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how to cheer up your wife

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 14 May 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

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

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

good good picture and title!!! love it!~:)

14 May 2010 5:05am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

she doesn't look happy still. may be only diamonds n gold wud do. Another fine capture, Mariana

14 May 2010 5:17am

Bruno from Beauvais, France

Sa technique n'a pas l'air de marcher... ;-) Bonne journée Mariana.

14 May 2010 5:19am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

cracking shot, love the way she has her arms crossed

14 May 2010 5:30am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good idea! :)) I like the composition with the smiling protagonist on the left, creating movement in the image.

14 May 2010 5:30am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

The energy between the two figures is excellent in your composition. They are true opposites as the world passes around them. Her frown and folded arms, his winning smile and offering of gifts are excellent captures. Great shot and great title!

14 May 2010 5:39am

JD from Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

well observed :)

14 May 2010 5:52am

PATRICK from miramas, France

great shot

14 May 2010 5:57am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Great 'people' shot...the woman on the right looks like she could use some cheering up.
Wonderfully captured, Mariana.

14 May 2010 6:07am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

I think the expression on his wife will be working with imagination!!!!!

14 May 2010 6:08am

Ansie from South Africa

I don't think his plan is going to work! Wonderful story telling with one photo!

14 May 2010 6:09am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Hahaha that title is allready brilliant Mariana!! The shot is fabulous when you look to the expression of the man and woman;-)) 5* for me Mariana and today i'm gona think about it how to do........

14 May 2010 6:17am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

She doesn't seem very happy! Have a nice day Mariana

14 May 2010 6:30am

Oscar from espira de l'agly, France

i like the face expresion of man. he is falling in love!

14 May 2010 6:36am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

yes, nice smile!

14 May 2010 6:49am

Vinod from Bangalore, India

haha really nice capture.. will make everyone smile than wife ;) she will surely laugh soon :)

14 May 2010 6:50am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

This does not make her laugh at all, tough life of a husband! lollll .... Good day.

14 May 2010 7:00am

k@ from Paris, France

Hee hee, he's looking at the kid in the stroller or someone beyond the serious black woman, that's why she does not react but your title is witty & cool to let us believe he does ;)) Well done ! (does he hold a kid toy in hands ?). The black woman is super well framed with her armed crossed and she seems to wait someone who does not come. She should open her arms... and eyes to the smiling fellow there !

14 May 2010 7:06am

@k@: Believe me I did not see anybody with this man, no kids with him . At first I thought he was smiling at me , then I looked around to see to whom he was smiling and saw her :) I moved quickly to get two of them on a picture . Looks like he was happy getting this toy on some shooting games :)) [ and looking for girl to give her this gift . lucky me I did not get it ..:)) ]

Ddo from Verdun, France

Good scene. I'm agree with k@'s interpretation. But maybe will she succomb in front of this generous smile ! If you're still waiting, can you buy me a pistachio ice cream please ?

14 May 2010 7:29am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

What a great scene... everybody looks happy :) A very nice capture !

14 May 2010 7:39am

kiji from valenciennes, France

Regarding the expression (posture) of the woman on the right side of the photo, this kind of gift might not be enough ;)

14 May 2010 8:04am

pascale from Belgium

she's not very happy bu he's got a great smile
great shot

14 May 2010 8:24am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Very nicely observed and captured. What a smile!

14 May 2010 8:36am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Avec un aussi beau sourire, il va forcément conquérir sa belle !

14 May 2010 8:40am

Amir from Luleå, Sweden

Clever title!
...and very nice shot.

14 May 2010 8:40am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

How to make photos with glances: those of the 2 protagonists cross the whole image and hold it together. Strong bw.

14 May 2010 9:08am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

ha ha.. fantastic shot.. and very creative title :).

14 May 2010 9:26am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

She doesn't look that impressed to me :)

14 May 2010 9:37am

Anne from Singapore, Singapore

ha,,one is smiling happily perhaps he won a soft toy? one is frowning for some reason and the title helps a little :) a good one !!

14 May 2010 11:10am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Great scene, photo and title.

14 May 2010 11:37am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I don't think she's buying it.... Well seen and captured Mariana! ;-)

14 May 2010 11:46am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Happy moment....nicely captured.

14 May 2010 11:56am

ℳarleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

:-)))) I'm curious if he succeeded.....;-)))
Great shot with a story, Mariana!
(first I thought he had a lot of melting icecreams in his hand....:-D

14 May 2010 12:14pm

siamak from isfahan, Iran

hi mariana
very beautiful urban shot , i love this ...
good luck :)

14 May 2010 12:46pm

Fade ToBLACK from tehran, Iran

Great mariana

14 May 2010 1:14pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

I'm thinking she wants more than a stuffed animal. Like, maybe an explanation. ;)

14 May 2010 1:15pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent scene! J'aime beaucoup la différence des deux visages, l'un avec un très beau sourire et l'autre très sérieux! Bravo!

14 May 2010 1:21pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Great situasion and beutiful shot. I hope you got your flower work back on track.

14 May 2010 2:12pm

@Morten Pedersen: no way . when once I mess up with something , I hate it later . Maybe it will be shown in BW only without abstract :)

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Oh oh ... I guess he has been naughty because she doesn't look too happy :) Fantastic photo, love the nonverbal communication between those two.

14 May 2010 2:13pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An interesting conflict between smiles ... a curious composition and relationships unclear!
Well regarded and well frozen when friend Mariana! Best regards! Adela!

14 May 2010 2:17pm

Merilee from Tn, United States

this is cool.It seems the wife is not happy..but i like the way you captured...nice job!

14 May 2010 2:26pm

pixator from Iran


14 May 2010 2:30pm

@pixator: :) I wonder how you would cheer up your wife/ girlfriend ?

Don from spokane, United States

A fine human interest shot of this couple's interaction. He certainly looks happily hopeful while she looks glum. Nice one.

14 May 2010 2:38pm

Florence from Paris, France

Ahhah ! Troubles around. Love her terrible attitude. Love his smile. Almost a demand for apologies. I love your super sepia tone Marina !

14 May 2010 2:44pm

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Lovely and also humorous story! His smile is so cute!

14 May 2010 2:54pm

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Hehehehe! I love your sense of humor!

14 May 2010 3:23pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

I love these expressions.

14 May 2010 3:25pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

With all those people, the two of them really stand out. Super shot. It is like part of a bigger story.

14 May 2010 3:31pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Super shot and processing, from the stance and look of the lady, I think he some work to do yet to cheer her up

14 May 2010 3:41pm

Jim | SpinView from Denver, United States

I really like the story behind this! Great timing on capture...

14 May 2010 3:48pm

@Jim | SpinView: thx Jim . I am not sure if you are getting my reply but I just replied to your other comment you left on my page . Wanted to tell you that your page does not open for me .

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Hahaha... yes, with such a toy my husband indeed could cheer me up! ;) Whatever actually was going on here, you captured it in your own, so special, so mariana-esque way, I just love it! :)

14 May 2010 3:55pm

@Magrat: you are very modest :)) See , I would not be cheered up without one good parfum :)) ha ha

danou-yepa from Nice, France

great moment of life , a very beautiful proessing and framing

14 May 2010 4:08pm

jafar from Pakdasht, Iran

Good see!!!Excellent.

14 May 2010 4:25pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

very nice image and moment

14 May 2010 4:37pm

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

very good urban shot ,bravo!

14 May 2010 5:02pm

tataray from france, France

Il a l'air satisfait en tout cas !.... )))

14 May 2010 5:26pm

Irene from France

Very funny Mariana ! Superb!

14 May 2010 5:28pm

Thomas from NRW, Germany

Good observed and well captured, Mariana !

14 May 2010 6:37pm

Bruno F from Précigné, France

Really really good !
Love it !!


14 May 2010 7:12pm

Henk van Rijssen from Utrecht, Netherlands

I've looked several times at this photo today and it's all about the man and the woman. The rest isn't interesting and after a while you don't see them anymore.
The way he smiles as if he says: but I've got you a toy while her look is: but it did cost us $50.
The picture: priceless :-)

14 May 2010 7:16pm

roy from ostend, Belgium

perhaps he had done something wrong,
and with this toy...
Great shot.

14 May 2010 7:26pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wonderful shot. Love the activity and the comments about the "story" taking place.

14 May 2010 7:34pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Will his gift be enough? But with this striking smile he must be able to melt her heart within seconds! Super shot, makes me laugh! :-)

14 May 2010 7:45pm

rian from mobile, United States

well, that is one way to do it.. :D nice capture.. :)

14 May 2010 8:02pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Excellent shot, great scene.

14 May 2010 8:09pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Oh that is so wonderful, he so full of hope and she with her arms crossed. Great shot Mariana.

14 May 2010 8:54pm

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

excellent very nice

14 May 2010 9:04pm

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

She looks like a tough cookie, hope his smile is as warm as it looks.

14 May 2010 9:31pm

Gérard Méry from saint-cyr sur Loire, France

C'est la fête !

14 May 2010 9:59pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a ice life scene !! she looks not very happy the lady in the foreground!
kiss !

14 May 2010 9:59pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I have to learn... It is always difficult to satisfy my wife...

14 May 2010 10:30pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Looks like he has some cheering up to do!! Terrific capture.

14 May 2010 10:32pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Nice candid shot and tones.

15 May 2010 2:07am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Beautiful capture :)

15 May 2010 2:59am

DLee from Fanling, Hong Kong

Excellent timing to catch this interesting shot!

15 May 2010 3:05am

april from manila, Philippines

opposites ... (man, woman ... happy, sad ... dad, mom) yet, together we make one beautiful world together :) a great moment you captured in a photo that speaks of life. thank you for sharing.

15 May 2010 5:25am

Krunal from Mumbai, India

nice shot, very candid

15 May 2010 7:12am

Nishith from Mumbai, India

The duo tone makes a classic picture

15 May 2010 8:11am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I think he better try harder! Brilliant, Mariana!

15 May 2010 2:20pm

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

You put it in the middle of your photo: ICE CREAM!

16 May 2010 7:29pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Good luck on that one!

17 May 2010 1:17pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Hahah--he may need more than that stuffed prize to cheer her up! Perhaps some ice cream from that truck in the background as well. :-)

17 May 2010 2:27pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful seen, great capture.

18 May 2010 11:54am

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