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Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/320 second F/8.0 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

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

What a great shot of a happy vet.! lovely!

23 Oct 2010 1:30pm

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Bon alors celui là il rit ,!!!!!!!!!!!! lol
Une joie de vivre superbement captée qui nous fait irrésistiblement sourire.

23 Oct 2010 2:05pm

@Véronique: thanks a lot Veronique !

Fokkio from Netherlands

A beautiful picture. He is smiling and happy.

23 Oct 2010 2:06pm

Dana from Burbank, United States

Oh Canada! I love this. Exuberant vet. I assume those are medals of valor; one looks French. Fantastic shot, with the red truck opposite the flag.

23 Oct 2010 2:06pm

@Dana: OH Canada :)) ha ha

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

As we rapidly approach that day of remembrance it is great to see this vet who is obviously full of life and joy! Well seen and captured Mariana! ;-)

23 Oct 2010 2:13pm

@Eric Cousineau: hilarious man :) I was trying to shot a flag on the wind, when he appeared from his car :) I even did not see him in a car :) Long chat we had later :)

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent portrait and expression catching

23 Oct 2010 2:32pm

Enzo Giorgio Ros from Lausanne, Switzerland

Tu as saisi l'expression joviale du bonhomme pile au bon moment ! Excellent instantané.

23 Oct 2010 2:34pm

Ekios from Une des trois iles du Salut, Guyana

Eh eh eh ! And with the Banque Of Montreal in the background !! Aaaah Montreaaaal ... the 4 best years of my life in a certain point of view :)

23 Oct 2010 3:01pm

@Ekios: yes, BMO :)) come back ... you might get disappointed now ;)

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Que simpático el señor,la foto en color transmite mucha alegría.Buen trabajo Mariana.

23 Oct 2010 3:04pm

@Manuel Hompanera: many thanks Manuel ;)

Fred Rune from Notodden, Norway

That's what I call a patriot. And a happy one as well. Good shot with great colors. Made me smile.

23 Oct 2010 3:12pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

A happy and smiling Canadian and I think a war veteran. And if so, he has done a great job in Europe

23 Oct 2010 3:25pm

@Willem: Yes, mostly he was in Italy during the war, and imagine my ex country Yugoslavia too ;) He said he might know My Father ;))) And he reminded me so much of my father :)

larans from Lund, Sweden

A very happy man, you must have amused him in your long talk with him. Great shot, no way to miss it´s Canada!

23 Oct 2010 3:28pm

@larans: I was amused with his story and sense for humor ;)) He told me he met my father in Yugoslavia , during the war :))

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Quite happy and adorned with medals. A happy image! Nice shot! Best regards. Mariana!

23 Oct 2010 3:36pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

I don't know what is so happy, but he's laughing at clouds! Infectious !

23 Oct 2010 4:06pm

@Ddo: I never heard for this expression - Laughing at clouds :)) NO, we were talking , talking and he did not mind me taking some pix .

Oscar from Barcelona, Spain

Have a nice day

23 Oct 2010 4:45pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Wonderful Mariana!! Always a lot of respect for veterans!!

23 Oct 2010 4:51pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

A big smile, a lot of fun. Great shot.

23 Oct 2010 4:51pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

gran fotografía, llena de color y simpatía

23 Oct 2010 5:12pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

'Tis a rare thing to find such a happy and noble veteran.

23 Oct 2010 5:18pm

@Curly: how come , Curly ?

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Un très joli portrait et un sourire de bon coeur !!
Belle pdv !!

23 Oct 2010 5:30pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

He seems proud of it. Bravo.

23 Oct 2010 5:51pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

wot did u do to make him smile like this ? :P

23 Oct 2010 6:30pm

@Othersideblue: I kissed him a few times; told him how handsome he is; asked him to marry me ... ;)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

what a great shot. it makes you feel good all over

23 Oct 2010 7:01pm

Chris B from Olburgen, Netherlands

A beautiful picture. He is smiling and happy.

23 Oct 2010 7:14pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

What a well decorated and jolly fellow he is - either that or you tell a good joke!!

23 Oct 2010 7:18pm

Frida from Sweden

Happy and colorful. A great portrait.

23 Oct 2010 7:23pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

Wow, fantastic man

23 Oct 2010 7:56pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

warm capture full of cheer!

23 Oct 2010 8:02pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A brilliant smile you captured with great timing...wonderful color and composition!

23 Oct 2010 8:44pm

@Pavan Kaul: not the matter of timing . we were talking and I was taking pictures.... it is not a candid shot . thx Pavan .

P. Morris from Canada

Such a beautiful happy photo with wonderful color and dignity.

23 Oct 2010 8:50pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

such an infectiously happy personality! :)

23 Oct 2010 8:57pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

What a communicative smile. Loveley shot and colors !

23 Oct 2010 8:59pm

Monte Stevens from Westerville, United States

This makes me smile!

23 Oct 2010 9:31pm

@Monte Stevens: why, Monte ?

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Such a happy image. You can't help but feel good looking at this.

23 Oct 2010 11:27pm

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Hehehe.... : D

24 Oct 2010 12:39am

@ORBIT: hi hi hi

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A beautiful color shot. This well-decorated man looks happy in this moment.
I love the color and gleam. Marvelous!

24 Oct 2010 1:02am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Nice shot !

24 Oct 2010 1:54am

Julie from Easton, United States

Very nicely taken, the smile is just perfect!

24 Oct 2010 2:36am

Beat from Switzerland

great portrait shot. stunning colors and nice framing

24 Oct 2010 5:03am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great portrait, I love the happiness and patriotism.

24 Oct 2010 5:35am

Pixim from Nice, France

I love this portrait colorful, red is dominant here and good humor of this man is contagious ;)

24 Oct 2010 6:21am


He is a very happy Canadian man, Mariana. Nice photo.


24 Oct 2010 6:56am

@NANNE NICOLAI: thanks NAnne :)) Have a wonderful new week ;)

STEED from Somewhere, France

Proud to be.......Nice picture and excellent portrait...

24 Oct 2010 7:02am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A giant smile for the man, a veteran I think the sight of all his medals. Splendid shot. Mariana good sunday.

24 Oct 2010 8:52am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great shot, Mariana, very "yours" :) Fantastic composition of reds and a very nice expression in his face.

24 Oct 2010 8:55am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

How come?
I find that many of them carry painful emotional memories, which is understandable.

24 Oct 2010 9:21am

Klaus from Germany

so cool his smile

24 Oct 2010 9:27am

piet from Bruges, Belgium

so funny street portrait full of joy, this man looks realy happy ... excellent moment

24 Oct 2010 9:56am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Hehe... he looks so happy ! Wonderful image Mariana. Well done. Enjoy your sunday :)

24 Oct 2010 10:17am

Eye Candy from Pickering, Canada

You are right about the moment. This picture is certainly the absolute right moment. Good work!

24 Oct 2010 10:17am

zahra from shiraz, Iran

great,very cool.

24 Oct 2010 10:30am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

wonderful candid street portrait, he seems such a jovial guy

24 Oct 2010 11:48am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

cool, happy capture

24 Oct 2010 11:59am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Oh happy days....

24 Oct 2010 12:27pm

Punit from Somewhere in, India

A smiling, happy, content citizen. Nice capture of the feel. Colors are, as always in your captures, superb.

24 Oct 2010 1:04pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Pure joy!

24 Oct 2010 1:37pm

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

love it! happiness exudes!! the colors are fabulous - brilliant yet not overdone!

24 Oct 2010 1:57pm

Monte Stevens from Westerville, United States

Because his smile is contagious.

24 Oct 2010 2:23pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

jolie collection de médailles !!:)

24 Oct 2010 2:24pm

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

I've never been in Canada but I can imagine Canada's color , Canada's light and Canada's atmosphere here !
All the best for you and Canada .

24 Oct 2010 2:33pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

hmmmm ... will ya invite us all for the wedding ;)

24 Oct 2010 2:56pm

@Othersideblue: yes, you will be the first one .. wait for the plane ticket soon !

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

The clarity, the jollity and the sharpness in your photo are all superb.

24 Oct 2010 2:57pm

@Richard: thanks . I can tell the same for your nature picture :) Very , very lovely !

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Hip Hip Horrrrrrrray !

24 Oct 2010 3:08pm

@Othersideblue: I hope you are OK after this news .

pascale from Belgium

oooo what a lovely man an such a great smile
makes me smile too!

24 Oct 2010 3:14pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom


24 Oct 2010 3:15pm

myky from London, Canada

Such richness in colour suits this great image...

24 Oct 2010 3:17pm

Chriss from Saint Paul, Reunion

Moi c'est un drapeau breton que j'avais essayé de prendre malgré le vent...
Super sympa ton bonhomme ! Jolie capture !

24 Oct 2010 3:35pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

well ....u know I'm pretending to be sane :D

24 Oct 2010 3:52pm

@Othersideblue: i know nothing about you , the same I know nothing about anybody on Am3 . You are all just strangers to me, some imaginary people ....

Martin A. Mora from North Platte, United States

and then theres Mariana, Im still totally convinced you will be famous :) I do hope your keeping this work on large files for your Art Shows. one of those rare ones that transends photography into Art!

24 Oct 2010 4:06pm

@Martin A. Mora: hey you , nice to hear from you with this cool comment ! What to say ? I know, I have a strong feeling I will be famous one day . when ? DO not know ;)) ha ha

Marcie from Newton, United States

So good to see this man laughing. Puts a smile right on my face!! And - your title changes the whole perception!

24 Oct 2010 5:55pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Oh, he is such a jolly man, I love the sharp colours and the composition

24 Oct 2010 8:30pm

@Christine: Thanks Christine for all your comments and viist :)

Andy from Pickering, Canada

My eyes tell me that the number of times the colour red appears brings out the the best in the photo. Great shot!

24 Oct 2010 8:32pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

after long time you got color....Great expressions.

25 Oct 2010 4:36am

tce76 from Saint laurent de brèvedent, France

Y'a d'la joie ici!

25 Oct 2010 6:58pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful flag and jolly veteran. I like this really cool shot a lot, Mariana.

26 Oct 2010 2:34am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

my husband who is living with me for 24 years declares he still doesn't actually know me.... I'm looking for an answer

26 Oct 2010 4:28am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

cool shot :)

26 Oct 2010 7:25am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

He has lot's of decorations but what I like is his smiling expression. Beautiful !

30 Oct 2010 7:21am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A happy hero! :-)

31 Oct 2010 5:25pm

1/320 second
ISO 400
75 mm