I even took this dead duck and threw it far, far away in the lake .

Kaitlyn from United States

Fantasic shot! Guess what... I made it to the front page of photoblog. Just thought id share the good news.

21 Sep 2009 1:21pm

@Kaitlyn: Bravo Girl, I am so happy for you :)) I told you - you are sometimes even better than your mom Lynn, in taking flower pictures :))) See ya there :)

joshi daniel from India

the droplets have got a 3d look!

21 Sep 2009 1:36pm

faisal from NYC, United States

nice. love the water droplets.

21 Sep 2009 1:44pm

Stephane Themeze from Maryland, United States

A graphic death! Such details!

21 Sep 2009 2:11pm

tara from California, United States

great details on them...excellent.

21 Sep 2009 2:18pm

'Paul from Minneapolis, United States

lovely shot.. such a crisp macro here. dramatic lighting. .. love the water droplets too, giving the shot motion.

21 Sep 2009 2:34pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

that reminds me somthing...GREAT shot! :)

21 Sep 2009 2:34pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Outstanding detail in this fine image. I especially like how the feather is repelling the water beads on it. Excellent work as always.

21 Sep 2009 2:43pm

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia

wow. if yesterdays shot was great, then here i'm really stunned for the quality, clarity, contrast, focus and composiiton.

21 Sep 2009 2:53pm

Elaine- from Canada

reminds me of the adventures of a reluctant messiah, where he asks for the white feather to appear... stunning photo!!!

21 Sep 2009 3:03pm

Pedro Callealta from Cádiz, Spain

The photo trasmite sadness. Good capture

21 Sep 2009 3:10pm

M.M.Lotaief from Cairo, Egypt

Well done MM :)

21 Sep 2009 3:25pm

@M.M.Lotaief: Thanks MM :))

Ana Marušić from växjö, Sweden

The details are great, especially the waterdrops. The title is VERY interesting!

21 Sep 2009 3:32pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice composition. And sharpen on the feather is impressive

21 Sep 2009 3:54pm

Scott from San Antonio, United States

I don't believe I can add any more superlatives, they all seem to be used by others for this image!
Be gentle tomorrow, for you may be setting a precedent (at least for me). I come across many things in my travels, which i have always felt were not acceptable to post...
You're very talented Mariana, accept no boundaries!

21 Sep 2009 3:54pm

@Scott: Thanks so much Scott for your comments and great compliments . Hmmm.. you are so right - I wanted to create a series of 3 shots . I was so touched by seeing a dead duck, still beautiful, looking like it is sleeping with its head on a water .... So, that was my idea for tomorrow ...and last one would be very dark BW of the lake where I buried this poor duck !!!

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very cool shot. The beads of water and the sharpness of the feather.
Death in Nature is not like death in the lives of man. We die and get buried or burned. In Nature death means someone else gets a meal. A sad and happy event.

21 Sep 2009 3:58pm

Spectra from Carrboro, United States

I am sure I am echoing others' comments but this is an incredible shot! the feather looks so sharp and the water drops being repelled - fantastic!

21 Sep 2009 4:04pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Sorry for the poor duck, but this feather is beautifully done. Great sharpness and detail.

21 Sep 2009 4:11pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

a haunting beautiful image . . . . it conveys so much emotion.

21 Sep 2009 4:15pm

Eldiablo from over the rainbow, Monaco

ooooooooooo .... its marvelous !

21 Sep 2009 4:26pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

the title and atmosphere is thrilling ;)
As this is a series, I´m excited what comes next - murder?
excellent shot, the feather is fantastically sharp, wow!

21 Sep 2009 4:31pm

@daniela scharnowski: thanks :)) well, be prepared :)

marc from granby, Canada

wonderful detail!!!!!! stunning

21 Sep 2009 4:37pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Very creative shot !
It's so poetic and I love the exquisite details...
Woah ! Bravo and 5 stars for this exceptionnal shot !

21 Sep 2009 5:20pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Mariana,
very interesting. I like the water droplets on the spring. From what bird they are? Dear greetings Christel

21 Sep 2009 5:31pm

Gina from Portugal

Beautiful find .Great shot with the 2 drops on the feather.Thank you for your comment

21 Sep 2009 5:37pm

Antonio from lisboa, Portugal

I loved your picture is simply brilliant

21 Sep 2009 5:57pm

Paul van der Meer from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

wow, this is wonderful!

21 Sep 2009 6:20pm

Anne from somewhere over the rainbow, France

this is so beautiful .... what can I say ? just that your pictures are amazing ...

21 Sep 2009 6:24pm

@Anne: Thanks Anne ... your shots are great too !

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Perfect Mariana!! Perfect focus on the feather. I like the lighting too! : )

21 Sep 2009 6:27pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

an angel passed by, mariana!

21 Sep 2009 6:33pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Exquisite..extraordinary detail. WOW!

21 Sep 2009 6:45pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture here, Mariana! I love how the feather creates those patterns when I scroll up and down. I like Marc's explanation as to where the feather came from.

21 Sep 2009 6:55pm

@Steven: yes, yes, I noticed the same .. when scrolling picture using scroll tool bar ... Feather is shivering .. looks alive , as 'Pual said above ! Thanks STEVEN :)))

Stef67 from in my head, France


21 Sep 2009 7:31pm

@Stef67: thanks Stef for not missing my work :))

philippe from moselle, France

j'aime bien la netteté sur la plume et les gouttes d'eau, beau contraste avec la vase peu ragoutante !!!

21 Sep 2009 7:40pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

oh man... its a nice find here, great clarity on the shot!

21 Sep 2009 7:44pm

jean-pierre from Romans, France

bonsoir Mariana . quelle finesse dans les structures de la plume et ces deux gouttes d'eau qui ressemblent a des perles . magnifique . bisous .

21 Sep 2009 7:46pm

Ken from United States

Mariana! My words are not worthy of your amazing image.

21 Sep 2009 8:21pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

nice droplet and sorry for the dead bird ! lol

21 Sep 2009 8:46pm

Yvon from Belgium

A great photograph.
Very nice.
Have a lovely week.

21 Sep 2009 8:47pm

jhcibils from Berlin, Germany

very fine! why death? We will see...

21 Sep 2009 8:52pm

pernilla from Andonno, Italy

Wonderful shot. Love the drops and the pattern of the feather.

21 Sep 2009 9:13pm

Blackdog from London, United Kingdom

You certainly believe variety is the spice of life! Every day something new and interesting. I like the iridescence on the feather and the drops of water (like eyes) are perfectly placed.

21 Sep 2009 9:43pm

Herman Dening from Argentina

una foto maravillosa, nitidez y colores

21 Sep 2009 9:56pm

@Herman Dening: I am missing your link . Sorry, cannot find you :)

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Great detailed object to match this subject!!! Congrats!!!

21 Sep 2009 9:57pm

Zeinab from Tehran, Iran

Well done

21 Sep 2009 10:02pm

Tim from Bordeaux, France

very nice. i can't wait to see tomorrow's photo then :)
seems like the story isn't over yet!!

21 Sep 2009 10:24pm

manel from Girona, Spain


21 Sep 2009 10:36pm

martie from us, United States

Perfection! This is really wonderful.

21 Sep 2009 10:58pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

simple amazing light in this shot -- and the frame, touched with sadness, possible tragedy! wonderfully compelling, beautiful, beautiful work!!!

21 Sep 2009 11:36pm

Ivar from Indianapolis, United States

Well done, very nice light .

22 Sep 2009 2:15am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Beautiful colour and details, not only in the feather, but in the background also. Well done.

22 Sep 2009 3:46am

vz-nostalgia from Mauritius comes the dark side
and I thought you left it in the past...

22 Sep 2009 4:09am

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

it's an intriguing photo, mysterious and scary,
and it very much reminds one of death,
also beauty and order and the insignificance of it all.

22 Sep 2009 4:12am

One from Açores, Portugal

Outstanding ! An excellent composition , well done !

22 Sep 2009 4:59am

fabrizio perelli from Roma, Italy

very nice shot

22 Sep 2009 5:26am

Shrigley Photography from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

I think this may be my favorite photo of a feather, ever! Wonderful composition, nice colors. I really like this :)

22 Sep 2009 4:48pm

@Shrigley Photography: Many thanks Shrigley :)) And this feather belongs to that dead duck on the next shot :)) That is the way I created this mini series :))

Mike from United States

Oh.. I missed some pictures. Sorry.
Ahh... this was part one of the goose! Nice one. I like this one even better because it suggests death and really makes me wonder. I like the water colors in this and those dropletts. Nice.

22 Sep 2009 8:28pm

grant from kansas city, United States

i'm going in reverse order - probably a bad idea. i like this shot, but it is difficult to try to forget the memory of the photo that comes next.

23 Sep 2009 2:07pm

Andy from United States

WOW incredible photo. Even more moving after I saw part 2!

23 Sep 2009 11:32pm

Sugata from Newark, United States

Amazingly sharp focus!

24 Sep 2009 2:53am

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/800 second
ISO 80
6 mm