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A Dance Floor and Much More ...

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/500 second F/11.0 ISO 200 75 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

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Wow Mariana..... what a fantastic mood you captured here. You can see the kids have fun with the water.
Brilliant processing and fantastic photo!!

31 Jul 2010 5:13am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

The silhouette of the girl in the foreground is perfection.

31 Jul 2010 5:18am

Vagalume from Barcelona, Spain

Buen contraste y buen instante

31 Jul 2010 5:28am

Chris Anderson from New york, United States

Great contrast!!

31 Jul 2010 5:32am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

i love this atmosphere

31 Jul 2010 5:56am

Marie LC from France

Love it !

31 Jul 2010 6:00am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

The joys of summer!!!

31 Jul 2010 6:08am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Superbe lumière ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée.

31 Jul 2010 6:22am

k@ from Paris, France

Again those kids & sprinklers in the light & water, nice in B&W too, seems shadows that sing & dance their simple summer joy. Cool shower of lighting in the middle with total dark surroundings.

31 Jul 2010 6:38am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Lovely, lovely, lovely! Not much more I can say!

31 Jul 2010 6:38am

Emmeji from France

Une ambiance très joyeuse !

31 Jul 2010 6:58am

Becky from los angeles, United States

Too much fun! Great image.

31 Jul 2010 7:14am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Brilliant shot - well done.

31 Jul 2010 7:23am

Jyoti from Mumbai, India

Superb... happy pic!

31 Jul 2010 7:24am

Martin from North Platte, United States

a wonderful way for the children to beat the summer heat, and you have again handeled it in the most artistic way, always amazes me, You Rule!!

31 Jul 2010 7:36am

iren from tehran, Iran

wow!great contrast and nice B & W!

31 Jul 2010 7:51am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Very nice dance floor! light and water spray make a great show ...

31 Jul 2010 8:03am

Raul from Elmhurst, New York, United States

Very playful... great black and white image!!

31 Jul 2010 8:32am

Bruce EIFFEL from Lyon, France

Photo rafraichissante à souhait !

31 Jul 2010 8:38am

QB from Canada

The scene is so evocative, I can HEAR those children. And it's 1:40 AM here right now, so I know they're not outside my window!

31 Jul 2010 8:40am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The dance of happiness and joy. The beauty of a good frozen image in its best and most spectacular with its light! Mariana Magnificent! Best regards friend! Adela

31 Jul 2010 8:50am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The two silhouettes are perfectly posed/poised

31 Jul 2010 9:25am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Beautiful shot !! a great B & W !

31 Jul 2010 9:32am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

yes..much more !!!:)
dancing on the light !!!! divine light! :)

31 Jul 2010 10:30am

masuod from tehran, Iran

lovely shot
nice pic

31 Jul 2010 10:41am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Now this it the way contrast is meant to be used!

31 Jul 2010 10:48am

endlessnight from dayyer, Iran

i love the contrast.great photo.

31 Jul 2010 11:28am

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

I just love your dark, moody and contrasty b&w. This is no exception. Wonderful!

31 Jul 2010 11:34am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

superb back light and mood ! great !

31 Jul 2010 12:05pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

great capture :)

31 Jul 2010 12:19pm

jhcibils from Berlin, Germany

excelentes esos contrastes!

31 Jul 2010 12:22pm

oriol from Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain

Definitely, the yellowish tones of the two days ago are warmer and friendly... Did you tried a vertical composition including only the two young girls on the water source?

31 Jul 2010 12:29pm

@oriol: agreed .. that was a MAGIC world for that little girl :)) This one is more natural, more real !!! NO, I did not think of this portrait oriented shot while was taking this picture. I like this compo with more kids from both sides and these two girls , dancing in the middle .

Zeinab from Tehran, Iran

Hei girl. Love this B&W ... Great capture. Well done

31 Jul 2010 1:00pm

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

I love the frozen dance amidst the water they are engaging in.
This really is another of your amazing photographs, that tell a story.

31 Jul 2010 1:01pm

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

love the lighting!!!!

31 Jul 2010 1:06pm

Ken from United States

What great fun and a nice quote too! I feel the relief from the heat in this image.

31 Jul 2010 1:18pm

Makan from Iran

Another day, another song, different Melody in a beautiful summer shot ;))) good use of light and shadows. Love that play of light and shadows. beautiful black and white.

P.S. dancing is like dreaming. Sometime we want to dance and sometimes we have to dance, sometimes we dance with our feet and sometimes we dance with our heart.

31 Jul 2010 1:23pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Stunning shot, love the glowing light

31 Jul 2010 1:25pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Yet a great picture from the water fontain.

31 Jul 2010 1:28pm

Ekios from une des trois iles du salut, Guyana

Superb ! :)

31 Jul 2010 1:47pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

But if we all could be so free ....but then, perhaps this scene would not be so special...a question to ponder but this scene is simply to enjoy. I agree that the girl's silhouette is indeed wonderful but my favorite is the the little guy bustin' the Michael Jackson move - I love this one, Mariana.

31 Jul 2010 2:33pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

oops my mistake it is a little girl but it still comes off like MJ :-)

31 Jul 2010 2:34pm

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

The vapor in B&W looks magical. Once, not long ago, there was a child with a special gift. The gift to create joy where ever she wants. She had the power, the power to make fountain of joy erupt anywhere. People would just be drawn when the fountain used to come to life.. spraying the joy everywhere..... and the story continues.

31 Jul 2010 2:50pm

@Chetan: thx for this lovely story .. ha ha

Don from spokane, United States

You've made such fine use of the spray with which to silhouette these youngsters.
Very nice action shot.

31 Jul 2010 3:02pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

This shot is so full of energy and joy love it

31 Jul 2010 3:18pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

excellent !!! great B/W , very nice light and scène full of joy !!!

31 Jul 2010 3:28pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

I love these photos

31 Jul 2010 3:35pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars for this beautiful summer shot

31 Jul 2010 3:42pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Sweet! Excellent shot. I love it. :)

31 Jul 2010 3:48pm

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

I'm singing in the rain,
Just singing in the rain ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫
I love this photo!

31 Jul 2010 4:19pm

oncho from granada, Spain


31 Jul 2010 4:41pm

Dillonpic from Boston, United States

Really great shot! Love the deep contrast and sillouettes.

31 Jul 2010 4:49pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Amazing silhouettes dancing in light, great "cool" shot.

31 Jul 2010 5:02pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

The way that the light works is fabulous. Wonderful reflections.

31 Jul 2010 5:21pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

The light is beautiful here! even without colours it still looks happy and **sparkling** !! :)

31 Jul 2010 5:39pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Beautiful use of silhouettes,

31 Jul 2010 6:16pm

B◊nΛng∠e from Paris, France

J'adore !

31 Jul 2010 6:17pm

trilliana from Munich, Germany

ah, so fresh. the dancing figure in the center makes my toes tap.

31 Jul 2010 6:29pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

gorgeous ,mariana ,a great shot again !!!
five stars !!
kiss !

31 Jul 2010 6:56pm

Earl from Salisbury, NC, United States

Your use of shadows and light is excellent...telling a story but leaving some for the viewer to fill in. I like this one very much.

31 Jul 2010 6:57pm

farzane from tehran, Iran

nice shot...i like the lighting

31 Jul 2010 7:00pm

Ismael from Barcelona, Spain

Uau! Nice second! ;D

31 Jul 2010 7:10pm

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom


31 Jul 2010 7:31pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

The kids have fun with the water, the light and shadows are brilliant in this beautiful street scene

31 Jul 2010 7:53pm

philippe from moselle, France

excellent !!!

31 Jul 2010 7:58pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

........And The Kids are alright !!!!!

31 Jul 2010 8:01pm

Joker from teh, Iran


31 Jul 2010 8:26pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran cool capture

31 Jul 2010 8:57pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It's like a day at the beach without the beach! But, it has water, people, spectacular light, and super reflections. Bravo, Mariana!

31 Jul 2010 9:02pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Beautiful! A dance floor and a place of joy and happiness where you can just be yourself and don't have any worries about life, for the time you are there...
Superb processing and mood

31 Jul 2010 10:10pm

Prarthana from Singapore

nice image and a beautiful mood..

1 Aug 2010 1:07am

Michael Rawluk from Canada

I love that glorious light.

1 Aug 2010 1:40am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Beautiful shot, capturing the playfulness of the moment.

1 Aug 2010 1:52am

Sugata from Newark, United States

Very beautiful shot. You are really good at shooting people at fountains!

1 Aug 2010 2:43am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

it has an eerie sort of feel, i like

1 Aug 2010 3:06am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

The light and shadows here are just beautiful!

1 Aug 2010 3:17am

laura from the beach..., United States

mariana, another beauty of an image. well done! i love everything! much aloha!

1 Aug 2010 4:08am

@laura: thx Laura !

Julie from Easton, United States

A wonderful moment caught in time!

1 Aug 2010 4:25am

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

Very refreshing ... love the atmosphere of this overcontrasted shot

1 Aug 2010 8:53am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Superb lighting. Great contrast !

1 Aug 2010 11:19am

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

DANCE PARTY!! I love when young kids let loose and just have fun like this! They don't care that there are people watching them, they want to have fun and be silly. I could learn a thing or two from these girls.

1 Aug 2010 1:30pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Lovely black and white picture. Great atmosphere. Bravo!!!

1 Aug 2010 5:56pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Magical light. WOW!

1 Aug 2010 6:03pm

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

What a nice capture!!
fantatic B&W!

1 Aug 2010 6:38pm from Wemmel, Belgium

Awesome ... the b&w ehances the atmosphere in this shot ...

1 Aug 2010 6:51pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

brilliant scene captured, greetings!

1 Aug 2010 7:05pm

joshi daniel from India

nice mood and a beautiful black and white!

1 Aug 2010 8:48pm

pixator from kerman, Iran

Oh !
Great !

1 Aug 2010 9:01pm

Oscar from barcelona, Spain

Genial shot! amazing silhouettes

1 Aug 2010 9:10pm

David from Detroit, United States

Excellent! Great job of highlighting the two silhouettes with the strong backlighting.

1 Aug 2010 10:22pm

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Beautiful pose . Full of freedom . lovely .

2 Aug 2010 4:56am

Luca from Genova, Italy

fantastic! i can fell the freshness of the water and the hot surrounding air. i can hear the voices of the children playing and dancing, simply having fun. it's magic! :)

2 Aug 2010 8:44am

Ddo from Verdun, France

Love this water's shadows and reflections. Great times of life always :)

2 Aug 2010 12:30pm

jlm from Västerås, Sweden

Just wonderful. This is how black & whites should look like.

3 Aug 2010 3:58pm

@jlm: thanks . you are not so easy to share a comment, so a double thanks for this one :)

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Je préfère celle-ci à l'autre en couleurs.

3 Aug 2010 7:06pm

Marie from PARIS, (Fresnes), France

superbe scène, et très beau noir et blanc.

4 Aug 2010 9:03am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

love you BW so much...

5 Aug 2010 8:01am

Cory from Phoenix, United States

Great contrast. I'm sure it was shot in full sun but the light and shadow really strength the players.

6 Aug 2010 3:53am

Alexey from Nikopol, Ukraine

magic moment! I love splashes and girl on the background most!

6 Aug 2010 7:28pm

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan


7 Aug 2010 2:36pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Magnífica!. Un contraluz precioso. B/N, perfecto.

7 Aug 2010 9:42pm

Bill Laing from Pacific Northwest, United States

This is a wonderful image. It reminds me a lot of an American photographer by the name of Keith Carter. I love the variety and spontaneity that you bring to your work. I enjoy it daily. Thanks.

9 Aug 2010 1:00am

@Bill Laing: My pleasure to hear from you Bill, and your general comment on my work . Thank you very much !

Pravin Patade from Fremont, United States

Nice silhouette

13 Aug 2010 4:11am

JD from Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Wow what a georgous, sumptious b+w!! love the still capture of movement, very difficult to acheive bravo!!

16 Aug 2010 8:57am

CLODO from France

Hi Mariana

You really play well with the light!

1 Feb 2011 3:37pm

Zsákai Péter from Budapest, Hungary

I like it very-very much! This is photography...

26 Mar 2011 4:13pm

@Zsákai Péter: 700 photos I have in Portfolio ... feel free and take a look at might learn something ...thanks!

1/500 second
ISO 200
75 mm