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His great surprise !

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 30 August 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

A little squirrel, running away from my camera, almost jumped on a head of this old man who suddenly appeared behind the fence ! A Great surprise for me too!

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/500 second F/9.0 ISO 200 300 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

ajoeh from Mataram, Indonesia

Superb, world class photo..

30 Aug 2010 5:10am

Manubhai from Bangalore, India

Indeed it one of the best I have seen in many days...great shot...

30 Aug 2010 5:25am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

haha, great colors, I love the way the fence frames the photo, and on top of that, great timing!

30 Aug 2010 5:33am

Ginnie from Netherlands

His frayed shirt sleeve, his old upraised hand, the backlighting on the squirrel's tail...all of this is a delight to the eye, Mariana.

30 Aug 2010 5:53am

Megha from Mumbai, India

Nice capture

30 Aug 2010 5:54am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Awesome capture

30 Aug 2010 6:00am

Jurgen from Sydney, Australia

fantastic shot, great light, textures and subject

30 Aug 2010 6:03am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

a fantastic find.capture and image!
cheers suzanne

30 Aug 2010 6:05am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

This makes a fantastic and unexpected shot !!!
This one is a five stars to me ;)


30 Aug 2010 6:08am

STEED from Somewhere, France

Giant Portrait and Fantastic Light...

30 Aug 2010 6:16am

Henk van Rijssen from Utrecht, Netherlands

wondeful photo + great light

30 Aug 2010 6:20am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

As ajoeh said "World class photo" I agree! This has GOT to be e spotlight!

30 Aug 2010 6:30am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

brilliant compo very very nice

30 Aug 2010 6:33am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Just a word : FANTASTIC !!! Phil.

30 Aug 2010 6:35am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Marvelous...two shots in one ! Fantastic the way you've caught the side light. Beautiful details !

30 Aug 2010 6:39am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

How ever did you manage to capture this so well ? Amazing !! :-)

30 Aug 2010 6:44am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Fantastic and funny shot

30 Aug 2010 6:53am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

He is not shy like his fellow seen and reviewed when I was in Montreal!
Beautiful shot!

30 Aug 2010 6:57am

Pierre from Belgium

Excellent et quelle lumière !

30 Aug 2010 7:07am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Is he OKAY now??!!! wonderful shot. Goooood job! : )))

30 Aug 2010 7:42am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Excellent , it's fun !

30 Aug 2010 7:52am

amirreza from tehran, Iran


30 Aug 2010 8:23am

oncho from granada, Spain

Great capture and composition

30 Aug 2010 8:38am

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

... And a great surprise for us too ! Very good time , very nice moment and the details are perfect .

30 Aug 2010 8:48am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great situation...Great timing....Great shot...5*****

30 Aug 2010 8:55am

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Wow! What gorgeous light, not to mention it's a damn funny picture. Great catch!!

30 Aug 2010 9:10am

FLUORIT from Paris, France

Quelle effet de surprise en effet ! J'adore la soleil qui éclaire la queue ! Excellent !

30 Aug 2010 9:15am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

A squirrel, isn't it? It is a wonderful pic. Lovely lighting for a great moment.

30 Aug 2010 9:19am

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

This is superb! You must have been really fast with the camera. I love the light also.

30 Aug 2010 9:19am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

And a great picture for you too.

30 Aug 2010 9:19am

shoti from somewhere in, China

wow, wonderful shot. if you hadn't told us, I wouldn't have known that the squirrel jumped. all along I thought the guy was just camera shy!

30 Aug 2010 9:30am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Extraordinary. A great reward for your rapid response:)

30 Aug 2010 9:37am

farzaneh from tehram, Iran

i love old people and their behavior

30 Aug 2010 9:51am

Peter Bella from Győr, Hungary

Great shot! Love it!

30 Aug 2010 10:12am

@Peter Bella: many thx :)

larans from Lund, Sweden

Marvellous capture. To be on the right place in the right second, how do you do it again...and again...and again?

30 Aug 2010 10:21am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Marvelous light. Great capture !

30 Aug 2010 10:35am

Judy aka Ladybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

A super capture worth many 'stars' ***********

30 Aug 2010 10:37am

Katherine from Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

Absolutely wonderful! The light on the man, and his upraised hand are rather fantastic, and the squirrels tail and paws in the shot make it even more wonderful and funny! Amazing capture.

30 Aug 2010 10:54am

Ekios from une des trois iles du salut, Guyana

Excellent capture here !!! :)

30 Aug 2010 11:05am

lili from *, Iran

Well done!

30 Aug 2010 11:36am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great composition, and also a fantastic definition, light and color :)

30 Aug 2010 11:45am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

superb capture ! beautiful light !

30 Aug 2010 11:52am

asemane from tehran, Iran

very nice, so luky to be there at that moment.

30 Aug 2010 11:55am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Perfect timing Mariana! Everyone got a surprise in this shot! Well seen and captured! ;-))

30 Aug 2010 12:04pm

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain


30 Aug 2010 12:08pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow !!!! This is at least worth 5***** ! A missed opportunity that makes a FANTASTIC capture, the light is so beautiful ! Have a nice day Mariana :)

30 Aug 2010 12:13pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

and u freeze the moment on time .. barvo!

30 Aug 2010 12:31pm

Gillian Barfoot from Saint John, Canada

How wonderful to catch this moment -- perfect light and detail, and I love that backlit tail!

30 Aug 2010 12:50pm

hadi from shiraz, Iran

Great framing!!

30 Aug 2010 1:00pm

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

excellent ************

30 Aug 2010 1:38pm

Dana from Burbank, United States

Superb! The light's perfect. A once-in-a-lifetime shot.

30 Aug 2010 1:55pm

arneet from delhi, India

nice shot!!!

30 Aug 2010 1:57pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

This is a superb fantastic amazing shot! The scene and the light that is outstanding!

30 Aug 2010 2:40pm

Fred from Manila, Philippines

Wow! Hahaha! Good shot! Is that a squirrel?!?!

30 Aug 2010 2:49pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Dynamite capture. I love his hand; such superb detail. Exquisite light.

30 Aug 2010 2:59pm

saravana from India

nice expression... good lighting, and a great photo..

30 Aug 2010 3:02pm

69mil from Argentina, Argentina

excellent composition, is a beautiful picture

30 Aug 2010 3:10pm

Babzy from France

great capture !!!!

30 Aug 2010 3:15pm

69mil Photography from Argentina, Argentina

is a perfect catch, the picture is worth a thousand words

30 Aug 2010 3:19pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What a great composition. This meeting is magic. 5 stars

30 Aug 2010 3:28pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~`haha~` what a catch!! :) great image~!!

30 Aug 2010 3:29pm

wolfen from Villefranche s/s, France

Beau "shot" pour ce cliché et grande réactivité, un joli coup !!!

30 Aug 2010 3:38pm

PHIL MORRIS from Canada

You must be quick draw, amazing camera reflexes,
superb photo also with that wonderful lighting;
very beautiful.

30 Aug 2010 3:42pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A magnificent picture Mariana! The timely gesture of the man ... near the tail of the squirrel. Nice animal! But what is wonderful is the light in this bushy tail! In the beautiful man-hand and worn on his shirt cuff! An exquisite image! Best regards, Adela

30 Aug 2010 3:44pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Haha, a funny accident indeed! :)

30 Aug 2010 3:54pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Instantaneas como esta, se presentan pocas. El encuadre y la luz, pefectas.

30 Aug 2010 4:04pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

OMG!!! Everything's just perfect here, Mariana! Superb light and colors... but what lucky devil are you, my friend, to catch such a fantastic moment?! LOVE it!!! :)

30 Aug 2010 4:34pm

@Magrat: thx Magrat . Some people asked me if I am on the street all the time catching situation , or whatever ... That was funny , but I still cannot explain how some situations , images, compositions are coming to my camera themselves !

philippe from moselle, France

là tu me gattes pour mon retour, Marianna, elle est gigantesque cette photo !!!!
Milles étoiles pour toi ....
bises !!!

30 Aug 2010 4:43pm

JOEMULLIGAN from burnsville, nc, United States

Wonderful that you captured this magical moment.....especially that disappearing tail.

30 Aug 2010 4:44pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Great capture.

30 Aug 2010 4:54pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Excellent !!!! A beautiful catch !!! well done !

30 Aug 2010 5:08pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

This will be my first 5-Star click in quite awhile. This is fabulous, Mariana - brilliantly seen!

30 Aug 2010 5:13pm

@Stephen Phillips: Thanks a lot Stephen . It is not because this picture is mine, but I love it a lot !

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Wow...what a fantastic shot! The light (and the little luck) is simply gorgeous!

30 Aug 2010 5:33pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Serendipity for sure! The light here is fantastic.

30 Aug 2010 5:37pm

@Steve Rice: well, so many fabulous photographs are nothing else but serendipity ! this one too :)

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

A very good surprise ! With a perfect timing and light !
Kind regards

30 Aug 2010 5:50pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

marianaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, ¿pero como lo haces?, un saludo pablo

30 Aug 2010 6:03pm

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

What an extraordinary capture


30 Aug 2010 6:11pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Superb capture ! Mariana

30 Aug 2010 6:11pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

and a great surprise to him too, it looks like! Funny.

30 Aug 2010 6:17pm

Jlo from Villers le Peuplier, Belgium

Great light for this great shot. I love the shirt worn all the old man. A wonderful capture.

30 Aug 2010 6:34pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

What a super shot must have been a surprise for both of them

30 Aug 2010 6:48pm

@JJ: and for me :)) many thanks :)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

ha ha . . oh my . . you could never choreograph anything as good as this moment !

30 Aug 2010 6:52pm


Magnifique photo!Superbe luminosité!Bravo!
Amitiés de France:CLAIRE

30 Aug 2010 6:59pm

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

how funny, what a capture!

30 Aug 2010 7:09pm

Sara from Jackson, WI, United States

What a happy accident! Cool shot..nice job keeping the camera steady since you were suprised too..great job!

30 Aug 2010 7:11pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

super shot, excellent moment.

30 Aug 2010 7:25pm

Zeinab from Tehran, Iran

Wish you having great surprises during your life dear :) ... Nice capture. Welldone

30 Aug 2010 7:39pm

@Zeinab: thx Zeinab :)) I would not like too many surprises like this in my life ;))

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5****

30 Aug 2010 7:40pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

What a fantastic moment Mariana!! The right click on the right time ;-)

30 Aug 2010 7:41pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Thats a funny shot, nice one

30 Aug 2010 7:48pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Serendipitous. What an awesome image. It is just wonderful, Mariana.

30 Aug 2010 8:00pm

Gerard from Dieren, Netherlands

Perfect in time, the light and the situation, double luck, well done.

30 Aug 2010 8:03pm

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Fantastic capture!! Perfect timing and beautiful light!

30 Aug 2010 8:07pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A wonderful timing ! Superb photo with a fantastic light!

30 Aug 2010 8:11pm

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

very nice, so beautiful. Great composition

30 Aug 2010 8:18pm

oriol from Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain

Nice moment, Mariana, and nice light. I love.

30 Aug 2010 8:30pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

such a fascinating atmosphere

30 Aug 2010 8:37pm

Oscar from Espira de l'Agly, France

very great surprise!

30 Aug 2010 8:51pm

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

Are they playing at "hide & seek". Excellent composition; we feel complicity between this old man and the squirrel

30 Aug 2010 8:52pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

great capture and composition!!

30 Aug 2010 9:21pm

Bruno from froyennes, Belgium

what a timing ... a perfect capture of a so singular moment

30 Aug 2010 9:33pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

coucou, me voici de retour !!
une image magnifique !!!
elle me fait penser aux tablaux de magritte, mais je ne sais pas pourquoi !!:)

30 Aug 2010 9:43pm

@Lougris: hey .. hey .. so nice to hear from you . glad to see you back ;))

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful detail that you've captured in this composition. And I love how the squirrel's tail becomes so "radiant" in the sunlight.

30 Aug 2010 10:21pm

Gina from Azores, Portugal

Very funny capture .5*****

30 Aug 2010 10:58pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Every so often a photo just wows me. Sometimes its the difficulty of the shot, sometimes it's the color or the pattern.. and sometimes it just makes me grin and say.. yes. And for this I'm tossing a 5 your way. I love it!

30 Aug 2010 11:36pm

@Dutçh: thanks a lot :)

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

WOW super capture Mariana! Wonderful timing.

30 Aug 2010 11:43pm

Pravin Patade from Fremont, United States

Sucha fantastic pic... 5*****

31 Aug 2010 12:15am

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Such a funny scene! I have the same reaction constantly with pigeons...I always feel like they're going to fly into my face! I'm glad you were able to capture this moment. :)

31 Aug 2010 2:11am

Ajay from Pune, India

Isn't it amazing that sometime by the time you click the situation changes in the frame of you camera? You might be irritated for few seconds but when you see the photograph all you say, "Even Better!!!" :-)

31 Aug 2010 2:11am

@Ajay: I am taking so many pictures, almost every day, that nothing can irritate me if happens accidentally .. the other good compo is already waiting ... ;)

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, Canada

A great surprise and perfect light.

31 Aug 2010 2:41am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Lovely shot ...5 stars....
Truly awesome capture.
Well done Marianna..Keep such shots coming...

31 Aug 2010 3:15am

Deisu from Spain

Really... very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

31 Aug 2010 4:42am

@Deisu: thx Deisu. Sorry, there is no link to get back to you ;)

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Wonderful. The squirrel is ready to brush his nose.

31 Aug 2010 4:48am

larry from Singapore

A surprise indeed! :)

31 Aug 2010 6:57am

Mici from Tg Mures, Romania

funny and great

31 Aug 2010 7:09am

grapf from Göttingen, Germany

they belong together?
a marvellous moment!

31 Aug 2010 8:23am

@grapf: no, they do not , but on a photo they look cool together ;)

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


31 Aug 2010 9:14am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Haha ! What a big surprise for him ! And it is almost miracle that you captured it !

31 Aug 2010 1:04pm

Photographs by Maria Enriquez from Pacific Grove, United States

great catch, lovely picture and perfect timing! I love the details - his frayed sleeves, our hairy friend's tail, lovely!

31 Aug 2010 2:03pm

@Photographs by Maria Enriquez: thx Maria :)

B◊nΛng∠e from Paris, France

Superbe !!! 5*

31 Aug 2010 7:22pm

Fraucha from Bila Tserkov, Ukraine

And from this surprise comes a very cool shot!!!

1 Sep 2010 4:22am

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Awesome capture Mariana!! : )

1 Sep 2010 11:07am

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

you got the perfect moment!!

1 Sep 2010 11:42am

AnneCphotography from somewhere over the rainbow, Switzerland

this pic is amazing !!! The light is soft and perfect, the compo...magic A real moment of grace .....even if it's funny ;)

1 Sep 2010 3:49pm

@AnneCphotography: thx Anne :)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States


1 Sep 2010 4:10pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Brilliant shot and a very fast reaction....;-)
Love the sunlight peeping trough!

1 Sep 2010 7:58pm

@Marleen: I think my girl on last picture is even more brilliant ;)) Strange you do not like or comment it ... Anyway, thx for the comment back ! probably for the last time .

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Quel shoot !
Je ne m'imagine même pas voir ça en vrai ! alors le photographier...

1 Sep 2010 8:01pm

rian from fullerton, United States

lol! you sure captured a fun moment here.. nice work! :)

1 Sep 2010 8:40pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Fabulous shot! It looks bad, whatever is about to happen. Hysterical.

1 Sep 2010 8:40pm

joshi daniel from India

simply outstanding!

2 Sep 2010 7:16pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

@ I only just read your answer on my comment. But it's true, I'm usually not particularly fascinated by portrait photography, but of course exceptions confirm the rule;-))

3 Sep 2010 9:04am

Thierry Masson from orly, France

how do you manage such shots?
chapeaux bas!

3 Sep 2010 8:26pm

Michael from Louisville, United States

This is a great photo. It is a delight to see such an interesting and candid image.

5 Sep 2010 1:35am

ImpréVUS from Dijon, France


5 Sep 2010 11:55am

Marie from FRESNES, France

excellente composition !!!

5 Sep 2010 3:12pm

asphaltfee from vienna, Austria

great shot! I love the "story" told here.

7 Sep 2010 1:34pm

Marian Laura from New York/Chicago, United States

Oops! Surprises happen! In photography you plan on shooting something and sometimes it all doesn't work only to find out that there's a better shot, a wonderful moment in store for you! Love this!

9 Sep 2010 7:53am

Phil from Montreal, Canada

Thanks for the comment on my picture and I can see that you are very good at portrait. This one is absolutely fabulous, I love the lighting and the colors.

11 Sep 2010 12:42pm

@Phil: thx :)

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Great surprise in pleasure!!! Wonderful!!

17 Oct 2010 11:57pm

حسن صنوبری from tehran, Iran

Good Morning Mr. Squirrel!

8 Sep 2011 7:13pm

@حسن صنوبری: funny comment . this one is one of the best images of mine !

1/500 second
ISO 200
300 mm