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The Path Through The Snow

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/500 second F/14.0 ISO 200 70 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

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

say no more.................the image says it all!

14 Mar 2011 5:31am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

He appears to be carrying a shovel....I hope he is not trying to clear the path as he, that's a lot of work. I like the delicate lines of the street in the background and the beautiful effect of space.

14 Mar 2011 5:35am

sunstone_maria from California, United States

fantastic photography - beautiful memories!! the scene reminds me of my childhood and thick winters where we used to live ..

14 Mar 2011 5:45am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Une jolie scène dans un paysage de toute beauté ! Bonne journée Mariana

14 Mar 2011 5:55am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Un superb N&B aux lignes épurées. Magnificent composition. Je crois qu'il a du travail pour tracer son chemin! Nice day.

14 Mar 2011 6:14am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fabulous composition, Mariana, I like this b/w that looks like a High Key!

14 Mar 2011 6:50am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Poetic with a strong black marked silhouette of a person digging his way.

14 Mar 2011 6:56am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Mariana your photo captures something of the feelings of futility I have when it comes to clearing snow; something Christine and I differ on. Nicely processed too.

14 Mar 2011 7:04am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

I love the starkness of this scene and the lone figure determined to clear a path

14 Mar 2011 7:05am


Illustrates the winter better than any post card, if you don´t mind me saying that. You have captured that special atmosphere that the snow produces.

14 Mar 2011 8:01am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

One of tthe great pleasur with snow !! Nice B/W , Phil

14 Mar 2011 8:02am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Beautiful photography, well done Mariana

14 Mar 2011 8:08am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

Futility ... just as Richard from Duns suggests.

The real story is that his wife has said '' I'm sick of you sitting inside the house doing nothing ...get out and shovel snow ...''

A lovely image of the trials and tribulations of winter conditions.


14 Mar 2011 8:12am

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Une très bonne compo avec ce personnage en train de faire le passage !!
Belle photo !

14 Mar 2011 8:28am

guillaume from Paris, France

Love the white tones !

14 Mar 2011 8:47am

max from Verneuil sur Seine, France

A little black man in the deep white snow make a very graphic contrast in your picture. Love it.
Have a nice day Mariana

14 Mar 2011 9:17am

PATRICK from miramas, France


14 Mar 2011 9:44am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Perfectly poised :)

14 Mar 2011 9:48am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

It's hard work to do. Your pictures transmits it really well.
b&w is just somptuous.

14 Mar 2011 10:44am

thami from Morocco

...ça me donne froid dans le dos!
Bon début de semaine lumineuse et chaleureuse!

14 Mar 2011 11:22am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Whoa, you still got snow? Great shot for one who hasn't seen a snowfall in decades.

14 Mar 2011 11:26am

@J.R.: a lot of snow we got these days . this is a picture from Yugoslavia, in February

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Et bien il a du travail devant lui ce pelleteur de neige !

14 Mar 2011 11:28am

Subhendu from Berhampore, India

Beautiful presentation of this scene in black and white. Great to see the frame with the man making path through the snow. Excellent.

14 Mar 2011 11:34am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I think I've been there... deja vu ?

14 Mar 2011 12:19pm

@Hiro: did you ? I was there, did not see ya :)))

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Looks like a long path to shovel Mariana! Well seen and captured! ;-)

14 Mar 2011 12:23pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Beautiful....looks like pencil drawing...Great.

14 Mar 2011 12:32pm

Kat from Lorraine, France

Beau cliché N&B avec cet homme creusant un passage dans la neige !
il faut une bonne dose de courage ...:)

14 Mar 2011 12:34pm

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Lovely B+W composition !!

14 Mar 2011 12:45pm

Chriss de l'Ile de La Réunion from Saint Paul, Reunion

Il trace son chemin dans un champ ? Au fou ! Y a plus de route là...

14 Mar 2011 1:03pm

Carina Soriano from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

great photography...!!i like it....fantastic b&n and composition!

14 Mar 2011 1:53pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great shot that frames this figure beautifully in the wide open landscape.

14 Mar 2011 2:18pm

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Now I believe that the moment dictates your work..this is a very cool moment! Nice capture and excellent composition!

14 Mar 2011 2:23pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Great composition - tells the story.

14 Mar 2011 2:41pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Wow, that is a lot of shovelling! I love this crisp and stark compo, the posture of the shoveler is ideal in this foreground of white blanket and plants poking through. :)

14 Mar 2011 3:15pm

@Rick: thanks Rick ;) We got a lot of snow here, in Canada too . Were you busy these days shoveling ? Shot is from Yugoslavia, in February ! Only few days of snow with 7 C , now it is already spring over there ;)

danou-yepa from Nice, France

superb !!!!!! great compo!

14 Mar 2011 3:31pm

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Worthy of hanging in a gallery. Wonderful shot.

14 Mar 2011 3:41pm

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Worthy of hanging in a gallery. Wonderful shot.

14 Mar 2011 3:41pm

delkoo from marguerittes, France

excellent wintery scenery with this man plotting his path.

14 Mar 2011 3:45pm

Peter from Moonbeam, Canada

Great composition looks like there is much more work to be done....peter:)

14 Mar 2011 3:56pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Joli scène et surtout joliment cadrée.. j'aime

14 Mar 2011 4:01pm

Juliango from Caen, France

A delightful picture.

14 Mar 2011 4:05pm

Ioanaz from Bucharest, Romania

very beautiful shot Mariana, looks like a graphic work!

14 Mar 2011 4:09pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland


superbe image hivernale, avec ce homme qui pèle la neige, mangigique ensemble.

Bravo et amitié


14 Mar 2011 4:15pm

Pedro Callealta from Cádiz, Spain

A lovely image.

14 Mar 2011 4:19pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

alone in the snow ,great processing ,nice shot !
kiss !

14 Mar 2011 4:49pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

like a postcard from yesteryear - or from one of the villages from around here! great winter atmosphere, terrific processing and cropping!

14 Mar 2011 4:51pm

@Franz: you are right . it was taken in a village , a suburb of Belgrade :) Thx Franz !

Williams from Nova Scotia, Canada

I like the B&W & the scale of this shot. It looks like Canada except for the style of the power poles. Cheers,

14 Mar 2011 5:17pm

@Williams: Thanks Paul . Shot was taken in Yugoslavia, in a suburb of Belgrade :)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Great composition...!

14 Mar 2011 5:29pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Mariana : Thanks for the comment reply. Toronto doesn't get the same amount of snow as Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Windsor, etcetera. This place is ridiculous for the fuss that is made about so-called "storms" arriving, and then a little bit of snow falls and we have a thousand car accidents! I spent ten years in the true "snow belt", living right on lake Huron : crazy snow like they get in Winnipeg or Alberta and Saskatchewan. So, not much shovelling for me these days. :)

14 Mar 2011 5:43pm

Itziar from bilbao, Spain

beautiful winter day, that envy be lucky to be there and to photograph the moment. a hug

14 Mar 2011 6:14pm

30065 - Javier Martín from Barcelona, Spain

Great winter scene. Great composition!

14 Mar 2011 6:30pm

Philippe from Nivelles, Belgium

The man making his way through the snow is clearly visible thanks to the good contrats between him and the snow. Good b&w processing.
Have a nice day,

14 Mar 2011 6:41pm

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Beautiful composition. Nice picture.

14 Mar 2011 6:44pm

larhune64 from AHETZE, France

Joli N§B , le personnage à l'air démuni devant autan de neige

14 Mar 2011 6:51pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

As an oldie picture.......I love...

14 Mar 2011 6:58pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


14 Mar 2011 7:06pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

My legs feel tired just imagining walking through deep snow like this!

14 Mar 2011 7:14pm

Njord 91 from EVRY, France

Belle composition

14 Mar 2011 7:45pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

that pretty picture, unlike your social work
is like a picture, fabulous technique.
kiss pablo

14 Mar 2011 7:49pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Another amazing shot Mariana.

14 Mar 2011 8:03pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like this white composition a lot.

14 Mar 2011 8:59pm

Gerry from Palmerston North, New Zealand

Lovely shot. Great, timeless feel.

14 Mar 2011 9:17pm

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

Wonderful capture Mariana !! I wish him a lot of courage !!

14 Mar 2011 9:47pm

gorih from Oslo, Norway

this is nice beautiful

14 Mar 2011 9:54pm

Alun from cheshire,, United Kingdom

really super shot, well spotted

14 Mar 2011 10:34pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautifully seen! I love it!

14 Mar 2011 11:06pm

kgoks from Kanagawa, Japan

excellent winter scenery.

15 Mar 2011 12:25am

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

That's a lovely shot, and a perfect B&W. I like the idea of digging a path.. pheww

15 Mar 2011 12:34am

L.Dd from de partout et de nulle part, France

He has not finished yet ! Great shot !

15 Mar 2011 12:53am

Mike from United States

Very nice. It's like a Courier & Ives etching. Great treatment.

15 Mar 2011 1:42am

Satvik from Far far away, United States

Excellent winter shot, looks great in B&W !

15 Mar 2011 2:43am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Beautiful winter intense, love it !! *all your photos for that matter. Nice day, Mariana :)

15 Mar 2011 3:37am

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15 Mar 2011 3:43am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

What a lot of work to keep that path cleared. You captured the size of the task in this clean, beautiful B&W. I enjoy this image a lot.

15 Mar 2011 4:17am

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Je le plaint le pauvre, avec sa simple pelle!

15 Mar 2011 8:27pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautifully framed photo and title to match.

16 Mar 2011 7:11pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

The picture says all: frozen mood and a lot of difficulties withthe snow! Great capture!
Have a nice day.

17 Mar 2011 5:43pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe noir et blanc.

22 Mar 2011 12:33pm

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11 Apr 2011 12:53pm

TheoJ from Emden, Germany

yes, it looks analogical, what a hap :-)
perhaps I'll make a picture in winter too

25 Sep 2011 7:02pm

1/500 second
ISO 200
70 mm