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Village Life

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 19 March 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.


My favorite picture today is 'Me and Milou' by Paul van der Meer !

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/100 second F/4.5 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

sunstone_maria from California, United States

absolutely great ! beautiful processing, texture . it feels like watching a movie !

19 Mar 2011 5:13am

Julie DiCarlo from SF Bay Area, United States

The texture is interesting and I like the timing of the shot. Is there an artifact on the right running from the fence to the road? Something about the green distracts me a bit..

19 Mar 2011 5:52am

@Julie DiCarlo: dog is from these Gypsies you can see in background . it stood there wondering what I was doing ... ;)

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

I love this gypsy-village life.
This beautiful old-fashioned appearing image invites one to create a rich story !!

19 Mar 2011 6:13am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Un très bel instant ! j'aime ce traitement qui donne ce côté "vieille image" un peu abîmée par le temps, Bravo ! Bon w.e. Mariana

19 Mar 2011 6:28am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

That dog? freaks me out. There's something scary about it.Great processing and nicely captured.

19 Mar 2011 6:47am

@morgan: why ? he he .. I like this ugly Gypsy dog ;) Very unusual ;)

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

I love the composition with the dog in the foreground, absolutely superb processing you have made time stand still

19 Mar 2011 7:13am

Kat from Lorraine, France

Très belle image venue d'un autre temps, j'aime bcp l'attitude du chien au premier plan,
bon we à toi !

19 Mar 2011 7:35am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Lovely shot yet again. Well done.

19 Mar 2011 8:16am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A splendid artistic image, like an old color photo. Great shot. ***** stars. Mariana nice day.

19 Mar 2011 8:26am

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

J'aime bien la composition de cette photo et ce qu'elle nous montre. Tu as su capter quelque chose de la réalité paysanne. Je suis moins fan du traitement, je l'aurai laissé plus "reportage" et moins artistique. En tout cas, c'est bien vu.

19 Mar 2011 8:41am

Shahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

very natural picture! good picture

19 Mar 2011 8:47am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great scenery, colors and processing - fantastic work

19 Mar 2011 9:20am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Oh very YEEEEES!

19 Mar 2011 9:21am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

The atmosphere of this image is extraordinary. I have a small plucking in the heart for this poor dog which looks abandoned and so sad

19 Mar 2011 9:46am

@Marie LC: not abandoned dog .. he belongs to those Gypsies........

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Lovely impressionist tones and light

19 Mar 2011 9:53am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Great presentation, Mariana. It seems that we are watching the end of the movie.

19 Mar 2011 10:14am

RonnyVee from Tielt, Belgium

Nice! It's like a hand-colored old photo . Also the dog delivers a great contribution to this picture. Is this taken in Canada, Mariana?

19 Mar 2011 10:50am

@RonnyVee: no, not in Canada. picture is from a village, a suburb of Belgrade (Serbia)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

An extremely fine image even by your ozone standards . . I feel I want to list all the messages it carries . . .

19 Mar 2011 10:51am

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

the treatment has given the aspect of an ancient picture,which fits very well with the subject! Superb!

19 Mar 2011 10:58am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Very delicate finish. Very good result.

19 Mar 2011 11:21am

Monterey John from Hollister, CA, United States

Interesting processing here of a remarkable scene. Love the dog!

19 Mar 2011 12:02pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

comme une vision d'autrefois ! un grand coup de chapeau pour le magnifique traitement !!

19 Mar 2011 12:12pm

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Niiiiice, a very pleasant scene like out of the past

19 Mar 2011 12:32pm

Subhendu from Berhampore, India

What an excellent capture from country side view. The grains made a painting like looks to it. Great one.

19 Mar 2011 12:37pm

Chris from France, France

Very nice atmosphere in this photo. I like the treatment as a movie scene.

19 Mar 2011 1:07pm

Julie from Easton, United States

A blast from the past maybe, really nice shot, and processing!

19 Mar 2011 1:12pm

Fraucha from БІЛА ЦЕРКВА, Ukraine

i love the look of this! It is so.....Earthy Eastern European.

Interesting doggie too!

19 Mar 2011 1:37pm

@Fraucha: i guess the same scene as in Ukraine's village ;)

Carina maria itati soriano from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

Hi Mariana!Fantastic scene..!very nice colours!!I Like it..

19 Mar 2011 1:37pm

Bob from New Jersey, United States

Village life looks hard.
Great Picture.

19 Mar 2011 1:40pm

@Bob: yes, it is , but i will tell you that these people are more happy and without heath problems than many living in cities ! They love alcohol, love music, love friends, love having fun all the time .... and they have no money ....

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful the processing. I like the response you gave to Bob above.

19 Mar 2011 1:50pm

@Don Levesque: thanks Don . yes, that is life of poor people in Serbia !

David from Avranches, France

Amazing shot and process, really feels like days of old. Beautiful. My shot of the day.

19 Mar 2011 2:13pm

Danièle from Guissény sur mer, France

des images presque d'un autre temps... et un traitement qui renforce cette impression.
Jolie composition et scène de rue...

19 Mar 2011 2:17pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

An amazing trip so Human..........Excellent...

19 Mar 2011 2:19pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland


Sueprbe compo et image mangigique sneemble quel rendu quelle perspective et vue, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


19 Mar 2011 2:48pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Except for the power poles and lines, this scene could have been from long ago it seems. I love that old dog in the foreground.

19 Mar 2011 3:21pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Superbe, j'aime beaucoup le rendu

19 Mar 2011 3:35pm

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

awesome atmosphere in this one

19 Mar 2011 3:39pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

wonderful scene and treatment, mariana, with the "antique" filter applied to a scene that could in fact have taken place 50 years ago! i can well remember the time when here, too, streets in villages were not paved and peasants were using horse or oxen drawn carts! it's as if the past had returned or time stood still!

19 Mar 2011 3:46pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Nice image, and I like the texturing.

19 Mar 2011 4:40pm

Itziar from bilbao, Spain

reminds me of the advertising He will never leave you, not to abandon the animals.
Very sad but the picture looks great for you to transmit as well.

19 Mar 2011 5:21pm

Paul Mitchell from North Bay, Canada

A great narrative rendered to great effect - wonderful!

19 Mar 2011 5:25pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

i like the blank stare that it is giving you, beautiful shot and frame. :)

19 Mar 2011 5:30pm

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

What strong image of a rural scene!
I love the dog curious of what's happening...

19 Mar 2011 5:36pm

elleven from unadilla, United States

Excellent series here

19 Mar 2011 5:57pm

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

That's a really great atmosphere captured!

19 Mar 2011 6:00pm

L'explorateur from Vancouver, Canada

I feel the cold in my bones. I smell wood mixed with fog.

19 Mar 2011 6:03pm

Williams from Nova Scotia, Canada

Fabulous colour & texture, I love that dog. Cheers,

19 Mar 2011 6:32pm

philippe from moselle, France

un traitement qui donne une touche dramatique à la scène , joliment fait Mariana !!!

19 Mar 2011 6:41pm

Gérard Méry from Saint-Cyr sur Loire, France

Que c'est beau une ambiance de théâtre

19 Mar 2011 6:46pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Lovely shot, beautiful processing

19 Mar 2011 7:19pm

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

like a window on the past ... Great processing

19 Mar 2011 7:47pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Que entrañable,un tratamiento precioso.Buen trabajo Mariana.

19 Mar 2011 8:00pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Love your pp treatment on the shot Mariana! Feels like an oil painting! Well done! ;-)

19 Mar 2011 8:03pm

Peter from Moonbeam, Canada

I like this very much Mariana even that ruffled old dog that is staring you down....your treatment is excellent and it ads an antique feeling to your shot....well done....peter:)

19 Mar 2011 8:15pm

carlyteen from Islas Canarias, Spain

oh! it is fantastic

19 Mar 2011 8:22pm

@carlyteen: thx a lot .

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Like a wonderful old painting, the dog wonders about your camera creating
a lovable enduring photograph.

19 Mar 2011 8:32pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Superbe composition très poétique

19 Mar 2011 8:33pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Five stars for this captured moment in time. It's excellent, the old cart riding away, and the dog looking towards the photographer. Superb.

19 Mar 2011 8:37pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful capture, nice finishing, love how the dog is interested in your presence!

19 Mar 2011 8:45pm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia's as though this image is of times passed! bravo Mariana:)

19 Mar 2011 9:42pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

***** mariana............................bravo , increible

19 Mar 2011 9:52pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Une image des pays de l'est croirait-on!

19 Mar 2011 9:55pm

thami from Morocco

Excellente ambiance avec ce chien aux aguets!
Bonne fin de semaine lumineuse et printanière!

19 Mar 2011 10:22pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


20 Mar 2011 6:16am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

You are a a master (or is that mistress!) of your craft Mariana. For some reason I missed this yesterday and Christine told me about it. It is simply stunning. A window on another world

20 Mar 2011 7:12am

@Richard: do not worry Richard when miss something ;) there are plenty of other good stuff on Am3 ;)) Thx a lot :)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb and very natural composition. I love your treatment here to give this painterly look.

20 Mar 2011 8:36am

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Amazing sense of past in this image--could be taken from decades ago!

20 Mar 2011 1:43pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Another instant classic, Mariana. Timeless and beautifully composed, saying so many things about life and bonds made between people and people and animals (this dog belonging with the cart riders and yet taking a moment to be curious about you, with an open gaze)... beautiful photography.

20 Mar 2011 2:38pm

yvanmarn from Slovenia

Lovely, like a recreation of a renessaince painting, tells a strong story. Congratulations!

20 Mar 2011 4:49pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

This appears to be from another century. How wonderful!

20 Mar 2011 5:43pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

A most interesting and wonderful picture. 5*

20 Mar 2011 9:50pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great processing !

21 Mar 2011 12:37am

Anastasiya from Kiev, Ukraine

This is such a grat capture! Bravo!

21 Mar 2011 3:07pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

Nice process for a lovely view!
Have a nice day.

21 Mar 2011 6:48pm

Ddo from Lorraine, France

Your treatment make it like an old country side photo. Love mood here, and this quiet dog looking at you.

21 Mar 2011 7:17pm

Mike from United States

Wow... this looks like a painting! Lovely!! (That dog looks like an odd variety)

22 Mar 2011 2:20am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great treatment & POV...Beautiful.

22 Mar 2011 2:52am

Susan from Sausalito, United States

So painterly...another world.

22 Mar 2011 2:55pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

5* compo, love the texture

23 Mar 2011 5:06pm

Robert Joseph Webster from Saratoga, United States

Besides the artistic approach of the PP, the subject is captivating. There is so much going on in this capture but it isn't confusing, it's just many stories being told in a well crafted image. Thank you for sharing.

23 Mar 2011 10:20pm

ImpréVUS from Dijon, France

It looks like the past, but is the present. In a country of today, forgotten in his misery.

24 Mar 2011 6:41pm

PeteR from London, United Kingdom

Lovely photo. I really like the muted colours and the lovely dog completes the photo.

26 Mar 2011 6:08pm

Marcos Roberto from California, United States

The composition is very beautiful

12 Oct 2011 11:53pm

@Marcos Roberto: funny to find this image back in March !! very sweet of you !

1/100 second
ISO 400
75 mm