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Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 12 April 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

- Farmers Market , April 2010 , St.Jacobs, Ontario, Canada
- Open, public place with many people taking pictures around. Tourists from US are coming to St. Jacobs too enjoy diversity of this place.

* I usually do not write anything for my pictures but adding this info to avoid any further confusion about "unwilling subject" which I just read in one of the comments .

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/250 second F/4.0 ISO 100 35 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

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great candid, I really like how you included part of the environment. That's quite a beard he has there.

12 Apr 2010 5:04am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Great capture of a great beard. Well seen.
I´m for sorry not having had the time to comment your interesting photos for some time. They have been great as usual.

12 Apr 2010 5:25am

@larans: thx Lar. You missed nothing , there will be more and more pictures :)

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Another amazing portrait of a fantastic person with much charisma!

12 Apr 2010 5:42am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Outstanding!!! Looks more like a painting...great work Marianna!

12 Apr 2010 5:46am

T.h.o.m.a.s. from Paris, France

very nice portrait. He looks like Abraham Lincoln ;)

12 Apr 2010 5:48am


A fine portrait of a hard working man, with a long beard. Very nice photo, MARIANA! So I am back from the island of Ameland and I am working at this moment. Have a nice week, Mariana!


12 Apr 2010 5:50am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow splendid is hdr?

12 Apr 2010 5:59am

@PATRICK: No HDR . Thx Patrick !

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Great portrait. He looks somewhat Amish. What kind of community were you in here? Fascinating. His inclined head in profile is almost saint like. Just missing the halo. :)

12 Apr 2010 6:00am

@Bettina: Just a Farmers market, my fav place to go on Saturday morning !

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

A beautiful colorful portrait.
It could be an illustration for a magazine or book.
Lovely quality to it.

12 Apr 2010 6:14am

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

j'aime bien tes portraits ! Bonne journée

12 Apr 2010 6:32am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Gorgeous face and wonderful gesture of this man. A very beautiful composition. In fact the expression of man does not seem hard. It has an extreme softness in her beautiful profile. A friendly smile and thoughtful! I love the editing Mariana! Best regards, Adela

12 Apr 2010 6:33am

@Fonts: thx Adela . His face attracted me a lot .

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

He seems so tired , and aware , nice human portrait , Phil.

12 Apr 2010 7:05am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Is he real or on a poster? With his beard and his head he seems to come from long gone times. Anyway: a striking portrait with vivid colors.

12 Apr 2010 7:06am

@NaDu: he is a very REAL man :) Thx NAdu ;)

Nina from Haute Loire, France

A man in full effort! This photo looks across time as something timeless!

12 Apr 2010 7:15am

k@ from Paris, France

Like a romantic painting, what an superb expression he has, yet heavy, he doesn't seem to feel it but to be in his deepest thoughts, and calm, serene. Maybe his religion helps him going through hard job or times ? Big mess in the reflections behind enhance his own quiet inner mood.

12 Apr 2010 7:21am

@k@: thanks Karine. Am always glad to read your so thoughtful comment .

Bruno from Beauvais, France

Surprenante photo aux allures de tableau ! Bon début de semaine Mariana.

12 Apr 2010 7:24am

oncho from granada, Spain

Gran retrato con un encuadre genial

12 Apr 2010 7:30am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Such character - well done.

12 Apr 2010 7:31am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

Doesn't look a real person to me ... Hmmm where are my specs ;-)


12 Apr 2010 7:41am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Some hard labour !

12 Apr 2010 8:02am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Another Mennonite? Fascinating image, looks like coming from the 19th century.

12 Apr 2010 8:03am

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

A brilliant portrait ! I agree with Thomas, my 1st impression was that he seems like Lincoln ! But it's also reminder me the film "Witness", with Amish poeple .. Nicely captured and colorfuly processed !

12 Apr 2010 8:04am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great character, I like very much the portrait, colors and moment of the photo. Also this beard :)

12 Apr 2010 8:06am

Tomix from landerneau, France

he looks like the painter "Toulouse Lautrec"

12 Apr 2010 8:07am

@Tomix: Thanks Max !

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

What a fabulous portrait! Great processing job here!

12 Apr 2010 8:30am

@Richard Standley: thx Richard !

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

I like the juxtaposition with the guy in the background. You seem to have an excellent re pore with these folks.

12 Apr 2010 8:39am

@Larry Lefever: just a farmers market place where I go each Saturday :) Thx Larry !

rajeev from kannur, kerala, India


12 Apr 2010 8:48am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Nice shot

12 Apr 2010 8:57am

Rosso from Luserna s.Giovanni (To), Italy

Great portrait! Fantastic pictures! Well done

12 Apr 2010 9:08am

@Rosso: thx Rosso !

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Incredible portrait, Mariana. Have a beautiful day ...

12 Apr 2010 9:23am

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

A profile surprising, as an icon or a bas-relief. I think of a shepherd holding a lamb in his arms (as in the grotto of the nativity).

12 Apr 2010 9:43am

@Marlowe: what a lovely comment Mr. Marlowe. I felt the same when first saw this man .

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Another time another place. Excellent and strangely dislocated portrait

12 Apr 2010 9:58am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

You are lucky to find so great people to photograph and we are lucky that you are sooo good! Incredible!

12 Apr 2010 10:10am

@Sonia Nansid: thx Sonia . I would be happy to see people from your places too :)

Mhélène from Paris, France

A great expression and very original portrait !

12 Apr 2010 10:22am

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran

super perfect !!!
great work!!!

12 Apr 2010 10:30am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

A brilliant portrait and a great editing

12 Apr 2010 10:34am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

Great treatment. The colors and detail are wonderful.

12 Apr 2010 10:58am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Make me think of a portrait of Van gogh ! Beautiful shot !

12 Apr 2010 11:03am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Pardon my inactive link. :)

12 Apr 2010 11:45am

@Bettina: Now, it is fine :)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful street portrait Mariana! Definitely lost in his work! ;-)

12 Apr 2010 12:00pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks Eric :)

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

He's too polite to say anything, an unwilling subject.

12 Apr 2010 12:32pm

@JoeB: yes, he is very polite, and I very bad falling in his face and that angelic expression . I simply could not resist !

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

great portrait

12 Apr 2010 12:56pm

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Good portrait. He mite be working hard but i don't think he hated it.

12 Apr 2010 1:00pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

My First impression was also that he looked very Lincoln like, super shot of him hard at work, have a good week

12 Apr 2010 1:12pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

This is a great portrait of the daily activity. The image of the farmer is more typical of other times. Cheers.

12 Apr 2010 1:19pm

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

impressive contrast and details

12 Apr 2010 1:21pm

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

very beautiful portrait

I wish you a good week

12 Apr 2010 1:34pm

@frammy: thx . I wish you the same :)

Magrat from Germany

What a wonderful portrait, Mariana.. hard working he is for sure... and you've got quite a knack for people and moments... :)

12 Apr 2010 1:42pm

@Magrat: thx . That is what interests me the most , so I expect anything but good photo at this photography area :)

Ali from Tehran, Iran

I guess you shot it while moving,because it's a little flow,but the subject is very photogenic and it's a nice portrait.

12 Apr 2010 2:06pm

@Ali: He was moving , not me :) I do not see that what you call - flow !

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

a wonderful portrait . . . such emotion here

12 Apr 2010 2:06pm

Ali from Tehran, Iran

:) maybe I don't know what is it called:))...I just meant the little moving effect e.g.on the writings on the bottom!...anyway that's nothing important;)

12 Apr 2010 2:23pm

@Ali: ok, thx . His face is focused , and as I said , he was not posing, but working and moving :) Cheers !

Florence from Paris, France

A nice portrait with a with special and eye-catching post-processing. Looks alile modern painting somehow.

12 Apr 2010 2:27pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

Remarkable image. He looks as if he will turn to face the camera any second. The burden of the large bag on his lap only accentuates his face. He is deep in thought--and seems more dreamy than your title suggests. I envy you this one as I do many of your photographs.

12 Apr 2010 2:47pm

@Susan: thx Susan . I am in love with this photo / character !

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Great portrait! Beautiful treatment!

12 Apr 2010 2:49pm

Don from spokane, United States

A very strong shot of this man at work. I like the honesty of his expression.
His load is heavy and he's paying attention to where he stepping. A wonderful street shot.

12 Apr 2010 2:57pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Great :)

12 Apr 2010 3:00pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Très artistique...super beau!

12 Apr 2010 3:32pm

pascal from bollene, France

le capitaine Hacab ? splendide !!!

12 Apr 2010 3:50pm

STEED from Gueret, France

Like your Everyday's Heroes Portraits....Nice...

12 Apr 2010 3:52pm

Ali from Tehran, Iran

thnx for your comment:)...this is where I learned Cross-Processing,it has very useful hints,hope u like it:

12 Apr 2010 3:55pm

josm from san jose, Costa Rica

wow... amazing portrait... looks like an Amish!

12 Apr 2010 4:07pm

@josm: he is Amish :)

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

Very nice portrait !!

12 Apr 2010 4:07pm

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

like a real painting ! superb , S ! he look a little like Abraham Lincoln ;) It's an amish or ?
Have a quiet day , S , and hugs

12 Apr 2010 4:08pm

Ekios from Une des trois iles du Salut, Guyana

Superb shot Mariana, and I admit, I myself first thought about an Amish :)
Now, the doubt was only for a micro sec, for the one who dare judge or anything, they should watch a few beautiful shots your made in the past, some B&W nude who are still fascinating me :)

You are a talented photographer Mariana, it's a simple fact.

12 Apr 2010 4:15pm

@Ekios: you are my big bro :) you need to protect me ;)) ha ha [ although I have a big tongue and know what to say back ...]

rian from mobile, United States

that's one bushy beard he has.. me like! :D very nice capture.. :)

12 Apr 2010 4:15pm

foto-rolero54 from Belgium

Which great quality photographs, I tell you great congratulation.

12 Apr 2010 4:17pm

@foto-rolero54: thx Rolero :)

FAN from Besancon, France

Magnificent portrait ! Colors surprising and so adapted to this composition. And the reflection of this window where appears this "modern" man with these sunglasses. Bravo still Marianne for your photos always so accomplished :

12 Apr 2010 4:34pm

@FAN: thx FAN :)) Great to read your words !

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Marvelous portrait. Wonderful face.

12 Apr 2010 4:37pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great portrait, and there's no need to explain or justify what you do. You are very talented, just keep doing what you do!

12 Apr 2010 4:57pm

@Ralph Jones: Thanks Ralph . Very much appreciated. I do not get when somebody who considers himself as a photographer has a need to insult me with these kind of comment.

tataray from St Laurs, France

On croirait une toile peinte !... Superbe.

12 Apr 2010 4:58pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

very nice portrait - I like his expression and the title

12 Apr 2010 5:02pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

great portrait and editing ! he looks like someone peaceful and quiet ! nice expression you catched here !

12 Apr 2010 5:02pm

danou-yepa from France

great !!! very nice street portrait and expression , look like a painting , very good job !

12 Apr 2010 5:21pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

nice candid capture of the guy. shows his work ethic!

12 Apr 2010 5:32pm

Sussi from Landskrona, Sweden

Nice portrait with good character and details! Well done!

12 Apr 2010 5:48pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Au boulot, tel au siècle dernier.

12 Apr 2010 6:23pm

☾éline from New York City, United States

Nice tones !

12 Apr 2010 6:28pm

@☾éline: good ! I am happy you like these TONES :)) thx dear !

Omar from Kunduz, Afghanistan

looks like an ancient oil painting, bravo

12 Apr 2010 6:34pm

@Omar: thx Omar. Looking forward to seeing new photo on your page .

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Magnifique portrait !!!
Il semble intrigué par quelque chose devant lui !
Belles couleurs *****

12 Apr 2010 6:47pm

@Jean-Louis: thanks a lot :)

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful portrait with a nice processing ,good job !
kisses !

12 Apr 2010 6:49pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran


12 Apr 2010 7:05pm

@Mohsen: cool :) thx !

trilliana from Germany

i llike this working people series very much. this guy looks like from the past.

12 Apr 2010 7:52pm

@trilliana: not to my eyes, since I see people like him very often everywhere around me ;)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Nice artistry Mariana!

12 Apr 2010 8:15pm

@Curly: thanks Curly !

farideh from rasht, Iran

Good work.Great portrait.

12 Apr 2010 8:19pm

@farideh: thank you ;)

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lovely portrait in a kind of old stylish way which suits the subject very well.

12 Apr 2010 8:37pm

@Peter: thx Peter. That is actually a real setting . Not so many processing work here .

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Excellent portrait, Mariana. I lived 2 years in Lancaster PA, home to a large population of amish. The farmers market there was one of my favorite places to go. I miss that very much. This brings back great memories.

12 Apr 2010 8:54pm

@Gary: I'm glad you like it Gary and glad for your nice memories !

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

this looks like : time stood still for a century. well captured

12 Apr 2010 9:43pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Beautiful portrait,with nice and intriguing colorsettings!

12 Apr 2010 9:44pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

I love Farmers markets. Lots of interesting people, and of course yummy fresh produce :) A beautiful portrait. I like the comp and colours.

12 Apr 2010 9:47pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An interesting portrait capture of someone who looks sooo young, yet already has a strong presence of "grays." Good colors and texture as well.

12 Apr 2010 10:39pm

@Steven: gray hair means nothing .. I saw 19 y/ o boy who is half gray :))

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A striking portrait of this focused fellow with the striking beard. I had to shave my beard because my wife said it made me look too old. :-(

12 Apr 2010 10:48pm

@Steve Rice: oh, too bad .. i wish to see you with and without that beard to see difference :)

Mr. Gilbert from from north to south of, Philippines

great candid photo mariana!

12 Apr 2010 11:24pm

@Mr. Gilbert: glad you like it :)

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente retrato, color y tratamiento impresionante parece 3D, muy bonita!

13 Apr 2010 1:28am

metti from shiraz, Iran

very good job with sense.

13 Apr 2010 2:57am

@metti: thanks a lot ;)

Shelle from Washington State, United States

I will have to try some people shots some day. I'm really uncomfortable doing that...all the more reason to do it eh?? Great shot.

13 Apr 2010 3:03am

@Shelle: Just try it , if you really wish :)) I am sure you will love it ;)

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

some people just don't like to have their pictures taken. some people don't even like to be looked at. photographers have to take the good with the bad. but thats the price you pay to get a great shot.

13 Apr 2010 4:39am

@Seraphine: I ask nobody nothing . When I like face and all personalities I see in it , I take , or at least try to take a shot or two, quickly , unnoticed ;) Thx girl !

Julie from United States

Amish he is? They are such hard workers, nice shot!

13 Apr 2010 5:01am

Ansie from Paarl, South Africa

well done, I wish I knew how you did it, looks like a painting!

13 Apr 2010 5:11am

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Man at work, great Amish shot.

13 Apr 2010 6:34am

Ekios from Une des trois iles du Salut, Guyana

No way, I ain't your big bro, i'm just a men, so please don't say things like these : [ although I have a big tongue and know what to say back ...]

big tongue ... common ... "WAHAHAHA"

13 Apr 2010 7:57am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice working portrait.

13 Apr 2010 9:42am

eme chiquilla from sevilla, Spain

wow! singurlar man! a perfect and interesting portrait!

13 Apr 2010 4:54pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Excellent photo... and yes, I'm sure the explanation helped too...

14 Apr 2010 12:42am

marsa from Tehran, Iran

impressive.i like it's everything...

14 Apr 2010 2:48pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Un soberbio retrato. Su aspecto en general y el añadido del tratamiento, le dan un atractivo muy especial. Parece como sacado de contexto... como si fuera de otro tiempo. Enhorabuena.

17 Apr 2010 10:39pm

@manel: thx Manel :)

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/250 second
ISO 100
35 mm