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Dreams Do Come True

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/400 second F/7.1 ISO 400 130 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

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe cet effet miroir !

12 Sep 2010 5:10am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Lovely work and a fine presentation.

12 Sep 2010 5:18am

Fraucha from Bila Tserkov, Ukraine

Such a quiet view, you can almost hear the water bugs dancing on the water, your frame selection is perfect for this!

12 Sep 2010 5:20am

@Fraucha: uh, oh, what happened to your link ? thx J.

Chaitanya from Bangalore, India

The reflections of the birds on those gentle ripples are priceless.
Very beautiful!!

12 Sep 2010 5:24am

@Chaitanya: thanks a lot :)

Sriraam Kalingarayar from Chennai, India

Ya... Love the reflections and the mood ... Great

12 Sep 2010 5:55am

Gonzalo Sirgo from Tarragona, Spain

One but not the same...

12 Sep 2010 6:00am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

The one is "head over heels" in love with the other one :) A beautiful shot, Marian. Lovely tones and lighting.

12 Sep 2010 6:08am

@✿ Anina ✿: that is cool . the same swans I posted before with title - Blind Love . They are always together ;)

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Wow wow ... nice title and a dreamy photo with very beautiful reflections .

12 Sep 2010 6:12am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Excellent image

12 Sep 2010 6:12am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, excellent reflections! Very beautifully processed!

12 Sep 2010 6:17am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Soooo peaceful, perfect light and processing

12 Sep 2010 6:21am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

This is a beautiful presentation of these two swans reflecting themselves back into the water.
I really enjoy the crisp black and white shapes and the simplicity of the composition !
Lovely work !

12 Sep 2010 6:21am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

perfect compo, impressive contrast between shadows and light, perfect for me

12 Sep 2010 6:26am

STEED from Somewhere, France

A modern version of"Swan Lake" ? Nice picture....

12 Sep 2010 6:49am

Jurgen from Sydney, Australia

Wonderful composition and reflections

12 Sep 2010 6:58am

JOSÉ LUÍS BERNAL from Jerez de la Fra. (Cádiz), Spain

preciosa composición. Felicidades

12 Sep 2010 6:58am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

There are shots of swans, and there are shots of swans....this one is top drawer!! Lovely!

12 Sep 2010 7:00am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

wonderful............ superb beautiful image!!:)

12 Sep 2010 7:08am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Beautifully processed - it really looks like a ballet:))

12 Sep 2010 7:30am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Superbe cette photo, bravo.

12 Sep 2010 7:43am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

fantastic colors, forms and lights - excellent work

12 Sep 2010 7:49am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Also a happy family Mariana! These birds are so elegant and you captured them in a great mood with beautiful pose!!

12 Sep 2010 8:01am

chen from manila, Philippines

nice framing, = )

12 Sep 2010 8:16am

wolfen from Villefranche s/s, France

Jolie prise, j'aime la belle ambiance de quiétude et sereine pour ces cygnes !!
Beaucoup de douceur pour ce cliché !!
bon dimanche

12 Sep 2010 8:29am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastiques reflêts et lumière.

12 Sep 2010 8:41am

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Good morning, Mariana. Beautiful! Two swans in a starry sky. Also love the reflections from the top swimmer. Well done!

12 Sep 2010 8:45am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I like the reflection. The shape is interesting.

12 Sep 2010 8:52am

Frida from Sweden

Excellent image and presentation.

12 Sep 2010 8:56am

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

Personnally, I think I would have prefered a closer shot to avoid the greenish lower left corner. But it is yet a beautiful reflection .. I would have like to do it

12 Sep 2010 8:59am

@Gilles: Thx Gilles. Good eye you have . I even did not noticed that left corner , and agree with you . Maybe soon I post another one in black and white , that really looks much better than this in color .

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

This is a capture with a title full of hope but that shows very dark or sad feelings...dont know how to explain it... the water is too calm to be true so to speak... like if something bad was about to happen. Thats how I feel it, of course, from a very subjective interpretation.

12 Sep 2010 9:28am

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

Beautiful, amazing! I love!

12 Sep 2010 9:35am

amirreza from tehran, Iran


12 Sep 2010 9:35am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Magnifique réalisation où la lumière fait tout

12 Sep 2010 9:45am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wonderful... I love it ! Have a nice sunday Mariana :)

12 Sep 2010 10:52am

Gary from Cochise County, United States

This is so beautiful. It must have been peaceful being there.

12 Sep 2010 11:07am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

exquisite image and title.....thankyou for enriching my day
cheers Suzanne

12 Sep 2010 11:07am

Gary from Cochise County, United States

This is so beautiful. It must have been peaceful being there.

12 Sep 2010 11:09am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Endearing and oh so gracious, bravo for this stunning photo!

12 Sep 2010 11:20am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Beautiful silence..gorgeous framed!

12 Sep 2010 11:21am

Fokkio from Netherlands

So quiet, so beautiful!

12 Sep 2010 11:36am

Monte Stevens from Westerville, United States


12 Sep 2010 11:57am

Paul from summerside, Canada

This is great I love it

12 Sep 2010 12:57pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Magnificent capture of these exquisite creatures.

12 Sep 2010 1:12pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Superb 5 stars, the composition the gentle ripply reflections make for such a special shot

12 Sep 2010 1:22pm

69mil from Argentina, Argentina

the sun's reflection in the water look like little stars around the birds, is a beautiful picture, good day

12 Sep 2010 2:14pm

Sevi from Zurich, Switzerland

nice shot, love how you cant see the head of the lower swan :)
somehow i feel like it would have been even better if the swans were a little more on the left side of the picture... but thats just how i would have done it :)

12 Sep 2010 2:18pm

@Sevi: I know what you mean . Have a bunch of pix of them, and somehow each of them is different, and this centered one is just what I liked. Did not want to correct anything , crop anything . Thanks :) Have a nice Sunday !

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great image..Love it...

12 Sep 2010 2:21pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

great capture of Dreamland...Excellent Light.

12 Sep 2010 2:30pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Love those reflections

12 Sep 2010 2:32pm

mhel from Puerto Princessa, Philippines

looks like a mathematical equation...superb serenity shoot..

12 Sep 2010 2:33pm

@mhel: I am a mathematician , are you ? ha ha .. cool observation ;)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Such a lovely romantic image! I love the light.

12 Sep 2010 3:20pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine composition i especially like the reflections and the light on the ripples in the water strong mood of peace and serenity

12 Sep 2010 3:23pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Exquisite beauty!! I - too - have found swans of late to photograph!!!

12 Sep 2010 3:26pm

Michael from Deer Park, United States

So majestic.

12 Sep 2010 3:54pm

melocoton from Spain

como un vals......................el lago de mariana...................

12 Sep 2010 3:59pm

@melocoton: thanks a lot :))

Peter from London, United Kingdom

Poetic, romantic, tranquil and a beautiful photo.

12 Sep 2010 4:05pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Beautiful.....Awesome reflection. Love your title. Dreams do come true.

12 Sep 2010 4:14pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Very nice shot with a fantastic prasentation !

12 Sep 2010 4:17pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Very elegant and beautiful. I love this lovely color image. It's perfect as is.

12 Sep 2010 4:27pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A fascinating image, perfect and wonderful! Totally unreal! A work of art in photography! Best regards, Adela

12 Sep 2010 4:36pm

Michael Rawluk from Canada

The reflections make it quite a beautiful shot.

12 Sep 2010 4:36pm

Earl from Salisbury, NC, United States

Wonderful does look like something Disney would produce.

12 Sep 2010 4:43pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

Great colour tones and such a wonderful atmosphere... really a gorgeous picture!

12 Sep 2010 4:56pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Excellent image, beautiful reflections

12 Sep 2010 5:03pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

juste 5*****

12 Sep 2010 5:16pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

A beautiful composition with good reflections. Fine presentation.

12 Sep 2010 5:23pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

yeah, peaceful and lovely !

12 Sep 2010 5:35pm

Gina from Azores, Portugal

Stunning shot and great composition.5*

12 Sep 2010 5:51pm

Ninna from Kerman, Iran

Ohhh yeh it's really dream...
i like this times :)

12 Sep 2010 6:29pm

marc from Granby, Canada

wow splendid capture so peaceful....

12 Sep 2010 6:32pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

very beautiful catch also the title

12 Sep 2010 6:43pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

maybe :)

12 Sep 2010 7:23pm

@Othersideblue: i say the same, but with this photo i get some good feelings ;))

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

gorgeous ,mariana ,i like the reflection of the swans !!!
five stars !!!!!
kiss !

12 Sep 2010 7:29pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really nice image

12 Sep 2010 7:29pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

How graceful they are, and enhanced with your lovely processing to make a super shot.

12 Sep 2010 7:31pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Excellent shot, wonderful reflection, almost b&w.

12 Sep 2010 8:03pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Swans are graceful creatures and make good photo subjects. However, I really think this is 'above average' due to the level of exposure which concentrates the eye on the white of the swans rather than the background. Great shot.

12 Sep 2010 8:28pm

oriol from Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain

Just lovely, Mariana. I like the reflections on the water.

12 Sep 2010 8:50pm

@oriol: thanks a lot Oriol ;)

Gillian Barfoot from Saint John, Canada

This is such a strong image -- really emphasizes the graceful nature of swans!

12 Sep 2010 9:22pm

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Such a beautiful and peaceful scenery...

12 Sep 2010 9:47pm

songhorse from north carolina, United States

gorgeous capture, mariana!

12 Sep 2010 9:56pm

manel from Girona, Spain


12 Sep 2010 10:22pm

Dana from Burbank, United States


12 Sep 2010 11:24pm

Querques from Palleja, Spain

Incredible shot, i love it!

12 Sep 2010 11:55pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Oh my this just amazes me! It's like they are drifting in space.. dreams.. miracles.. looking at this anything can come true!

13 Sep 2010 12:27am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Such grace. It's elegant.

13 Sep 2010 1:19am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A surreal shot with the beautiful light and reflections... Bravo and 5-stars Mariana! ;-)

13 Sep 2010 1:45am

Pravin Patade from Fremont, United States

Loved the darkness in the water.

13 Sep 2010 2:10am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Great shot, nice reflections & lighting.

13 Sep 2010 3:06am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

very serene image...

13 Sep 2010 3:08am

ISO from Bogota, Colombia

very nice!

13 Sep 2010 3:11am

Pataphoto from Toulouse, France

c'est très calme, une jolie teinte et de beaux reflets, un bel instant

13 Sep 2010 4:39am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Great light and reflections.

13 Sep 2010 8:31am

Laurent from near Lyon, France

what a brillant light and composition!!!

13 Sep 2010 11:31am

Ddo from Verdun, France

What are they looking for ? :) Very nice with the reflections

13 Sep 2010 11:44am

at.ebrahimi. from k, Iran

what abeautiful birds i like them very much !

13 Sep 2010 3:31pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

So beautiful . . swans have such a poetic blend of grace and power.

13 Sep 2010 4:12pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A real postcard

13 Sep 2010 4:26pm

Mike from California, United States

A lovely simple composition...nicely captured.

13 Sep 2010 6:15pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States


14 Sep 2010 2:30am

Véronique from Here & Now, France

superbe !

14 Sep 2010 6:35pm

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Beautiful. : ))

14 Sep 2010 8:22pm

Marian Laura from New York/Chicago, United States

Love everything! Very fine presentation too!

15 Sep 2010 8:09am

Peter from Moonbeam, Canada

I look and i do see Mariana that you have captured the swans so beautifully and their reflections make it a double take.....and there is the perfect selection of framing to to match the water.....good work.....peter

16 Sep 2010 3:56am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

impecable captura!!

16 Sep 2010 6:32pm

Oti from Manila, Philippines

sheer ELEGANCE. their beautiful shapes lit gracefully stood out well in the dark water. well spotted Mariana :)

11 Oct 2010 1:14pm

1/400 second
ISO 400
130 mm