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another disillusioned day has past


"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

Prarthana from Singapore

absolutely fabulous

4 Aug 2010 5:20am

QB from Canada

Ooooh.... 5 stars because, because... that is some wicked negative space, and a truly brilliant silhouette.

4 Aug 2010 5:30am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Top marks. I just love your work with light

4 Aug 2010 5:31am

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Oh my....a deeply compelling and mysterious shot. It leaves so much to the imagination.

4 Aug 2010 5:43am

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

A heavy silhouette which advances with difficulty!
Some steps towards the light!

4 Aug 2010 5:44am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Excellent. Your processing and composition, choosing so much darkness to convey the sense of hopelessness. It's interesting, hard to tell if she's coming or going. The head looks like it's leaving and the shoes like they're coming. It's beautifully done. :)

4 Aug 2010 5:54am

@Bettina: she is coming back .. her day has past :)) head is down , a hat almost covering her face !

STEED from Somewhere, France

Mistress of the Light.....Love it..

4 Aug 2010 5:59am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Stunning. Your use of lighting and silhouette conveys just the mood your title describes.
I love this deep low key image. Just a brilliant idea to leave one side of the frame completely dark !

4 Aug 2010 6:02am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

great shot and well done :)

4 Aug 2010 6:20am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Amazingly presented to us, Mariana. The negative space totally makes this resonate with pathos.

4 Aug 2010 6:32am

morteza from tehran, Iran

great shot......

4 Aug 2010 6:36am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Dark mood today in this great composition of light and shadows.

4 Aug 2010 6:39am

k@ from Paris, France

You darkened this beautifully, like in a hot cappucino commotion storm, seems she's in a church, her silhouette is great and the triangle of light & grainy tone on the floor too. Would be hard to get this in real unless you put your fingers in front of the right part of the lens ;) Good post-processed photo !

4 Aug 2010 6:51am

@k@: This place is the same as here and reminds me so much of your photo with girls and grandma , you recently had . Light is simply miraculous there and each time I go there I search for new compo :) Thx Karine .

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Darkly powerful...sad...perfectly illustrates the title..great shot!

4 Aug 2010 6:52am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Douce lumière ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée.

4 Aug 2010 6:56am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Great silhouette, dark mood... Although, this could be a happy day, as well ;)

4 Aug 2010 7:01am from Wemmel, Belgium

Woaw, this is stunning, really soft light ...

4 Aug 2010 7:02am

Emmeji from France

A great delight to the eyes !

4 Aug 2010 7:16am

PATRICK from miramas, France

splendid 5****

4 Aug 2010 7:40am

Ekios from une des trois iles du Salut, Guyana

WOOOoooow ... this his huge ... nice Mariana ... congratulations ..

4 Aug 2010 7:43am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Superbe, ce clair-obscur. Mes compliments, et 5 étoiles

4 Aug 2010 7:48am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A sublime image with a great title. 5 * Nice day.

4 Aug 2010 7:50am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great composition!

4 Aug 2010 7:50am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful darkness ! love the silhouette in the light, good processing and tones !

4 Aug 2010 7:50am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Mariana, today you give us as a present this really great pic.... so, thank you, very, very much. One of the best compositions I've seen.

4 Aug 2010 8:06am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

wow, Mariana...

4 Aug 2010 8:13am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

woww.. fantastic light. excellent processing as always :)

4 Aug 2010 8:19am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I like the atmosphere and the diagonal... beautiful !

4 Aug 2010 8:22am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Almost a shadow in a place that resembles a church ...
Almost a prayer that tomorrow is better!

4 Aug 2010 8:30am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent. Only half there but the mind fills in the rest

4 Aug 2010 9:32am

Marie LC from France

Nice darkness. Love light and idea !

4 Aug 2010 9:55am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

this is and terrible capture:very good!

4 Aug 2010 10:07am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Stunning shot - the lighting is perfect - just the right amount to silhouette the figure

4 Aug 2010 10:15am

carlyteen from Canary Islands, Spain

amazing atmosphere! congrats!

4 Aug 2010 10:37am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Wonderfil catch ! well done !

4 Aug 2010 10:48am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Fine isolation technique!

4 Aug 2010 11:08am

Bruno from froyennes, Belgium

a very nice processing ... deep shadow and light

4 Aug 2010 11:09am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An image that hits hard in the spirit Mariana! A deep gloom ... a life alone. And the important light on the left ... hope in time that will be happening! You have deeply touched with this old lady and her weary walk! Best regards, Adela ¡congratulations for this one!

4 Aug 2010 11:24am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Beautifully shot, great post

4 Aug 2010 11:49am

Earl from Salisbury, NC, United States

These types of images are certainly your speciality -- you do them so well. I think many of us photographers fear the shadows but you embrace them and coax from them many beautiful secrets. Wonderful!

4 Aug 2010 12:01pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Powerful - and SO mysterious

4 Aug 2010 12:08pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

So very evocative..powerful. Extraordinary use of light!!

4 Aug 2010 12:15pm

Florence from Paris, France

5 stars Mariana. What a gorgeous shot, perfectly cropped and composed. Love this moody sepia hint, it really tells a story... like the beginning or end of an old movie. Axcellent work in many ways.

4 Aug 2010 12:18pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

An extraordinary capture!! Splendid shot and compo.

4 Aug 2010 12:31pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Excellent Mariana

4 Aug 2010 1:54pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very strong composition, excellent image!

4 Aug 2010 2:21pm

ruimnm from Portugal

What a fantastic work!
An excellent game light/shadow.

4 Aug 2010 2:26pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Stunning silhouette! Fabulous composition and light. For me, the focal point is clearly her feet (where the story is told).

4 Aug 2010 2:31pm

Sara from Jackson, WI, United States

Love the darkness ...very mysterious as where she is..almost looks like a church...but then it could be a train stop...wonder what her life is like? great processing

4 Aug 2010 2:43pm

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

what a real pleasure to jump in your darkness , S ! beautiful processing , beautiful beautiful beautiful :-) Bravo !

4 Aug 2010 2:47pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Nicely done, Mariana. Definitely a sense of despair.

4 Aug 2010 2:52pm

@Larry Lefever: She and her heavy pace looked like that to me .... and yet, so much cloths on her, on a hot day looked even more heavy in all that scene !

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Very atmospheric and theatrical.

4 Aug 2010 3:01pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Soooooo dark!!! And I dont mean it literally...

4 Aug 2010 3:16pm

@Sonia Nansid: hmmm. i wish to know what you mean :)

Preeti from Mumbai, India


4 Aug 2010 3:16pm

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Very beautiful, the silhouette is perfection, love it.

4 Aug 2010 3:20pm

Landy from Miami, United States

Me gusta, pero debes cuidar las sonas muertas de los bajos colores, saludos

4 Aug 2010 3:27pm

@Landy: Saludos :)

ansiedutoit from South Africa

The light is magic! Superb photo, I can see it blown up! 5*****

4 Aug 2010 3:28pm

@ansiedutoit: thx a lot . i wish to see your work too, but link is missing !

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Mariana - you've given us another splendid composition. So much atmosphere. Great processing too. Well done.

4 Aug 2010 3:51pm

@Nigel: Thx so much Nigel . I also love this image .

Sunder from Chennai, India

Love the mood captured...
Superb lighting...
Great Picture

4 Aug 2010 3:57pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Boy can I reate to this lady!!! Awesome capture Marianna - you really do a super job!

4 Aug 2010 4:15pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

ps - OK Mariana- By the way - how the h*** did you do this?

4 Aug 2010 4:16pm

@Denny Jump Photo: If now I need to process the same picture and get the same result, I would not know . I would get something different :)) I am processing my pictures the way I feel for that certain composition at that certain moment . I cannot guarantee that my feelings would be the same for this compo now as then ;)) Thx Larry !

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

exellent shadows play.... woow so impressive

4 Aug 2010 4:41pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Its Mrs. Marple!!! A shot of mystery and intrigue!

4 Aug 2010 4:45pm

Bruno F from Précigné, France

That make me think about the Queen ! Haha !


4 Aug 2010 4:50pm

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

this one suit my mood perfectly

4 Aug 2010 5:07pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

LOVE IT!!! Oh my... that's quite a dream of a picture, I tell you... Ah.. and yes, I do fully agree with your reply on Denny Jump Photo about "processing pictures for that certain composition at that certain moment"... it's so true... Have a wonderful day, my dear! :)

4 Aug 2010 5:10pm

@Magrat: hey thanks :)) you know what ? last night I got from a friend - Photo-shop manual for the very first time ;) Never had it , never read it before . All I learn about processing pictures was from my guts and feelings. And last night when took a look at this fat book, I gave up right away . Too much wasted time for reading it ;)) I like when I experiment something , not following the rules . Hate rules !

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

focus to the point!!!!! good job!

4 Aug 2010 5:20pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Lonely and mysterious is this lady it seems. The shadows add so much drama to the frame. Love it!

4 Aug 2010 5:33pm

Martin from North Platte, United States

Frickin AWSOME.. Can I say that?

4 Aug 2010 5:52pm

@Martin: you say what you think / feel ;)

mike from cap d'agde, France


4 Aug 2010 5:55pm

Din from Tehran, Iran

you are great:X great light

4 Aug 2010 6:25pm

@Din: thx a lot :) I do not think I am great, but maybe my pictures ;)) ha ha

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Everything is perfect in this photo, 5*

4 Aug 2010 6:30pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Dark and powerful yet the light shining through, amazing shot

4 Aug 2010 6:59pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Nothing to remember. Only darkness.

4 Aug 2010 8:13pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

She seems weighed many layers of clothes and carrying a giant bag. Hope she's on her way to a relaxing environment!

4 Aug 2010 8:50pm

Marie from Visé, Belgium

A sweetness of light, beautiful and delicate... I like very much...


4 Aug 2010 8:52pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

nice athmosphere !!! great shot ,mariana !
five stars !

4 Aug 2010 9:04pm

Catherine from Seoul, South Korea

perfect balance of light and dark. great shot ^^

4 Aug 2010 10:00pm

jhcibils from Berlin, Germany

Miss Marple! 5 *

4 Aug 2010 10:09pm

Stéphane Thémèze from PlateFormeRonde, United States

Sweetly graphic, mysterious.
Nice treatment, but first and foremost beautiful instant in-between.
Love your choice of dual colors, gold and black.

Cheers Mariana.

4 Aug 2010 10:10pm

G. Aunión from Mérida, Spain

i remembered the U2 song "misterious ways"

4 Aug 2010 10:14pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Great light and shadows.

4 Aug 2010 10:18pm

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

Lonely and mysterious. I Like it!

4 Aug 2010 11:33pm

Jhon from Fine Land, Singapore

Stunning silhouette!

5 Aug 2010 1:05am

Ajay from Pune, India

The lighting is just so perfect in the shot. Superbly done.

5 Aug 2010 1:38am

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

This is amazing, a powerful shot from a half frame.

5 Aug 2010 1:53am

Akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

A bit mysterious. Beautiful light and sepia tones.

5 Aug 2010 2:13am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent low light shot ! Her silhouette has been captured beautifully.

5 Aug 2010 2:26am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Such a unique capture with less than half of the frame exposed. The woman in shadow makes this a very mysterious composition.

5 Aug 2010 2:37am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

This is fabulous! 5*****! Very beautiful!!!!

5 Aug 2010 2:39am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Very nice.

5 Aug 2010 2:50am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Dark, mysterious, and moody. Great composition.

5 Aug 2010 2:55am

Becky from los angeles, United States

Just perfect. We all know this woman. Just perfect.

5 Aug 2010 3:17am

ISO from Bogota, Colombia

WOW wonderfulimage....a mAster piece... it is so powerful!

5 Aug 2010 3:38am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

The shadows and light are just gorgeous in this composition. A 5.. I love it!

5 Aug 2010 4:06am

@Dutçh: thx a lot Kristen :)

dan from Paris, France

There are so many things to be perceived in the shadows.
I like this evocativeness, Mariana.

5 Aug 2010 7:38am

@dan: thx Dan :)

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

an image for a dark story...

5 Aug 2010 8:03am

@KriKridesign: thx Kri :)

oriol from Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain

oh... this is perefct for me...

5 Aug 2010 1:58pm

@oriol: thx Oriol :)

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Lovely....Great use of light...5*****

5 Aug 2010 2:31pm

@PRASHANT: thx . I actually loved that compo , and light was just there for me ;)

Susan from Sausalito, United States

You've made this moody and dark and lyrical. This is a photograph I'd like to own.

5 Aug 2010 3:39pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!! This is a fantastic shot, Mariana! I simply love the light! The processing is (as always) brilliant! To me personally this has such a sad feel, almost as if she is carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. Don't get me wrong although it makes me feel sad for the lady I still LOVE it! An A+ shot.

5 Aug 2010 7:10pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Great use of shadows

5 Aug 2010 10:18pm

Cory from Phoenix, United States

Fabulous shot. The shadow and half-light really highlights your subject well.

6 Aug 2010 3:51am

Babzy from Besançon, France

seems that Also Mary Popins is getting older ;) lovely image !

6 Aug 2010 7:23pm

Oscar from Espira de l'agly, France

de strange silouhettes

6 Aug 2010 8:51pm

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

wonderful light work!

7 Aug 2010 2:35pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

misteriosa imagen, me encanta!

7 Aug 2010 4:36pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

Love it.

7 Aug 2010 7:44pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Tu control de la luz, es algo fuera de serie... Felicidades.

7 Aug 2010 9:43pm

Marin from Toronto, Canada

Love this one.:)

8 Aug 2010 11:54pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful, there is nothing more to say!

9 Aug 2010 5:14am

@larans: thanks Larans ;)

Makan from Iran

Great work! interesting darkness! Mysterious mood! I love your processing with the ability to see the darkness, thank you for sharing :)))

P.S. This classic image reminds me of the scene in the movie by Alfred Hitchcock ;)))

9 Aug 2010 8:07am

Tomix from landerneau, France

great shot ! i like the mysterious mood you gave...

9 Aug 2010 10:54am

rian from fullerton, United States

very sinister! it feels as if someone's waiting for her in the shadows! great shot! :)

9 Aug 2010 5:00pm

JOSE LUIS BERNAL from Jerez de la Fra. (Cádiz), Spain

Excelente contraluz

10 Aug 2010 7:08pm

Marie from PARIS, (Fresnes), France

superbe atmosphère, très cinématographique. j'aime beaucoup.

15 Aug 2010 12:37pm

asphaltfee from vienna, Austria

this is brilliant!

7 Sep 2010 1:33pm