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A Life in Comedy

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/1250 second F/2.8 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

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Very nice work on this and great in black and white! This has a lot of visual interest!

16 Oct 2009 5:11am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Really cool black and white. Looks like the man is having a snooze on the railing. LOL.

16 Oct 2009 5:16am

@Michael Skorulski: thx Michael :) Funny pose , isn't it :)

kaveh Sadeghi-Azad from TEHRAN, Iran

it carries a big meaning that i like it very much

16 Oct 2009 5:26am

Yvon from Orleans, France

superbes, ces photos prises sur le vif
elles sont encore plus belles en B and W
have a nice day, Mariana

16 Oct 2009 5:32am

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou, France

Joli N&B ! Bonne journée.

16 Oct 2009 5:44am

rem_la from Villiers, France

sympa cette composition !

16 Oct 2009 5:50am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Hesitation: Is he making of the movies and watch 4 movies at once or not... he chose 'Quantum of Solace " !

16 Oct 2009 6:08am

masoud from tehran, Iran

nice view !

16 Oct 2009 6:18am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

A rich and complex shot...well seen in your typically warm brown-black.

16 Oct 2009 6:20am

Richard Trim from Leicester, United Kingdom

Ha! A good querky angle ... a busy image and the protagonist is making heavy weather of choosing ''Oh Oh Oh ... decisions decisions decisions.''


16 Oct 2009 6:45am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A nice streeet shot.

16 Oct 2009 6:51am

fabrizio from rome, Italy

which movie do I see today....? :)

16 Oct 2009 6:55am

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

beautiful work in W & B , S , i love the angle and the funny position of the man . LOL , i can say (but u know how i'm a silly french ;) that he have almost ass in FIRe ;-)
what is your choice with those movie Marianna ?
have a pretty friday

16 Oct 2009 6:55am

Oscar from Espira, France

I like the way you look through the lens.
Very well thought the photo, great.
Life is a comedy

16 Oct 2009 6:55am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

A really fantastic shot. Everyone on the posters are staring at the guy on the railings. Brilliant.

16 Oct 2009 7:19am

Blackdog from London, United Kingdom

Bowing down before the power of advertising ;o) Great shot Mariana - especially the tonal range

16 Oct 2009 7:27am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, these posters as marching in a film, the viewer seems to hover! Superb image. Good day.

16 Oct 2009 7:31am

Mhélène from Paris, France

Great framing ! I like this b&w !

16 Oct 2009 7:33am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

This image draws you closer to examine the details. Interesting shot.

16 Oct 2009 7:47am

Philippe from Bangkok, Thailand

ton N/B est super, bon contraste ....., autrement, j'ai l'impression qu'il manque quelque chose ..... ;)

16 Oct 2009 7:53am

STEED from Gueret, France

.........Life is a Comedy................Or a drama...

16 Oct 2009 8:02am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Either a comedy..or tragedy. Better to laugh..than to cry. Love all of the textures...layers...lines and angles. A very 'rich' and 'compelling' image.

16 Oct 2009 8:18am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fantastic BnW shot.. lovel the contrast.

16 Oct 2009 8:19am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente composición! b&w de lujo muy bueno!

16 Oct 2009 8:19am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Great compo. Beautiful B & W

16 Oct 2009 8:23am

Ekios from Une des trois iles du Salut., Guyana

Can I kick !? Can I kick ?!!! ;)

Nice shot !! And love the B&W !

16 Oct 2009 8:30am

roy from ostend, Belgium

Ja, i like this a lot, thats a amazing pic.

16 Oct 2009 9:19am

Gérard Méry from Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, France

Tous les personnages des affiches semblent étonnés de l'attitude du sujet affalé. Judicieux ce N&B

16 Oct 2009 9:39am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

The photo is good!!
The B&W goes to it very well!!

16 Oct 2009 9:44am

ghetu from Mumbai, India

i can't believe you took this with SX100 IS ... makes me realise that the camera is not important, the photographer is.

16 Oct 2009 9:47am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Beautiful street shot Mariana, fantastic B&W and great contrast.
A good WE!

16 Oct 2009 9:49am

hesam from quchan, Iran

another wonderful shot
perfectly good done

16 Oct 2009 10:46am

PATRICK from miramas, France


16 Oct 2009 10:49am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great one I like very much the suggestions of all these posters and lettes that the man looks at.
Very good processing, as always.

16 Oct 2009 10:58am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Looking back I see you have been living up to your name. A great series of diverse and often gritty street shots with strong graphic treatment

16 Oct 2009 11:14am

Irene from France

Interesting street shot. I like your B&W

16 Oct 2009 11:15am

farzane from tehran, Iran

great B&W shot and i like the expression of old man!!well done

16 Oct 2009 11:19am

mirela from brighton, United States

rich and interesting composition, b&w was a wise choice for this!

16 Oct 2009 11:39am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Much information here, nice shot.

16 Oct 2009 12:04pm

Aine Ilina from Selangor, Malaysia

Interesting SHOT!!!
love the B&W effect!

16 Oct 2009 12:10pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

The B&W treatment really brings out the "animation" of the posters with such a high level of contrast.

16 Oct 2009 12:16pm

alireza from tehran, Iran

A death in comedy!

16 Oct 2009 12:23pm

Lasiate from manila, Belgium

un très beau B&W suer lequel chacun peut créer sa propre métaphore de la vie

16 Oct 2009 12:40pm

Pepe Villanueva Cabrera from Cuidad de Antipolo, Philippines

Beautifully done! Amazing in B&W.

16 Oct 2009 12:43pm

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

Another great street shot! Superb presentation!

16 Oct 2009 12:52pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

A very weary pose with everything around him.

16 Oct 2009 1:06pm

rian from mobile, United States

that's one pose you don't see often in the streets.. :D very nice capture.. :)

16 Oct 2009 1:26pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Great shot Mariana, WELL SCENE & CAPTURED IMAGE..... Love the B &W processing

16 Oct 2009 1:43pm

Manuela M from Rennes, France

Comment s'incliner devant la fiction de la vie!! Excellente scène!!

16 Oct 2009 1:50pm

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

striking, gritty contrast. wonderful b&w image!

16 Oct 2009 1:59pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

A Human Comedy ! ;-)
Great capture one more time, with a philosophic and a litarery message !
Love that ! :-) Well done dear Mariana !

16 Oct 2009 2:10pm

jean-pierre from romans, France

bonjour Mariana . bizarre cette attitude . on se demande ce que contemple cet homme , ainsi affalé . bises

16 Oct 2009 2:11pm

hoi from Arlington, United States

Great tone in this! I have never heard of any of those movies except the 007 one, which I loved!

16 Oct 2009 2:33pm

ryse from bordeaux, France

le voilà devant un choix cornélien .... il en perd toutes ses forces !
Superbe photo

16 Oct 2009 2:35pm

'Paul from Minneapolis, United States

... hilarious image! made me laugh!!. .. so many possible stories in this shot, all of them equally funny and interesting. .. what a capture, Mariana - perfect timing. . oh, and your B/W processing is wonderfully executed.

16 Oct 2009 2:38pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Great and strong street shot.

16 Oct 2009 2:41pm

mmolinah from Girona, Spain

A very good B&W, like the different B&W tones

16 Oct 2009 2:57pm

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

What a nice processing job, I like it very much, well done!

16 Oct 2009 3:05pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

So much going on here, great B&W!

16 Oct 2009 3:12pm

grant from kansas city, United States

hmmm, which of these masterpieces should i rent... great shot!

16 Oct 2009 3:14pm

@grant: none :))) they all stupid .. ha ha :)) just kidding . Try Big Stan - I loved it ;)

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

what the heck is he doing?? hahaha....great moment captured!

16 Oct 2009 3:16pm

@Amanda: resting :)) I do not think he was watching these posters .. these are old movies ;)) thanks Amanda :)

eme chiquilla from córdoba, Spain

great b&w composition! you shot a really interesting documentary :)

16 Oct 2009 3:27pm

Nima Moradpour from Tehran, Iran

thanks for your comment...nice photoblog

16 Oct 2009 3:48pm

Reno from Madrid, Spain

A dificult comedy to play in some way. Yes, a good perspective with this man in this position.

16 Oct 2009 4:09pm

@Reno: what about life in tragic-comedy :))

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Many things to see! Very great b/w! Love it!

16 Oct 2009 4:11pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

admirable street scene !!
great b&w ,mariana !
kiss !

16 Oct 2009 4:17pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

I don't know how you manage to get so many nice street shots! Do you take a lot of pics every day?! :)

16 Oct 2009 4:24pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

great capture! what he is doing? he thanks the audience ? :)

16 Oct 2009 4:26pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

EXCELLENT lines, patterns and tectures -- gorgeous tonalities!!! beautifully seen!

16 Oct 2009 4:28pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Great shot again! :)

16 Oct 2009 5:14pm

Philipp from Munich, Germany

greatly encaptured, i think it tells a story. i like your photographs! have a lovely day!

16 Oct 2009 5:43pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Quiet a popular aspect of the urban left. Well composed.

16 Oct 2009 5:50pm

Eldiablo from Les Issambres, France

très grande photo ! bravo !

16 Oct 2009 5:57pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Un B&W, excelente. Texturas y gama de grises muy buenos.

16 Oct 2009 6:15pm

@manel: thx Manel ;)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Cool composition; great street shot.

16 Oct 2009 6:23pm

Mike from United States

Really well done! The B&W tones and contrast are flawless. There is so much to look at, not least of which is this guy's proud butt display! Very nice M!

16 Oct 2009 6:29pm

Christopher from Atlanta, United States

Love the tones and the feel of the shot. Well done!!

16 Oct 2009 7:18pm

Stef67 from in my head, France

trés beau traitement noir et blanc^^

16 Oct 2009 8:03pm

@Stef67: thx..thx.. thx .... I really thank you for visits , STEF :))

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Awesome capture Mariana!! This turned out great! : )

16 Oct 2009 8:49pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

bien vue, cette scène, et surtout, superbe noir et blanc.

16 Oct 2009 8:51pm

Denis from France

Belle image, un style urbain et moderne que j'apprécie beaucoup, bravo.

16 Oct 2009 9:12pm

Andrew Gould from Sydney, Australia

Excellent, richly detailed street scene.

16 Oct 2009 9:29pm

R.J.Dee from Ettlingen, Germany

Warning to all movie lovers ! Look at that man - he watched all 4 movies ... one after the other ... that means he spent nearly a day in the movie theatres ... now he is close to a nervous breakdown and doesn't even have enough strenght left to phone his psychiatrist ...
Thanks to Mariana who testified the senselessness of such an activity ;-)

16 Oct 2009 9:37pm

@R.J.Dee: such a cool comment , Ralf :)) I love your words :)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is a very rich photo in terms of the imagery and the wonderful tones. There is so much to look at and wonder about. Like what's up with that guy? A really interesting image.

16 Oct 2009 10:13pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Don't know how you do it but excellent again!

16 Oct 2009 10:50pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Wow, a complex composition with a lot of layers, stunningly captured in B/W! A winner!

16 Oct 2009 11:18pm

pernilla from Andonno, Italy

Excellent shot. So many different things and that man?!

17 Oct 2009 12:02am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

A strange pose taken by that man. May be one of those movies is inspiring him? Beautiful BW.

17 Oct 2009 12:23am

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

Haha, bowing down to popular culture? Nice shot. I can't stand Twilight...

17 Oct 2009 12:31am

@Howard F.: me neither :)) ha ha ...

Mr. Gilbert from from north to south of, Philippines

lovely bw! loved the movies in the background :D

17 Oct 2009 12:59am

@Mr. Gilbert: Thanks Gilbert :)

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

What's he doing, lol. Great bw!

17 Oct 2009 1:12am

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

i like this scene of photo and the TITLE too.
'A Life in Comedy' very nice.

17 Oct 2009 1:18am

Tracey from Maryland, United States

What a fabulous, interest filled shot. I love the title too.

17 Oct 2009 1:30am

@Tracey: thanks Tracey !

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

A lot going on but it works!!! So interesting and original! The mono is a great choce - wonderful contrast and tones! Bravo!

17 Oct 2009 1:33am

@Magda: thanks Magda !

Lynn from United States vote is for Bolt!!! I wonder what this man's choice would be...great capture in this very unique position :))

17 Oct 2009 1:50am

@Lynn: I watched only Big Stan and liked it :) Thanks Lynn !

Bill Brown from California, United States

Fabulous b&w capture!

17 Oct 2009 3:07am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great black and white, you have a lot of really good street photographs, do you just walk around all day, or are you insanely lucky?

or perhaps, your eye for a picture is more trained than mine :)

17 Oct 2009 3:36am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

I guess he had a heavy night and now he's got a hangover?! :) Great street shot and I like the decor with the movie posters in the background.

17 Oct 2009 4:18am

Klaus from Germany

realy a cool urban shot

17 Oct 2009 8:37am

@Klaus: thx Klaus :)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Well, I see this is one of those moments that one could not possibly pass up. So many stories in this shot, comedy and tragedy. I really like this!

17 Oct 2009 12:33pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks a lot Sharon for your visit and comments . Very much appreciated .

Mags from Paris, France

I like the framing, funny :)

17 Oct 2009 4:39pm

@Mags: thanks Mags . Interesting that you do not like the last portrait:)

LightningPaul from Brugge, Belgium

A very good B/W image. The contrast in your B/W images is excellent. I like the pose of the man a lot. Also the details of his jeans are fantastic.

18 Oct 2009 6:50pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Wonderful composition and use of B&W.

18 Oct 2009 7:09pm

Stephane Themeze from Maryland, United States

Good use of B&W tone on that one.

19 Oct 2009 5:49pm

sebastian from Germany


20 Oct 2009 7:05pm

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