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the secret of happiness - freedom (ii)

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 14 April 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/400 second F/4.3 ISO 80 56 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

Karthik from Chennai, India

Spectacular! Fantastic shot!

14 Apr 2010 5:21am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow amazing!!!!

14 Apr 2010 5:25am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

I love your image and your message. The secret to happiness IS freedom and we all deserve it, were born for it. It can only be taken away. Gorgeous light and capture of the birds, and most of all your beautiful invocation.

14 Apr 2010 5:30am

@Bettina: thx Bettina a lot :)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fabulous composition and message!

14 Apr 2010 5:40am


Free like a bird...., a super-photo, MARIANA!


14 Apr 2010 5:49am

Yvon from Orleans, France

magnifique tout simplement

14 Apr 2010 5:52am

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

Joli traitement ! Bonne journée

14 Apr 2010 6:13am

Ekios from Une des trois iles du Salut, Guyana

Freeeeeeedooooooooom :)

14 Apr 2010 6:15am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

To be a bird , even one day it's what I 'm dreaming ...Wery nice shot , i love it ! Phil.

14 Apr 2010 6:30am

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

The colors in the water are amazing and the message in the photo is the desire who has ( I think....) everyone.

14 Apr 2010 6:34am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

the reflection & the flying bird. make this pic is perfect

14 Apr 2010 6:34am

Emmeji from France

Ils sont magnifiques ces oiseaux volant dans la lumière !

14 Apr 2010 6:41am

Amir Taheri Kondar from Bandar Abbas, Iran

wow. amazing capture !

14 Apr 2010 6:45am

@Amir Taheri Kondar: thx Amir .

NaDu from Köln, Germany

whether by processing or by accident, the color of the ocean (or lake) is shining.

14 Apr 2010 6:54am

@NaDu: minimal processing was done here . Thx NaDu :)

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

lovely colors and texture. Congrats!

14 Apr 2010 7:01am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Perfect! Super colours, great compo!

14 Apr 2010 7:32am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

A flight on a royal road!! A true marvel. Beautiful day.

14 Apr 2010 7:39am

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Belle image de la "Liberté" !!!!
Superbe Mariana *****

14 Apr 2010 7:54am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium


14 Apr 2010 7:54am

@Olivier: thx Olivier !

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Lovely shot. What a timing! I love the tones.

14 Apr 2010 7:56am

Florence from Paris, France

Oh yes, must be happyness. Fly over the world and its wonderful colors. What a nice travel and experience it must be.

14 Apr 2010 8:19am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

This might encourage me to take some snaps of seagulls ... ;-) ;-)


14 Apr 2010 8:47am

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Wonderful, glistening reflections and the colors are perfect for the scene.

14 Apr 2010 8:56am

@Larry Lefever: yes, colors really make this shot ;)

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Fantastic tittle and capture. I realy love your composition and processing in this photo Mariana!

14 Apr 2010 8:56am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

Great work with colours and good message.

14 Apr 2010 9:30am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

Its beautiful, like a neon view, so electric.

14 Apr 2010 10:57am

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Gorgeous play of light and the birds twining as one.
"Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose." Kris Krisstofferson

14 Apr 2010 11:33am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

nice capture and feeling of freedom, superb lighting !

14 Apr 2010 11:37am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Mariana... completely agree!!! A beautiful composition full of light and color! A beautiful symbol of freedom that every human needs to live! a gull with its wings outstretched in space ... Free! Best regards, Adela!

14 Apr 2010 11:49am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This is a stunner Mariana! Definitely a 5-star presentation! Well seen and captured! ;-)

14 Apr 2010 11:56am

@Eric Cousineau: thx Eric :)

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great processing!

14 Apr 2010 12:09pm

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Suitable symbolism for the tittle. good treatment too

14 Apr 2010 12:43pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice sense of processing.

14 Apr 2010 12:51pm

Mhélène from Paris, France

Your blue-golden sea is wonderful and the secret is really freedom ...!

14 Apr 2010 1:07pm

Bruno from Beauvais, France

Tout un symbole dans cette photo Mariana. J'aime !

14 Apr 2010 1:09pm

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

Nice message in this shot !! Very beautiful reflections and tones :-)

14 Apr 2010 1:09pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Wow, this is gorgeous, Mariana.
Fabulous composition, exquisite colours,

14 Apr 2010 1:11pm

Anne from Singapore, Singapore

To be as free as the birds, the freedom to closely together, almost joined :) Awesome!! everything...

14 Apr 2010 1:14pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such an apt title for this beautiful shot, the bird flying free over the colorful and glistening water which in itself is free

14 Apr 2010 1:34pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

The reflections are beautiful here! even without the birds it gives a feeling of space
and freedom..

14 Apr 2010 1:43pm

Mark Johnson from Rural Colorado, United States

That is an amazing photo; I love the whites of the birds and the reflections on the water. Can you imagine what it would be like to fly under your own power over such a scene?

14 Apr 2010 1:50pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Beautiful and stunning photography

14 Apr 2010 2:20pm

marsa from Tehran, Iran

wonderful's light is incredibly beautiful.

14 Apr 2010 2:34pm

@marsa: thx MArsa :)

Julie from United States

Very pretty shot, the reflections in the water are really beautiful!

14 Apr 2010 2:37pm

Stéphane Thémèze from PlateFormeRonde, United States

Beautiful elements of colors and rythms!

Cheers Mariana.

14 Apr 2010 2:37pm

Don from spokane, United States

The golds and blues in this image are so beautiful. A fine capture of this elegant bird too. Extra nice image.

14 Apr 2010 2:52pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

you have captured a magical time

14 Apr 2010 3:17pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Great timing and processing!

14 Apr 2010 3:40pm

metti from shiraz, Iran

Best time for image. nice shot.

14 Apr 2010 3:46pm

BlueMoon from Strasbourg, France

Astonishing colors !

14 Apr 2010 3:47pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Free like the bird. I prefer to bu human after all....

14 Apr 2010 4:11pm

eme chiquilla from sevilla, Spain

absolutely amazing, mariana! stunning shot!

14 Apr 2010 5:00pm

Martin from North Platte, United States

Iv always enjoyed your photos, because of their stark realism but this is totally different, its soooo Beautiful to look at, thank you for the big smile on my face, a Wonderful photograph

14 Apr 2010 5:40pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Super shot, excellent reflections and colors.

14 Apr 2010 5:47pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Startling treatment :)

14 Apr 2010 5:55pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Fantastic blue and golden... let them fly... Greetings, Mariana! :)

14 Apr 2010 6:12pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Awesome shot! Love the light...

14 Apr 2010 6:12pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


14 Apr 2010 6:25pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

a perfect image - great lighting

14 Apr 2010 7:00pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

woot! nice flyby here. great reflection of the warm sun from the water.

14 Apr 2010 8:21pm

Oscar from Barcelona, Spain

perfect frameset. i like very much.

And the colours of water too

14 Apr 2010 8:29pm

Pomme from France

Des reflets d'or et de lumière, superbe :)

14 Apr 2010 8:50pm

ISO from Bogota, Colombia

Magic capture...great colors.

14 Apr 2010 10:34pm

Martin from North Platte, United States

this one is so beautiful I had to do a double take :)

14 Apr 2010 10:58pm

Michael from Deer Park, United States

beautiful reflections.

14 Apr 2010 11:49pm

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

A superb image... awesome colors and symbolism !

14 Apr 2010 11:53pm

r from mobile, United States

interesting processing, i like the colors here.. :)

15 Apr 2010 1:38am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Anybody ever asked a bird if it's happy...they only fly because they're hungry. best...jerry

15 Apr 2010 1:40am

@ordinaryimages: that's right Jerry . But still - birds are symbol of freedom :)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What a beautiful pattern of colors created by the reflections off the water! Great catch! And the birds are a nice contrast to those colors.

15 Apr 2010 3:30am

Ddo from Verdun, France


15 Apr 2010 11:30am

josiane57 from metz, France

Très beaux reflets en couleur :)

15 Apr 2010 2:36pm

faisal from New York City, Belgium

beautiful shot!

15 Apr 2010 11:16pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

We are prisoners of our own making... and of love... oh, well.. Fantastic photo.

16 Apr 2010 2:53am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Spectacular light and such a sense of freedom. Excellent!

16 Apr 2010 3:23pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente captura 5 * !! me encanta fotografiar aves esta esta genial!

16 Apr 2010 6:42pm

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

the water is beautiful

18 Apr 2010 7:09pm

Reno from Cd de México, Mexico

Simple, but very efective Mariana! I love this abstract, a good echo to the photograph of the day before...

6 May 2010 12:34am

arcticfox from Anchorage, United States

I like the three corridors of light and the processing. thanks for sharing!

27 May 2010 6:11am

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/400 second
ISO 80
56 mm