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Blind Love

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 9 June 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.


"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

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

The best kind. Maybe. Who knows. Beautiful image which I love in b/w and in your energetic slanted angle. The reflection is wonderful. Swans mate for life, don't they? Beautiful.

9 Jun 2010 5:09am

Bruno from Beauvais, France

Une très belle composition !

9 Jun 2010 5:10am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Very nice title for this splendid shot. These reflections are brilliant. Beautiful day.

9 Jun 2010 5:27am

NANNE from DAMWOUDE, Netherlands

Always a very nice photo from you, MARIANA.


9 Jun 2010 5:44am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Lovely strong processing!

9 Jun 2010 5:47am

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Beautiful poetic image!

9 Jun 2010 6:15am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Cool bw, lovely swans.

9 Jun 2010 6:26am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Nice dark B/W , superb reflections ! Phil.

9 Jun 2010 6:27am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Superbe ! Bonne journée

9 Jun 2010 6:29am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Presque un rêve en nb

9 Jun 2010 6:56am

k@ from Paris, France

Superb contrasts over this natural mirror, the blacks & the whites shine beautifully as the swans go their life quietly on the glittering surface. Feeling of peace and also of drama never that far with those beautiful deep dark inky blacks.

9 Jun 2010 7:34am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Love? Naaah, that's a chase! ;^)

9 Jun 2010 7:41am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

LOL! @ MadScientist's comment ^
The contrast and reflections are great. I like how the swans stand out against the dark water - lovely processing.

9 Jun 2010 7:52am

Emmeji from France

Joli titre, jolie photo !!!

9 Jun 2010 7:59am

danou-yepa from Nice, France

très belle compo et contraste , une super lumière .

9 Jun 2010 8:02am

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

A beautiful composition, beautiful effect of reflection, very contrasted, very good realization, well with you Mariana

9 Jun 2010 8:05am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

I like lights and composition.

9 Jun 2010 9:09am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

Nice and interesting reflections. Well worked.

9 Jun 2010 9:12am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

A wonderful composition with these reflections!

9 Jun 2010 9:20am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

fine reflection in the compo, but i don't get the tittle

9 Jun 2010 9:52am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

... pedal and after a while ... will find (perhaps) in heaven! What a beautiful vision Mariana.
It seems as if the light and opened new routes on the mysterious depths of the lake (?) A marvel! Congratulations friend! Best regards Mariana!

9 Jun 2010 9:55am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

Wow! ... pretty well the two ends of the tonal spectrum ... clever stuff M'


9 Jun 2010 10:14am

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

Lovely! You beat me badly with your beautiful swan shot!

9 Jun 2010 10:36am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

great mono and love the long shadows

9 Jun 2010 10:49am

Lemi Hacıoğlu from Istanbul, Turkey

great B&W compo...

9 Jun 2010 10:52am


Nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9 Jun 2010 11:11am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Love the lines created here and the coolness of the tones. Actually very beautiful also.

9 Jun 2010 11:14am

Gérard Méry from France

Très saturé mais voulu sans doute

9 Jun 2010 11:27am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


9 Jun 2010 11:50am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Excellent choice of B&W for this shot Mariana! The slightly tilted view gives it a compelling appeal! Well done! ;-)

9 Jun 2010 12:05pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Lovely limited tonal range and reflections

9 Jun 2010 12:06pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Stunning in b&w. Love the reflections!

9 Jun 2010 12:12pm

Irene from L C, France

Sumptuous !!!

9 Jun 2010 12:21pm

Val37 from Tours, France

On a envie de les suivre dans leur sillon ! Belle journée à toi !

9 Jun 2010 12:23pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Superb shot wonderful contrasts, and perhaps blind love is the best kind

9 Jun 2010 12:36pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Ah, strong contrast ! Really impressive image.

9 Jun 2010 12:42pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Me too!

9 Jun 2010 12:51pm

S à H å R from tehran, Iran

Excellent shot ... Nicely done! :)

9 Jun 2010 1:00pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Beautiful composition in B&W and vintage looking photograph! Love the light and reflection!

9 Jun 2010 1:05pm

Maggy from Liège, Belgium

c'est beau, le contraste donne à la photo un air inquiétant!!

9 Jun 2010 1:16pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

Very creative! Amazing composition and great tones! Excellent work!

9 Jun 2010 1:37pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

I love the vertical light reflections. The composition is superb. Fine strong contrast.

9 Jun 2010 1:42pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Swans are interesting in that they tend to mate for life...patience and forgiveness must be strong in them. :)

9 Jun 2010 1:44pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

very beautiful composition of the photo with double reflections , great in B&W !

9 Jun 2010 1:57pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

Interesting composition. Very poetic and beautiful.

9 Jun 2010 2:22pm

@larans: interesting coincidence .. i commented at the same time your pretty cats and fabulous light you there ;) thx L .

Don from spokane, United States

A fine image with its reflections and this pair doing their thing together... forever. Nice one.

9 Jun 2010 2:37pm

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Love is blind , let's go even to the darkness together !!

Very good B&W . Beautiful shadows and reflections . Lovely title .

9 Jun 2010 2:55pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

so quiet ! beautiful contrast with a deep black !

9 Jun 2010 3:26pm

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

beautiful reflections in the water and I wish you a good evening

9 Jun 2010 3:29pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

Ahhh.....such quiet beauty. A relief from the turmoil of today's newspaper. Bless you for this.

9 Jun 2010 3:39pm

@Susan: what is that so terrible in newspaper ?

Krunal from Mumbai, India

lovely image of the two swans in that deep dark waters

9 Jun 2010 4:15pm

Nina from Haute Loire, France

As a ballet gives on night...

9 Jun 2010 4:38pm

Thierry Masson from orly, France

very strong. I love the blacks, their depth

9 Jun 2010 4:42pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Un B&W. muy contrastado. Me gusta.

9 Jun 2010 4:48pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Mariana,
It is a very dark, but atmospheric image. The swans are a beautiful focal point. The water reflections give the picture an elegant expression. The general view like it very much. 5 Stars ***** Have a nice evening, all the best and thank you for your nice comments. Sincerely Christel

9 Jun 2010 5:00pm

بابامحمد from tehran, Iran

is it a StarLake ?

9 Jun 2010 5:07pm

@بابامحمد: Victoria lake ...never heard of Star Lake ! Where is Star Lake ?

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Awesome !!

9 Jun 2010 5:15pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

A glistening shot. I love all the rippling reflections above and below these lovely swans !

9 Jun 2010 5:15pm

Patrick from Belgium

Super! Les reflets sont magiques.
Bien à toi, amicalement.

9 Jun 2010 5:24pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful reflections

9 Jun 2010 5:37pm

pixator from kerman, Iran

Beautiful shot!
Very good!

9 Jun 2010 5:49pm

Reflecteur from Gothenburg, Sweden


9 Jun 2010 6:18pm

pascale from Belgium

but not a blind date

9 Jun 2010 6:43pm

@pascale: no blind date . they are together 24 hours daily . I see them together in all these years I have been living in Waterloo :))

Gerard Westerduin from Barendrecht, Netherlands

wow, superb shot.wonderful reflections.

9 Jun 2010 6:52pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~`pretty image~~~:)

9 Jun 2010 7:08pm

Bernardo from Spain

Me gusta como te ha quedado el reflejo en le agua y el brillo que le has dado.

9 Jun 2010 7:20pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Its a beautiful shot! wonder if you put pics together because I cant figure out
how these reflections run, unless there are huuuuge trees around:)

9 Jun 2010 7:22pm

@Thea: I have no clue what to tell you , but , no , this is not any texture work . LAke is beautiful with many , many trees around and depending where sun is , the reflections are awesome . from United States

wow ,great`s amazing

9 Jun 2010 7:28pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

this is beautiful..

Mariana ,
Thank you so much for the info and advices .. am quite new here and needed it :)

9 Jun 2010 7:34pm

@Othersideblue: no problem ;))

philippe from moselle, France

c'est pas ta plus grande photo, Mariana, mais j'aime bien quand même !!!!

9 Jun 2010 7:40pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Well titled, really a great treatment too.

9 Jun 2010 7:41pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Beautiful photo with very nice details

9 Jun 2010 7:42pm

Andrei Barbu from Timisoara, Romania

Beautiful BW image! Great reflections and water effect!

9 Jun 2010 7:49pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

An ordinary subject raised by its treatment. The B&W works due to the reflections of the swans and the texture provided by the water. It is a very nice photo. Thanks for sharing.

9 Jun 2010 7:54pm

tataray from france, France

Superbes reflets et contraste couleurs.

9 Jun 2010 7:54pm

Vahid from Tabriz, Iran

Very Beautiful 5/5

9 Jun 2010 7:56pm

Oscar from Espira de l'agly, France

Great contrast and very good black

9 Jun 2010 8:01pm

Kiki from Ambert, France

Powerful B&W very saturated end swans as two white spots on the mirror !

9 Jun 2010 8:31pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Beaucoup de caractère dans ce noir et blanc très contrasté.
Beau reflets.

9 Jun 2010 9:13pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

really super processing in b&w - addsa mystery to your view.

9 Jun 2010 10:17pm

Fred from Manila, Philippines

I like the way you converted this. With high amount of blacks, contrasting the whites of the swans. Good job!

9 Jun 2010 10:22pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great processing with a strong contrast. Reflections and ripples add the final touch.

9 Jun 2010 11:04pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Love the white swans in the inky water. The reflections are cool, too. Nice!

9 Jun 2010 11:27pm

alex centrella from California, United States

a true classic !

9 Jun 2010 11:49pm

rian from mobile, United States

i like how the water looks like shiny black oil.. reminds me of the oil spill that's going on now.. :)

10 Jun 2010 12:21am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Beautiful B&W shot ! Love the way the swan couple stands out in this monochrome, nice title :)

10 Jun 2010 3:02am

Mark Johnson from Rural Colorado, United States

I really like your processing here, and how it brings out the texture in the water.

10 Jun 2010 4:42am

ajoeh from Mataram, Indonesia

Great as always, just little bit slanted.. or it's just me?

10 Jun 2010 11:46pm

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

this one is so your and white tones at its best!

11 Jun 2010 10:26am

@dkc: yes, that's how I like BW pictures ! Many thanks !

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

So dark, so mysterious.. and so beautiful...

11 Jun 2010 4:30pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Very nice compo with great reflections that balanced the image very well.

14 Jun 2010 8:48am

dideban from mashhad, Iran


19 Jun 2010 9:15pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Très jolie toile romantique.

21 Jun 2010 3:08pm

arcticfox from Anchorage, United States

wonderful b&w rendition of the subject.

25 Jun 2010 4:55am