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The Secret of Freedom ........ (i)

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 13 April 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

“The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.”
~ Thucydides quote

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/320 second F/4.3 ISO 200 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

macgo from Spain


13 Apr 2010 5:20am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Fantastic light catch of these budding leaves on the hard chainlink fence. Beautiful and thematic.

13 Apr 2010 5:41am

amirreza from tehran, Iran


13 Apr 2010 5:43am


The Secret of Freedom,
a very great photo again, MARIANA!
Freedom that's everything, very important!


13 Apr 2010 5:46am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

beautiful b/w I love how the flower just pops out of the black background.

13 Apr 2010 5:48am

Bernardo from Spain

Una excelente foto en B&W.


13 Apr 2010 5:49am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow very great capture and b&w

13 Apr 2010 6:00am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Great capture with beautiful backlight. When i look at this photo your title is so true! Super work Mariana!

13 Apr 2010 6:08am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Excellent work, Mariana. Its so intense

13 Apr 2010 6:10am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

He who travels wins.


13 Apr 2010 6:11am

Henk van Rijssen from Utrecht, Netherlands

beautiful and touching
no need to say more :-)

13 Apr 2010 6:11am

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Nice theme, great shot.

13 Apr 2010 6:32am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A strong "fabric" made by human hands adorned with the tender branches that nature gives us every spring! A delicate and perfect combination. A work of art in W / B Mariana! Best regards, Adela

13 Apr 2010 6:38am

k@ from Paris, France

Beauty of Life cross all the ugly prisons, even if in only in dreams... Superb light/hope.

13 Apr 2010 6:43am

FAN from Besancon, France

Great shot with a very strong symbolism. "The beautiful Breakaway" ! (tribute in the Nature)

13 Apr 2010 6:48am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Nice shot and brillant B§W , freedom is really hard to catch , Phil.

13 Apr 2010 7:08am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Well done Mariana, the photo and title

13 Apr 2010 7:13am

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

La nature sait égayer tous les endroits ! Bonne journée

13 Apr 2010 7:19am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Lovely monotone of these courageous little blossoms.
If only we were all able to weave our way in and out of tight spots like that ! :-)

13 Apr 2010 7:31am

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

This is true. great shot and great light!

13 Apr 2010 7:51am

Ekios from Une des trois iles du Salut, Guyana

Thank you so much Mariana you made my day :)

13 Apr 2010 7:55am

Emmeji from France

Très joli symbole et très jolie photo !

13 Apr 2010 8:01am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

I love the beautiful simplicity and the symbolism of your compo ! nice B&W and lighting !

13 Apr 2010 8:22am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


13 Apr 2010 8:24am

Christophe from Cherbourg, France

La vie s'accroche toujours...

13 Apr 2010 8:35am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Wow what a beautiful shot! I love the quote. The lighting and contrast are gorgeous!

13 Apr 2010 8:58am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Wonderful symbolism and perfectly captured and processed!

13 Apr 2010 9:06am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

exelent details and texture

13 Apr 2010 9:07am

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Beautiful mix of structured and random. You've brought elegance to the chain link fence!

13 Apr 2010 9:26am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Amazing light!

13 Apr 2010 9:32am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Nature shows us the way ... Do not give in to discouragement and the impossible!

13 Apr 2010 9:33am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

This is a symbolic photo. I can imagine what freedom is.

13 Apr 2010 9:44am

Frida from Sweden

A very strong photo I love it!

13 Apr 2010 9:51am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Simple...but pure beauty !

13 Apr 2010 9:52am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Lovely picture and meaning!

13 Apr 2010 10:10am

trilliana from Germany

meaningful beauty. nice find.

13 Apr 2010 10:14am

joshi daniel from India

wow! one of your best and loved the way how the light is highlighting the flower!

13 Apr 2010 10:18am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

For nature there are only a few insurmountable barriers. Your picture is really great, well done. I love it very much. Cheers.

13 Apr 2010 10:28am

301 from tehran, Iran


13 Apr 2010 10:35am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

That is so delicate and beautiful. The lighting is perfect also.

13 Apr 2010 11:02am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

The fence is very courageous to let the plants creep on it, so we can see this lovely photo.

13 Apr 2010 11:06am

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Beautifully done. Love the simplicity of this shot.

13 Apr 2010 11:16am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A powerful message you have created in this shot Mariana! Well done and 5-stars!!! ;-)

13 Apr 2010 12:01pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Evocative and story-telling, as always! Very well seen and framed... magical lighting!

13 Apr 2010 12:07pm

crash from Weehawken NJ / New York, United States

looks like they're struggling to for a foot hold ... !

13 Apr 2010 12:09pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Very beautiful picture! The lighting and contrast are gorgeous!

13 Apr 2010 12:09pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

So touching... I already love your new series - I know it... 5***** for it, the lighting alone is worth a handful of stars... Wish you a wonderful day, Mariana...

13 Apr 2010 1:00pm

@Magrat: thx Magrat . Just 1 more that goes cool with this one, like a little story :))

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Looking for freedom, great shot.

13 Apr 2010 1:19pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful shot capturing quite an intense mood, the title is brilliant

13 Apr 2010 1:21pm

danou-yepa from France

very great compo an contrast , wonderful shot . well done

13 Apr 2010 1:51pm

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

a nice quote for your B&W , S ! have a nice day , full of liberty ;)

13 Apr 2010 1:58pm

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

I believe it is much more beautiful that a colourful one. An excellent B&W picture!

13 Apr 2010 2:15pm

foto-rolero54 from Belgium

A splendid idea with this netting, original photograph, I like

13 Apr 2010 2:21pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

Contrasted Wet B full of sense. A very attractive light !

13 Apr 2010 2:35pm

Julie from United States

I really like the lighting on this one, very nice!

13 Apr 2010 2:36pm

Don from spokane, United States

A very interesting shot of these flowers/leaves. Wonderful processing to get this very light look with highlights on the wire too. Solid shot.

13 Apr 2010 2:39pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Wonderful image. I love the composition and the strong contrast. terrific quote.

13 Apr 2010 2:50pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Speechless..só beautiful!

13 Apr 2010 3:00pm

Florence from Paris, France

What an exquisite way to escape !

13 Apr 2010 3:00pm

lolo from Budapest, Hungary

Very good lighting! I like the monochrome style!

13 Apr 2010 3:03pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

raw and gritty -- what a great atmosphere!

13 Apr 2010 3:22pm

Monik from PARIS, France

Une très belle photo et un joli symbole... Même en prison, la nature reprend le dessus !

13 Apr 2010 4:09pm

Pomme from France

Belle capture très symbolique :)

13 Apr 2010 4:40pm

eme chiquilla from sevilla, Spain

excellent b&w shot! i love the high contrast :)

13 Apr 2010 4:56pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Excellent.I like it ,thanks :)

13 Apr 2010 5:07pm

Pied Crow from Nairobi, Kenya

Graceful and wonderfully lit.

13 Apr 2010 5:19pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

J'aime bcp ta compo de ces fleurs blanches sur ce fond très foncé
et cet enchevêtrement dans le grillage !!
Belle pdv *****

13 Apr 2010 5:28pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Lovely capture and pertinent title ! What a great clarety and a superb framing ! Bravo

13 Apr 2010 5:36pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

a real symbol, great Mariana

13 Apr 2010 5:41pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Exquisite light. Love how you've titled this..and the metaphor that lies within.

13 Apr 2010 5:44pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent combination of contrasts on several levels

13 Apr 2010 5:48pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent title, theme and image

13 Apr 2010 5:48pm

metti from shiraz, Iran

Dear Mariana! your photo is very very very amazing and nice.

13 Apr 2010 6:00pm

Brian Chen from Seattle, WA, United States

Pure magic!

13 Apr 2010 6:05pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Mariana,
it is a very good image and fitting title. Shadows and Light harmonize very well together. The choice of colors makes the scene very well express.
Have a nice evening and thanks for your nice comments. Dear greetings Christel

13 Apr 2010 6:10pm

LoulouPix from New York, United States

Interesting idea.
I like the good contrast and the execution.
Great catch

13 Apr 2010 6:34pm

Mhélène from Paris, France

Very beautiful !

13 Apr 2010 7:31pm

tataray from St Laurs, France

Délicatesse... Magnifique.

13 Apr 2010 7:37pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Ah, yes, Nature will not be denied.

13 Apr 2010 7:53pm

rian from mobile, United States

okay.. so i guess i'm pretty much covered on those parts.. :D love how the flowers seem to light up here.. very nice shot.. :)

13 Apr 2010 7:58pm

STEED from Gueret, France

Stars,Stars,Stars !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Too nice !!!

13 Apr 2010 8:50pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

magnifique prise de vue

13 Apr 2010 8:54pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful light in this "poetic" shot !!
kisses !

13 Apr 2010 8:58pm

josm from san jose, Costa Rica

very nice...magnificent contrast..

13 Apr 2010 9:01pm

Ali from Tehran, Iran

perfect B/W...the framing is also beautiful and the brightness of flowers against the background is very creative.

13 Apr 2010 9:04pm

Martin from North Platte, United States

another awsome shot, photos like this I wonder how you come about your exposure? like to know how you go about that, either way, you rule!

13 Apr 2010 10:28pm

@Martin: the most simple shot but an eye needs to spot it and imagine in a frame ;) thx Martin .

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

A circular argument in the end.... :) Great processing and structure....

14 Apr 2010 12:43am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I love how the budding leaves of the vines contrast nicely with the chain link fence. Great job of centering and leveling the fence where the "links" are abutting the frame of this photo.

14 Apr 2010 1:09am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

fantastica composición, me gusta como impacta la luz en las hojas, muy bonita, saludos!

14 Apr 2010 1:18am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous B&W. Very cool processing.

14 Apr 2010 2:07am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

So pretty! love the simplicity and the light is just gorgeous

14 Apr 2010 3:04am

Karthik from Chennai, India

Love the lighting. Good one!

14 Apr 2010 5:21am

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Bonne idée pour profiter de cette lumière.

15 Apr 2010 7:28pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

So great technique- your camera, your skill, your processing or whatever- it´s so great!
And a very beautiful and talking composition.

20 Apr 2010 8:42am

shoti from somewhere in, China

what makes this photograph so beautiful is the combination of dark background and brightly back lit white flowers. very powerful

21 Apr 2010 1:57am

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/320 second
ISO 200
60 mm