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Canon EOS 40D 1/160 second F/11.0 ISO 100 85 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

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Fantastic shot Mariana, realy beautiful such a lived face. And the man is looking realy happy to you.
Great moment!!

17 Mar 2010 5:25am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!

17 Mar 2010 5:31am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Just another pretty capture him well. best...jerry

17 Mar 2010 5:36am

Jean-Louis from France

Magnifique portrait !!!!!
Son visage est marqué par les années passée !!
Belle pdv!!
Bonne journée à toi Mariana *

17 Mar 2010 6:22am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

Your photographic attention creased him up ... in the nicest possible way.


17 Mar 2010 6:27am

Lyl & Rol from Besançon, France

What a portrait. Really good !!!

17 Mar 2010 6:30am

fabrizio from rome, Italy

as always a cery impressive and beautiful portrait

17 Mar 2010 6:41am

Bruno from Beauvais, France

Un portrait vraiment magnifique !!!

17 Mar 2010 6:43am

oscar from Barcelona, Spain

Tres beau portrait, magnific B&W

17 Mar 2010 6:50am

macgo from Spain


17 Mar 2010 7:06am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Like your natural portraits Mariana, always full of truth and humanity...

17 Mar 2010 7:16am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Ah, that man knows to tell jokes. An image so crisp you can count the hairs of the beard. Most people would have chosen upright format, your choice makes his face wider and increases the humorous feeling.

17 Mar 2010 7:28am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

A busy face ,He looks so happy , it's a pleasure ! Phil.

17 Mar 2010 7:43am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great expression in this portrait, well done.

17 Mar 2010 8:02am

Scott Rippee from Fresno, United States

I really like the subject and how you pulled so much texture out of his face.
Background works very well with this also. Wonderful portrait!

17 Mar 2010 8:12am

@Scott Rippee: thanks Scott !

gautam from new delhi, India

what a face, brilliant

17 Mar 2010 8:15am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

His face is weathered by time but her smile is full of goodness. Beautiful portrait. Nice day.

17 Mar 2010 9:10am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

What an infectious smile, what a charming old boy! :-)

17 Mar 2010 9:15am

NANNE from Netherlands



17 Mar 2010 9:18am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Another super character portrait. Your fans will love it!

17 Mar 2010 9:21am

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Very strong !! Superb W&B processing and poignant expression on his face ! Sincerely, I'm really fan of your portrait ! You have a beautiful talent to capture poeple portrait ! Compliments, 5* !!

17 Mar 2010 9:29am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

WOW, wonderful portrait. His face is a work of art

17 Mar 2010 9:31am

Emmeji from France

Encore un portrait criant de vérité ! What is your secret ?

17 Mar 2010 9:46am

Mhélène from Paris, France

What a portrait ! tender, moving ...superb !

17 Mar 2010 10:09am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Wonderful smile beautifully captured

17 Mar 2010 10:12am

Jaap from Netherlands

Magnificent portrait, what a guy!

17 Mar 2010 10:14am

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

I love it. It´s so expresive portrait

17 Mar 2010 11:05am

Fred from Manila, Philippines

I am so impressed with the amount of details in your portraits Mariana. Very impressive. Especially with the high contrast. Nice!

17 Mar 2010 11:09am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Extraordinary portrait. Love the twinkling in his eye!!

17 Mar 2010 11:36am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

First his smile caught all my attention and that expression of tenderness that he has. But the more I look at the image the more I like his eyes. I just cant stop looking at them. Charming!

17 Mar 2010 11:47am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful portrait of a face with character Mariana! His wonderful smile lights up his rugged face! Well done! ;-)

17 Mar 2010 11:55am

Ekios from Une des iles du salut, Guyana

Superb :) Just superb :)

17 Mar 2010 12:12pm

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

What a shot! very, very good portrait and the post process is excellent.

17 Mar 2010 12:28pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

I can almost feel his beard! I really enjoy this background that you've created--I think I remember it from another portrait awhile back?

17 Mar 2010 1:05pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Fine portrait!

17 Mar 2010 1:11pm

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

A happy smile that says... have a nice day.

17 Mar 2010 1:17pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wonderful! So many lines and so much love and joy in his eyes. It's a cature of a soul and a face. Great!

17 Mar 2010 1:18pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

Mariana, another of your ever great portraits. Super.
Now I take a few days rest. When I return, I will reply your comments and visit your pics.

17 Mar 2010 1:18pm

@El pare: thx for following my work . enjoy yourself and see ya soon :)

lil-ing from Singapore, Singapore

excellent, excellent portrait. love the post processing as well.

17 Mar 2010 1:52pm

@lil-ing: thx lil-ing :)

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

another great, incredible portrait ! very moving, great details of this face !

17 Mar 2010 1:55pm

Stéphane Thémèze from PlateFormeRonde, United States

Such a vibrant portrait and a generous smile! It pops out beautifully.

Good day to you Mariana.

17 Mar 2010 2:04pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Another super character portrait in beautifull B/W

17 Mar 2010 2:07pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

extraordinarily beautiful

17 Mar 2010 2:17pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Fantastic portrait, so much life experience is etched into the lines of the face

17 Mar 2010 2:17pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Just wonderful! Great character.

17 Mar 2010 2:39pm

jafar from Pakdasht, Iran


17 Mar 2010 2:47pm

@jafar: thx :)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Superb portrait.. without a doubt 5*

17 Mar 2010 3:06pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

wow, a really superb portrait, Mariana!

17 Mar 2010 3:10pm

joshi daniel from India

loved those glowing eyes and textures!

17 Mar 2010 3:13pm

Ali from Tehran, Iran

dear mariana...this is a beautifull portrait with excellent contrast and very good sharpness,but the only thing i say(of course just to help) is that the mask you made around the face is still visible!!!,it's not good(at least that's my opinion)...i think feathering it could go a long way...:)

17 Mar 2010 3:27pm

@Ali: thanks for your feedback, but I really like this portrait the way it is . I find nothing wrong about the background ( mask - as you say ).

don from spokane, United States

An excellent portrait of this rugged, friendly looking fellow. Black and white fits the shirt and beard very well, but it's his expression that takes the cake. Fabulous shot.

17 Mar 2010 3:39pm

STEED from Gueret, France

Fantastic One !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

17 Mar 2010 3:40pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Excellent details, I like also the high quality of this b&w

17 Mar 2010 3:41pm

faisal from New York City, Bahamas


17 Mar 2010 3:56pm

Barbara Manners from Toronto, Canada

Another stunner!! Where do you find these characters?

17 Mar 2010 4:08pm

@Barbara Manners: Thx Barbara . I think they find me :) This man really came to me when was shoting something else , and talked to me , and then of course I could not resist taking his portrait ! Great man indeed !

Alan from Manila, Philippines

Look at those lines and the light! Wow! The portrait is so full of character. Like it!

17 Mar 2010 4:11pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

The lines of a thousand laughs, the lines of a hundred stories. A face that maps a journey, an image that captures a character.

17 Mar 2010 4:24pm

Jen Meers from Edmonton, Canada

I just love your character shots. This one's great - you did it again!

17 Mar 2010 4:33pm

@Jen Meers: thanks jen :)

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A face with great force and great sweetness in his expression. A great edition! I like life in his eyes! A perfect framing Mariana!

17 Mar 2010 4:46pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

A portrait and a face with tiny details and textures
that stand out so superbly in this lovely black and white!
His visage seems a happy one. Bravo, Mariana.

17 Mar 2010 4:49pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

An awesome portrait

17 Mar 2010 5:33pm

amirreza from tehran, Iran

nice portrait

17 Mar 2010 5:45pm

@amirreza: thx Amireza !

Magrat from Germany

Superb, Mariana... 5***** for this, it is excellent! Love the texture and the man's smile... Greetings!

17 Mar 2010 6:43pm

steve-stefedesign from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Another one of your great potraits. Such detail and character. Brilliant

17 Mar 2010 7:04pm

Juan Pablo Verdesoto from Quito, Ecuador

God Mariana great job, how do you get this....?

17 Mar 2010 7:12pm

@Juan Pablo Verdesoto: well, after so many portraits I took so far , it has to be perfect :) Many thanks .

rian from mobile, United States

awesome details in this portrait shot.. i'd say he's a perfect candidate for this treatment.. great shot.. :D

17 Mar 2010 7:21pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Comment est-ce possible?
De tels détails !
Mille bravos.

17 Mar 2010 8:04pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

extraordinaire portrait

17 Mar 2010 8:33pm

6ft5 from stockholm, Sweden


17 Mar 2010 8:58pm

ppeut from Lille, France

You always manage to get strong expression on the face of people you photography. Superb.

17 Mar 2010 9:02pm

Pomme from France

Magnifique portrait :)

17 Mar 2010 9:11pm

☾éline from New York City, United States

Beautiful b&w and contrast !

17 Mar 2010 9:20pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Your processing works so beautifully to bring out character in the face.

17 Mar 2010 9:34pm

@Larry Lefever: thanks Larry . face helps me to go into this processing :)

philippe from dijon, France

Une sacrée gueule ! j'adore............. bravo Mariana

17 Mar 2010 10:02pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

You can't find more character than this. My goodness.

17 Mar 2010 10:59pm

Martin from North Platte, United States

amazing, as usual, amazing photograph, so much character in your photo, details that I still have no idea how you get it...and amazing in that you do it time and time again, Amazing, Did I say that?

18 Mar 2010 2:18am

@Martin: no , you did not . I want to hear it again :)) You are cool , way to kind to me , Martin . One thing I want to tell you - portraits are number one in my love for photography . I just do not want to bother others with daily portraits so I mix with other rubbish ;))

ajoeh from Mataram, Indonesia

superb portrait.

18 Mar 2010 2:22am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Great portrait ! Amazing details.

18 Mar 2010 2:30am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

You caught his smile perfectly.

18 Mar 2010 4:43am

Mark Johnson from Rural Colorado, United States

That is an amazing portrait! He looks very friendly; like the kind of guy who always has a story to tell.

18 Mar 2010 4:46am

k@ from Paris, France

Love the sharp eye (the man's shot here and the photographer's who seems a real reporter of Human stuff, i can recognize this intriguing touch in some of your very special posts). Real pro work, yet not my cup of tea for the background but I know you like to erase backgrounds time to time and it's your own choice that is the most important ! SuperB portrait & B&W.

18 Mar 2010 7:11am

@k@: Thanks Karine . Ya, I love to remove background especially when stupid background I have , like in this case: cars, street... whatever. Or a strong portrait like this one I want to have a full attention to the portrait .

Candid1 from Washington, DC, United States

N I C E ! ! ![/b]

18 Mar 2010 1:10pm

Candid1 from Washington, DC, United States

N I C E ! ! !

18 Mar 2010 1:12pm

@Candid1: thx Candid !

larans from Lund, Sweden

Just marvellous, there are not enough words... You have really captured the happy and "full of confidence" soul of this man!

18 Mar 2010 3:11pm

@larans: Thx Larans , I am glad you took a look behind at this portrait . I am always proud of my work on portraits.

Hervé from France

A great shot!!
(5 stars)

18 Mar 2010 4:34pm

LoulouPix from New York, United States

Nice portrait full of life, past and present.
Love the look he has too.
Great moment.

18 Mar 2010 7:38pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Very gritty, no fooling around here, not that familiar with Waterloo but I would have guessed this more as Toronto.

19 Mar 2010 12:02am

@JoeB: right, no Waterloo, but Kitchener :)) ha ha

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

What a handsomely done portrait so full of character and warmth. His smile is contagious!

19 Mar 2010 3:12am

@Self-Indulgence: Thanks Kristin .

Bruno F from Précigné, France

Whoho ! Great portrait ! Excellent b&w work !


19 Mar 2010 7:15pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

Great ! You've catched a so expressive face !

19 Mar 2010 8:22pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

What a portrait this is! this man has such an expressive face which you've captured brilliantly.

19 Mar 2010 11:00pm

shoti from somewhere in, China

another superb portrait and nice textures!

20 Mar 2010 3:35am

Thierry Masson from orly, France

people who have the chnce to be shot by you are lucky one

21 Mar 2010 10:14am

@Thierry Masson: I think I am a lucky one finding them :)) Thx a lot ;)

Anne from somewhere over the rainbow, France

like always ... I'm so touch by your portraits !!! they are so sensitive, like a gift ....

21 Mar 2010 7:02pm

Cory from Phoenix, United States

I don't know where you find such interesting people but you are making the most of your subject matter.

22 Mar 2010 5:17am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Fantastic portrait. Beautiful B & W and great details, and interesting character.

25 Mar 2010 1:47pm

Vafa from Toledo, United States

Like button pressed. Bravo!

27 Mar 2010 8:32pm

@Vafa: thanks !

Ben from Lyon, France

This is very beautifull portrait :)

29 Mar 2010 6:36am

Robert from Brooklyn, United States

Guess I'm late to the party. Bravo!

10 Jun 2010 12:45am

@Robert: party never start before 100 of us, and you are 99th :) :) thx Robert !

1a1e from istanbul, Turkey

this is very powerful...

8 Aug 2010 8:30pm

@1a1e: thanks . not only this but much more portraits like this you can see in my portfolio :)

Canon EOS 40D
1/160 second
ISO 100
85 mm