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The Wizard of Oz

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 27 May 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

I was so scared when he suddenly appeared in front of me . I see myself raising my hand with camera and "spray his eyes with a perfume bottle, I mean with my camera" .... Instead of looking frightened, he started smiling ...

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/50 second F/3.5 ISO 200 12 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

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Great shot and the black suit is very mysterious! Next time take the shot and then be ready with the pepper spray!

27 May 2010 5:04am

Mark Johnson from Rural Colorado, United States

Great portrait of an older-than-usual biker. More power to him!

27 May 2010 5:09am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! Great style on this guy. Love his look. He's got attitude and a great riding suit. I could see how he might startle you popping up out of nowhere. Not as bad as Dracula in the distance, though. ;)

27 May 2010 5:33am

Yvon from Orleans, France

terrefic shot

27 May 2010 5:34am

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

He seems very atractive and of course not scary !!
Your shot is very atractive too with this powerfull colors and beautiful background .

27 May 2010 5:34am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

what a impressive portrait, special in tones and contrast

27 May 2010 5:37am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

He has a strange face ...lovely light and incredible detail.

27 May 2010 5:38am

Ekios from Une des trois iles du salut, Guyana

L O L Marianna ;)

Indeed he looks scary :p

27 May 2010 5:39am

@Ekios: hey you :) nice to hear from you :) no, he is not an ugly man, but he came in front of me , in one instant, that what scared me :))

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

Once a biker always a biker.

Amazing tones M'


27 May 2010 5:40am

@Richard T: that is true :)) Since then I see this man so often in a city :))

Oscar from espira de l'agly, France

Yes, is the veritable Wizard of Oz... he he he....Nice shot whit nice expresion

27 May 2010 5:49am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Impressive portrait, I hope you have not had too scared! Amazing shot. Nice day.

27 May 2010 5:57am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

He actually looks like the real Wizard of Oz! Were you wearing your red shoes? Superb portrait!

27 May 2010 5:58am

@Sonia Nansid: next time I will have my red shoes :)) ha ha

Danièle from ETampes, France

à fond la forme :-)) quel visage, superbe prise !

27 May 2010 6:05am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Fantastic shot! I would be scared too...but this is a great guy! He has such a strong presence...and you have heightened it with your superb use of contrast!

27 May 2010 6:20am

pixator from kerman, Iran


27 May 2010 6:33am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Wow, you meet up with some characters....glad this one turned out to be harmless.
A beautiful finish and sharp detail on this image.....and you weren't even using a tripod !! ;-)

27 May 2010 6:35am

@Dulcie: I even do not have a tripod :) It is in garbage now, since I never used it when had one :)

Shawna from Regina, Canada

Sometimes the frightening is not frightening at all. We have to look deeper to see the truth. Glad you had the opportunity to share with us

27 May 2010 6:40am

@Shawna: I am not so easily frightened, but when somebody like him comes so suddenly in front of me , I have to be scared / for an instant :)) thanks a lot ;)

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

I don't know wher you find all your model , they alwways have a great face ! Phil.

27 May 2010 6:50am

@Phil: they are everywhere, just look around :))

Nina from Haute Loire, France

There is something in this film shooting ... He arrives and you slings!

27 May 2010 6:57am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

What a fantastic image! The tones are amazing.

27 May 2010 7:01am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Fantastic biker! Have a nice day Mariana

27 May 2010 7:10am

k@ from Paris, France

Hoo, i would have been scared too, he seems right out of a modern fairy/witchy-tale and you gimme an idea putting some self-defense stuff inside the camera ;)) I like the fact he stands up his bike and jumps into the image like a Jack over the forest box !

27 May 2010 7:14am

@k@: ha ha ... this is a shot without zoom . he was really in front of me , standing on his bike :)

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

That's a cool guy! Hope I'll be like him when I'm older! :-)

27 May 2010 7:26am

@MadScientist: you have / like a bike ?

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Cool Marianna! The wizard still excists!

27 May 2010 7:49am

zahra from shiraz, Iran

very cool.

27 May 2010 8:01am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great shot.. So this is where the wizard was hiding...:)..

27 May 2010 8:07am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic! What a great portrait and mood ;)

27 May 2010 8:30am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

This is an image full of energy. Another of your great portraits.

27 May 2010 8:39am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Great and cool shot in b/w of the biker. I like the fine sharpness of his face, well done Mariana

27 May 2010 8:47am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful. I like a lot this kind of images and you are great on it.

27 May 2010 8:47am

@Vitor Martins: thx Vitor . No new pic yet ?

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent portrait and nice background story

27 May 2010 9:22am

Mhelene from Paris, France

/-) ...great story ! And a superb portrait !

27 May 2010 9:57am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

His face provides the wow factor. Larry

27 May 2010 10:20am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

What a capture Mariana, but what the f**k is he wearing??? A divingsuit?
I realy can imagine your story and than this result. 5*

27 May 2010 10:49am

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

wow, super

27 May 2010 10:51am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

une superbe image !!
ce cycliste à un visage qui me rappelle un des acteurs de la série "l'age de cristal" "logan's run" en anglais !!
excellent !!:)

27 May 2010 10:55am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Superbe.... j'aime bcp

27 May 2010 11:15am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Un portrait fort que renforce ton nb intense

27 May 2010 11:24am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Great capture under pressure Mariana! Excellent choice of B&W as it intensifies the dark and mysterious nature of this rider. Bravo! ;-)

27 May 2010 11:40am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Cool shot and story. You scared while photographing? I´m a little surprised., you told us, if I´m not wrong, some other "good" stories before. :-)

27 May 2010 11:45am

@larans: NO, never scared while taking pictures . Without camera I would be frightened with somebody appearing in front of me unexpectedly ;)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great capture ! He looks a nice guy. I want to see his smiling.

27 May 2010 12:29pm

@Hiro: next time when shot him again ;)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture of detail and contrasts. His head seems to come out of nowhere with the black top he's wearing. Time for me to google "rnh." :-)

27 May 2010 12:43pm

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

Great capture Mariana, very nice in B&W !!

27 May 2010 12:49pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

So he snuck up on you like a ninja? hahah... Looks like you may have startled him a bit yourself--but then you both continued on with smiles on your faces.

27 May 2010 1:01pm

@Amanda: who knows ? ha ha maybe he liked me :) imagine him as my boyfriend !!!! ha ha

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Great shot Mariana! It's a bit frightening when someone suddenly appears out of nowhere and are right there in your face. I love his expression and these great black and white tones. The people off in the background really add nicely to the shot as well.

27 May 2010 1:02pm

6ft5 from stockholm, Sweden

Great shot :)

27 May 2010 1:03pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

you have / like a bike ? - Sure I have! :-) Should make a photo...

27 May 2010 1:09pm

@MadScientist: only with you riding it ;))

oncho from granada, Spain

Retrato con mucha fuerza, fantastic b/w

27 May 2010 1:31pm

Stéphane Thémèze from PlateFormeRonde, United States

Coming straight out Lord of the Rings fantasy tale. Dropped the horse for something abit more physical. And the look of a viking. Black magic all over him. Some ladies would say a cute capture.

Cheers Mariana.

27 May 2010 1:36pm

@Stéphane Thémèze: ha ha, some ladies would say - a sexy looking guy :))

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Excellent :)

27 May 2010 2:00pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

a breathtaking portrait

27 May 2010 2:07pm

Henk van Rijssen from Utrecht, Netherlands

Great photo.
Recognizable story. Bikes are silent (at least they should be) and for pedestrians they sometimes seem to pop-up out of nothing. Being a daily biker myself I know by experience :-))

27 May 2010 2:32pm

@Henk van Rijssen: so, be careful , do not scare people around you :)

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great capture!

27 May 2010 2:45pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Excellent shot, taken in action. Biking a great way to move yourself.

27 May 2010 2:45pm

don from spoke, United States

His face and general appearance is looks a bit threatening. A good example of me judging someone on appearance rather than knowledge.

27 May 2010 3:03pm

بابامحمد from tehran, Iran

oh, i think he should be a actor !! he has Special face !

27 May 2010 3:06pm

jpla from France

Joli portrait en N&B ! Bon après midi

27 May 2010 3:08pm

Irene from L C, France

Great portrait !

27 May 2010 3:24pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

great portrait , very beautiful framing and processing .

27 May 2010 3:27pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

While the image was opening, I thought to somebody with an Harley Davidson...

27 May 2010 3:31pm

Fred from Manila, Philippines

The eyes looking straight into the lens makes this photo all the more appealing. Be careful next time. You could never be too careful. good job!

27 May 2010 3:39pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

He scares me! ;-) You got a great portrait of this bicycle rider. Don't be too brave, Marianna.

27 May 2010 3:49pm

Sylvie49 capture image from Vallée de la Loire, France

Bien photographié le monsieur !

27 May 2010 4:16pm

Krunal from Mumbai, India

great shot, b&W is perfect.

27 May 2010 4:17pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Impressive face expression captured with a beautiful timing ! Great shot, as per always ! :-)

27 May 2010 4:32pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Terrrific! You got over Mariana! How much strength in his face!

27 May 2010 4:35pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Petty scarey stuff !!!!

27 May 2010 4:45pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

I meant pretty scarey!

27 May 2010 4:45pm

rian from mobile, United States

with his attire & gear, i think he's a bloke who just likes to ride around in his bike.. :D nicely captured! :)

27 May 2010 5:19pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

what a face ! characterful ! coming from a scary movie your adventure ;-) great capture my dear Mariana !

27 May 2010 5:52pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

He must have been startled too. How could someone look at Mariana and not smile? ;-)))

27 May 2010 5:54pm

@Larry Lefever: o, ya ! you are right :)) all my friends and sons smile when see me with my camera in my hand all the time :)) thx Larry !

macgo from Spain

Lo que me extraña es que no soltaras la cámara y salieras corriendo

27 May 2010 6:38pm

philippe from moselle, France

Laurent Fignon s'est reconverti au V.T.T. :o) !!! ...........

27 May 2010 6:54pm

Vahid from Tabriz, Iran

Wow , great shot Mariana

27 May 2010 7:00pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

LOL!!!! I had to laugh at your words: " I see myself raising my hand with camera and "spray his eyes with a perfume bottle, I mean with my camera". " It was so funny! He would have given me a fright as well. Excellent shot. I like his expression - the perfect title to go with it.

27 May 2010 7:21pm


Yesssssssssssssssssssssss !!!!!!!!! I remember it...

27 May 2010 8:15pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Superb - you caught the moment before he smiled at you which adds to the 'scare' factor. Great work.

27 May 2010 8:16pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Mariana,
I think the man does not look malicious. Maybe you scared him with your appearance and your camera. The choice of color supports the view, positive. Have a nice evening and all the best. Sincerely Christel

27 May 2010 8:29pm

alex centrella from California, United States

great shot !

27 May 2010 10:11pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

me encanta esta captura por la expresión del sujeto y por la potencia del b&w, buen trabajo!!

27 May 2010 11:32pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Tu maitrise bien ta focale.
Encore un beau B&W.

28 May 2010 12:12am

Candid1 from Washington, DC, United States

Love the detail here a lot.......very sharp and clear. The lighting and shadows add a nice 3D effect. Simply put......C O O L ! ! !

28 May 2010 12:31am

@Candid1: thx Candid :)

Lori from Michigan, United States

You have two gifts....your talented AND fearless ! Bravo!

28 May 2010 1:13am

@Lori: you really think I am a fearless ? ha ha thx Lori !

Satvik from Columbus, United States

He definitely has a scary look to him, great shot ! Like the way you have captured the stolid expression on his face.

28 May 2010 1:36am

prarthana from singapore, Singapore

very nice shot

28 May 2010 2:57am

Susan from Sausalito, United States

You probably startled him too....a man with a generous heart!

28 May 2010 3:21am

Srujan Chennupati from Bangaluru, India

I like the processing you've done on the shot. Its beautiful. The framing is also good.

28 May 2010 4:44am

Megha from Mumbai, India

Good shot....
:) he does look lttl dangerous..but not with the smile :)

28 May 2010 4:50am

pascal from bollene, France

I can imagine your reaction......

28 May 2010 6:40am

Xerophytes from Manila, Philippines

nice one!

28 May 2010 6:42am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

what an interesting face!

28 May 2010 8:05pm

Lori from Michigan, United States

yes I do think your fearless !!! your much braver than I am in your adventures in photography :)))
you inspire me...keep up the fabulous work!

29 May 2010 1:45am

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Haha... yes, I do agree with Lori! Wouldn't have the courage in this situation to take a photo! But good you did... it's a great picture... :)

30 May 2010 11:08am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

I can understand being startled.... fantastic snap.

30 May 2010 3:33pm

Mike from United States

I never understand how you find all these unlikely people doing odd things! Fantastic!

5 Jun 2010 11:44pm

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/50 second
ISO 200
12 mm