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Decision making (vacuum or broom )


"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 capture of mr Hulk ;)) When is see this give me a broom (can i hit harder LOL) I realy like this photo Mariana.
The strength of your photos is that hardly anyone looks at the camera and that makes a much better picture.
Have a lot of fun at Mother's day;))

9 May 2010 5:19am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Hahaha! How come that brooms are so popular in Canada? Mr. Hulk is great...waiting for his wife while she is chosing a new broom! I just wonder if he hopes for her to just fligh away on it. Perfect tones in this one, I love it!

9 May 2010 5:24am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Interesting brooms to take a flight :))
Very good processing and treatment of color. Fantastic composition.

9 May 2010 5:37am

Julia from Munich, Germany

a interesting and great shot....

9 May 2010 5:40am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow splendid capture and process

9 May 2010 6:06am

Krunal from Mumbai, India

lovely composition

9 May 2010 6:07am

Srujan Chennupati from Bangaluru, India

Lovely tones and superb presentation. Ofcourse I love the composition.

9 May 2010 6:14am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

interesting pov and contrast

9 May 2010 6:15am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Fantastic. What a great moment. Your character in the forefront, the ladies, the corn brooms. Your tones are excellent. It's just really wonderful. :)

9 May 2010 6:20am

NANNE from DAMWOUDE, Netherlands

Like always, a very nice photo, MARIANA!
Next week I´am walking more than 200 kilometers, starting Thuesday. So it´s for me that week not possible to visit your site. I wish you a nice sunday and very good week, next week.



9 May 2010 6:25am

@NANNE: Thx Nanne :)) All the best to you and your group on this marathon ;))

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

I love the heavy IS, after all, a 'heavy' decision.
Looks like brooms are the tool of choice.
I doubt if Mr. Hulk, however, will lift a finger !! :-) Good one, Mariana!

9 May 2010 6:46am

@Dulcie: for me it would be a heavy decision too ;)) ha ha Thx Dulcie !

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Lollll! I think he does not want a broom, a decision is taken. I love this portrait and especially facial expression, great. Good Sunday.

9 May 2010 7:19am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I remember the pictures of Max Alpert qiue mining com photographed images with good contrast! Brooms sold here but in reality is the movement of the scene that evoked me to this photographer. Very good friend! Best regards, Adela

9 May 2010 7:25am

BAbzy from France

Very good street scene , i'd like one of these broom :)

9 May 2010 7:56am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Only the women looks happy with the shopping !

9 May 2010 8:02am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

LOL! I like the title ;) Great shot! I like the comp and tones.
The guy on the left looks like someone that had enough of his wife's shopping... maybe he is bored and doesn't want to wait any longer... he wants to go home! My husband hates shopping... ;)

9 May 2010 8:09am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Superbe portrait ! Bon dimanche

9 May 2010 8:20am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

I like this sort of brooms, they are really good for working at garden. It can be a pretty original market.
I love this B&W, Mariana. Have a happy sunday.

9 May 2010 8:42am

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Les gros bras de Hulk !

9 May 2010 9:19am

Mags from Paris, France

Nicely composed and processed, I like the man's expression at the forground :)

9 May 2010 9:33am

Emmeji from France

Does Harry Potter buy his brooms here ? :))

9 May 2010 9:39am

danou-yepa from Nice, France

fantastic capture and expression , very good scène of life

9 May 2010 9:56am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Is He Hamlet ? Vacuum or broom; that is the question.

9 May 2010 11:40am

Jacqueline from Montréal, Canada

I LOVE it !!!! all photos are among my favorites ( with Karina...)

9 May 2010 12:02pm

Florence from Paris, France

What an interesting question Mariana ! Vacuum cleaner is certainly more efficient... but broom is definitely more ecologic but more tiring... life is so difficult sometines ! :-)

Nice post-processing, a very documentary mood in fact. Well done.

9 May 2010 12:51pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Looks like a broom boom! another great portrait, Mariana.

9 May 2010 1:03pm

Oscar from espira de l'agly, France

fantastic shot

9 May 2010 1:05pm

Martin from North Platte, United States

and you weave your magic yet again, the photo worth a thousand words, not an easy thing to do, though you make it look easy, just amazing again Mariana.

9 May 2010 1:14pm

@Martin: Thx Martin :) Nothing difficult here, just a matter of practice and an eye for a cool compo :))

trilliana from Munich, Germany

the greem hulk in black and white. i imagine a homer simpson thought of beer and burger he has while his wife need an era for buying a totally useless broom. what a telling picture.

9 May 2010 1:17pm

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wud it be wonderful if thats the only thing we have to decide on? Splendid image, so many things for the eyes to feast on

9 May 2010 1:28pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I would guess the decision is predicated on whether you want to fly it or clean with it! Well seen and captured Mariana! ;-)))

9 May 2010 1:42pm

Davey from Stekene, Belgium

great shot!

9 May 2010 2:13pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, Afghanistan

A great candid with crisp detail and great depth...well done!

9 May 2010 2:13pm

barbod from rasht, Iran


9 May 2010 2:18pm

@barbod: thanks barbod ;)

Metti from shiraz, Iran

Nice frame and good shot... specialy women at background...

9 May 2010 2:41pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine capture of this fellow's strong looking face. The other's approaching are very good too. Nice processing to get this picture quality.

9 May 2010 2:57pm

Mark Johnson from Rural Colorado, United States

I love the mood here; the guy outside seems impatient (I imagine he is waiting for his wife), and I am amazed at how many shoppers there are in a broom store!

9 May 2010 3:11pm

@Mark Johnson: see, my interpretation would be : a man is thinking what to do : to buy a broom or to buy a vacuum :)) Thx Mark :)

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

I really enjoy watching these every-day pictures of you..another great one!

9 May 2010 3:17pm

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Dust my broom - you know that blues song? - A strong character and busy shoppers in the broom market, well balanced tones, compo ok, what more to wish?

9 May 2010 3:35pm

k@ from Paris, France

... or to "buy" a new cloned wife, vaccum cleaner included (neither you nor me, since we're not that kind of cleaning dust girsl ! ;) Super scene, especially with the framing of that man, deep in his thoughts. Hulk + Corn Broom Maker speak volume too. Super ;))

9 May 2010 3:40pm

@k@: hey, that is funny , that I remembered this shot after talking to you about dusting :) Thx . If it is still raining in your 'london' use this time and dust a half of your place :))

k@ from Paris, France

Unhappily, rain stopped ;) Have a nice afternoon, i was just passing-by quickly today, see you soon - with a broom ~ 

9 May 2010 3:46pm

@k@: he he .. me with broom , like a witch :))

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Your style of photojournalism is quite wonderful. Great scene.

9 May 2010 3:52pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A broom is something you can get a handle on : ] best...jerry

9 May 2010 4:11pm

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

Interesting and great shot....nice bw Mariana

9 May 2010 4:13pm

roy from ostend, Belgium

I love this heavy tones. verry intresting and special

9 May 2010 4:34pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Haha... yes, the agony of choice... By the way, I'd always choose the broom, or did you ever try flying with a vacuum cleaner? It's horrible... :))

9 May 2010 4:37pm

@Magrat: need to try it to see if its horrible :))

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very amusing. He seems to wonder who is going to use the new device and what it will be used for. :-)

9 May 2010 6:00pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Amusing and a great portrait of Mister Hulk but now in beautiful black and white

9 May 2010 6:30pm

philippe from moselle, France

je suis toujours bluffé par le réalisme et la qualité de tes images Mariana, un rendez-vous incontournable que j'apprécie tous les soirs ou presque :o) !!!

9 May 2010 6:56pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Lovely with a lot of humor. Great shot.

9 May 2010 7:33pm

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

great shot, lovely in b&w, love his expression

9 May 2010 8:05pm

Phil from angouleme, France

Chouette blog agréable diversifié et jonglage avec la magie des logiciels de retouche

9 May 2010 8:31pm

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

were of witch brooms...?good evening, Mariana

9 May 2010 8:34pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Wonderful expressions captured. Really nice!!

9 May 2010 8:34pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Wonderful capture especially the tones. The 'Hulk' looks a bit bored?

9 May 2010 9:20pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran


9 May 2010 11:25pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

He's not deciding anything, but thinking that he could be somewhere else. I like grumpy old guys, there funny.

10 May 2010 12:52am

rainboy from Nainital, India

you captured the expressions so well. A great shot.

10 May 2010 1:16am

John from Geneva, United States

I think one of the women I work with shops there for the brooms she rides.....

10 May 2010 1:53am

@John: thanks john for last night visit :))

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Great shot Mariana ! Looks like he doesn't fancy the broom :)

10 May 2010 2:41am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I don't think the Hulk cares. ;-) This is another great candid portrait. Bravo!

10 May 2010 2:45am

Jhon from Fine Land, Singapore

Hulk could be thinking hard: "How am I going to tell her to carry the bloom home herself , I'm definitely not going to do it!"

10 May 2010 3:51am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

superb scene of life and mono ! I like the expression of Hulk ;-))

10 May 2010 3:04pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

you catch great expressions here - excellent framing and composition

10 May 2010 4:54pm

rian from mobile, United States

i like how that guy dominates the foreground here.. great shot. :)

10 May 2010 7:11pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Nothing beats that good old corn broom that seems to be disappearing now...

10 May 2010 7:40pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

the "Hulk" needs both. he has big messes to clean. :)

11 May 2010 12:35am

Cory from Phoenix, United States

I really like your candid portraits. I'm too hesistant in taking shots like this and your success in making me rethink that position.

11 May 2010 4:59am

@Cory: Thx Cory ! Just try it . Do not be shy ! Once you try you will love it . There is so much psychology in these candid shots :))

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

A hard decision:)). Nice image and processing.

11 May 2010 1:18pm

Chris B from Olburgen, Netherlands

Very good processing and treatment of color

11 May 2010 6:19pm

Ada Panich from S.Benedetto del Tronto, Italy

Fantastic, Mariana! A five stars capture!

11 May 2010 8:21pm

Mike from United States

Fantastic processing on this. Love that guy up front.

15 May 2010 1:30am