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a golden hour


"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 colors and tones, (similar to my photo today) i love the lighting and the silhouettes

10 Nov 2009 5:12am

Ti from Alpharetta, United States

Long time no see, my friend, how are you?

Been really busy at work and just lack of energy to post and browse...and my shoulder and elbow are in great pain for three weeks now, doctor's prescription doesn't work this time...growing old is no fun at all... :-)

What a pretty place it is, I'd love to pull up a lounge chair and just sit there enjoy the sun...and maybe take a few shots. :-)

10 Nov 2009 5:28am

@Ti: Hey, thanks .. I am perfect if I forget this and this and this .. :)) Ignoring all THESE(s ) I am really fine :)) You ignore all that pain and tell me you are perfect too ;))

Andrei Barbu from Timisoara, Romania

Beautiful colors and light, great composition and framing also! Excellent image!

10 Nov 2009 6:03am

Luke Wiley from Spokane, United States

This wins the gold metal!

10 Nov 2009 6:14am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Light, composition tone...all absolutely stunning!!!*****Marianna!!!

10 Nov 2009 6:25am

Jean-Luc T from Juignac, France

Interesting lighting. Quiet moment. Bravo Mariana.

10 Nov 2009 6:36am

@Jean-Luc T: many thanks Jean-Luc:))

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

A golden hour for a shot of gold !

10 Nov 2009 6:36am

Jean-Marc from Nancy, France

I like tones warmly of this image as well as its very well-kept composition
I am going to say good day but I do not know which hour it is at home...

10 Nov 2009 6:38am

@Jean-Marc: good day or good night :)) we are 6 hours behind from Europe :)) Good night to you and thx ;)

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Love the light, wonderful golden tones!

10 Nov 2009 6:39am

Yvon from Orleans, France

quelle magnifique photo
merci pour ce beau cadeau, Mariana

10 Nov 2009 6:39am

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

C'est une place ... dorée. Bonne journée.

10 Nov 2009 6:53am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just superb!!!!

10 Nov 2009 7:11am

@PATRICK: thanks Patrick ;) Cheers !

STEED from Gueret, France

Like these warm tones........Good shot...

10 Nov 2009 7:11am

rian from mobile, United States

really excellent toning here.. nice work! :)

10 Nov 2009 7:15am

Ekios from Une des Iles du Salut, Guyana

Ooooh thx, I just needed a bit of heat right now !! (almost killed myself in car this morning ...)

Thx I'm alive again !! :)

10 Nov 2009 7:28am

@Ekios: what ? oh, no ! drive carefully and never drink :)) I also ALMOST had an accident . One 100 y/o guy run straight into me . Was lucky to move quickly to contra lane and no cars were there . I stopped and yelled at him, but poor guy was shivering like a crazy . I am so sorry I did not took my camera and did a super portrait of him :))

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

De l'or à profusion!!!
Belle journée!

10 Nov 2009 7:30am

@Dilwenn: thx ..looking forward to seeing more lights on your page :)

Naama from Herut, Israel

Beauitful light and composition!

10 Nov 2009 7:31am

@Naama: thx :)

kaveh Sadeghi-Azad from TEHRAN, Iran

great shot great tones. well done

10 Nov 2009 7:32am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Wonderful light quality...way past 'real' and that is it's interest in this photo, I think.

10 Nov 2009 7:34am

fabrizio from rome, Italy

wonderful atmosphere It's seems a Renoir

10 Nov 2009 7:37am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!! Fantastic shot! I love the beautiful golden tones. The lighting, silhouettes and shadows are gorgeous! Nothing less than 5 stars :)

10 Nov 2009 7:56am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Wonderful composition. Light and tones are superb!

10 Nov 2009 8:03am

@Richard Standley: thx Richard :)

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

magic light for a magic composition taken by a magic woman. Yes yes u deserve all of that , S.
have a magic day -)
Kiss kiss

10 Nov 2009 8:03am

@Jean-Luc: you mean : magic woman made a magic light and magic light made a magic composition ... ha h are cool B :) kisses back :)

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

I wish you not just a gold hour , have a golden day .

10 Nov 2009 8:12am

@Farnaaz: and a golden year :)) snow is coming soon .. so, we will have a frozen-silver hours :))

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, a gold plate that is worth a fortune! great image. Nice day.

10 Nov 2009 8:21am

@tede: thx Tede, golden day to you :))

stephanie from taipei, Taiwan

great colors~

10 Nov 2009 8:40am

H.S from K, Iran

wow! amazing view! although I liked the colors a lot!
well done!

10 Nov 2009 8:41am

Richard Trim from Leicester, United Kingdom

All that glitters is not gold . But this Mariana ... is pretty close.


10 Nov 2009 8:43am

@Richard Trim: thx Richard :)) Love this quote :)) I think I have one shot with this as a title :)) One gold reflection ;))

Val37 from Tours, France

A magic light for a photo which is worth some gold

10 Nov 2009 8:44am

Pierre from Belgium

Des ombres bien misent en valeur. Les couleurs peut-être un peu trop saturées mais c'est une superbe composition.

10 Nov 2009 8:51am

@Pierre: thx a lot Pierre !

Zeinab from Tehran, Iran

Golden hour, golden heart, golden love

10 Nov 2009 9:07am

@Zeinab: yes, everything is GOLDEN :)) you too :)

Mhélène from Paris, France

Wonderful colors and beautiful composition !

10 Nov 2009 9:15am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Beautiful golden space and composition with all these silhouettes against the light!

10 Nov 2009 9:20am

Ghezelayagh from kerman, Iran

Wow, Really great, I like lighting and shadow and also your nice title

10 Nov 2009 9:36am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful. The tones and the bright golden light area amaizing.

10 Nov 2009 9:57am

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran

i do agree with the title
a golden hour
a beautiful moment
lovely shot
i like it

10 Nov 2009 10:17am

@*MЯG*: thx MRG :)) how you get this opposite R ?

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

Absolutely amazing.

10 Nov 2009 11:10am

Álvaro from Cascais, Portugal

Wonderful lights and colors. Like a picture. Bravo.

10 Nov 2009 11:29am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Great treatment, the picture glows with light

10 Nov 2009 11:31am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Yeah, this is really a golden hour ! Perfect color, perfect exposure, perfect composition.
Do you have troubles today ? Or is it OK today ?

10 Nov 2009 11:32am

@Hiro: thx Hiro :) YA, the same is happening today but not so often . When you go to Community page, and want to view pictures from there, Crash of Aminus is happening .. again , not so often as yesterday !

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Super golden tones Marianna.

10 Nov 2009 11:44am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Perfect colours..lovely

10 Nov 2009 11:45am

Mijo from Rognonas, France

Magic picture ! Super light !

10 Nov 2009 11:48am

thami from Morocco

Un bain de lumière magique!
Bonne journée lumineuse!

10 Nov 2009 12:10pm

gautam from new delhi, India


10 Nov 2009 12:29pm

mAnifesto from Lausanne, Switzerland

I love this PP, nice colors

10 Nov 2009 12:34pm

Twinklestamper from Oklahoma, United States

...and I imagine that the strolling couple is in their golden years. Lovely image...

10 Nov 2009 1:10pm

Julia from Athens, Greece

Wonderful light and contrast!

10 Nov 2009 1:15pm

eme chiquilla from córdoba, Spain

Great, great , great!! amazing composition against the golden light :)

10 Nov 2009 1:22pm

Alex from Barcelona, Spain

Preciosa fotografia, me gusta mucho como el sol ha creado un entorno magico.

10 Nov 2009 1:23pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful tones and highlights! Love the silhouetted effect on all the people and their shadows.

10 Nov 2009 1:30pm

Yvon from Orléans, France

hi Mariana,
I never process my pictures, you know
I take photos with my heart and eyes only, as tourist
and ask permission for take all the photos with people
have a nice day, Mariana

10 Nov 2009 1:35pm

@Yvon: thx Yvon, that is what I thought , but in last two shots you have much better contrast , so I was thinking you might processed them . Extra Bravo for last two pictures :))

Lougris from Toulouse, France

superbe !!!!
a beautiful color for this picture !!!!!! :)

10 Nov 2009 1:37pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

I love the lighting and the silhouette Amazing and beautiful composition!

10 Nov 2009 1:47pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

absolutely wonderful!! the golden glow is truly gorgeous!

10 Nov 2009 1:56pm

Hervé from Juvisy, France

stunning light and well manage exposure
Great shot!!

10 Nov 2009 2:08pm

philippe from dijon, France

Wouaaah ! quelle lumière et quelle photo, grandiose.......... BRAVO.

10 Nov 2009 2:11pm

6ft5 from stockholm, Sweden

Golden it is!

10 Nov 2009 2:29pm

oncho from granada, Spain

Me gustan tu fotos y esta es un obra de arte

10 Nov 2009 2:35pm

NicO! from Villa Allende, Argentina

Muy linda foto, seguramente mejor aun estar en ese lugar, en ese momento. Gracias por compartirlo !

10 Nov 2009 2:41pm

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

incredibly beautiful, warm, relaxed.

10 Nov 2009 2:43pm

miguel from Spain


10 Nov 2009 3:06pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

wow wonderful gold tones

10 Nov 2009 3:07pm

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

Amazing processing, what a nice and warm light!

10 Nov 2009 3:08pm

Adela Fonts Artús from Barcelona, Spain

Framing Increible ... amazing light ... A picture perfect and powerful

10 Nov 2009 3:28pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Wonderful that gold tone! Do they also have a happy hour there? :)

10 Nov 2009 3:51pm

@Thea: golden , happy hour we all had . For Nov 8th , with temp. over 20 C it felt like a miracle in Canada . Cannot remember any other year before without heavy snow and freezing temperature, colder than - 30 C :)) thx Thea !

don from spokane, United States

A fine example of backlighting making an image very attractive. Love the color of the light. The people add much to the picture's success. A fine image.

10 Nov 2009 3:56pm

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

Great shot , I like it :)

10 Nov 2009 4:03pm

Oscar from espira, France

Nice backlight. very very gold. A gold medal for you

10 Nov 2009 4:08pm

@Oscar: ha ha thx :))

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Superb Mariana

10 Nov 2009 4:11pm

Tagazou from France

Where is my golden queen? It's like a dream!

10 Nov 2009 4:12pm

@Tagazou: who ? you mean your golden DONKEY ? I will add him next time ;))

Pomme from France

C'est beau comme un bijou :)

10 Nov 2009 4:18pm

@Pomme: Merci :))

sebastian from Germany

good processing! wonderful yellooow :)
have a nice evening (or day:)

10 Nov 2009 4:19pm

@sebastian: thx Sebastian :) same to you :)

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

73 Comment, that says enough, wonderful photo

10 Nov 2009 4:22pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


10 Nov 2009 4:26pm

@Eleftheria: thx babe :))

Mª Angeles from Barcelona, Spain

Una hora realimente dorada, muy bien conseguidas las siluetas con sus sombras. Un buen contraluz, saludos!!

10 Nov 2009 4:33pm

sylvia cole from United States

That light is glorious! Love the silhouettes.

10 Nov 2009 4:34pm

@sylvia cole: thx Sylvia:)

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

completely and utterly mesmerizing!

10 Nov 2009 4:43pm

@B.Held: and temperature was mesmerizing too, B :)) for Canada it is like a miracle. Today very similar . Thanks God, no snow yet :)

Karine from ORLEANS, France

Quelle belle couleur. On dirait de l'or

10 Nov 2009 5:10pm

Papalopoctli from D.F., Mexico

Extraordinario! Un mundo de color ambar y miel.

10 Nov 2009 5:10pm

Marcie from United States

Gorgeous light. Absolutely stunning!!

10 Nov 2009 5:24pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Amazing golden tones and light.

10 Nov 2009 5:31pm

Manuela M from Rennes, France

Cette heure du soir est propice aux précieux moments!!
C'est une merveille!
Bonne soirée.

10 Nov 2009 5:40pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

5 star MARIANA / the best photo

10 Nov 2009 5:43pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Marvelous capture and composition. Dynamite processing.

10 Nov 2009 6:00pm

Rosso from Luserna s.Giovanni (To), Italy

Beautiful shot against the truly original

10 Nov 2009 6:02pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

A scene to be inscribed in miniature on a gold ring!

10 Nov 2009 6:04pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

The golden tonality may steal the show and overshadow the good composition.

10 Nov 2009 6:08pm

hoi from DC, United States

mysterious silhouettes!

10 Nov 2009 6:20pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Golden indeed! Beautiful golden silhouettes!

10 Nov 2009 6:25pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent lighting, silhouettes, scenery and colors

10 Nov 2009 6:26pm

Gérard Méry from Tours, France

Le contre jour est violent mais beau avec ses ombres allongées

10 Nov 2009 6:36pm

Klaus from Germany

good title and a perfect mood

10 Nov 2009 6:44pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars : the mood is awesome, here

10 Nov 2009 6:58pm

lydia from Paris, France

I like the golden tones here , superb shot !

10 Nov 2009 7:00pm

Pepe Cabrera from Cuidad de Antipolo, Philippines

What a beautiful golden color! Amazing composition!

10 Nov 2009 7:00pm

Kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

A perfect capture of a perfect time of day....makes me want to be there.

10 Nov 2009 7:15pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

beautiful color "amber", perfect shot!
Five stars!

10 Nov 2009 7:26pm

Stephane Themeze from Maryland, United States

A real nice filter effect that gives colourful power to an exquisite composition already. Nice planning.

Cheers Mariana.

10 Nov 2009 7:42pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Formidable composition et la couleur est chaude bravo !

10 Nov 2009 8:10pm

@Theys: thx again :))

philippe from moselle, France

magnifiques couleurs or et ocres sur un superbe contre jour, très beau !!!!

10 Nov 2009 8:24pm

Andy from United States

Love the golden light bathing this photo! Really cool.

10 Nov 2009 8:34pm

BlueMoon from Strasbourg, France

Brillant picture ! I love that golden color.

10 Nov 2009 8:46pm

Yvon from Belgium

A great picture.
Have a nice night.

10 Nov 2009 8:52pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Oh la la!! Love the golden colors and tones!! The processing is perfect Mariana! : )

10 Nov 2009 8:55pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Mariana,
it looks like a paradise in the sun. A beautiful moment, which one should enjoy. Dear greetings Christel

10 Nov 2009 9:15pm

Eldiablo from Les Issambres, France

Quel talent ****************** c'est fabuleux !!!!!! I TAKE IT ;)))))

10 Nov 2009 9:32pm

om from Saint Lucia

Lovely! I love the use of the yellow.

10 Nov 2009 9:47pm

Stephen Skok from ASCOT VALE, Australia

Well seen.

10 Nov 2009 9:54pm

Kate from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Another fantastic shot. Is this in Waterloo Park, near the deer? It looks familiar.

10 Nov 2009 10:11pm

@Kate: yes, yes - waterloo park :)) maybe we meet one day there :))

Irene from L C, France

Magnificent poetic picture ! It's marvelous...

10 Nov 2009 10:22pm

@Irene: thx Irene :)

Veronelle from Lens, France

A terrific golden capture !

10 Nov 2009 10:28pm

Blackdog from London, United Kingdom

I will add my appreciation to the list. A golden shot of the golden hour. Perfect ;o)

10 Nov 2009 10:44pm

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

beautiful tonal effect - you have an eye for lovely things in life.... :-)

10 Nov 2009 10:45pm

sakshi from Boston, United States

Am I still eligible to say that "It's a beautiful shot" after all these 100 plus comments? Love everything about it...

10 Nov 2009 10:51pm

@sakshi: sure :)) and thx :))

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

wonderful composition,
a dreamy work. . .

10 Nov 2009 11:04pm

pernilla from Andonno, Italy

Wonderful golden light!

10 Nov 2009 11:14pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Wow, not only great processing but also a convincing use of sepia tones. I like this a lot!

10 Nov 2009 11:15pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Nice shot against the light and post processing.

10 Nov 2009 11:31pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

nice color scheme in gold here! looks like this was taken at the end of a long day..

10 Nov 2009 11:36pm

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

Like the Golden Pond movie... feels like solid gold.

10 Nov 2009 11:50pm

Michael from Shell village, United Kingdom

Damn.. Howard beat me to it..! Never mind, it's a lovely warm shot, I like how the street lights are catching the sun too.

11 Nov 2009 12:27am

Ajay from Pune, India

I love this warm tone and romantic mood.

11 Nov 2009 1:19am

Sugata from Newark, United States

Wow! This is pure gold! One of the best silhouette shots I have ever seen!

11 Nov 2009 1:42am

uvaraj from New Jersey, United States

Wow, that's Golden. Fantastic :)

11 Nov 2009 2:09am

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

very lovely image, I feel so emotional. great work Mariana :)

11 Nov 2009 2:47am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Love that golden light! Also, those ladies in their golden years are so interesting in their warm hats. This is a great one, Mariana!

11 Nov 2009 2:50am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Exaggerated color with filter! Lollipop-like!^_^

11 Nov 2009 2:54am

@flyingwind风飞扬: so, what do you mean by this comment .. I really do not get it , sorry !

Reno from Madrid, Spain

A magic scene Mariana; the golder hour can reffer to thise/those old ladi(es) silouettes. Very good light

11 Nov 2009 3:01am

@Reno: beautiful remark Reno . I am having that on my mind each time I take a look at this shot . And, not only a gold hour for these two but the third one sitting in a wheelchair too :)) many thx :)

Bishop from Houston, United States

Is this what is known as the "Bewitching Hour"? If so, perfectly apt for this pic! :)

11 Nov 2009 3:02am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

... Very saturated color and filter-treatment... When I looked at it, I suddenly thought of eating a lollipop, very sweet! My English is so poor? I don't believe it but I have to accept it!...@#$%^&^&&***((

11 Nov 2009 3:20am

Mike from United States

Beautiful golden processing. Added with the light and the shimmering water... wonderful.

11 Nov 2009 3:23am

Abraham Siloé from Puebla, Mexico

wow, very nice shot, thanks for your comment, love the mood on this capture, great warm colors!!!
greets!!!! best regards!!

11 Nov 2009 4:17am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Fantastic light and I like that you shot this backlit - great work!

11 Nov 2009 4:31am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Oh my God! To be honest, that's what I really feel! What I thought about not be definitely expressed ... Actually, lollipop means that this photo in all aspects is powerful with a distinguishing feature or something like that and it gives me happiness!

11 Nov 2009 4:37am

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

I adore the Indian Summer orange tint to this. It gives a lovely warm feeling with the glare on the water and the long shadows. And a bandstand to boot! A "wholesome" shot Mariana, just lovely.

11 Nov 2009 6:16am

masoud momenzadeh naeini from tehran, Iran

so beautiful !!!

11 Nov 2009 6:21am

Ashish Sidapara from Singapore, Singapore

Golden indeed, beautiful!

11 Nov 2009 4:18pm

Levi from West Vancouver, Canada

Superb lighting and post processing! you captured the moment brilliantly!

11 Nov 2009 5:41pm

tce76 from St Laurent de brèvedent, France

Salut Mariana.
Merci de ton passage et des coms Laissés.
Ton univers photographique est superbe, et je regrettes de ne pas être venu plus tôt.
Je t'inscris dans ma planète ce qui me permettra de venir de voir à chaque billet.
Au fait, excellent cette compo!

11 Nov 2009 8:23pm

@tce76: Merci beaucoup, Thierry

manel from Girona, Spain

Soberbia, Mariana. Una gran composición con un color extraordinario. Felicidades.

11 Nov 2009 10:25pm

Lynn from United States

Oh, the warmth of the light is so wonderful!!! Love the tones...very soothing. EXCELLENT :))

12 Nov 2009 4:37am

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran

hi dear anamaria ;)
u've asked about the reversed R,i've take it from the symbols of word pad,office 2007...
you can find a lots of symbols in word pad...
best wishes dear buddy :*

12 Nov 2009 7:23am

@*MЯG*: oh, thx.. now i see your replay :))

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

i so love this! This is a golden keep! :)

12 Nov 2009 8:37am

mark / one way photo from London, United Kingdom

Beautiful, warm, saturated glow

12 Nov 2009 8:56am

Fabienne from Quelque part ou ailleurs, France

An amazing light !

12 Nov 2009 3:24pm

Kaitlyn from United States

Fantastic shot! Love the lighting.

12 Nov 2009 8:05pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

i like this wonderful shot and the warm process..

13 Nov 2009 5:59pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

WAOH !!!
I applause because this capture is really splendid !! What the ambiance ! Great Great Great !
Love it very much !!!!! :-)

13 Nov 2009 7:08pm

Anouk from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Lovely compo!!!

15 Nov 2009 4:11pm

Charlotte Meryman from Williamsburg, MA, United States

What gorgeous light. I love the sepia tones.

17 Nov 2009 1:37am

@Charlotte Meryman: thx Charlotte...very much appreciated :)