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Hat Full of Christmas Hope

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/60 second F/5.6 ISO 400 300 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

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

This must be the princes of Waterloo Mariana;-))
One thing for sure, she loves red......and i think she's calling her driver at the moment;-)
Wonderful capture, for sure!!

21 Dec 2010 5:51am

Phil Bourgeois from Halifax, Canada

Now that is a hat to be proud of!!

21 Dec 2010 6:03am

KHT from Isfahan, Iran

her clothes are remarkable , especially her hat is wonderful . nice work .

21 Dec 2010 6:09am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

but no cheer on her face........hopefully not bad news on the phone??

21 Dec 2010 6:18am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Now thats a hat, great shot

21 Dec 2010 6:26am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Un personnage haut en couleur, qui doit comme le montre son chapeau toujours courir après le temps ! Bonne journée

21 Dec 2010 6:30am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Beautiful Hat...Lovely Lady...nicely spotted.

21 Dec 2010 6:58am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Cock meets biddy, formally well elaborated with the blue vertical stroke between them.

21 Dec 2010 7:08am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

Love the blue pole between the extrovert and the introvert


21 Dec 2010 8:10am

CLODO from PESSAC, France

Hi Marianna

Contrasts between man/woman, red/black, face/back, simple/extravagant hat well underlined by the vertical blue trepass line!

21 Dec 2010 8:29am

kerfendal from Paris, France

a wonderful hat for Christmas :))

21 Dec 2010 8:31am

@kerfendal: did you see ladies in Paris wearing the same one ?

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Lolll ... this great hat, this lady will love the red :) Superb shot. Good day.

21 Dec 2010 8:36am

Pau Blasi from Badalona, Spain

Oh, she's so fashion! Awesome woman!

21 Dec 2010 8:36am

@Pau Blasi: wow, if you really think so :)

Subhendu from Berhampore, India

excellent portrait. The colours are nice. The second mad added depth to it. Great composition. Tfs.

21 Dec 2010 8:43am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

It is clear what are the favorite colors of the lady, dark and red, at hat, lips, neck, wrists,... underwear?

21 Dec 2010 8:44am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

WOW ! Festively attired. Great capture.

21 Dec 2010 8:51am

guillaume from Paris, France

So chic and sophistacated ! Well done !

21 Dec 2010 9:15am

Philippe from Nivelles, Belgium

Hi, Mariana. Very nice colour contrast in the lady's clothing. Was her hat made by a jeweller. It looks as though it's decorated with watches ;o). I also like the fact that she and the man are walking in opposite directions and the pole that separates them.
Have a nice day,

21 Dec 2010 9:21am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Get ahead, get a hat! Fantastic!

21 Dec 2010 9:21am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Outrageous as the hat might be, she looks completely at ease with it. And why not ?!

21 Dec 2010 9:26am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Hehe... great hat indeed ! Well caught Mariana ! Have a lovely day :)

21 Dec 2010 9:49am

delkoo from marguerittes, France

the confrontation of two characters, each in a world, is cleverly photographed,the confrontation of two characters, each in a world, is cleverly photographed,

21 Dec 2010 9:57am

Pascale from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

of course,the hat is the big attraction of this picture,but there is also the difference between this ladie and the man,her elegance/his simplicity,their hat,and their opposite direction!Excellent,as usual!5*

21 Dec 2010 10:11am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nicely coordinated lipstick, collar and wristwatch too :)

21 Dec 2010 10:17am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Cute red hat !

21 Dec 2010 10:30am

Franz from Baden, Austria

what a hat, and what a collar (if a collar it is)! it/they sure stick(s) out! plus her lips and her watchband! i like the way the two people DON'T look at each other, each one lost in their own thoughts and affairs ...

21 Dec 2010 10:33am

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

Classy woman , S , and beautiful red hat. I guess she is calling her cousin Elisabeth II in Uk to talk about the new hat collection for winter 2011 :-)

21 Dec 2010 10:39am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Tic Tac Tic Tac Tic Tac !!!

21 Dec 2010 10:52am

STEED from Somewhere, France

"You can leave,Your Hat on ....................................................."

21 Dec 2010 11:09am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Lol.....funny photo and title...............and then the lipstick hahahaha!!

21 Dec 2010 11:30am

cristoF from montbéliard, France

magnifique chapeau!

21 Dec 2010 11:43am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The last of the 3 musketeers?

21 Dec 2010 11:51am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

You betcha! i LOVE THIS Mariana, bravo!

21 Dec 2010 12:49pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice hat for this season. Really gorgeous.

21 Dec 2010 1:24pm

@Hiro: well, I really dislike it ... it is more than ridiculous !!!! thx Hiro:)

Jacqueline from Montréal, Canada

whaouh... excellent shot ! was it taken in Waterloo ?

21 Dec 2010 1:47pm

@Jacqueline: no, it was taken yesterday in London, Europe !

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

ROFL.....50 years out of date! Call the fashion police Mariana! Well seen and captured for a ST! ;-)

21 Dec 2010 2:17pm

@Eric Cousineau: i do not care for ST , Eric ... Silly things are everywhere, everyday ;)

Natalia from Barcelona, Spain

I like the colour!! is an elegant daughter of Santa!!!

21 Dec 2010 2:37pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Love your title. That red really pops out in that hat.

21 Dec 2010 2:53pm

@Terral: you mean very ironic title ? he he thx

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

Ha, Ha! What a funny lady! She is afraid about loosing time with so much watches on her hat (like Alice's rabbit). And the man is completely ignoring her. Excellent! Have a nice day, Mariana. And congrats for the AM3 spotlight on your daydreamer!

21 Dec 2010 3:02pm

jhcibils from Berlin, Germany

The lady hat for sure a big personality!

21 Dec 2010 3:04pm

pascal from bollene, France

elle risque pas d'être en retard !!!!! passe de bonnes fêtes........

21 Dec 2010 3:10pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

oh wow what a hat! terrific capture. and such an interesting face too!

21 Dec 2010 3:29pm

thami from Morocco

Elle est dans son monde, branchée! Mais j'aime bien la représentation décorative du temps qui agrémente son chapeau!
Bonne journée lumineuse et chaleureuses!

21 Dec 2010 3:44pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

i love that hat. and i love all of the red on her. (apparently red wristbands are for a variety of causes, one of which is "People and Pets Disaster Relief") her grey hair is so elegant against the red

21 Dec 2010 3:47pm

DomLortha from France

I think she's a real fan of the Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland! Cool shot!
Have a nice day.

21 Dec 2010 4:20pm

Hil from Roma, Italy

The hat is so funny that I understand why you couldnt' just do it in BW. Excellent,... as always!

21 Dec 2010 4:29pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

You rock. Days of powerful monochrome portraiture, great angles and human character, and today a vibrant festive hat in glorious colour! I like the "split-screen" of that vertical blue line, as well as the two figures so physically near each other but miles away.

21 Dec 2010 4:47pm

@Rick: thanks a lot Rick :)

foto-rolero54 from Gerpinnes, Belgium

Excellent shot Mariana

21 Dec 2010 5:02pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is a very timely hat !

21 Dec 2010 5:24pm

@Denny Jump Photo: i'll buy the same for myself ;) thx Denny !

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great portrait and title

21 Dec 2010 5:41pm

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

...interesting capture! I like also how you named it!
I`ve never seen a hat with so many clocks!!!! Crazy!!
really nice shot!

21 Dec 2010 5:51pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

She really "pops" with the red that stands out nicely here. She has coordinated herself perfectly. Great caption as well.

21 Dec 2010 6:20pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

J'aime !!
Le temps compte pour cette dame qui ne doit pas voir passer le temps !!
Belle photo !!

21 Dec 2010 6:21pm

30065 - Javier Martín from Barcelona, Spain

Excelent! I like the contrast and vivid color of hat.

Indeed, it is the door of the hotel, but it is closed. It is another victim, as the man who sleeps on his door, the crisis.

21 Dec 2010 6:50pm

Mijo from Rognonas, France

Always much of humor in your photographs ! Excellent !!!

21 Dec 2010 6:55pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

And clocks.... great colours.

21 Dec 2010 7:44pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

never seen this in Paris, just Children coming from Disneyland (East of Paris) :))

21 Dec 2010 7:59pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Gran retrato con la fuerza que le da el rojo.Saludos.

21 Dec 2010 8:58pm

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Lovely colors, : ))))

21 Dec 2010 10:33pm

Andy Wong from Hong Kong, China

Perfect title for this image...Excellent!
Merry X'mas & Happy New Year!

22 Dec 2010 1:21am

rian from Vestavia Hlls, United States

that's one handsome hat she's wearing.. :D

22 Dec 2010 3:26am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Wonderful capture, nice colors.

22 Dec 2010 3:40am


Amazed x 10

22 Dec 2010 10:18am

grapf from Göttingen, Germany

modern kind of communication between men and women. It's no more cool to talk to each other in a direct way.
Well seen and fine composed :-)

22 Dec 2010 11:35am

Pastelle from Lyon, France

Peut être une Alice qui aurait vieilli ?
Originale !

22 Dec 2010 2:48pm

FLUORIT from Paris, France

It looks like a catherinette hat (this is a French tradition for girls turning 25 years old to wear silly hats on St Catherine day) !!!

22 Dec 2010 3:20pm

@FLUORIT: thanks for this info . I have never seen an older lady wearing a hat like this . It was so funny to me :)

ImpréVUS from Dijon, France

reassures me: it was only for the photo? no? impressive...

22 Dec 2010 6:25pm

@ImpréVUS: for the photo ? she even does not know I took this shot .. just a cute candid shot ;))

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Good candid shot.

22 Dec 2010 9:22pm

amateuRobert from Budapest, Hungary

Jó kalap,jó fotó.

23 Dec 2010 8:38am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I agree totally....we should all wear more red! It is energizing, making one feel younger and it even quickens your steps! RED is the anti-geriatric colour!

23 Dec 2010 10:48am

@Japanalia: let's wear RED :)

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States


24 Dec 2010 3:43pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Guess she has to remove it to check the time against the wrist watch with a red strap !

24 Dec 2010 4:52pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Now that's a cute hat!

24 Dec 2010 6:03pm

Didi from Orléans, France

Hi Mariana
Strange and interesting close encounter.
Best whishes for the new year
Warm Regards

26 Dec 2010 7:23pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

An amazing hat, she sure loves red

28 Dec 2010 8:44pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Oh my! God save the Queen!

9 Jan 2011 1:09am

1/60 second
ISO 400
300 mm