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Lady in Red

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 20 May 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

St.Jacobs, Ontario
April, 2010

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/500 second F/4.0 ISO 80 29 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

Shawna from Regina, Canada

Love the selective color on this image.

20 May 2010 5:05am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

I like how you processed this to make the lady draw the attention! Very nice work!

20 May 2010 5:10am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very nice colour popping

20 May 2010 5:17am

Irene from France

Une très élégante lady... et les autres. Très bien fait

20 May 2010 5:22am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Oh! yes! is the queen of England!! lollll ... Fantastic this desaturation magnificient shot. Nice day.

20 May 2010 5:24am

Majo from Mumbai, India

nice selective coloring

20 May 2010 5:29am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

excellent.... j'aime bcp

20 May 2010 5:32am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

The face of that woman make's me laugh. Great shot Mariana!

20 May 2010 5:36am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great desaturation and elegant red lady among normal people :)

20 May 2010 5:36am

Liang from San Francisco, United States

very nice selective coloring on this street portrait!

20 May 2010 5:41am

Julie from Easton, United States

LOL look at that evil eye she was giving you! The colors are quite striking! Nicely processed!

20 May 2010 5:51am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

She stands out in more ways than one. Nice selective color and, boy, what a get up. Very funny image! And excellently processed.

20 May 2010 5:54am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

This is a wonderful example of the lady thinking she is the 'bees knees''

Great capture but even better, in my estimation, without the selective colouring.

;-) richard

20 May 2010 6:07am

@Richard T: I do not know . I also do not like selective color, but this time I de3cided to do so :) Thx R.

zahra from shiraz, Iran


20 May 2010 6:18am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

royal carriage!!!! nice contrast colors

20 May 2010 6:19am

oncho from granada, Spain

Great shot very nice lady

20 May 2010 6:22am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Oh my...what a fabulous and hilarious use of selective coloring.
Wonderful characters in this shot ! Marvelous !!

20 May 2010 6:25am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Très élégante cette dame ! Bonne journée

20 May 2010 7:03am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

As if from another world!...

20 May 2010 7:08am

roy from ostend, Belgium

Verry, verry nice.
So surrounded in black and white,
she pulls even more attention to himself

20 May 2010 7:11am

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

Exactly like a "precious ridiculous" Molière would say! :)

20 May 2010 7:17am

Anneka from Bray, Ireland

My hat works, yours ....

20 May 2010 7:18am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A perfect and very effective desaturización the gesture as proud of the lady! A very good composition. Well seen the moment of taking the picture Mariana! Best regards, Adela

20 May 2010 7:29am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Great use of the selective colouring. What a portrait! Well done.

20 May 2010 7:43am

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

Wonderful with the selective coloring !! Beautiful portrait Mariana !!

20 May 2010 7:59am

STEED from Somewhere, France

A LADY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really....

20 May 2010 8:30am

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

oh excellent, very nice

20 May 2010 8:40am

macgo from Spain

No acaba de convencerme mucho este desaturado

20 May 2010 8:46am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

she could have been a QUEEN!!!
Your selective treatment underlines its pride, it is brilliant!!!

20 May 2010 9:00am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Whoa! My favourite is the lady in the background who obviously doesn't like it. :-)
Superb shot, and so well spotted!

20 May 2010 9:01am

@MadScientist: she is my fav girl too :)) It could be me too ;)

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow ...This flashy red and the special coat ...well seen and super treatment!

20 May 2010 9:21am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

A red very outstanding for so distinguished lady... great idea.

20 May 2010 9:40am

Amir Pouryousef from Tabriz, Iran

the way she looks says she thinks she is proud of herself.
your eddition has made it more clear.
by the way well done.

20 May 2010 9:40am

@Amir Pouryousef: thx Amir :)

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Blimey that's eyeball boggling :)

20 May 2010 9:45am

philippe from dijon, France

Quelle classe, une très belle image, bravo ! bonne journée à toi.

20 May 2010 9:52am

✿ Anina ✿ from New Zealand

Excellent!!! I love the selective colouring. Your processing is spot on. The two ladies in the front (left and right) almost seems like they belong in a photograph from the 50's.

20 May 2010 10:34am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Proud Mary keeps on turning up.... totally wonderful capture.

20 May 2010 10:56am

Val37 from Tours, France

Chouette le traitement et le titre, bien vu Mariana !

20 May 2010 11:09am

trilliana from Munich, Germany

wow, this lady totally looks misplaced here, not only for the well processed colours but for her gesture, mimic and angle to the other passengers. very well composed. an epic picture.

20 May 2010 11:11am

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

She does stand out, making everyone else dull.

20 May 2010 11:22am

@JoeB: ha ha :))

Emmeji from France

Joli traitement !!!

20 May 2010 11:30am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Excellent pp treatment Mariana! The use of selective colouring is perfect for this shot! Well seen and captured! ;-)

20 May 2010 12:06pm

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Queen Elsbeth graciously visits a more proletarian quarter. Funny idea, that coloring. Let's hope her head is as brilliant as her hat.

20 May 2010 12:21pm

@NaDu: that is right . if I saw her in Toronto, or NY, I would not even notice her . But in this Mennonite little town, she looks like somebody from other planet !

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very well done, I like partially desaturated photos ! And this photo was perfect for that kind of treatment !

20 May 2010 12:31pm

Pixator from kerman, Iran

Very very good shot!
Well done!

20 May 2010 12:55pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Amazing use of selective color!

20 May 2010 12:56pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Interesting use of selective colouring. You know, the woman on the far right of the frame looks like Queen Elizabeth at first glance. Such a cool and interesting shot so full of expressions.

20 May 2010 1:03pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful treatment! Superb image with the Lady in Red very elegant, but I also like the expression of two other persons! Excellent composition Mariana!

20 May 2010 1:16pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

What a true fashionista! She exudes confidence and style.

20 May 2010 1:35pm

@Amanda: You think so ? To me she is just one rich , pretentious woman, with terrible style :) I even do not know where she found these ideas. Look at this jacket, and red gloves on 20 C. Comic !

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Mariana - The problem with your composition is that it is too busy thus drawing the eye away from the main subject. The solution is your adept use of selective color. Well done. Larry

20 May 2010 1:39pm

@Larry Elkins: You think so ? Well, for candid shots one does not have so much time or chances to isolate a main subject . See, I love this girl behind . Her expression was the same as mine, thinking - who is this one ? Some actress from US ? Thx Larry !

JJ from Jersey City, United States

So eye catching brilliant use of selective coloring

20 May 2010 1:46pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Excellent use of selective color, Mariana. She is a very classy looking lady.

20 May 2010 1:51pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Awesome capture...great processing...great work!

20 May 2010 2:01pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Hahah! But she thinks she looks good--you can tell. I guess I'm used to people in NYC walking around wearing whatever the heck they want and thinking they look amazing... I once saw a man wearing a bathing suit, white tshirt, and a plastic tie with fake fish in it. it's all about attitude.

20 May 2010 2:06pm

@Amanda: I know what you mean . NY is NY , Toronto is Toronto. But in this little town, she looks like a miracle ;)

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

lovely lady....beautiful work..

20 May 2010 2:11pm


That's a very funny photo, MARINA. In deed a Lady in Red!


20 May 2010 2:14pm

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

Excellent composition, and this key color suit him well, Mariana

20 May 2010 2:25pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

excellent this B/W and colors , a vey funny and beautiful shot , welle done mariana!!! 5*

20 May 2010 2:28pm

Metti from shiraz, Iran

... Or red in lady... Nice shot dear :)

20 May 2010 2:57pm

Don - SLACKWATER from spokane, United States

A fine moment to capture with the dress of the main subject and the expression of the lady behind. The spot color gives it tremendous impact. The heart of the shot is the interaction of the three people. Well done.

20 May 2010 2:58pm

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Wow! Very impressive! But why the hats? Thats not so common!

20 May 2010 2:59pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Fantastic work on this! What a great shot!

20 May 2010 3:52pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I think you are trying to say "mutton dressed as lamb" Mariana Lol :-)

20 May 2010 3:56pm

@Curly: something like that :)

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

nice processing

20 May 2010 3:57pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great job in the selective coloring. It draws a great job in drawing my eyes to her. And I can't help but think that the expressions on the other ladies' faces were a result of their jealousies toward how the lady in red looked. :-)

20 May 2010 4:45pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

nice selective coloring, Excellent composition!

20 May 2010 4:54pm

Dawn from United States

Stunning ........
Nicely done!

20 May 2010 4:56pm

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Very special! Have a nice day Mariana.

20 May 2010 5:05pm

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

Very funny but beautiful

20 May 2010 5:33pm

Merilee from Tn, United States

excellent, Mariana...i like the way you post processed.

20 May 2010 5:38pm

Ansie from Paarl, South Africa

You certainly chose the right one to colour, she is dressed so smartly, here the selective colouring worked extremely well, put a big smile on my face!

20 May 2010 5:47pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Wonderful characters in this photo and as always a beautiful photo editing.

20 May 2010 5:47pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Very fun! The red is piercing and the woman in the middle almost seems to be sticking her tongue out. :)

20 May 2010 6:00pm

Mark Johnson from Rural Colorado, United States

Wow, that is about as red as red can get! The amazing thing to me is that if the blue hat was the only thing with color, it would stand out very prominently. But with that red, the blue in the hat is barely noticeable! Great!

20 May 2010 6:08pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

fantastic selective coloring! this is really lovely image :D

20 May 2010 6:14pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Very cool image, nicely processed.

20 May 2010 6:24pm

siamak from isfahan, Iran

hi mariana
nice shot in b&w mode and beautiful process , bravo
good luck :)

20 May 2010 6:27pm

philippe from moselle, France

la photo en elle même est excellente, tu nous gratifies en plus d'un traitement aux petits oignons , tu frôles le sublime !!!

20 May 2010 6:36pm

@philippe: hey, thanks for your visit . no new stuff at your page ???

Vahid from Tabriz, Iran

beautiful shot !

20 May 2010 6:44pm

Amir from dezfoul, Iran


20 May 2010 6:53pm

Ken from United States

Great color selection!

20 May 2010 7:03pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Là, tu n'as pas fait semblant !

20 May 2010 7:11pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Lol..sorry I just had to..Great how you colored it!

20 May 2010 7:26pm

k@ from Paris, France

2 ladies with gloves, one all in woolen, the other all in leather, they sure would love to be important women ;) and in the middle, a third one shows them her tongue : ah, women are SO different... and funny (looking) !
I'm not fan of the selective red here but i respect it whole cause it's your choice (the only that counts !) and means you wanted us to focus on red (like a clown nose, in a way ;)

20 May 2010 7:38pm

@k@: guys too . many guys commented - elegant lady :)) as for red - I do not know . I do not like so much selective color, especially not so bright like this red, but on purpose I went with this edit . I was bad and wanted her to look terrible on this shot . Just imagine one town of 500 population, mostly Mennonites, and this lady in red walking there , visiting stores with gifts, like somebody from Mars :)

thami from Fès, Morocco

Une petite note pimentée au milieu de la fadeur du quotidien!

20 May 2010 7:42pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Oh my, she's so elegant it seems. I love your selective color here. Perfection!

20 May 2010 8:58pm

@Steve Rice: you are a real gentleman, Steve :)) Always, all the best for ladies :))

k@ from Paris, France

That's what i said only your choice counts, because when we propose something, there are good reasons behind as you explain here ! Let's go on like this - it's the only way : trusting our own feelings***

20 May 2010 9:01pm

@k@: sure, thx Karine . Glad we agree about it ;)

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a "class" woman ,i like this partiel desaturation !!
five stars !!
kiss ,mariana !

20 May 2010 9:06pm

Gérard Méry from saint-cyr sur Loire, France

Chic chic chic madame est très regardée ! bravo pour le traitement de désaturation

20 May 2010 9:23pm

BeLTxA from menorca, Spain


20 May 2010 9:32pm

kiji from Valenciennes, France

Incredible mood! very good shot
I don't want to joke with her ;)

20 May 2010 9:58pm

manel from Spain

Una perfecta y llamativa desaturación. Hasta las otras dos señoras se han dado cuenta...!!! :-))

20 May 2010 10:15pm

Mr. Gilbert from from north to south of, Philippines

nice color sellection ms. mariana!

20 May 2010 11:37pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Fantastic processing, but how about the lady sticking here tongue out:)

21 May 2010 1:43am

rainboy from Nainital, India

As soon as the page loaded, I thought LAdy in red... Had not seen the title at that time... and then I saw hehe
graceful capture

21 May 2010 3:37am

@rainboy: isn't that funny :)) ha ha

rian from mobile, United States

oh my.. with that look on her face, you don't want to mess with her.. :D nice catch.. :)

21 May 2010 3:43am

Karthik from Chennai, India

Out - Standing!

21 May 2010 4:51am

larans from Lund, Sweden

She looks like a queen and your selective colors enhances that. I should have liked to see it with the face, except the lips, in bw. Greatshot anyway.

21 May 2010 6:08am

Véro from Savoie, France

élégante jusqu'au bout des doigts !

21 May 2010 2:18pm

Kavita from Paramaribo, Suriname

stylish! Like it......Nice shot and phototreatment, Mariane.

21 May 2010 4:03pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

wonderful strong image.

21 May 2010 4:44pm

Mj007 from Osaka, Japan

gr8 image ;))

21 May 2010 7:28pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Stunning work!

22 May 2010 5:06pm

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Wonderful image ! Love the processing, the red looks beautiful against all the B&W.

22 May 2010 5:13pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


22 May 2010 9:29pm

@Nigel: thanks Nigel ;)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Selective coloring works very well here.

23 May 2010 2:22pm

Chris B from Olburgen, Netherlands

very nice colour popping

23 May 2010 5:09pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Great subject for selective coloring. A nice photo.

23 May 2010 7:12pm

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Very special streetphoto and just the right processing!

24 May 2010 12:35pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

original, ce mélange de couleurs et de noir et blanc.

24 May 2010 7:13pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful image and lady, I like the selective color.

27 May 2010 8:42am

Inma from Seville, Spain

very fine cut-out and title. it reminds me the song.. "lady in red"- Chris de Burgh

31 May 2010 9:18pm

@Inma: thx Inma . Love Chris de Burgh, that is why I took this title . Many times my title is a name of some of my favorite songs :))

Thierry Masson from orly, France

I like her severe look, remember me how i can be a little pupil, fearing that the schoolteacher find out how absent-minded I can be. Hunappily In french ther is one word to speak about the scoolteacher and "la maitresse à la fourrure", the mistress like in Sacher-Masoch.

1 Jun 2010 8:35pm

Nishith from Mumbai, India

Old Red Riding Hood . . . too good

12 Jun 2010 1:43pm

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/500 second
ISO 80
29 mm