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Black Birds on the Roof

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 11 February 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Before you ask I will say - no collage, no montage :)

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/100 second F/6.3 ISO 100 60 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

Stéphane Thémèze from PlateFormeRonde, United States

Boy! She's about to trip and fall flat on that roof, lose the groceries to the crows there. What a day!.
Great layers and graphism! Nice snap!

Beau Dodo Lady Ma.

11 Feb 2010 5:05am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Wasn't there a song of that title? Looks like the pedestrian is about to step onto the roof. best...jerry

11 Feb 2010 5:18am

@ordinaryimages: I cannot remember , do not know any song with this title :))

Greg from Beijing, China

Woow.. Mariana.. I am really impressed.. I love separate life of every image.. but all connected together have created very unique composition with 3 layers, every frame has different message.. this excellent image.. very well captured... Love it!

11 Feb 2010 5:22am

Julie from Easton, United States

Interesting shot! It really makes you have to think about where the roof ends and the road starts!

11 Feb 2010 5:23am

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

You waited for the right time! Very nice illusion!

11 Feb 2010 5:25am

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

Great interesting shot Mariana. Just the right moment. Well done!

11 Feb 2010 6:05am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

very cool, from this angle it almost looks like she is walking on the roof, creative :]

11 Feb 2010 6:30am

Oscar from Barcelona, Spain

excellent marianna. nice effect. your eye is fantastic

11 Feb 2010 6:32am

Bruno from Beauvais, France

C'est un remake d'Hitchcock ;-)

11 Feb 2010 6:36am

Yvon from Orleans, France

lovely shot

11 Feb 2010 6:38am

Achu from Baltimore, United States

this is amazing. Just for the illusion I'd say its one of the best. Overall very impressive.

11 Feb 2010 6:53am

NANNE from DAMWOUDE, Netherlands

Just a real very good photo!
You saw it again, MARIANA.
You are a real topper!


11 Feb 2010 7:03am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

perfect composition... love the angle....

11 Feb 2010 7:05am

STEED from Gueret, France

..............waiting for their meat........which is coming down on the Road.........Terrific !!!!!

11 Feb 2010 7:14am

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

Super POV giving this an optical illusion, monochrome adds drama to those Hitchcock birds !

11 Feb 2010 7:18am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

Hitchcock is comme back?

11 Feb 2010 7:21am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

I love difents levels of the photography. Magnificent.

11 Feb 2010 7:33am

Nadu-Dosenöffner from Köln, Germany

Brilliant compo with 3 layers and the crowd of birds (ravens?) in the middle.

11 Feb 2010 7:50am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

No collage, no montage , then you have seen this very good Mariana.....compliments

11 Feb 2010 7:55am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Super shot!
5 stars to your brilliance...

11 Feb 2010 7:57am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

I think the birds know where it's warm and bright!
Wonderful capture !

11 Feb 2010 8:02am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

That's right! The floor birds is over our heads ... Great capture Mariana!

11 Feb 2010 8:09am

Ekios from une des trois iles du Salut, Guyana

wow the B&W give a weird effects especially with the cars, nice nice nice !! :)

11 Feb 2010 8:17am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

EXCELLENT!!! Great use of angle and lines. You've got a very good eye for detail. Well done, Mariana

11 Feb 2010 8:21am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, as in the movie "The Birds by Hitchcock," a disturbing picture! Good day, friendships.

11 Feb 2010 8:36am

shoti from somewhere in, China

brilliant composition!!

11 Feb 2010 8:39am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow excellent

11 Feb 2010 8:42am

Jean-Luc T from Juignac, France

Special point of view. Windows, roof and street... Have a nice day Mariana.

11 Feb 2010 8:42am

Tomix from landerneau, France

stunning shot with the road behind the roof!!

11 Feb 2010 8:57am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Fascinating, looks like a horizontal triptych!

11 Feb 2010 9:14am

lili from Narbonne, France

a sinister atmosphere....brrrrrr....Great work Mariana

11 Feb 2010 9:40am

Jean-Louis from France

Très bonne cette photo en trois plans !!! Super !!
J'aime bcp. !!

11 Feb 2010 9:43am

Emmeji from France

Je regrette de ne pas maitriser suffisamment l'anglais pour vous dire tout le bien que je pense de votre travail !Vous êtes une artiste !

11 Feb 2010 9:46am

amirreza from tehran, Iran

great compostion

11 Feb 2010 9:48am

k@ from Paris, France

Good 3 levels story, with the character flying higher than crows ;)

11 Feb 2010 9:52am

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Great shot, very crowded.

11 Feb 2010 9:53am

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Nicely divided into thirds and the perspective challenges the viewer.

11 Feb 2010 10:03am

Richard T (Trim) from Leicester, United Kingdom

Lovely natural observational capture ... Depending on our personal mentality there are several stories here.


11 Feb 2010 10:05am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Amazing picture with the 3 stages , I like it ! Phil.

11 Feb 2010 10:37am

steve-stefedesign from Liverpool, United Kingdom

What a wonderful perspective you have captured take a while (mine at least) to see the photograph. Clever.

11 Feb 2010 10:46am

Mhélène from Paris, France

A great composition over the roof !

11 Feb 2010 10:57am

Florence from Paris, France

Sir Alfred would have loved this one ! It's almost difficult to distinguish the roof from the road ! Well done.

11 Feb 2010 11:13am

philippe from dijon, France

A beautiful image and very well composed, I like this landscape, bravo, good day Mariana

11 Feb 2010 11:34am

mirela from brighton, United States

The angle is unusual, it took me a minute to realize what's happening :) Great shot!

11 Feb 2010 12:04pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Well seen and captured Mariana! ;-)

11 Feb 2010 12:49pm

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

Fantastic PoV with beautiful tone!

11 Feb 2010 1:08pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Illusion ? I like illusion but I don't like black birds. Bye bye black birds...

11 Feb 2010 1:37pm

DLee from Fanling, Hong Kong

Excellent capture. Great mood!

11 Feb 2010 2:20pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

..A human crow...very good winter composition !! :)

11 Feb 2010 2:23pm

macgo from Spain

Alfred Hitchcock ha vuelto

11 Feb 2010 2:41pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Very art shot, very good b&w

11 Feb 2010 2:53pm

thami from Fès, Morocco

Excellente composition avec ces trois plans bien distincts !
Bonne journée lumineuse!

11 Feb 2010 2:54pm

Petra from Tilburg, Netherlands

good shot!

11 Feb 2010 3:06pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

this is completely superb!

11 Feb 2010 3:08pm

Tagazou from Montpellier, France

Crows on the roof waiting for what?
Donkey doesn't appreciate them so much... he prefers Mariana!

11 Feb 2010 3:15pm

@Tagazou: ha ha .. So Donkey wants me to be on the roof , instead of black bird ? Ok, I will be on the roof next time ;)) haha

faisal from new York City, American Samoa

this is great. a trick of the eye.

11 Feb 2010 3:15pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

A wonderfully deceptive image, M. Eyes and brain have to try and work together to make sense of what they read from the shot. Reminds me of the Hitchcock film, 'The birds'.....

11 Feb 2010 3:35pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice capture and composition. It demands monochrome!

11 Feb 2010 3:36pm

@john4jack: there were no colors at all, except the purple bag a girl is having ! Even cars were white ! Thx Jack !

fabrizio from rome, Italy

amazing simetry nice very nice

11 Feb 2010 3:41pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Hitchcock!!! Again with his black birds! A real movie in your country? I like the presentation of the esca. Very creative and thoughtfulMariana! Greetings! Adela

11 Feb 2010 3:42pm

@Fonts: in my country ? ha ha .. o, boy , canada is like a whole continent ;)) this is just a look from my window , on a plaza across the street :))

Don from spokane, United States

A wonderful image that demands a double take....and then another careful look. Fine timing to get this action so well. Very impressive graphic image...and perfect is B&W.

11 Feb 2010 4:01pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent find - very nice b&w image

11 Feb 2010 4:05pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An interesting perspective from which you captured this shot. The woman looks like she's going to feed the birds.

11 Feb 2010 4:17pm

Twinklestamper ☮ ❤ from Oklahoma, United States

what a neat perspective you've found here...very cool...

11 Feb 2010 4:53pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Very interesting composition. Visually appealing.

11 Feb 2010 5:04pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Nice B&W and nice perspective too, I am amazed at how the birds have favorite roofs and wires where they like to hang out.

11 Feb 2010 5:36pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Brilliantly timed shot Mariana ~ looks as though she is about to step straight onto the roof

11 Feb 2010 5:42pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

What an interesting shot - amazing perspective.

11 Feb 2010 5:49pm

philippe from moselle, France

Quel plan extraordinaire, je suis bleffé par la compo, superbe Mariana....

11 Feb 2010 5:53pm

elena from Italy

fantastic it really seems a collage! I like very very much! great eye!

11 Feb 2010 6:08pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

hi ! Mariana, I come back from many problems of computer and internet connection ;-) excellent shot with different layers, no montage OK ;-) but like 3 different photos ! excellent composition !

11 Feb 2010 6:09pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Okay, you have taken this to the next level. Well done Mariana.

11 Feb 2010 6:22pm

K.B.R from Switzerland

Great composition...fabilous N&B.
Love this style!

11 Feb 2010 6:59pm

sim from Iran

u r a genius

11 Feb 2010 7:13pm

tataray from St Laurs, France

Magnifique composition !...

11 Feb 2010 7:29pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellente composition, comme un triptyque, superbe NB!

11 Feb 2010 7:42pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de brèvedent, France

Un trompe-l'-oeil de haut niveau.

11 Feb 2010 7:44pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

very interesting shot :)

11 Feb 2010 8:34pm

Reno from Madrid-Paris, Spain

Yes beautyfull picture! You seem to have a got a lots of interesting composition from you balcony and roof Mariana (I remember one with white snow and a woman from your balcony in the first times of this snowy winter...). The tree part here make a story of tree times: the first one when coming back home, the second when you make a visit to the birds, and the last when al last you get home...
Have a good day Mariana.

11 Feb 2010 8:44pm

@Reno: Thx Reno. Ya, there is a little plaza over the the street , and with a better camera I would have much more captures of it . Only when home, and have a need to shot, I shot from the balcony :)

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

I do not understand the perspective on the first look and I like that a lot!!! super, Bravo!!!

11 Feb 2010 9:03pm

@KriKridesign: Just follow the cars on the left side , and you will know where the roof is finishing :)) Woman is probably going to her parked car, that I cannot see , maybe just close to the wall of this building from the other side :)) Thx .

Gerda Bergsma from Netherlands

No montage? Wow... A beautiful piece of art!

11 Feb 2010 9:32pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

I like the contrast with the snow and the dark shadows and tones!

11 Feb 2010 9:37pm

Gérard from France

C'est au tournage du film "Les Oiseaux " ?

11 Feb 2010 9:53pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Beautiful photo and highly successful, really lovely

11 Feb 2010 10:31pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

they have made their home on the terrace! a picture that makes me think "bird" of Alfred Hitchcock
kisses !

11 Feb 2010 10:35pm

Evening Song Imagery from Springfield, WV, United States

Mariana thank you so much for visiting my site today. Now I have discovered your awesome blog site. You have an amazing body of work.

11 Feb 2010 11:27pm

@Evening Song Imagery: thanks a lot ;)) See you again :))

bahar from tehran, Iran

very very nice shot

11 Feb 2010 11:27pm

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

i imagine the ostrich who lives in the upstairs loft poking
the end of her broom stick at the ceiling and yelling at
the blackbirds for making such a racket: "take off yer
shoes" she screams, "and quit walking on yer heels!!!"

12 Feb 2010 1:51am

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

The flatness does make it look like three separate images, which makes a more interesting image.

12 Feb 2010 1:54am

rian from mobile, United States

oh my.. i so like how the layers in this scene looks.. spectacular shot! :D

12 Feb 2010 2:23am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Amazing capture ! Love this shot, it looks like an optical illusion..I took a while to see the image the way it actually is.

12 Feb 2010 3:38am

Ddo from Verdun, France

Joli cadrage. mais encore des frissons en pensant au film D'Alfred Hitchcok

12 Feb 2010 11:06am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Excellent juxtaposition... very cool photo!

12 Feb 2010 4:47pm

Amit Suvarna from Mumbai, India

A first glance I thought I'd lost my marbles mate. It took me some time to convince my eyes that it IS possible to take such a shot. Kudos.

12 Feb 2010 7:06pm

@Amit Suvarna: that is in fact very simple shot ... one only need a eye to see this compo :))) thx for visit

hgmartins photography from Ontario, GTA, Canada

Exellent capture!!.... I am never disapointed when i com see your photos Mariana. Great shot!!

13 Feb 2010 12:31am

Bruno F from Précigné, France

Excellente composition en trois plans ! Rien à dire, c'est particulièrement bien vu et capturé !
Great shot !!


13 Feb 2010 5:01am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It took me a while to figure out this wonderful image. It's a bit of an optical illusion. Very cool!

13 Feb 2010 5:31pm

eme chiquilla from sevilla, Spain

Awesome! and thanks for the no-collage advice! a clever point of view that looks like those cars are sharing parking with the black birds heheh :D i love it!

14 Feb 2010 2:04pm

Stef67 from in my head, France

une fantastique composition et un rendu extraordinaire, subjuguer je suis, splendide mariana^^

14 Feb 2010 8:37pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I don't think I would have tried to head off the comments about collage and montage --where's the fun in that?

14 Feb 2010 9:46pm

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

This one is really playing with my eyes, as if she's about to walk into a flock of giant birds. Well seen.

15 Feb 2010 11:15pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Nice image. The POV is great, aloowing three layers in the image.

22 Feb 2010 12:05pm

Jeremie from Brooklyn, New York, United States

Awesome shot, it's almost like there is 3 different scenes in your photograph. Very well done to have waited for a man to enter into your frame. A bit surreal, it looks like he's walking toward the crows whereas he probably does not even know they are there...

24 Feb 2010 10:16pm

moncler from putian, China

Merci pour la le?on de photographie si utile à l'heure du numerique et du vite fait ..sans réfléchir .
j'aime l'atmosphère de ce cliché et ce qu'il évoque , chacun peut s'y retrouver quelque soit son pays
et créer plusieurs histoires ...

30 Dec 2010 7:07am

hervelegerelite from putian, China

You are one great photographer! All combined with great creativity and humanity. I know I've said many times (I think) but never mind repeat ... You are a role model for me! Your pictures are all an incredible strength. So it is with your words! I ask you not leave us! It is a pleasure and a great incentive to follow the "red. " With all my love and admiration Happy New Year full of love and life! Cheers! A hug, Adela

8 Jan 2011 7:21am

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