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Careful. You're In the Library!


"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

philip earl from hood river, United States

simply BEAUTIFUL ~ your portrate work is soo very well done Mariana , You capture the essance of a persons soul ~()~

3 Jan 2011 8:23am

Mohammad from Tehran, Iran

excellent composition, excellent expression, well done.

3 Jan 2011 8:36am

Hediyeh from Tehran, Iran

great shot !

3 Jan 2011 8:37am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Excellent framing, your B & N are really splendid. Magnificent shot. Nice day.

3 Jan 2011 8:39am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Très belle gestion de la lumière ! j'aime beaucoup ! Bonne journée Mariana

3 Jan 2011 8:39am

Kala from United States

Fabulous tones and composition.

3 Jan 2011 8:40am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Great shot! Your tones are rich here too.

3 Jan 2011 8:44am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


3 Jan 2011 9:05am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Best wishes for 2011 ! Nice shot , a really good B/W , a nice scene , Phil

3 Jan 2011 9:24am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Good expression catched in it. Have a nice day!

3 Jan 2011 9:27am

PATRICK from miramas, France

very great capture

3 Jan 2011 9:31am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Joli ce N&B ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

3 Jan 2011 9:38am

thami from Morocco

Etranges plis sur la tenue large de la dame! On dirait juste un drap qui couvre un squelette...Attention, la Mord rôde aussi dans les librairies!
Bon début de semaine lumineuse et chaleureuse!

3 Jan 2011 9:47am

thami from Morocco

Je voulais dire la Mort !

3 Jan 2011 9:48am

30065 - Javier Martín from Barcelona, Spain

Great expression on man and great photo!

3 Jan 2011 10:07am

Putter from Brugge, Belgium

Well seen! Very nice b/w.

3 Jan 2011 10:08am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Very sharp and nice capture!

3 Jan 2011 10:11am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

So, I gotta ask-How do you get away with being on the floor, in a library, taking shots, without being locked up, or having your lights knocked out?

3 Jan 2011 10:13am

@CElliottUK: you know what ? with small camera you can do whatever you want ... your brain needs to be fast and create an composition and then, camera only does - 1 click, and that is all ;)

Gérard Méry from France

merveilleux instantané et j'aime beaucoup ton traitement N&B

3 Jan 2011 10:17am

STEED from Somewhere, France

Sssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!

3 Jan 2011 10:31am


Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Nice light as always ! and very nice frame.

3 Jan 2011 10:35am

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Buen trabajo en b&n.

3 Jan 2011 10:52am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

She looks as if she has just shoved an enormous book under her shawl:0 Dynamic double portrait

3 Jan 2011 10:52am

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Excellent !! Une belle lumière et un très bon N&B !
J'aime bcp l'attitude de l'homme qui a l'air de te regarder quand tu prends la photo !!

3 Jan 2011 11:22am

Subhendu from Berhampore, India

Interesting post. Like the effect of low angle shoot. Great mood conveyed through black and white. Superb.

3 Jan 2011 11:22am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States


3 Jan 2011 11:28am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Perfect point of view, but the most important thing is you cought the light in a brilliant way! I realy love the scene, the woman is looking for books and the man is thinking HEY......but your such a handsome lady Mariana so people don't harm you;-)))

3 Jan 2011 11:45am

Laurence from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Quel regard a cet homme ! belle photo expressive ! bravo !

3 Jan 2011 12:50pm

Journey Photographic from Australia

I love the perspective and composition of this shot.

3 Jan 2011 12:56pm

jlbrthnn from Montpellier, France

Très belle image artistique et professionnelle à la fois. Bonne Année!

3 Jan 2011 12:57pm

CLODO from PESSAC, France

Good live portrait in situation Mariana. What is the ghost on the left?

3 Jan 2011 1:14pm

@CLODO: there is no ghost, just wrapped woman ;)) he he you are funny ;)

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

are you lying on the floor for this shot??
is that the cause why this men looks so puzzled! :-D
beautiful life scene, thx for that!

3 Jan 2011 1:26pm

@klauSZ: no, i was busy with a book on a lower shelf ! It is library, I need to behave myself :)

Lougris from Toulouse, France

very good light ...for 2011 ...
hello mariana, happy new year for you and your family.

3 Jan 2011 1:28pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great angle you get here! I can imagine you dropping a book on the floor in order to quickly bend down and go 'click'!

3 Jan 2011 1:28pm


You have this always interesting angle and all the other details; what could come out of that mixture ? This great picture !

3 Jan 2011 1:52pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

have a happy and creative new year

3 Jan 2011 2:13pm

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

Fliping book pages makes more noise than a shoot with a camera :) I love your "Mr Professor" look. Great PoV and contrast! Have a nice day, Mariana.

3 Jan 2011 2:24pm

Sterre from Vianen, Netherlands

Great photo and a excellent composition.

3 Jan 2011 2:31pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

A beautiful photograph exposed

3 Jan 2011 2:32pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Careful, you're in the library with Mariana and she has a very fast eye! Haha... wonderful two-for-one shot. His expression is great, and the lady's oversized bag with her garment draped over it had me (just for a split second) thinking she better not be stealing books!


3 Jan 2011 2:52pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I see you are also a practicioner of the art of "stealth photography"! Well seen and captured Mariana! ;-)

3 Jan 2011 3:06pm

mhelene from Paris, France

A superb composition !

3 Jan 2011 3:54pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An excellent photography friend. Those which the finger makes an instant click and produces a great pleasure. You got a good composition! Best regards, Adela

3 Jan 2011 4:00pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

interesting composition, but the best is your processing, the contrasts are strong and there is good brightness

3 Jan 2011 4:36pm

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Very sharp, nice low angle!

3 Jan 2011 4:36pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Now I'll be more carefuly in all librarys.;-). Very interesting scene.Nice capture.Have nice evening Mariana.

3 Jan 2011 4:47pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

what a look!! i love her garb

3 Jan 2011 4:55pm

Nicolas from Sion, Switzerland


image parfaite, très belle composiiton et rendu, ces personanges devant ces livres, le savoir le plaisir de la lecture, superbe.
merci et blle soirée

3 Jan 2011 5:16pm

JB from Lyon, France

This one tells a story for sure.
I like a lot your BW job.
Nice and pleasant one.

3 Jan 2011 5:36pm

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Splendid, I don't know why (perhaps the b/w processing) but it's splendid.

3 Jan 2011 5:50pm

gloutonnerie visuelle from PARIS, France

Beautiful scene and beautiful black and white

3 Jan 2011 6:51pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture of expression. He seems to be telling you, "You shouldn't be taking pictures in here." The books provide nice contrasts amongst each other in this B&W composition.

3 Jan 2011 7:04pm

@Steven: that is exactly what my title says :) thx !

Yvon from Orleans, France

nice portrait

3 Jan 2011 7:23pm

@Yvon: that is not portrait , Yvon .

cristoF from montbéliard, France

un excellent travaille ,encore une fois marianna.bravo.

3 Jan 2011 7:26pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great shot in B & W! Wonderful composition and lighting...

3 Jan 2011 7:28pm

tataray from france, France

Oui attention ... Le Mr n'a pas l'air content !... ))

3 Jan 2011 7:34pm

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb comp and photo.

3 Jan 2011 7:48pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Wow, you are a artistic, very good b&w

3 Jan 2011 7:58pm

Pascale from France

splendid B&W,where we can see the smallest details of the books,maybe due to the strong contrast,or to the light,or to your post-processing,or both of them,Idon't know,but the result is great.I like the 2 persons,so different,and the expression of the man.5*

3 Jan 2011 8:46pm

Marie from Visé, Belgium

Beautiful constrast, beautiful picture, I like it a lot...


3 Jan 2011 8:49pm

Amir Madanipour from Karaj, Iran

* * two stars from five.

3 Jan 2011 9:00pm

@Amir Madanipour: :) u & ur ********* "_ :)

Philippe from Nivelles, Belgium

Hi, Mariana. Funny how this man is staring at you. I guess he was surprised to see you standing (lying?) there. I also like the contrast between his attitude and the woman's who doesn't seem to be noticing you. The books on the shelves also form a good graphic background.
I wish you a very happy New Year,

3 Jan 2011 9:08pm

@Philippe: Thanks Philippe :)) All the best to you and your family too in 2011 ;)

David from Avranches, France

Fantastic shot, great use of B&W. Bravo

3 Jan 2011 9:16pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Superb - love everything about it.

3 Jan 2011 9:24pm

Simply Col from Winnipeg, Canada

You make the black and white rich in tone. Wonderful light.

3 Jan 2011 9:28pm

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Great point of view. Beautiful glow in this treatment!

3 Jan 2011 9:35pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

It doesn't seem happy that you photograph him. But his direct glance contrasts strangly with this woman whom we just guess under her veil. Good black and white.

3 Jan 2011 10:02pm

69mil from On the road, Argentina

Those places are where you have to be good:), great angle making

3 Jan 2011 11:27pm

@69mil: i was good :) did not do anything bad ;)

Brine from France

You are in a bookshop: do not too much speak loudly, do not laugh, do not eat big cakes, in brief do not live!!!
No I make fun: I like the climate of such places, the smell of books, the profusion of knowledge to be acquired!
Your photo makes well the atmosphere of your photo, with this man little stupéfaiy to be so photographed and this woman, plunged into iher research and indifferent to everything...
I like, 5), Mariana, kisses

3 Jan 2011 11:39pm

@Brine: thx Brine . Your comments are always so descriptive . Thanks for your time viewing and writing :)

ajoeh from Mataram, Indonesia

Great as always..

4 Jan 2011 12:40am

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Someone already asked my question about how you achieved this perspective! Excellent shot.

4 Jan 2011 1:12am

Michael Valcic from New York City, United States

This truly is a wonderful photo. I love the man's expression. The contrast is excellent as well!

Have a great day!

4 Jan 2011 1:56am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

The guy looks ticked off, the woman looks like she has a folio in her dress.

4 Jan 2011 3:35am

The Wakeful Tree from Mumbai, India

wonderful POV and the tones are just perfect

4 Jan 2011 3:42am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Lovely BW tones and details. The angle is wonderful too.

4 Jan 2011 4:07am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Great capture. Why "Careful...." Oh, sorry, I forgot your answer about the titles. No meaning there especially? :-)))))

4 Jan 2011 7:46am

oncho from granada, Spain

Great composition and perspective

4 Jan 2011 11:51am

Daryl Johnson from New Malden, United Kingdom

Nicely composed - the verticals of the people and the bookshelves work well.

4 Jan 2011 4:19pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

All I have to say is: 5* !
Have a nice day.

4 Jan 2011 7:43pm

Pau Blasi from Spain

Great contrast theme and point of view.

4 Jan 2011 7:58pm

Rue Du Lavoir from France

Superbe ambiance de bibliothèque.
Il va falloir ranger ton appareil photo.
Son regard devient menaçant !

4 Jan 2011 8:36pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Haha, does he carry a weapon in his jacket? :-)

4 Jan 2011 10:31pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Beautiful candid, I love the smell of books, I read recently that E-readers are out selling actual books for the first time.

5 Jan 2011 2:28am

@Ralph Jones: I do not like books and their smell any more...or I might forgot all about books since started liking pictures .. thx Ralph !

Cory from Phoenix, United States

Great candid portrait. The main subject really pops and provides a great counterpoint for the mystery subject.

5 Jan 2011 5:57am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Excellent , did he ever smile?

5 Jan 2011 8:24am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

This is very good, congratulations!

5 Jan 2011 4:13pm

@Olivier: last one is even better ;))

Marie from FRESNES, France

excellent coup d'oeil.

6 Jan 2011 9:06pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de brèvedent, France

Jeux interdits.

6 Jan 2011 9:17pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

I was just going through your images, again and again.... I see it now! After learning about your past I see how you see this world. Thank you for sharing that with us. It makes me understand your photography that much more! I always enjoyed your street photography but now I understand it so much better and can enjoy your art that much more.

7 Jan 2011 5:54pm

Martin A. Mora from North Platte, United States

I adore scenes like this, prefection in lighting and exposure, the scene itself very artistic. best Iv seen today ...

7 Jan 2011 9:41pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Totally cool! He seems as though he's about to scold you, Mariana.

9 Jan 2011 12:47am

Julie DiCarlo from SF Bay Area, United States

I like the fluid tones in their clothing, contrasting with the geometric lines of the books and shelves.

10 Jan 2011 6:23am

Phil Bourgeois from Halifax, Canada

I must ask...does anyone ever object to your taking photos?

Wonderful shot... a capture of day to day life.

11 Jan 2011 5:07pm