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Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/500 second F/9.0 ISO 400 140 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

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

terrific. i love his smile. how long is Blockbuster going to survive??

27 Sep 2010 5:15am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow 5****

27 Sep 2010 5:27am

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow, wonderful capture

27 Sep 2010 5:31am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

top shot

27 Sep 2010 5:34am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

: )))

27 Sep 2010 5:50am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Superbe composition ! Je te souhaite une bonne journée.

27 Sep 2010 6:02am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

"They lived happily and had many children" seems to be a selling point today ...

27 Sep 2010 6:18am

STEED from Somewhere, France

Frozen smiles against Indifference........Nice composed...

27 Sep 2010 6:23am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

The inside and the outside of life ...


27 Sep 2010 6:36am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

indeed!!!.....always observant ever thought - provoking...thankyou

27 Sep 2010 6:36am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

all the blockbusters in my area went out of business... so this is what it feels like to be a television with the whole family watching you

27 Sep 2010 6:48am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Wonderful capture , a good contrast of attitude , Phil.

27 Sep 2010 6:55am

Ginnie from Netherlands

The juxtaposition works a nice punch, Mariana. :)

27 Sep 2010 6:58am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Very nice sight and shot !

27 Sep 2010 7:04am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A contrast between image and reality of the street. Splendid compo. Beautiful day.

27 Sep 2010 7:24am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Funny shot...

27 Sep 2010 7:49am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent processing.. amazing 5*

27 Sep 2010 7:49am

Pierre from Belgium

Tout à fait excellent. Bein vu.

27 Sep 2010 7:58am

Fraucha from Bila Tserkov, Ukraine

Great shot! Hey, happy Blockbuster family just filled BK :-(

Now it's a GOOD HISTORICAL shot!

27 Sep 2010 8:02am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Who can resist those smiling faces? Great shot.

27 Sep 2010 8:10am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Wonderful! I love the detail and contrast. Superb treatment.

27 Sep 2010 8:35am

grapf from Göttingen, Germany

walking in front of the big faces...
cool shot, really!

27 Sep 2010 8:49am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A composition full of feelings, messages Mariana! Smiling Faces ... praise of the family together! A man who spends indifferent to it ... Perhaps he is alone and is well! Best regards,Adela

27 Sep 2010 9:10am

Peter from London, United Kingdom

good mono

27 Sep 2010 9:13am

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Fantastic! Amazing that people in advertising never look like "real" people!

27 Sep 2010 9:17am

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

A sweet happy family in wonderland ! And you captured someone who is trying to capture someone else .. that's life !

27 Sep 2010 9:21am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Great WOW factor

27 Sep 2010 9:22am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Terrific bw !

27 Sep 2010 10:07am

Fokkio from Netherlands

Great capture! I like this kind of streetphotography.

27 Sep 2010 10:50am

69mil from Argentina, Argentina

beautiful image, you usually choose either the scenarios for their shots, well done

Good day

27 Sep 2010 10:57am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

bonheur sur papier glacé !! superbe image qui me donne le frisson !!:)

27 Sep 2010 11:05am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Interesting composition....Great shot.

27 Sep 2010 11:31am

Ddo from Verdun, France

What a very good contrast of sizes. I like it very much

27 Sep 2010 11:34am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

It looks like Blockbuster is reading it's own propaganda! I love the aloof look on the pedestrian's face....he's not buying the story line! Well seen and captured Mariana! ;-)

27 Sep 2010 11:49am

Dana from Burbank, United States

Sweet happy family, indeed. Especially because Blockbuster just went bankrupt. Super light. And a really interesting B&W.

27 Sep 2010 11:58am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I wonder if he has a happy family?

27 Sep 2010 12:11pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

That would help that lone man...hope he has one, thanks for the mood ;)

27 Sep 2010 12:32pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

wonderful monochrome. fine tones

27 Sep 2010 1:01pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

The street wonderfully translated, in black and white it's perfect, congrat Mariana

27 Sep 2010 1:12pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a great shot ,well composed !!
kiss !

27 Sep 2010 2:22pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I love your street captures Mariana... It looks like you're always at the right place at the right time ! That's fantastic :))) Have a nice day !

27 Sep 2010 2:23pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Great capture and as always .... excellent processing

27 Sep 2010 2:37pm

Ekios from une des trois iles du salut, Guyana

Always in the right place at the right time as I can see :)

27 Sep 2010 2:44pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

I like it ,Great again ;)

27 Sep 2010 2:51pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

It seems they are laughing at the man who walks along the street... or at you, Mariana, hahaha. Best wishes.

27 Sep 2010 2:53pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

These smiles are contagious…

27 Sep 2010 2:55pm

BlueMoon from Montréal for some months, Canada

They seem so happy ! Nice capture !

27 Sep 2010 2:57pm

@BlueMoon: yes, but not he :))

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

the next great image !

27 Sep 2010 2:59pm

roy from ostend, Belgium

verry nice I love the detail and contrast in this picture, four harry people

27 Sep 2010 3:19pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

excellent !!!! contrast and man alone and this family , great !!!!! wonderful processing !

27 Sep 2010 3:22pm

@danou-yepa: that is a correct comment . looks like only people who are taking 'people pictures' can understand it . thx Danou :)

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Wow, you are artistic.

27 Sep 2010 3:28pm

@dideban: artist ? not yet :))

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

oh how funny it looks like he just stepped right out of the window image :D

27 Sep 2010 3:30pm

@Othersideblue: he would be happy if stepping out of this family .. he would be its member .. unfortunately - he is not !!

Chaitanya from Bangalore, India

Another lovely bit of street photography!

27 Sep 2010 3:50pm

@Chaitanya: thx a lot ;)

melocoton from Spain

fabuloso blanco y negro un vez mas genial

27 Sep 2010 3:52pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

love it for the superb color of black,white and gray!!

27 Sep 2010 4:06pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

No picture-perfect family for this lonely guy, but maybe his private life is wild and eccentric! :-)

27 Sep 2010 4:14pm

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

A fun image. I like the crisp focus and processing.

27 Sep 2010 4:17pm

Irene from France

Superb capture ! I love the contrast between the attitudes...

27 Sep 2010 4:20pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Great moment, such a happy guy walking in front of such a happy family ;-))

27 Sep 2010 4:28pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

The passer by seems so oblivious to the window front and the cool backdrop it makes

27 Sep 2010 4:28pm

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Dans la réalité, y en a toujours un qui ne rigole pas!
Bon début de semaine lumineuse!

27 Sep 2010 5:08pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like the comment with the image and the title - excellent work in b&w

27 Sep 2010 5:17pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great shot in B & W!
Love the composition and processing...

27 Sep 2010 5:29pm

The Wakeful Tree from Mumbai, India

cool shot

27 Sep 2010 5:34pm

Jlo from Villers le Peuplier, Belgium

Superb composition and capture, love the contrast between the family and the guy. Very good Capture.

27 Sep 2010 6:00pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Brilliant !

27 Sep 2010 6:16pm

Frida from Sweden


27 Sep 2010 6:43pm

philippe from moselle, France

une famille heureuse dans un endroit un peu lugubre , joli contraste !!!!

27 Sep 2010 7:01pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Thats a cool shot great composition anhd processing

27 Sep 2010 7:05pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Nice compo, great combination of the two subjects.

27 Sep 2010 7:15pm

RT Farty from Groningen, Netherlands

Lovely, you put a smile on my face again. Tnx!

27 Sep 2010 7:19pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

The poor soul in front appears to be ambling away, clutching his precious rental as it is wrapped in paper...hmmmmm. And.....Tamara is right, you are always in the right spot...but we are glad that you are - fantastic capture as always!

27 Sep 2010 7:28pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Wonderful shot, well spotted and taken

27 Sep 2010 7:30pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Fantastic shot! Almost looks like a perfect world..if only:)

27 Sep 2010 7:31pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Another awesome street view !! Love that very much !! May be a day I will try to do the same coverage in Paris ! :-) We could exchange our "look" on our respective town ! ;-) Bravo !! :-)

27 Sep 2010 7:32pm

@Marie-Jezaria: that would be great . you encourage you ;)) you will truly enjoy this type of photography ! this is much more than photography ... it is like psychology :)

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Great story here with the happy family and the man walking, but I always wonder what's behind the 'smiling faces'. Well done, Mariana.

27 Sep 2010 7:33pm

tataray from france, France

Excellent contraste du monde de la rue !... ))

27 Sep 2010 8:01pm

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

You really know the Waterloo's spots where both live ends meet!

27 Sep 2010 8:21pm

Oscar from Perpignan, France

super constrats .

27 Sep 2010 8:21pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Wow, a great capture. Very nice.

27 Sep 2010 8:21pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

He doesn't share their laughter, it's two extremes. Excellent life-style image.

27 Sep 2010 8:50pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful contrasts captured in this composition and great texture seen in the brick.

27 Sep 2010 9:10pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

great work, as always! :)

27 Sep 2010 9:37pm

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Great B&W capture !

27 Sep 2010 10:32pm

Jurgen from Sydney, Australia

Great shot and really good in b&w

27 Sep 2010 10:37pm

Gillian Barfoot from Saint John, Canada

The huge faces in advertising posters are a bit too "big brother" for me, sometimes... Sure they're smiling, but why are they so big! Maybe the poor pedestrian is feeling anxious, not being able to measure up to their two-dimensional happiness.

27 Sep 2010 10:45pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, Canada

This shot is a Blockbuster.

27 Sep 2010 11:03pm

Candais from Lisieux, Canada

This is a very powerful seems to me that they are laughing AT him.

27 Sep 2010 11:51pm

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Awesome !

28 Sep 2010 12:02am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

impresionante composición, es perfecto el b/n para mi gusto, saludos!

28 Sep 2010 12:12am

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Great show of contrasts in lifestyles. Good eye.

28 Sep 2010 12:53am

joemulligan from burnsville, nc, United States

Your ability to capture the moment, often anguished, reminds me of Cartier-Breson, though I think your images are rich and touching in a much deeper way. Beautiful.....

28 Sep 2010 1:17am

@joemulligan: many thanks Joe . What happened to your link ?

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Nice street scene with the poster behind.

28 Sep 2010 2:04am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Real, not real; large, huge! An excellent observation and beautiful capture. I like this a lot.

28 Sep 2010 2:37am

Chriss from Saint Paul, Reunion

Gorgeous ! Excellent shot !

28 Sep 2010 2:54am

rian from fullerton, United States

this guy looks so tired with all this walking.. nicely captured..

28 Sep 2010 3:40am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great contrast!. The publiity as a touch of sinister looks to the man crossing :)

28 Sep 2010 3:57am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Brilliant! Excellent framing and timing :)

28 Sep 2010 7:03am

ISO from Bogota, Colombia

Very nice.

29 Sep 2010 12:56am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Your are great at finding these huge and
interesting posters or advertisements with individuals juxtaposed in front.
Wonderful combination, here. No, not everyone falls into the category
of the 'average' happy family of four. Great shot !

29 Sep 2010 3:06am

Susan from Sausalito, United States

This is really great!

1 Oct 2010 3:15pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

excellent, as usual !

16 Oct 2010 8:32pm

1/500 second
ISO 400
140 mm