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Only Love can make it Rain...........

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 24 September 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

One of my favorite songs :

The Who - Love Reign O'er Me

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/60 second F/3.5 ISO 200 17 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

Bouchaud from France

Belle photo elle prête a penser que certain bien tristement n’aime pas ce mouiller helas et ceux a qui l’amour leurs font oublier l’orage. Merci André

24 Sep 2009 5:25am

Andrei Barbu from Timisoara, Romania

Very good street scene, great moment captured!

24 Sep 2009 5:33am

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

that's beautiful! every life has its own path.
i especially like the flip-flops in the rain.
un photograph belle!

24 Sep 2009 5:34am

oncho from granada, Spain

Me gusta la escena, son como dos fotos en una, me gustalos reflejos, buen ojo

24 Sep 2009 5:38am

Ekios from Une des trois iles du Salut., Guyana

Congratulation you almost made me cry at work ... Beautifull ...

24 Sep 2009 6:00am

@Ekios: Oh, no ... do not cry baby :)) That is life .

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

superb ,Mariana , love is in air (well rain too ;) , a sensual french kisses immortalized with success
I can see 2 shots in one in your composition : the romantic one with those lovers , and the more sad one with this lonely handicapped man who search to be safe from weather...(
Morality : Never complain when we are in love and healthly , bad weather is ephemeral ...

24 Sep 2009 6:02am

@Jean-Luc: Love your words Jean , and for this shot I have to tell you I waited a little bit to get a handicapped man in my frame ... Almost missed that scene because of the cars being all the time between me on other side of the street and them .

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent just 5 stars

24 Sep 2009 6:27am

STEED from Gueret, France

They can't stand the Rain ........Just excellent..5 Stars so....

24 Sep 2009 6:30am

Mahmood from Tehran, Iran

Excellent , 5 Star .
Great Contrast ( Two Shots In One Composition & All Of Them Together ) , Great Idea .

24 Sep 2009 6:39am

thami from Morocco

Tout est possible quand l'Amour est de la partie!
Bonne journée lumineuse!

24 Sep 2009 6:55am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

This is absolutely fabulous Mariana!

24 Sep 2009 7:03am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, a kiss, the rain stops and the sun returns! Very beautiful image, love. Nice day.

24 Sep 2009 7:03am

Oscar from Espira, France

Une photo bien construite, avec de reflets, pas seulement sur la flaque, sinon aussi sur le cylindre.

J'aime enormement

24 Sep 2009 7:12am

Arconte from Madrid, Spain

The reflections, two scenes, the b&w treatment. A masterpiece
Well done Mariana!!

24 Sep 2009 7:30am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot, love the contrast in this BnW image.. Love is everywhere..:).

24 Sep 2009 7:31am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Very romatntic b/w picture!

24 Sep 2009 7:34am

Fritsch from Berlin, Germany

"But only love can break your heart / Try to be sure right from the start / Yes only love can break your heart / What if your world should fall apart?" (Neil Young)
Great shot, Marianna! What a brilliant & bluesy street composition. And I must confess: The Who still rules. You're right. All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.

24 Sep 2009 7:43am

@Fritsch: Oh, ,you got me with Neil Young :)) Thanks Fritsch ! As for The Who - they are FOREVER :)))

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Good shot, very well spotted. A bit tilted, the rest is great.

24 Sep 2009 7:49am

@xavier cardell: Tilted ? NO ! That is just a cool contrast in BW !

Standley from Carquefou, France

Excellent street scene. I love your title!

24 Sep 2009 7:59am

Fade ToBLACK from tehran, Iran

great captured
i like this

24 Sep 2009 8:05am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Very romantic, great bw!

24 Sep 2009 8:07am

jhcibils from Berlin, Germany

I love the rain photos. Very nice. Two very differents scenes. But perhaps the old man in rollingchair hat a love too...

24 Sep 2009 8:25am

Mountain Thunder from London, United Kingdom

Nice Shot - LPH

24 Sep 2009 8:27am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

interesting shot ;)

24 Sep 2009 9:25am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A fantastic street scene. Great B&W!!!

24 Sep 2009 9:32am

Tomix from landerneau, France

great capture! it may to have a lot of lovers in's raining everyday :)

24 Sep 2009 9:35am

Mostafa from Tehran, Iran

sometimes the result is good and sometimes the result is marriage.:):D

24 Sep 2009 10:10am

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

Excellent composition. A whole lot going on in that one frame.

24 Sep 2009 10:21am

Eldiablo from over the rainbow, Monaco

fantastic ! a really GREAT shot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRAVO

24 Sep 2009 10:43am

Mijo from Rognonas, France

Le détail du personnage sur le fauteil roulant est particulièrement émouvant ! Comme une fuite devant ces amoureux ! Deux mondes, deux émotions sur un même cliché.

24 Sep 2009 11:09am

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

a beautiful b&w...I love the reflections coming off of the slick road...

24 Sep 2009 11:13am

Irene from France

Excellent street scene ! Young people/old, solitude/love...

24 Sep 2009 11:14am

crash from Weehawken NJ, United States

i like the contrast between happy loving couple and old dude wheeling away ....

24 Sep 2009 11:41am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A super capture Mariana! I'm not sure they are even aware that it is raining..... ;-)

24 Sep 2009 11:43am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great song, great photo!

24 Sep 2009 12:16pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

It could rain, love is stronger and they are happy... Great picture!

24 Sep 2009 12:30pm

Alex from Barcelona, Spain

Preciosa puesta en escena, parece sacada de una pelicula de amor...ohhhh!!!

24 Sep 2009 12:31pm

CM Kwan from Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Beautiful and romatic, Mariana! Love the reflections on the wet ground!

24 Sep 2009 12:39pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

What a romantic shot in a melancholy mood. Great shot!

24 Sep 2009 1:09pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Great shot again! A really rainy feeling this gives...(I love the rain :) )

24 Sep 2009 1:10pm

shygefe from Bordeaux, France

Double contraste excellent.... dans le N&B... sublime, et dans les scènes de vie, ces deux amoureux seuls au monde et qui ne s'aperçoivent même pas qu'il pleut et cet homme sur son fauteuil roulant que l'on ressent trop solitaire dans sa souffrance. 5 *
Bonne journée

24 Sep 2009 1:42pm

Manel from Girona, Spain

Good B&W photo and great title. A very good vision, congrat

24 Sep 2009 1:59pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Oh Mariana this excellent , If this is not a SPOTLIGHT image there is no justice.
And a lady with great music taste to ( The Who ) 10/10 + *****

24 Sep 2009 1:59pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Terrific monochrome. Dynamite title. I love the wet street and sidewalk. Superb detail. Excellent composition.

24 Sep 2009 2:04pm

rian from mobile, United States

good balance of emotions in this scene.. the couple's affection is uplifting (and they're lit brightly too), whereas the old man in the wheelchair is somewhat depressing (along with the dark shadowed background).. all in all a great street shot, very nice work.. :)

24 Sep 2009 2:18pm

Stephane Themeze from Maryland, United States

2 in 1. Looks like your doing sales again:))
Cool street shot! People will be making stories all day.

24 Sep 2009 2:26pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine rainy scene with this couple oblivious to the weather. The guy wheeling away, alone, adds a counterpoint of those who are alone. Fine shot.

24 Sep 2009 2:26pm

alireza from tehran, Iran

the man going away make the lovers sweller

24 Sep 2009 2:32pm

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

wonderful b&w image! brilliant composition. . sad goodbyes? I hope it's not. but that's what it looks like.. full of emotions, sad emotions. but I don't get why the old guy is included hehe :)

24 Sep 2009 2:43pm

@shoti: thanks Shoti . Why old man ? Well, for some people Rain is a symbol of love ( dancing in the rain, kissing in the rain under umbrellas ) ..for some other people rain is only time to run home after work and complain ... oh, when or where are these sunny , bright days ... the other explanation : young, healthy, being in love whatever weather is ... Old, handicapped, alone , in his thoughts and darkness ... I cannot tell what I feel here , but I tried :))

fabrizio perelli from Roma, Italy

all is perfect in this shot, the tone the water reflex and the subjets compliments

24 Sep 2009 3:09pm

Ashish Sidapara from Singapore, Singapore

Beautiful street capture.

24 Sep 2009 3:10pm

jean-pierre from Romans, France

Bonjour Mariana . tu réunis sur cette photo , deux mondes opposés . ces amoureux a qui la vie appartient et cette personne en fauteuil roulant , qui symbolise un déclin , une tristesse . la pluie vient renforcer cette impression . bonne soirée . bises .

24 Sep 2009 3:12pm

LB from Portugal

... and despite the rain! :)
What an extraordinay composition and lighting. Well done!

24 Sep 2009 3:16pm

JR Regaldie from Madrid, Spain

Extraordinary !!
Composition, light, edition, ...!!

(I do not really understand that tilted comment, if yo check at rightmost side, everythin is perfectly aligned with the border)

24 Sep 2009 3:25pm

@JR Regaldie: I also did not get that comment . That is only Bw with a cool contrast :) Cheers !

R.J.Dee from Ettlingen, Germany

... or : rain promotes love !
One of my favourites : John Hiatt : Feels like rain

24 Sep 2009 3:25pm

@R.J.Dee: ah , John Hyatt ...we might be the same generation , Ralf !!! This song and 'Have a Little Faith in me' are my two favs by Hyatt !!!!

kendrickston from Toronto, Canada

a very romantic shot! i like how you post songs with your photos too!!

24 Sep 2009 3:36pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

what a lovely scenary, but I will pity for the old man.

24 Sep 2009 3:37pm

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Excellent BW picture. It´s a great street scene

24 Sep 2009 3:42pm

Manuela M from Rennes, France

C'est fabuleux! Les sentiments improvisent un moment hors du temps!!

24 Sep 2009 3:56pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

It's raining looooooove ! ;-)
Beautiful rain atmosphere on this shot !
I like the contrast between young lovers and the old man... :-)
Well done !

24 Sep 2009 4:16pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A touching scene very sensitively presented. You are always so thoughtful with how you present your images. The B&W is luminous.

24 Sep 2009 4:39pm

Lyl & Roll from BESANCON, France

WOW - I do like the mirror of the rain on the ground and the nice contrast you've done there...

24 Sep 2009 4:42pm

Elaine- from Canada

awwww, let us be lovers we'll marry our fortunes together lalala... very sweet picture!!

24 Sep 2009 4:42pm

@Elaine-: la la la .. HI :))

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

the detail here is enhanced with the rain. beautiful.

24 Sep 2009 4:48pm

zOOm from Paris, France

A great B&W picture Mariana. I love how it shines and radiates on my screen. Lovers do not care about bad weather, everywhere around the world.

24 Sep 2009 4:57pm

marc from granby, Canada

great B/W, like your title as well......

24 Sep 2009 5:05pm

Bill Laing from Corvallis, OR, United States

Doisneau has nothing on you. Marvelous. Also, I'm in the camp that says the man in the wheelchair makes the image. His isolation contrasts their intimacy.

24 Sep 2009 5:18pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic composition, my friend, contrasting two realities in a high quality photo. I like very much the textures, the reflections of the rain, the great b/w and these figures that live their quotidianity apart.

24 Sep 2009 5:23pm

Blackdog from London, United Kingdom

Good photogrpah Mariana - I like both the stong verticals dividing up the picture and the various reflections that are going on. Nice use of contrast too. Quality.

24 Sep 2009 5:39pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

beautiful detail and highlights!! as if all the world had exteriors of chrome!! ;)

24 Sep 2009 5:44pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Best yet! 5 stars today!

24 Sep 2009 6:17pm

René Klein from Haarlem, Netherlands

Wonderful picture!

24 Sep 2009 6:34pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Mariana,
a beautiful scene after the rain. I like the reflections. Dear greetings Christel

24 Sep 2009 6:37pm

Mr Tambourine from Great Malvern, United Kingdom

this is BEAUTIFUL....this is GREAT....I don't really know what to say....this is beautiful

well done

24 Sep 2009 6:45pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Wow Mariana!! Perfection. 5 stars! : )

24 Sep 2009 7:35pm

philippe from moselle, France

une grande photo, Mariana, bravo !!!

24 Sep 2009 7:43pm

'Paul from Minneapolis, United States

.. very touching photo with superb contrasts. .. rain is romantic, and the romance in this shot is vividly apparent. . love it.

24 Sep 2009 7:50pm

Zeinab from Tehran, Iran

You are the reason of the crying clouds, Come back to clear the rainy sky

24 Sep 2009 8:06pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Me encantan tus B&W, Mariana. En este, el suelo mojado y los reflejos le dan un encanto especial.

24 Sep 2009 8:38pm

HOKO from Iran

Fantastic capture , and B&W grate job . EXCELLENT ,

24 Sep 2009 8:40pm

Brian Chen from Seattle, United States

oOoo, someones getting some sugar! Nice capture.

24 Sep 2009 9:20pm

françoisedu80 from France

Hello Mariana,
Fuir le bonheur de peur qu'il ne se sauve !!!!
Bises .

24 Sep 2009 9:45pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Great tones in this. What technique do you use for B&W conversion?

24 Sep 2009 9:46pm

@Twelvebit: Thanks . For this shot I used Picasa ( Tuning : Fill Light - Highlight - Shadows ) . Some times playing with these three options I even have no need for PS . If use PS, for good BW use Mode - Grayscale, then make it even more dark with Gradient Map - 00000, and then adjust level and contrast .. Very simple !

grant from kansas city, United States

this one wants to come off the screen!

24 Sep 2009 10:12pm

pernilla from Andonno, Italy

Great street shot! A mix of love and lonelyness.

24 Sep 2009 10:27pm

Howard F. from South Pasadena, Calif., United States

Very nice capture. Lovers don't care whether the ground is wet or it's raining :)

24 Sep 2009 10:28pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A stunning B&W. Great work Marianna.

24 Sep 2009 11:11pm

Mike from United States

Very nice! The B&W is really well done and has a nice 'shine' to it. Love the wheelchair guy. It added a surpise to the shot.

24 Sep 2009 11:20pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great choice to process in B & W with all the shine and reflection that you captured here.

24 Sep 2009 11:26pm

Mr. Gilbert from from north to south of, Philippines

wow! the couple makes the photo more and more fabulous!

24 Sep 2009 11:27pm

@Mr. Gilbert: thanks Gilbert, and good morning to you ... for me it is almost bed time :)))

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Fabolous composition.

24 Sep 2009 11:38pm

Paul from Singapore, Singapore

I really like this mariana :)
so sweet!

24 Sep 2009 11:42pm

Mª Angeles from Barcelona, Spain

Fantastica foto, es preciosa, un encuacre perfecto, y los reflejos en el agua muy bien. Saludos

24 Sep 2009 11:53pm

Sidney from Manilla, Philippines

Wonderful image... of course...the two lovers in the rain... absorbed in their own world...I guess they don't even notice it is raining.... and you mixed it well with a sad note of the guy in his wheelchair...

25 Sep 2009 12:18am

Ginnie from Atlanta, Georgia, United States

No one will rain on THEIR parade, that's for sure!

25 Sep 2009 12:19am

One from Açores, Portugal

Exceptional ! Beautiful B & W and wonderful post processing !

25 Sep 2009 1:12am

Ajay from Pune, India

How romantic!!!!

25 Sep 2009 1:41am

Krista from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Thank you for you kind comment!

This is a beautiful scene! I love the guy in the wheel chair. I can almost see him moving.

25 Sep 2009 1:51am

Spectra from Carrboro, United States

time stands still for the couple but for the old man it's life as usual...the contrast is brought out by the rain it! this is an incredible shot!

25 Sep 2009 2:20am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Ho, this one is so stunning! Great contrast of the people and bright quality of b/w color!

25 Sep 2009 2:29am

Maria from NYC, United States

Looking at this photo, I feel that all my senses are activated. I can hear, smell, taste, feel and see the rain. Excellent. xo :)

25 Sep 2009 2:40am

@Maria: Thanks Maria :)) Hugs darlin' :))

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Romantic street shot and the weather circumstances haven't got any effect on them!

25 Sep 2009 3:34am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

I like the contrasts in this shot.
Old in the background, new in the foreground.
Young on the left, old on the right.
Dry under the canopy, wet in the rain.
Another of your well seen candid street shots.

25 Sep 2009 3:35am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Great shot! Very well captured. I like the way you tell the lifestory, of so many people... On the left the young couple in love and on the right the eldery person, in the wheelchair, by himself... Beautiful, but sad.

25 Sep 2009 3:51am

Lynn from United States

FANTASTIC SCENE!!! It puts a smile on my face and also a sadness...the emotions that you put into your photos amazes me for that I applaud you. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

25 Sep 2009 4:06am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I LOVE this one. The wheel chair gives it more of a story than it would have without.

25 Sep 2009 4:20am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Love it! Everything about it is superb!!! Bravo! 10/10

25 Sep 2009 4:50am

Andrew Gould from Sydney, Australia

Excellently caught street scene, very rich in content.

25 Sep 2009 11:29am

Shrigley Photography from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

One of the best things about photography is it gives you this *permission* to snoop around and capture works of art such as this. Very romantic.

25 Sep 2009 1:51pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Yeah, a true statement, sometimes! Great photo!

25 Sep 2009 1:53pm

Fusao Tamaki from Tokyo, Japan

happy time for TWO and the photographer. very nice.

25 Sep 2009 3:20pm

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

oh ok. you just want to show paradox. still, very powerful and moving :)

25 Sep 2009 3:45pm

Sugata from Newark, United States

I love the way everything is glistening!

25 Sep 2009 4:22pm

ruimnm from Portugal

Such a beautiful city scene.
A show!

25 Sep 2009 5:05pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A nice kiss shot

25 Sep 2009 5:14pm

Cliffor Gwinn from United States

This is a very ambigious scene....I`m caught between the couple and the man in the wheelchair. Nice mystery!

25 Sep 2009 5:49pm

@Cliffor Gwinn: thanks a lot for your visit !

Papalopoctli from D.F., Mexico

Bellísimo! La luz, los contrastes, las figuras... Todo en la composición de la foto es excelente. Felicidades!!

25 Sep 2009 11:57pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Like a still from a movie . . an image that has all the makings of a gripping story. Well done and good to see you have the recognition here.

26 Sep 2009 12:00am

Tammy-Cricket from Huntsville, United States

Beautiful image!

26 Sep 2009 2:32am

lux from Munich, Germany

Wow, this is a very strong one! Excellent capture which was nicely seen and the contrast in content and tones are brilliant. So good!!!

26 Sep 2009 10:13am

@lux: thanks LUX :)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Dramatic shot...

26 Sep 2009 2:38pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

bonita imagen! B&W perfecto

27 Sep 2009 4:43am

Kees from Dongen, Netherlands

I love these scenes. Nice composition and good lightened.

27 Sep 2009 7:28am

Tulio from Geneva, Switzerland

Nice street scene. In my mind, that could be a rainy Sunday afternoon.

27 Sep 2009 3:31pm

Stef67 from in my head, France

scéne de rue que j affectionne, sur le vif, telle st la vie plus belle ^^

27 Sep 2009 7:08pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

AWESOME!!! all is said in the uppercomments :)

28 Sep 2009 11:23am

John from Eureka, United States

Very nice. I like the detain the many shapes created by the wet street and sidewalk. And I like the contrast of youth and experience. Beginning and end of life.

29 Sep 2009 1:33pm

juan from granada, Spain

Really good photo, perfect b&w

30 Sep 2009 6:46am

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/60 second
ISO 200
17 mm