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The Way She Walks

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/160 second F/5.6 ISO 400 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

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

This portrait is really great !

10 Sep 2010 5:18am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

You've captured her character.

10 Sep 2010 5:27am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

LOve the detail in the face

10 Sep 2010 5:28am

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe ce portrait !

10 Sep 2010 5:36am

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

I love the way she DRINKs ! life .. The details of her face is nice .

10 Sep 2010 5:40am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A dynamic portrait of a woman. She's got great presence and identity. (And a cute haircut, too.)
Marvelous, Mariana.

10 Sep 2010 5:51am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Magnificent profile, really very pretty lady! Beautiful day.

10 Sep 2010 5:59am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wonderful shot. Her poise and the details of her hair and face are excellent.

10 Sep 2010 6:10am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Lovely profil, sharp and colourful.

10 Sep 2010 6:13am

Cruz from exurbia, United States

She knows who she is...and she’s captured her so well.

10 Sep 2010 6:16am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Lovely portrait, a very stylish lady.

10 Sep 2010 6:29am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Looking at the sky with hope. A face for the time worked! His gesture had even the resolution and the spirit of a young d'illusions ... Why not? At least try! A wonderful and refreshing portrait dear friend! Best regards, Adela

10 Sep 2010 6:48am

Marian Laura from New York/Chicago, United States

Despite all the lines on her face you can tell that she once had a beautiful skin and what style and character even at her current age!

10 Sep 2010 6:49am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super portrait.

10 Sep 2010 6:52am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Her face could launch a thousand ships, maybe? What a story it tells. Don't you wonder? Is she happy???

10 Sep 2010 6:54am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Good details on her face , the posture , the background , all is nicely done , Phil.

10 Sep 2010 6:56am

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

She always walks with her head that high? The details are amazing here.

10 Sep 2010 7:03am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

I remember ... Great sound pattern marked by the years and much dignity ...

10 Sep 2010 7:07am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Fabulous light and color...great portrait!!!

10 Sep 2010 7:12am

Claus Petersen from Herfølge, Denmark

Love the contrasts and light here, it really brings out all the details.

10 Sep 2010 7:59am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fantastic portrait..

10 Sep 2010 8:09am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Still got her elegance dispite the raveges of time

10 Sep 2010 8:29am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Very, very nice portrait. Flowers blurred on the right give it a nice touch of color.

10 Sep 2010 8:42am

Pierre from Belgium

Elle a une tête à avoir du caractère, et un fameux :)

10 Sep 2010 8:57am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Looking up to the light. Excellent profile portrait

10 Sep 2010 9:28am

Peter Bella from Győr, Hungary

Great portrait!

10 Sep 2010 9:32am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Wrinkled skin!!! Wonderful, great portrait. Bravooo : )))

10 Sep 2010 10:21am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fabulous portrait, what a character!

10 Sep 2010 10:33am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

I agree, is a fabulous portrait

10 Sep 2010 11:32am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

fantastic ! When you look ahead you don't look down, love this fantastic portrait

10 Sep 2010 12:21pm

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

ummm, looks like there's a proud story in there...

10 Sep 2010 12:31pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Beautiful! This woman looks fantastic,aged..but I am sure she also looked that way
when she was young,very dignified!
A great portrait Mariana!

10 Sep 2010 12:34pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

What a wonderful portrait! The sharpness and details, color . You have really captured her personality!!!!

10 Sep 2010 12:41pm

Monte Stevens from Westerville, United States

Good profile image and I like the bokeh.

10 Sep 2010 12:45pm

@Monte Stevens: thx M.

Trina from Pennsylvania, United States

A wonderful portrait!

10 Sep 2010 12:45pm

Fokkio from Netherlands

Great portrait!

10 Sep 2010 12:58pm

grapf from Göttingen, Germany

wow, phantastic portrait! What a self consciousness!

10 Sep 2010 1:02pm

hadi from shiraz, Iran

Marvelous portrait!!

10 Sep 2010 1:03pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Yes I remember her from the last photo of her. She always has her chin up, expectant.. but it also gives her a very haughty snobbish look now with the glasses. Stern. Nice profile portrait!

10 Sep 2010 1:16pm

@Dutçh: Her daughter noticed me and smiled when I was taking pictures of this lady . I came closer , and whispered - your mom is like a queen . Girl said - yes, she is a queen. She likes to be and pretends to be :)) Really great old woman .

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~~beautiful portrait and woman:)

10 Sep 2010 1:21pm

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

I like the character lines and detail in her face.

10 Sep 2010 1:31pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Gorgeous shot, and the natural light on her face is wonderful. She's living her life !

10 Sep 2010 1:43pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5*****

10 Sep 2010 1:47pm

Cosmin from Bucharest, Romania

very nice old lady portrait, good job!

10 Sep 2010 1:47pm

Beat from Switzerland

what a amazing and beautifull portrait. great work!

10 Sep 2010 1:53pm

@Beat: and beautiful old lady :)

Rob from United States

What a lovely portrait! She sure has character.

10 Sep 2010 1:55pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Beautiful old lady, this portrait is terrific, bravo Mariana !

10 Sep 2010 2:00pm

Peter from London, United Kingdom

a beautiful portrait and a lovely splash of colour with the flowers too.

10 Sep 2010 2:20pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

outstanding character in that face i prefer this photograph i love the way that you have captured her hair

10 Sep 2010 2:27pm

@john4jack: i love her hair too, a beautiful fashion hair-cut ;)

Pataphoto from Toulouse, France

superbe portrait, du caractère, un visage marqué par la vie, super

10 Sep 2010 2:27pm

melocoton from Spain

fabulosa la fotografia , fabulosa la expresion

10 Sep 2010 2:43pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

A great portrait. Love the lines of wisdom in her face. Beautiful.

10 Sep 2010 2:52pm

shafagh from tehran, Iran

wow!mariyana.....i love you. its good!i like it!

10 Sep 2010 3:05pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Nice shot..:)

10 Sep 2010 3:11pm

Bill Brown from California, United States

Beautiful portrait!

10 Sep 2010 3:14pm

shafagh from tehran, Iran

in your pic of old men and women i see defin for life i love it

10 Sep 2010 3:18pm

@shafagh: you are so much right about it . yes, i miss badly my mom and my father too ;)

Sugata from Newark, United States

Very nice portrait!

10 Sep 2010 3:52pm

Jlo from Villers le Peuplier, Belgium

That, It is pride. I love the light and the sharpness of the image that reinforces the character of this woman. Very good capture.

10 Sep 2010 3:54pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

great portrait :)

10 Sep 2010 4:06pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

I always think of old age as beautiful.....she is chic and lovely, but there are many other photographs you've taken of older people who aren't...yet I think you see, and are drawn to something in them....I love your photographs.

10 Sep 2010 4:47pm

@Susan: thank you Susan, but please , do not say that . Old people are all great, without exception. I will never forget one comment from one probably very sick man who sad that all people on my portraits have a mentally sick eyes ! How can I consider him as a photographer, as a friend? Never ! Anyway , I am glad you like this pretty old lady :)

ImpréVUS from Dijon, France

beautiful! chin high against the passing time.

10 Sep 2010 4:58pm

@ImpréVUS: exactly . wish to be like her at her age ;))

rian from fullerton, United States

fabulously lit, it brought out the details in her face.. nicely captured! :)

10 Sep 2010 5:09pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Excellent portrait.

10 Sep 2010 5:10pm

Laurent from Lyon, France

very interesting portrait

10 Sep 2010 5:32pm

@Laurent: thanks Laurent !

Sevi from Zurich, Switzerland

very strong portrait :)

10 Sep 2010 5:54pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Ah, this proud lady! A fine portrait, indeed.

10 Sep 2010 5:54pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Such nobility and certainty looking through the lines that declare the limitations of our time here. Her confidence is most reassuring - a testimony to the endurance of the human spirit. Thank you, Mariana.

10 Sep 2010 6:10pm

Amir Pouryousef from Tabriz, Iran

i know lots of lover she has got when she was younger. i was joking.
great shot.

10 Sep 2010 6:13pm

@Amir Pouryousef: who knows how many hearts she broked .. no , no lovers for sure, but I am sure many were dying for her when she was young ;)

Chaitanya from Bangalore, India

You've captured almost every possible detail of this lady's face. Certainly, a top portrait shot!

10 Sep 2010 6:15pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such wonderful detail, quite spectacular portrait

10 Sep 2010 6:17pm

Gloutonnerie Visuelle from PARIS, France

Beautiful profile, dry and right to try to see clear in this blinding light there

10 Sep 2010 6:29pm

PHIL MORRIS from Canada

One thing about your work, it does not stagnate, it really seems to get
better and better, this is quite the statement. Superb.

10 Sep 2010 6:32pm

@PHIL MORRIS: thx a lot Phil ! Nice to hear that !

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Superbe portrait , great details

10 Sep 2010 6:37pm

Sara from Jackson, WI, United States

She has a very strong presence the capture of the lines in her face...old but dignified...great portrait! :)

10 Sep 2010 6:37pm

@Sara: thanks Sara .

G. Aunión from Mérida, Spain

fantastic vivid portrait, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks,

10 Sep 2010 6:51pm

@G. Aunión: I thank you , but why you are thanking me so many times ? ha ha

Earl from Salisbury, NC, United States

It's great to live one's life with such presents. :-)

10 Sep 2010 6:58pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Excellent, really excellent ! Always fan of you and your sensitive eyes !! A brilliant portrait !

10 Sep 2010 7:16pm

Frida from Sweden

Fabulous attitude :-)

10 Sep 2010 7:21pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Oh my, again a look of what? Determination or is she trying to see what that bird is doing up there on the second flor balcony? It is for us to wonder and you to know - I truly love this look and the image you have conveyed here, Mariana!

10 Sep 2010 7:27pm

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Fabulous portrait, great!

10 Sep 2010 7:30pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

Proud to be a Woman.......Superb Shot....

10 Sep 2010 7:43pm

Piero from LYON, France

Fabulous portrait, great light, great shot !
Well done, it's perfect !

10 Sep 2010 8:53pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Thats great what attitude

10 Sep 2010 9:08pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

A HA! I thought I recognised her. I really like this side profile. It gives her great pose and dignity. Lovely portrait. I wonder whether a B&W treatment would be good as well?

10 Sep 2010 9:11pm

@Philip: Right ! I love BW portraits and though of this one in BW but I love the bokeh taht would be lost in BW :)

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

This is a amazing shot of her face. But do you have to walk like this??

10 Sep 2010 9:34pm

joemulligan from burnsville, nc, United States

this is a beautiful image. the expression, the tilt of her head, the hair, the light on her face. and that wonderfull contrasting soft colorful background. a real work of art.

10 Sep 2010 9:47pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Igual que tus retratos de calle, parecen personajes buscados expresamente. Mi más sincera enhorabuena.

10 Sep 2010 9:56pm

Oscar from Espira de l'Agly, France

super details on his face! the details with de live

10 Sep 2010 9:57pm

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

OH! magnifique portrait. Grand dame!

10 Sep 2010 11:10pm

elena from torino, Italy

fantastic facial expressions, she seems so fair!!!!

10 Sep 2010 11:11pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, Canada

That is a very cool shot. Very unusual kind of portrait.

10 Sep 2010 11:11pm

Gillian Barfoot from Saint John, Canada

She reminds me of Bette Davis -- I love the jut of that chin!

10 Sep 2010 11:12pm

@Gillian Barfoot: what coincidence . I was in dilemma to post this portrait or other one of an old lady too, that is an original Bette Davis . You will see it soon, and then tel me ;)) Thx a lot Gillian !

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

great capture of aged details and your work wonderful

11 Sep 2010 12:25am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Fantastic portrait!

11 Sep 2010 1:42am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice picture of a "queen" !

11 Sep 2010 2:08am

Peter from Moonbeam, ON, Canada

An excellent portrait Mariana......she walks with much pride......she has earned her place in this world.....
I believe that this is my first visit here and it took quite a while to get through the 95 fine comments on your work...but it was worth the trip......peter:)

11 Sep 2010 3:05am

@Peter: Thanks Peter for your visit . Welcome ! Glad you found time and patience to scroll down :)) See ya :)

Dana from Burbank, United States

I love close-up portraits, especially like this one, of this compelling elderly woman. But ask her, and I bet she'd hate it ;p.

11 Sep 2010 4:18am

Julie from Easton, United States

She seems to walk so tall and proud! Nicely captured portrait!

11 Sep 2010 4:38am

Fraucha from Bila Tserkov, Ukraine

Ahhh !!! I like this shot of her much better! Nicely done!

11 Sep 2010 4:38am

@Fraucha: thx John :)

larans from Lund, Sweden

Still that withering expression, but she has evidently moved since your last picture of her, so ,ok, she is alive.

11 Sep 2010 6:20am

@larans: she is very, very alive :))

Ken from United States

So good.

11 Sep 2010 6:48am

Jacqueline from Montréal, Canada

strong character and style, everything is said in this portrait !

11 Sep 2010 1:08pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

fantastic capture, excellent!

11 Sep 2010 8:53pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

un retrato fantastico, lleno de larga vida de la señora, me gustan tambien el reflejo de las gafas, saludos!

12 Sep 2010 1:07am

@Isidro: saludos, Isidro ;))

Qwave À la carte from Puerto Rico

Young At Heart
Way Too Lovable
Souling Treat
Me Heart :)

12 Sep 2010 7:06am

Alexey from Nikopol, Ukraine

Brilliant found! I love how you managed to put flowers background just after her face.

12 Sep 2010 7:29am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

fabulous title to go with an excellent image

12 Sep 2010 11:11am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Terrific portrait!! that face. And - yes - the perfect title!

12 Sep 2010 3:27pm

Gianny from Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia

Once I saw this I thought this have to be Geraldine Chaplin. :) Great work, anyway.

12 Sep 2010 9:32pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Stunning portrait! so much character! so strong!

13 Sep 2010 4:40am

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Un cliché qui ne peut trahir son âge.

13 Sep 2010 12:05pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

If she walks this way all the time, this must be a strange sight. :-)

15 Sep 2010 3:34pm

Reno from Cd de México, Mexico

Stuning expression. Yes, it's true that her personality is portraited here. A lots of interior force.

24 Sep 2010 3:18pm

1/160 second
ISO 400
75 mm