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Hard Working Hands

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/250 second F/7.1 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

Chris Anderson from New york, United States

I love the detail in your shots, what kind of post processing do you use? This is a nice portrait, interesting looking person.

7 Oct 2010 5:06am

@Chris Anderson: Thx . Nothing special . Just Photoshop, paying more attention to the rendering !

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

Once more, I could say the same thing than yesterday !!! Great knowing portrait !

7 Oct 2010 5:34am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Wonderful expression and movement you've caught here. The details are clear and fine...and interesting. Just look at those hands. By his expression and body language I would stake my life on it...he's had some booze ! :-)

7 Oct 2010 5:41am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Such a good image, tell a story

7 Oct 2010 5:46am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

This shot says a lot.

7 Oct 2010 5:50am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Always a good surprise your shot , Magnifique portrait ! Phil.

7 Oct 2010 5:57am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Both the hands and the face tell a story of a hard life, but still a smile, a smoke and sharing a joke

7 Oct 2010 6:04am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

But hard working, or a bum? As always, you have a skill to get the ungettable(As far as us mere mortals are concerned) I'll leave it at that

7 Oct 2010 6:06am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

His hands are actually marked by the work, very beautiful portrait full of sensitivity. Beautiful day.

7 Oct 2010 6:14am

grapf from Göttingen, Germany

The report by the bottom, but even if you left a rest of hope here, it is a hard rough image with a bitter charm.

7 Oct 2010 6:14am

STEED from Somewhere, France

His whole Story's there....

7 Oct 2010 6:20am

@STEED: something like that :)

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

You often seem able to capture the inner character of your subjects so that their portraits reveal more than the surface.

7 Oct 2010 6:37am

@Larry Elkins: inner landscapes interest me much more than nature landscapes ;)

Oscar from Perpignan, France

Oh lala, les mains abimes, est dinge.

Tres bien vu!

7 Oct 2010 6:39am

Le Photoneur from PEPINSTER, Belgium

a good shot for a good image

7 Oct 2010 6:44am

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Bitter . Real . Excellent processing .

7 Oct 2010 6:58am

Paco Rubio from Barcelona, Spain

Buena imagen y bonitos colores (aunque creo que en b/n tampoco quedaría mal). Un saludo.

7 Oct 2010 7:10am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Encore un magnifique portrait ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

7 Oct 2010 7:17am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Wonderful portrait of a man whose social group maybe not portraited not very often elsewhere. The details of the face-lines and the hand are clearly worked out, so we see again one jewel of your reportage photo mosaic.

7 Oct 2010 7:30am

Jennifer from Toms River, United States

Amazing portrait.

7 Oct 2010 8:05am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

So much effort and hardship and sacrifice to achieve so little.


7 Oct 2010 8:17am

grouser from Ludlow, Afghanistan

Yet another evocative portrait

7 Oct 2010 9:22am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

Simpática imagen. Me gusta.

7 Oct 2010 9:45am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

You made him a good impression and he seems happy to be portrayed. Have a nice time.

7 Oct 2010 10:04am

Peter from London, United Kingdom

you captured a happy moment in his difficult life

7 Oct 2010 10:17am

csongor from Budapest, Hungary

very strong portrait. great details

7 Oct 2010 11:49am

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

En color también te quedad bien.

7 Oct 2010 12:01pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Despite the hardship he still has the ability to smile! A wonderful street portrait Mariana! ;-)

7 Oct 2010 12:08pm

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Yes - despite the marks of a hard day's work on his hands and face, the smile brings a pleasant feel

7 Oct 2010 12:13pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Haha ! He seems happy. Nice portrait.

7 Oct 2010 12:14pm

Journey Photographic from Australia

Fascinating subject, and a very nice portrait.

7 Oct 2010 12:44pm

69mil from On the road, Argentina

nice portrait
Good day

7 Oct 2010 12:52pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

A (photo) story of a hard life, nice portrait

7 Oct 2010 1:15pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Beautiful portrait and great use of light.. well done ! Have a nice day :)

7 Oct 2010 1:27pm

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

A très bientôt...dit-il d'un geste convenu ! Excellent !
Bonne journée lumineuse!

7 Oct 2010 1:51pm

Jean-Luc from lyon, France

I think he said "all is ok" or "see you soon" ???? well , like me , S :-) nice and funny portrait , anyway ! have a great day

7 Oct 2010 2:09pm

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Superb, Mariana. His wonderful character is superbly portrayed

7 Oct 2010 2:33pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

gritty. fine selective focus and detail

7 Oct 2010 2:41pm

Mj007 from Osaka, Japan

he is trying to give u a peace sign!! x)

7 Oct 2010 3:02pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Fantastic portrait Mariana!! I love the looks of the man. He is realy a hard worker!!

7 Oct 2010 3:03pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

otra vez fabulosa luz, otra vez fabulosa composición, otra vez pares

7 Oct 2010 3:42pm

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

definitely very hard working hands- I love the title and the humour

7 Oct 2010 4:32pm

Chriss from Saint Paul, Reunion

Quelle main !
What a hand!

7 Oct 2010 5:23pm

Babzy from Besançon, France

Awsome portrait Mariana !!

7 Oct 2010 5:43pm

Gianny from Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia

Nice shot, Mariana. As usual. I do like your interest in this "kind" of street people. Many people don't care about at all. Many of them have such a stories behind. Greetings.

7 Oct 2010 6:00pm

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Beaucoup de naturel un portrait très touchant.
J'aime bcp ! Bravo

7 Oct 2010 6:07pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

The smile of a man with friends. Precious.

7 Oct 2010 6:08pm

@Larry Lefever: nice to hear from you :) a comment back ?

mike from Cap d'Agde, France

Très beau portrait. On voit bien su cette photo que ce n'est pas un... pianiste.

7 Oct 2010 6:10pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Great expression. Excellent shot.

7 Oct 2010 6:12pm

roy from ostend, Belgium

Hey your specialty, this wonderful 'heads' every time.
Beautiful photography, I love it especially.

7 Oct 2010 6:17pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Great work M! One of the best photos i have seen today when surfing around at am3... 5*

7 Oct 2010 6:56pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

looks more like you've been taking your life in your hands!

7 Oct 2010 7:02pm

shafagh from tehran, Iran


7 Oct 2010 7:09pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

A terrific shot, Mariana. I love the detail and colours. Your portraits are so good - full of life.

7 Oct 2010 7:43pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Nice portrait shot !

7 Oct 2010 7:55pm

@DowsherVision: why such a modest comment :) you are very rich in sharing very generous comments all around ;)

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Wonderful shot, great portrait

7 Oct 2010 8:00pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

What kind of work that must be,I wonder..with all that wounds,and blood on his hand..
Seems he is used to it:) Great how he greets you ! Beautiful portrait!

7 Oct 2010 8:04pm

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Simply wonderful!

7 Oct 2010 8:05pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


7 Oct 2010 8:07pm

Reno from Cd de México, Mexico

Excellent portrait. Humanistic one. You've played alright with the gesture by your framing.

7 Oct 2010 8:14pm

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

Interesting street shot! I like it!

7 Oct 2010 8:37pm

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

Interesting street shot! I like it!

7 Oct 2010 8:38pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Great shot

7 Oct 2010 8:52pm

jhcibils from Berlin, Germany

you have just the right moment captured

7 Oct 2010 11:02pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

You seem to have brightened this moment for him, his life might be a hard one.

8 Oct 2010 12:14am

Jurgen from Sydney, Australia

great portrait and very moving wondering at his life

8 Oct 2010 12:30am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Very well done!

8 Oct 2010 1:26am

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

this is just beautiful :)

8 Oct 2010 1:48am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

It makes me sad, but great shot. : ))

8 Oct 2010 2:16am

Rob from United States

Excellent capture, wow those are hands worked hard.

8 Oct 2010 3:50am

10Fraction from Rennes, France

I love the attitude and the exchange between him and you, very cool picture!

8 Oct 2010 5:00am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great portrait! I love the angle you get on the shot and the way his expressive hands draw our attention.

8 Oct 2010 1:54pm

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dirty hands are always hard working hands. But that is not the main thing. He saw that you saw him, and its making his day!

8 Oct 2010 4:05pm

elena from torino, Italy

wonderful! :)

8 Oct 2010 9:50pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Very hard working hands! A superb portrait.

8 Oct 2010 11:42pm

Stef from in my head, France

superbe, une image pleine de force, du grand là^^

9 Oct 2010 11:42am

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

Great expressive portrait

9 Oct 2010 4:46pm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

and yet so difficult to know the age....a telling story non the less

9 Oct 2010 4:56pm

Ekios from Une des trois iles du Salut, Guyana

Ooooooooooooh very sharp shot here !! Nice !!

9 Oct 2010 5:20pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

good image, great expressive portrait !

10 Oct 2010 5:48am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful capture and another great and interesting portrait from you.
Probably just so good coming out of the camera?

12 Oct 2010 7:07am

Harry from Apex, United States

Nice street portrait. This guy's life may be hard, but it can't get him down.

15 Oct 2010 1:40pm

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

Lovely shot. Full of emotions!

16 Oct 2010 8:14pm

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

I love his expression! Fantastic details in this shot!
Well done

18 Oct 2010 9:06am

1/250 second
ISO 400
75 mm