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God, Hold Us Tight

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/400 second F/8.0 ISO 400 135 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

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Straight out of the 30's...1930's. The guy in the belly shirt is watching you ; ] best…jf

15 Sep 2011 5:22am

@ordinaryimages: maybe, but I was watching him how he was holding his hot-dog :)

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

... yeah the Amish people are very interesting.

15 Sep 2011 5:42am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Each time I see picture on them , I feel to be in another world ... Phil

15 Sep 2011 5:56am

@Phil: that is why I love to drive to Amish Community ;)

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Your beautiful shots are little treasures in the photography world....!

15 Sep 2011 5:59am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

La femme porte l'enfant... et l'homme mange une glace ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

15 Sep 2011 6:14am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A splendid portrait and this sepia tone is a marvel. Mariana nice day.

15 Sep 2011 6:30am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Touching !

15 Sep 2011 6:55am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Wow...beautiful moment.

15 Sep 2011 7:16am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Living in the past and your photo looks like coming from the past ...Beautiful !

15 Sep 2011 7:49am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

The sepia gives a very timeless feel and it is a marvelous little gesture we see here with the child's fist gripped so tightly on the ribbon.

15 Sep 2011 8:25am

Pedro Alves from Porto, Portugal

Nice contrast between the "old" and the "new". The sepia like treatment worked very well.

15 Sep 2011 8:27am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Your signature ability to extract something extra from mere reality come thru here. The little face really communicates.

15 Sep 2011 8:27am

Babzy from Besançon, France

a timeless portrait !

15 Sep 2011 9:26am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Beautiful in sepia, nicely photographed and a fine focus

15 Sep 2011 9:51am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

une impression de temps suspendu dans celle ci...le ton sépia rajoute à l'impression.

15 Sep 2011 10:01am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Terrific! It's like an old photo. I like this mood!

15 Sep 2011 10:15am

arvin25 from sari, Iran

Hello ....Still beautiful as always.....
Bravo...Very nice shot

15 Sep 2011 10:26am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This little girl certainly seems to have the world by the tail! Well seen and captured Mariana! ;-)

15 Sep 2011 11:51am

Ol from Aschaffenburg, Germany

splendid shot! the boundaries of the past and now are vanishing...

15 Sep 2011 12:00pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

superbe photo, bien vu

15 Sep 2011 12:05pm

Mully from carmarthenshire, United Kingdom

A culture that I admire...Lovely shot.

15 Sep 2011 12:17pm

kgoks from Kanagawa, Japan

nice capture.

15 Sep 2011 12:30pm

Z from Shanghai, China

The generations of the Amish...they hold tight of their tradition and believes.

15 Sep 2011 12:31pm

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Excellent, Mariana! Such a serious mother and child! I love how she is holding onto the strings. Beautiful!

15 Sep 2011 12:36pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

They look like Amish family. Nice family portrait.

15 Sep 2011 12:37pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

What a serious little face and a very tight grip indeed, almost signifying ownership "this is my Mom" so perfect in the sepia tone

15 Sep 2011 12:59pm

franz from Baden, Austria

ah, the mennonites again! you must have caught them in a moment of distress or some other negative emotion, as they do not look happy or relaxed at all. (but perhaps that's only in my head ... ;-))

15 Sep 2011 1:01pm

@franz: not only in your head, Franz . You are right . Strange that nobody mentioned/ saw this cross behind them ...

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

I am intrigued by the Amish community. Thank you for sharing this photo! The sepia rendering, depth of field are very well managed!

15 Sep 2011 1:37pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Sweet! i like the 'colour' of this one it fits.

15 Sep 2011 1:43pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Yes I love the tone here, too, Mariana. It just perfectly seems to fit the appearance of the people in this scene. The little girl really has a determined look ;-) The lady (mom?) looks very busy ;-) I saw your note about the hot dog...Before I saw it, I was thinking the same thing as Chris..."He's Watching them"....This image, as all of yours, just brings out all kinds of wonderment and imagination wanderings in my mind...Superb Mariana!!

15 Sep 2011 1:58pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Woman & child, man in shadow, holding what? & the cross in the background all create a rich & telling photo. Wonderful!

15 Sep 2011 2:02pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

wow, fantastic portrait.
the sepia toning suits perfectly for this Amish people photo.

15 Sep 2011 2:09pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

for me a really "strang" fact, this amish people, who lived in the 21 century like back in 1800 ..??
top captured!

15 Sep 2011 2:13pm

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

In the right place at the right time... Wonderful picture Mariana

15 Sep 2011 2:15pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Nice find.

15 Sep 2011 2:23pm

@Ralph Jones: yes, I was looking and waiting for these people 4 days and 5 nights till I found them !

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful capture, love all the elements in your photo...the child grasping at the mother, the cross in the background and the modern man ... full circle. Great shot!

15 Sep 2011 2:30pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wonderful shot of these Amish Mariana! You've captured this beautifully and the cross in the background is perfectly positioned. Excellent!

15 Sep 2011 2:45pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

What a great symbolism the blurred cross in the background makes. Superb framing of the woman with the child. Awesome image, Mariana.

15 Sep 2011 2:53pm

SILV3R WOLF from Iran

CROSS on baby head!
and a hungry man!!!
cool shot Mariana ;)

15 Sep 2011 3:03pm

Landy from Miami, United States

una exprecion admirable el de esta bebe, buen trabajo un saludo

15 Sep 2011 3:22pm

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Nice toning you gave it.

15 Sep 2011 3:49pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Do you have your camera always with you Mariana ? Every day a great picture !!
I like sepia tone, may be i wrong ...

15 Sep 2011 3:54pm

@Eric C.: Yes, every time I go out my cameras are with me . A day without picture is one more depressing day for me. It is not easy to explain it more , but trust me ... ;) Thx !

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A cute little girl hanging on. A lovely portrait of mother and child.

15 Sep 2011 3:58pm

Behnam from Esfahan, Iran

looks like a very old photo, gives me a strange feeling !

15 Sep 2011 4:19pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

it's pretty rare to see images of the Amish community. I appreciate

15 Sep 2011 4:35pm

foto forte from Phoenix, United States

I love how serious looking the child even at this young age, there is a wisdom there:) Does that sound silly? Her facial expression just gives me that impression....have a great day, Mariana!

15 Sep 2011 4:45pm

Monik from PARIS, France

Un regard intéressant sur cette communauté aux pratiques venues d'un autre âge et que le traitement sépia illustre à merveille...La mère porte l'enfant et l'enfant est sous le signe de la croix ....Etrange coïncidence ou acte raisonné de ta part..? En tout cas, une image très forte ...

15 Sep 2011 4:49pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Ah, this looks like it could have been taken in another century. A wonderful portrait where the strong play of light really dramatizes their features !!

15 Sep 2011 4:51pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

The little girl seems to have a grip strong enough that she won't ever let go. Your processing in sepia not only brings out nice contrasts but seems fitting for Amish settings, which always seem to "take me back."

15 Sep 2011 5:12pm

Emmeji from France

Un portrait qui semble venir d'une autre époque...

15 Sep 2011 5:49pm

Fitr from Rhode Island, United States

fantastic capture!! sepia just adds the right touch, excellent job here! :))

15 Sep 2011 5:49pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Another brilliant shot Mariana!! I love the look in the's if they don't see you....

15 Sep 2011 5:54pm

Sam from Chennai, India

'God Hold Us Tight' - Every word is so perfectly captured in this frame. Amazing shot. Great impact here. :)

15 Sep 2011 5:59pm

TheoJ from Emden, Germany

A view into another world. Great image with an adequate sepia tinge
- but, I see they use sunglasses, it seems that something is changing?

15 Sep 2011 6:25pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like the sepia use here : now this is a timeless shot

15 Sep 2011 6:48pm

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

A photo through time

15 Sep 2011 7:33pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

good contrasts.

15 Sep 2011 8:01pm

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

A very well captured moment. Top in sepia.

15 Sep 2011 8:01pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

could close my eyes and touching the screen with my hands, would know that it is yours ..........
Marian fantastic

15 Sep 2011 8:27pm

@Melocoton: o-ho :) good :)

Andrew from United States

Excellent framing of the cross in the background. I like the way the light illuminates the mother and child and keeps the man in shadow.

15 Sep 2011 8:28pm

@Andrew: thanks Andrew !

Oscar from BCN, Spain

the same eyes!

15 Sep 2011 10:02pm

@Oscar: ?

Gérard Méry from Saint-Cyr sur Loire, France

On dirait les gens d'une communauté sectaire donc j'ai oublié le nom

15 Sep 2011 10:36pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Fantastic ! Awesome framing and so much to see (love that cross back there and the shadow control around the man)... this has a beautiful tonality, too.

15 Sep 2011 11:03pm

Termeh from tehran, Iran

i just can say wonderful. your photos are really an interesting

15 Sep 2011 11:03pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

It brings to mind the rather austere and restrained life that the mennonites lead. The cross in the background adds to the image. Great processing!

16 Sep 2011 12:28am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

superb moment you captured here and the sepia treatment makes it timeless - well done

16 Sep 2011 2:05am

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

the man in the background is funny (with his mouth full)

16 Sep 2011 3:55am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Another world altogether. Beautiful Sepia.

16 Sep 2011 4:17am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful composition! The tones and light sepia are wonderful.
Love how our gaze flows from Amish/Mennonite women holding the child to the cross in the background then to the man on the right.
Well seen Mariana!

16 Sep 2011 9:52am

Ddo from Verdun, France

It looks like an old photo. Mormon family I think. How serious is this little girl !

16 Sep 2011 12:43pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


16 Sep 2011 4:40pm

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Excellent framing with the cross in the background. Excellent compo.

16 Sep 2011 9:19pm

Fernando Machado from Lisbon, Portugal

Another beautiful moment of daily life caught by your eyes. The cross gives a special touch in the composition.

17 Sep 2011 9:02am

domlortha from Roanne, France

Beautifl monochrome, looks like a very ancient picture.
have a nice day.

17 Sep 2011 11:34am

cajera from France

Il a l'air bien sérieux ce petit. C'est loupé, Mariana t'a pris en flagrant délit de tentative d'étranglement de ta maman.
J'aime bien le traitment de l'image

17 Sep 2011 12:14pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

we are in a movie, very interesting these people who live yet in the german past.

17 Sep 2011 4:58pm

dr pankaj shukla from panaji, India

I liked the shadows on the faces ....

18 Sep 2011 6:14am

Marcie from Newton, United States

This is absolutely timeless. I'm transported to a different time..a different place. Extraordinary!!!

18 Sep 2011 5:46pm

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Fantastic composition!

18 Sep 2011 6:43pm

shoti from somewhere in, China

wonderful lighting on this mother and child! the expression in their faces are beautiful as well. the winds blowing their hair fits perfectly to this mid afternoon light

20 Sep 2011 6:40am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nice treatment

20 Sep 2011 5:47pm

1/400 second
ISO 400
135 mm