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why don't we all smile just like baby does

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 21 November 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Hey Guys, Just wanted to thank you for all nice wishes you expressed two days ago . I do not feel well, but will continue posting pictures till day of my surgery. Sorry if I do not get back to all of you . I will try, however the medication makes me very sleepy and drowsy !


"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

uvaraj from New Jersey, United States

babies are curious to learn and we already learned too much :)
good luck and get well soon...

21 Nov 2009 5:18am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Great shot the processing on this...the hooded guys in black on both sides seem so threatening and mysterious...wonderful!!

21 Nov 2009 5:45am

bigezbear from New Orleans, United States

Gorgeous and so rich in color and contrast. I love the forward movement of the central group contrasted with the two figures who are stationary. Adds a bit of danger. Wonderful.

21 Nov 2009 6:05am

miguel from Spain

Preciosa. ¡Viva la multiculturalidad!

21 Nov 2009 6:46am

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Une scène de vie quotidienne! Les gens se côtoient, se touchent mais ne se voient pas, ne sourient pas!
Nous sommes tous invisibles!
Belle journée!

21 Nov 2009 6:49am

Jean-Luc T from Juignac, France

Babies have not problems! Great shot Mariana. I like these moments captured in the life!

21 Nov 2009 6:52am

thami from Morocco

Souvent, en observant les gens (dans la rue, dans le métro...etc.), on se rend compte qu'ils sont plongés dans une insondable tristesse...en général, problèmes de sous et de soucis...
Que la lumière baigne ton samedi !

21 Nov 2009 7:09am

Fred from Manila, Philippines

Wow. Very interesting post processing you did here Mariana. I'm not exactly sure on how to describe it but it really works for the image. And a very candid capture you did here! Good luck with your surgery! You'll be just fine. :)

21 Nov 2009 7:22am

@Fred: Thx Fred . I really hope nothing is too dangerous :))

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Interesting to see the color just there to emphasize an emotion ...
I hope you get better ...

21 Nov 2009 7:32am

@Nina: thx Nina :)

jpla from st Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

Les bébés ne savent pas encore... Bnne journée.

21 Nov 2009 7:35am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

A fascinating street scene - well done.

21 Nov 2009 7:49am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The strollers are coming through. Love the processing here with the nice selective color. I'm smiling. :-)

21 Nov 2009 7:52am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Good One !!! That IS a rather grim group of people on the street. Nice the way you encouraged that idea with the handling of your dark tones and lightly saturated colors. Really well done !!

21 Nov 2009 7:53am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Superb shot! I love the processing - great tones and contrast. Lovely composition.
Hope you feel better soon

21 Nov 2009 7:54am

STEED from France

Yes.....................Why ??????????????????????????

21 Nov 2009 8:04am

Babzy from Besançon, France

He is smiling at you :)

21 Nov 2009 8:20am

@Babzy: thx Babzy :)

christine from France

La photo est trouve trés intéressant ce mélange de noir et de couleurs ...joli travail. Bravo! bonne journée Mariana

21 Nov 2009 8:36am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, I hope it is not too serious and that you will return soon. Bon courage and friendships.

21 Nov 2009 8:59am

@tede: thanks my friend :))

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

A beautiful black and white and a superb color key, beautiful atmosphere bravo!

21 Nov 2009 9:06am

roy from ostend, Belgium

Not really a baby, but he can still laugh .. until he understands the real life.

21 Nov 2009 9:20am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Hope you're better soon and the surgery goes well. This is a great photo with selective colour. Lovely work.

21 Nov 2009 9:58am

@Mike: thx MIke for lovely wishes !

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

It is to be feared that this little smile will disappear way too fast and the colours will fade away into a dull grey. Well spotted & processed!
Good luck with your surgery, get well soon!!!

21 Nov 2009 10:10am

@MadScientist: thx dear friend :))

kiji from valenciennes, France

Good title for this street scene. Nice shot indeed. I'm agree with you.

21 Nov 2009 10:19am

Tomix from landerneau, France

the lonely one who saw you was the baby!! he's petty with his bottle!!
great capture!!
neat title!

21 Nov 2009 10:22am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Somehow managed to miss yesterday's posting and also the fact that you were ill. All the best and a speedy recovery. Keep on trucking, dreaming and thank goodness for a health service....
Nice use of subtle selective colour in combination with high contrast here. Dynamic street scene.

21 Nov 2009 10:50am

@grouser: thx dear ! I deeply hope all will be ok . and painkiller really helps so far; it could not be stronger :))

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

Love the colour work you've done here Marianna, the desaturated tones add to the gloomy expressions and the scene. Very cinematic.

Take it easy and get well soon!

21 Nov 2009 10:54am

@Stu: thx Stu for warm wishes .

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

That's a good question Mariana... A very nice work, but no answer yet !

21 Nov 2009 10:57am

pascal from Brazil

such a good question......may be we just forget as good is life.......kiss from france.....

21 Nov 2009 11:15am

Val37 from Tours, France

I prefer this shoot, it's a beautiful piece of life !

21 Nov 2009 11:35am

Tagazou from France

The donkey is always smilling! But he is a donkey with a baby vision!

21 Nov 2009 11:50am

Richard Trim from Leicester, United Kingdom

I think this image says a lot about the modern urban societies that most people live in. The day to day routines and struggles for so many ordinary people don't always allow them to have a smile on their face . Babies ... well ''it's a baby's life ''.

Hope you get the treatment you need soon M'.


21 Nov 2009 12:19pm

@Richard Trim: thx Richard :)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Best wishes Mariana I hope the surgery goes well and that it benefits you. Keep smiling!

21 Nov 2009 12:27pm

@Curly: thx Curly . sounds very encouraging :) I need that !

philippe from dijon, France

Superbe et très bien réalisée cette image... bravo ! bonne journée.

21 Nov 2009 12:39pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

hello marianna,
I hope that it is not too serious and that you will soon be in great shape.
beautiful picture and great tons !!!! as usual...:)

21 Nov 2009 12:47pm

@Lougris: hey, i am always in a great shape .. even now having a swollen stomach and looking like a young pregnant woman :))) I feel younger ;)) ha ha Thx my friend :))

Oscar from Espira, France

J'adore.... is magnifique. Bravo.
Very cute

21 Nov 2009 1:04pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

excellent shot and processing. i hope you are feeling better soon!

21 Nov 2009 1:19pm

@bekkah: thx dear :))

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice processing !
I hope you'll be better and come back to us, my friend. Beat all the bad things !

21 Nov 2009 1:26pm

@Hiro: YEs, we all need to beat these bad things :)) I will, I promise :))

Reno from Madrid, Spain

Great street lesson here. like this point of social view Mariana!

21 Nov 2009 1:47pm

Pedro Callealta from Cádiz, Spain

Excelent, five stars for you.

21 Nov 2009 2:20pm

rian from Mobile, United States

yep, they all seem like they're all frowning.. :) nice street capture.. :)

21 Nov 2009 2:47pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

"why don't we all smile just like baby does" ... something we should all strive to do.
Be Well Mariana!

21 Nov 2009 3:10pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Great! this tones..remind me of the fiftee's :)
wonderful movement and composition!

21 Nov 2009 3:15pm

fabrizio from rome, Italy

superb tones and framing i love street shot

21 Nov 2009 3:24pm

Pepe Cabrera from Cuidad de Antipolo, Philippines

Beautiful! I love the colors.

21 Nov 2009 3:44pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Wow, that's a decoration job on the baby's face!! Dynamite processing. Please take care of yourself and don't overdo. Just let go of feeling obligated to comment and respond; i.e., avoid the tyranny of blogging.

21 Nov 2009 3:56pm

RPepper from Brooklyn, United States

Oh man, this is just fantastic. I'm so glad you pointed out the lack of smiles. I particularly love that not only is the baby smiling, he's got a little face painting making him stand out even more. What a fantastic street capture!

21 Nov 2009 4:00pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Good point... spectacular processing!

21 Nov 2009 4:41pm

Gérard Méry from Tours, France

Une scène de rue où je remarque l'astérix sur la joue du gamin dans la poussette

21 Nov 2009 4:43pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine street shot that shows how serious we adults get...the youngster has it right! :-) All the best of your upcoming surgery - my first knowledge of that future event. All the best!

21 Nov 2009 4:46pm

@Don: thx Don :))

Ken from United States

Great Shot and well wishes to you~

21 Nov 2009 5:33pm

@Ken: thx Ken :)

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

outstanding processing... love the light & color tone!

21 Nov 2009 5:46pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful and great composition, Mariana;
fantastic colors

21 Nov 2009 6:13pm

Adela Fonts Artús from Barcelona, Spain

wish with all my heart that soon you have recovered your health!
Your photography is excellent. A good "caught". I love editing. It's perfect and impressive. All the best!!! Greetings Adela

21 Nov 2009 6:36pm

@Adela Fonts Artús: thx my dear Adela . Your words always come so close to my heart and make me cry :)) I'll be fine I know that ! Love you !

martie from Mojave Desert, United States

What a fantastic street shot! Fantastic details and colors - and I just love that round window!

All the best with your surgery - warm and healing thoughts are coming your way!

21 Nov 2009 6:52pm

@martie: thx Martie a lot :))

John from Geneva, United States

Best wishes to you in surgery. Take your camera and ask one of the surgical nurses to take photos!

21 Nov 2009 7:09pm

@John: he he .. that is a cool idea . but no, thx :)) I wish to forget it the same way I forgot 3 other surgery I've had so far :))

faisal from New York City, United States

fabulous tones here.

21 Nov 2009 7:34pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Excellent photographed Mariana.
Your picture yesterday was very nice.

21 Nov 2009 7:41pm

ruimnm from Portugal

Often because we have babies in front of us...
Wonderful colors.

21 Nov 2009 9:04pm

apple8 from Dublin, Ireland

Love this moody shot. Lots of contrast and sharpness. Great story in there too.
Take care and look after yourself :)

21 Nov 2009 9:22pm

QUIM from Lisboa, Portugal

Great shot Mariana!

21 Nov 2009 9:22pm

Eldiablo from Les Issambres, France

un traitement exceptionnel !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

21 Nov 2009 9:45pm

Philip from Cowbridge, United Kingdom

Great treatment. Something different and very well done. Good luck with op by the way.

As for the baby, if I was pushed around all day then I would probably simle (provided I was pushed where I wanted to go of course !!).

21 Nov 2009 10:01pm

Álvaro from Cascais, Portugal

Here is an excellent picture of the article that says a lot of habits city.

21 Nov 2009 10:18pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Very topical with the hysteria being promoted by the media in this country.

21 Nov 2009 10:29pm

Mhélène from Paris, France

Superb street shot , great treatment in color and b&w !And great title ...!!:-)

21 Nov 2009 10:36pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

What an interesting photo, also the color tones are really great!

21 Nov 2009 10:38pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Magnífico documento de calle. Un tratamiento muy interesante y bien trabajado.

21 Nov 2009 11:03pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Fantastic compo. Textures and "selective "colors are amaizing.

21 Nov 2009 11:15pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Mariana,
a very nice presentation, which I like. I wish you a speedy recovery. Dear greetings Christel

21 Nov 2009 11:27pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

expressive street scene, realist

21 Nov 2009 11:29pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

I love the treatment and mood. Really beautiful!

21 Nov 2009 11:44pm

Charlotte Meryman from Williamsburg, MA, United States

Love the composition and coloring -- and crispness. Feel better soon!

22 Nov 2009 12:30am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful capture of our multicultural society! Well seen and captured Mariana! ;-)

22 Nov 2009 12:33am

Tracey from Maryland, United States

Love this one. I find it interesting that the innocence of youth is what is shielding this baby from frowning thus far in life. If his basic needs are met...all is well.

22 Nov 2009 12:57am

zahra from shiraz, Iran

very good shot.

22 Nov 2009 1:24am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

I like the mood in this image...the subdued colors...the stern looks...and then you discover the child smiling!

22 Nov 2009 1:55am

Michael from United Kingdom

The color processing is a winner, a lovely - interesting shot. (Good luck)

22 Nov 2009 2:00am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente escena urbana, el procesado del color fantastico, saludos!

22 Nov 2009 2:07am

gautam from new delhi, India

another amazing shot from ur stable...get well soon

22 Nov 2009 3:25am

@gautam: thx dear :)

Ekios from Une des iles du salut, Guyana

i didn't know that you were sick Mariana, please accept all my positives thoughts, it's a strong catalyst for who is able to feel it !!

Will think about you today :)

22 Nov 2009 8:50am

@Ekios: thx my dear friend :)) I know you will think of me :)) Do not forget Nov 30 th :))

Anne from somewhere over the rainbow, France

Excellent eye here !!!! Yes we need to keep smiling ... just to share that smile to others ... thinking a lot of you dear Mariana and send you a lot of courage, love and smiling kisses ;) Take care sweety !!!!

22 Nov 2009 12:38pm

@Anne: you are such a sweetheart my Anne :)) many thanks . Hugs back to you :)

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Awesome pic Mariana and great capture. I hope everything is okay and that your surgery goes well. Do not be afraid. I am the queen of surgeries. Everything will be okay. I hope you feel better soon my friend. ; )

22 Nov 2009 3:28pm

@Dawn: thx Dawn . Why Queen ? You had a few of them ? I also had 4 so far, and HATE them ...

Dawn from Maryland, United States

I have had four also. Okay, well, yes I HATE them too. I was just trying to make you feel better. I guess it didn't work. I hope the 30th comes and goes quickly so you can get it over with. Get lots of rest and take it easy. ; )

22 Nov 2009 4:25pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

i like how you captured the baby's smile while everyone else looks so concerned. nice processing on the colors as well.

22 Nov 2009 7:02pm

Stef67 from in my head, France

c est le bébé qui a raison dans l affaire, pas fou lui, bon rétablissement à toi ^^

22 Nov 2009 7:02pm

@Stef67: thx my dear friend .. you never miss any of my fotos :))

mirela from brighton, United States

splendid crispness in this shot! making friends again? let's give it one more try :) sincerely and admiring your unique stile, M

22 Nov 2009 8:21pm

@mirela: ha ha .. although I do not smile these days , not feeling well as you can see from above text, I smile right now :)) Sure, why not to be friends, I mean good friends, again :)) thx MIrela !

Olivier from La Louvière, Belgium

Beautiful urban scene

22 Nov 2009 10:42pm

Mike from United States

Great selective color on this! Love it.

23 Nov 2009 2:13am

Blackdog from London, United Kingdom

Wasn't expecting any posting over the week-end after the previous post so a bit of catch-up today! Glad you are keeping busy and hope it is nothing too serious and that your recovery is swift ;o) Best wishes. Mike.

23 Nov 2009 9:11am

Andrew Gould from Sydney, Australia

A wonderful street image.
I had no idea you were ill until I came backwards to this one. All the best for a speedy recovery, Mariana.

23 Nov 2009 12:03pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

That baby has it all figured out. :) Get well soon! And enjoy the meds! :)

23 Nov 2009 2:03pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

lol -- yes, if only the whole world would smile at once!!! ;) a lovely idea and a beautiful reportage!

23 Nov 2009 6:52pm

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

Yeah, I wish we can smile more even on the street, or while driving, the world would be a lot friendlier... Nice process.

23 Nov 2009 7:41pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

Parce que nous savons, et eux pas encore. Belle scene de rue

24 Nov 2009 8:15am

mark / one way photo from London, United Kingdom

Super processing on this - love it!

24 Nov 2009 8:28am

Megha from Mumbai, India

This is really a good are good at street photography...
didnt knew you weren't well, Take care and get well soon

24 Nov 2009 2:41pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great title and image

25 Nov 2009 5:17pm