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A Mother's Protectiveness

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 6 October 2009 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

"Child and Mother never truly part -

Bound in the beating of each other's heart."

~ Charlotte Gray


"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

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great use of color to separate the subject from the background. she really stands out, and make this a very powerful image.

6 Oct 2009 5:12am

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

oh that is beautiful mariana!
i love how you treated the background too
it's a powerful photo!

6 Oct 2009 5:28am

@Seraphine: thanks Sera :) Always pleasure to read your words and visit your witty, smart, creatives pages :)

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Superb. The mother and child is processed so creatively
and stands out beautifully against the monotone of the background.
Unique, and one of your best in my opinion !

6 Oct 2009 5:42am

@Dulcie: wow,, you make my morning :)) Many thanks Dulcie :)

Gaëtan Raffin from cap d, France

Thanks for this image.........................peaaaaaaace

6 Oct 2009 5:46am

@Gaëtan Raffin: peace :))

oncho from granada, Spain

Espectacular trabajo gana protagonismo la escena

6 Oct 2009 5:51am

fabrizio from Roma, Italy

wonderful background and very nice composition

6 Oct 2009 5:55am

uvaraj from United States

powerful and touching portrait. a story in a frame - well done.

6 Oct 2009 5:56am

@uvaraj: Thx :)) In all that story, mother's face is the most powerful to my eyes :)) Mother - HERO !!!

Andrei Barbu from Timisoara, Romania

Wow, great portrait shot! Beautiful image, excellent scene!

6 Oct 2009 6:00am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A stunning capture so brilliantly treated by you Marianna! Wonderful work!

6 Oct 2009 6:23am

STEED from Gueret, France

Great painting..

6 Oct 2009 6:32am

martie from US, United States

Stunning capture! They look as if they could walk out of my monitor!

6 Oct 2009 6:41am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, Oh! what a beautiful picture, wonderful, thank you Mariana, I love. Good day.

6 Oct 2009 6:49am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

What a powerful image! You did an exceptional work here.

6 Oct 2009 6:54am

Oscar from Espira, France

An amazing post processing. Superb .

6 Oct 2009 6:56am

Bill Laing from Corvallis, OR, United States

How lovely! How gritty! I can't believe I'm saying "lovely' and "gritty" in the same breath. An extraordinary image, Mariana.

6 Oct 2009 7:00am

Anne from somewhere over the rainbow, France

The processing gives strengh to your pic who is already beautiful !!!

6 Oct 2009 7:11am

@Anne: thanks Anne :)) have a great day :)

roeb from Netherlands

watch out with all this manipulation, getting to look like a glossy

6 Oct 2009 7:12am

@roeb: sorry, did not get your comment ... would you explain , please

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Cool processing, great work!

6 Oct 2009 7:18am

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

brilliant processing , on the subject and the background...a very deep pic , Marianna , we can feel the protection of the mother as never !
Have a safe day

6 Oct 2009 7:31am

@Jean-Luc: Thx, Jean. Great day to you too :))

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Interesting processing! I like how the motive is separated from the background, and the color tones in the foreground, but especially I think the portrait itself is really excellent! Good work Mariana! Is it one or two photos?

6 Oct 2009 7:50am

@Albert: It is one photo, but I processed it on two different ways and then a collage of these two is created . Thx :))

Ekios from Une des trois iles du Salut., Guyana

Strong and impressiv, this capture is perfect Mariana !!!

PS : now, I challenge you to do the same with a father. It won't be hard to find. But could be hard to admit the same bond ;)

Ekios, fighting for fathers rights.

6 Oct 2009 8:09am

@Ekios: You did not tell me : father with girl-baby, or father with a boy :)) Have already a couple of these shots :)) Thanks my friend :)

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful work.

6 Oct 2009 8:27am

jafar from pakdasht, Iran

Wow! it's a powerful photo

6 Oct 2009 8:34am

Amir Madanipour from Tehran, Iran

I'm so thankful for your favor to me. I think we have three diffrent ideas about photoes in general: Good, medium and bad. The picture that you saw and left the comment about it, is a medium picture, in my opinion and I don't think, it was so awful. Maybe I've exagerated about your picture. I will be grateful if you pay attention to my pictures in future again! And this picture: * * * three stars from five.

6 Oct 2009 8:54am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

What an artistic word od processing! I live very much the expression of the main subject, and also the tones of color choosed for the background and the figure. Great photo, my friend.

6 Oct 2009 8:55am

@Paco Díaz: Thanks my friend . You are always generous with your compliments :)

Mhélène from Paris, France

Superb treatment and composition of this photo which talks to us !

6 Oct 2009 9:25am

thami from Morocco

Le traitement un peu radical à mon sens mais l'effet obtenu est saisissant!
Bonne journée lumineuse!

6 Oct 2009 9:28am

Barbara from Florida, United States

An exceptional and powerful image. Outstanding capture and processing. 5 Stars!

6 Oct 2009 9:54am

Pied Crow from Nairobi, Kenya

Really interesting processing, which gives it the look of an old poster. I love the way the child's posture and expression tell us how safe he feels in that fierce embrace.

6 Oct 2009 10:04am

mirela from brighton, United States

It almost looks like a painting, very unique processing! I like it a lot!

6 Oct 2009 10:37am

Antonio from lisboa, Portugal

everything is there is an image that needs no words

6 Oct 2009 11:06am

@Antonio: thx Antonio :)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Superb post processing Mariana! ;-)

6 Oct 2009 11:39am

Andrew Gould from Sydney, Australia

What an unusual style. So effective in bringing out detail and giving this extra meaning.

6 Oct 2009 11:46am

PATRICK from miramas, France

very great capture

6 Oct 2009 11:52am

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

Amazing picture, great job!!

6 Oct 2009 12:01pm

Ana Marušić from växjö, Sweden

WOOW, this one is amazing! I just love everything about it, the color, the mood and the name. Great job!

6 Oct 2009 12:18pm

@Ana Marušić: Thanks Ana :)

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

this is wonderful, stellar processing!!

6 Oct 2009 12:28pm

CM Kwan from Hong Kong, Hong Kong

A powerful portrait!

6 Oct 2009 12:44pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great processing to provide this impact image!

6 Oct 2009 1:05pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Very nice composition Mariana!
Superb post processing and great expressive work.

6 Oct 2009 1:25pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

What an amazing shot.. excellent work, Mariana!

6 Oct 2009 1:26pm

rian from mobile, United States

nice work with the presentation of this image, but regardless of how you presented it, it already is a great shot.. nice work.. :)

6 Oct 2009 1:34pm

LB from Portugal

Powerful! An excellent composition and processing. Great image!

6 Oct 2009 1:47pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Well done and great work.

6 Oct 2009 1:48pm

Claude from France

c'est juste splendide;
bonne soirée

6 Oct 2009 2:06pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

superbe composition.
le fond donne beaucoup de force à cette image.

6 Oct 2009 2:17pm

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

Wonderful capture, processed nicely for that theme! Great work

6 Oct 2009 2:18pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

Beautiful processing... and what did you do to the background - that is just unquestionably lovely! :)

6 Oct 2009 2:31pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Awesome work on this and I like the processing and the facial expressions! Great!

6 Oct 2009 2:42pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Fantastic photo and I love the post processing ... this would make a great poster!

6 Oct 2009 2:50pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is nothing short of genius. The expression on the lady's face tells the story. The excellent processing emphasizes this feeling. Bravo!!!

6 Oct 2009 2:57pm

Don from spokane, United States

The distinctive processing adds remarkable quality to the shot! I especially like how the two have divergent directions they are viewing. A very strong photo!

6 Oct 2009 3:00pm

peter from new york, United States

stunning portrait!

6 Oct 2009 3:05pm

Ken from United States


6 Oct 2009 3:05pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Wonderful graphic piece, and a great subject. Very nicely done Mariana!

6 Oct 2009 3:18pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Was für ein klasse Foto. Glückwunsch.

6 Oct 2009 3:22pm

Papalopoctli from D.F., Mexico

Excellent treatment of the picture! It gives greater strength to the expression of the mother.

6 Oct 2009 3:27pm

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

A powerful portrait!

6 Oct 2009 3:31pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Vraiment un grand portrait de cette femme et son enfant !!!!
Un très beau choix de cet arrière plan ****

6 Oct 2009 3:47pm

Ashish Sidapara from Singapore, Singapore

Love the processing, cool shot.

6 Oct 2009 3:51pm

Manuela M from Rennes, France

Le traitement est étonnant et donne une certaine dureté à la réalité de cette photo!
Bonne soirée.

6 Oct 2009 3:59pm

Mª Angeles from Barcelona, Spain

Impresionante Mariana, un procesado espectacular, me encanta esta foto, la expresión de la señora y la carita del niño, Felicidades por tu trabajo!! saludos

6 Oct 2009 4:16pm

jean-pierre from Romans, France

bonsoir Mariana . le traitement que tu as choisi donne encore plus de force a cette photo . quelle expression de la mère et de l'enfant . fantastique image . bises .

6 Oct 2009 4:23pm

Mohsen from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

very Cool editing and it has got soul!... great shot...

6 Oct 2009 4:26pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

this is one of my favorite photos ever . . . it's so intense, powerful, and thought-provoking. just a brilliant job.

6 Oct 2009 4:42pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelentre trabajo, felicidades!!!

6 Oct 2009 4:42pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Mariana
a brilliant shot. The colors I really liked it. The depiction mother and child together. Dear greetings Christel

6 Oct 2009 4:51pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

fantastic work - I like it a lot

6 Oct 2009 4:58pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

WOW thats a beautiful image image Mariana so powerful .. 5***** & my image of the day

6 Oct 2009 5:24pm

Eldiablo from over the rainbow, Monaco

very great ............................................................... *****

6 Oct 2009 5:30pm

Klaus from Germany

impressive mood

6 Oct 2009 5:30pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

wunderfull and creative, i give 5 stars

6 Oct 2009 5:58pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A fantástic photo again..great how you build it!

6 Oct 2009 6:12pm

Mike from United States

OK.. this is a great photo, but even more the processing is outstanding! This looks like it should be in a magazine. You chose a perfect color for the background to really make the subjects stand out. Phenominal !

6 Oct 2009 6:24pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

This is a great capture Mariana!! So much emotion and beautifully processed to capture it. : )

6 Oct 2009 6:54pm

Elaine- from Canada

very beautiful, and the processing is unique and brings out the mother's fierceness... i dig it!!!

6 Oct 2009 7:04pm

françoisedu80 from France

Hello Mariana ,
L'impression de dureté ressort bien sur le fond ocre , la mère pleine de désarroi ne regarde même pas son enfant .
Bises .

6 Oct 2009 7:25pm

roeb from Netherlands

i think it is possible to upgrade any picture with the tools we have nowadays. i am more interested in the first shot of this image.

6 Oct 2009 7:26pm

@roeb: you are right, but you cannot say that everybody is able to use all these possible tools on a right way . i'm sorry I would not post the original one, since this one I find very impressive with a way I processed it . Sorry !

roy from Belgium

Great work, on the subject also on the background.
Unique and special.

6 Oct 2009 7:53pm

@roy: thanks Roy :)

LauraS from Chico, United States

Incredible shot. Love it. Very effective.

6 Oct 2009 7:59pm

Pierre from Mâcon, France

Good shot and post treatement !

6 Oct 2009 8:12pm

Zeinab from Tehran, Iran

Marianaaaaaaaa.. This is one of the best from you. Best way to feel mother's passion. Well done. Adding my best wishes for you in this brilliant way...
Nice to see your profile picture and finding what I've had about you in my mind, the owner of beautiful eyes and regard

6 Oct 2009 8:14pm

@Zeinab: thanks my dear friend :))

Liang from San Francisco, United States

i really like the separation here. it looks like a dream in a movie scene or something, very dramatic!

6 Oct 2009 8:57pm

Aileen from Philippines

Oh Mariana! This is awesome! Such excellent postprocessing! Love this image so much!

6 Oct 2009 9:01pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb processing. It looks like it is out of "The Grapes of Wrath."

6 Oct 2009 9:11pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a beautiful processing ,mariana !
good job !
kiss !

6 Oct 2009 9:25pm

roeb from Netherlands

okay, no problem.

6 Oct 2009 9:26pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Aside from a very beautiful image I admire the post processing. How did you do it? It added a great character to this already fabulous shot! Bravo

6 Oct 2009 9:26pm

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia

it's a strong portrait, but i think your processing really has made it a masterpiece. it's really great.

6 Oct 2009 9:46pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Extremely cool processing, a scent of 1970s here. Could be a political poster, I love it!

6 Oct 2009 10:41pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Muy emotiva. Perfectamente captadas las facciones de las dos personas. El tratamiento quizás demasiado fuerte o exagerado para mi gusto. Solo es mi manera de ver...

6 Oct 2009 10:53pm

pernilla from Andonno, Italy

Excellent portrait of the protective mother. Love the expressions. I think your post processing makes the picture even stronger. Great work.

6 Oct 2009 11:42pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Nice and original treatment which works very well to make the separation with the background. I love the innocence of the child face. Keep going with the good job!

7 Oct 2009 12:33am

Ginnie from Atlanta, Georgia, United States

This would win an award if entered in the right contest, Mariana. It's fabulous.

7 Oct 2009 12:43am

Sidney from Manilla, Philippines

dramatic & powerful image...looks like they are in pain !

7 Oct 2009 12:43am

Tracey from Maryland, United States

Interesting treatment here. It certainly in eye catching and holds one's attention. A very powerful image.

7 Oct 2009 12:58am

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

It has a graphic art/painting feel to it and I really dig it. I like the color and the faded crowd in the background and they're all coming toward the mother & child, like a some sort of force... Nice work!

7 Oct 2009 1:00am

ajoeh from Mataram, Indonesia

great work, strong image..

7 Oct 2009 1:13am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful processing with these tones, colors and layers. They all come together to make a great composition!

7 Oct 2009 1:47am

Ajay from Pune, India

20 out of 10 for this presentation. Supremely effective portrait shot.

7 Oct 2009 1:49am

Shrigley Photography from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

How very, very true. My mother and I have been close all my life. I couldn't imagine it any other way.

Great photo and wonderful processing. Any reason why you picked green as a background?

7 Oct 2009 1:50am

@Shrigley Photography: Just to match her dress. Her dress colors are original, I did not want to change anything about it, and all other colors I tried to adjust to this dress :)

LCImagery from Oregon, United States

This is absolutely stunning, love the post work on this. Picture post card perfect..

7 Oct 2009 2:07am

@LCImagery: thanks :)

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Just looks like an ad for social activity! Very strong processing...

7 Oct 2009 2:21am

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

fantastic pop art! GENIUS! pure GENIUS!

7 Oct 2009 3:19am

Lynn from United States

Very original and superbly done!!! I love the unique really makes mother and daughter stand out...BRILLIANT :))

7 Oct 2009 3:37am

grant from kansas city, United States

excellent image and processing.

7 Oct 2009 3:46am

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Very dramatic image.

7 Oct 2009 4:04am

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Good processing, I like the composition.

7 Oct 2009 6:37am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

A masterful work, Mariana!

7 Oct 2009 11:43am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

very weii done :)

7 Oct 2009 3:37pm

mohammad_hosein from Tehran, Iran

perfect !
good luck !

7 Oct 2009 5:58pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

i really like the editing you done on this picture! the woman and the child are priceless!! i like less the background it look so far like a screen...anyway a great picture!!!

7 Oct 2009 8:18pm

@Tomix: this is all one picture . I waited for this woman to come closer to me and she was almost the only one closer, and all other people were really behind . Perfect moment for shoting . I like / Love complete shot .

Blackdog from London, United Kingdom

Not a big fan of post processing as you probably realise by know ;o) That said this is a very strong image - the eyes of the child and the expression of the mother say enough to fill a novel. Outstanding.

7 Oct 2009 8:24pm

mark / one way photo from Essex, United Kingdom

Great piece of creative post-processing (something which I'm not usually keen on!). Would work very well in a magazine article

8 Oct 2009 12:37pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

wow!! and wow again!!! simply SUPERB processing and image!!! 5 stars!!!! :)

9 Oct 2009 3:35am

Brian Chen from Seattle, WA, United States

Well done on the processing, you've really isolated the subject well.

9 Oct 2009 7:51am

ghetu from Mainly Mumbai, India

oh my god! this so brilliant! just brilliant!

10 Oct 2009 12:08pm

Stef67 from in my head, France

un traitement qui sort des sentiers battus, original et pleins de peps^^

10 Oct 2009 8:15pm

#1AcePhotog from Portland, United States

Aside from being a beautiful picture, we need to know, are they all right?

19 Nov 2009 1:30am

@#1AcePhotog: I deeply hope they are all right . Maybe just that expression caught in a moment gives a different feeling :)