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Long Hard Look

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/400 second F/9.0 ISO 400 85 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

Eyes waiting to smile. best…jf

20 Sep 2011 5:26am

@ordinaryimages: i wish to see them smiling :)

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

what glance ! I'm afraid !

20 Sep 2011 5:30am

@Marie LC: dont be afraid .. it's just a pic ;)

sunstonemaria from California, United States

powerful eyes!

20 Sep 2011 5:42am

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Wow that's intense!

20 Sep 2011 5:50am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

All is in your title ! Wonderful ! Phil

20 Sep 2011 6:11am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

ohhhhh ! i feel bad !

20 Sep 2011 6:16am

@Shaahin Bahremand: who? she or you ?

STEED from D, France

A strongest portrait as you know give us frequently......Superb !!!

20 Sep 2011 6:17am

@STEED: thanks ;)

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Superbly captured, not a happy person, your title is perfect

20 Sep 2011 6:23am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Severe !

20 Sep 2011 6:26am

@Gérard Beullac: who? she, picture or your comment ?

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Superb portrait. I love this perfect capture.

20 Sep 2011 6:47am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superb light that fails to soften the features of that face, it seems to be very severe :( Splendid portrait. Mariana nice day.

20 Sep 2011 6:51am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

J'ai... peur ! Fantastique regard ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée.

20 Sep 2011 6:58am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Withering, especially with the white on her left eye

20 Sep 2011 7:13am

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

I think, she´s a littlebit unhappy. Perhaps she need some days at a beautyfarm, just to relax. Well catched!

20 Sep 2011 7:54am

@Ralf Kesper: beautyfarm ? I would love to go there too ;)

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Perhaps she was not happy with you; did you say cheese perhaps? LOL!

20 Sep 2011 7:55am

@J.R.: with me ? she did not see me ! Thx JR

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

"Powerful" expressions....GREAT!!

20 Sep 2011 8:35am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

she doesn't look too happy

20 Sep 2011 8:39am

@Mirjam: maybe just that kind of look ;) she is maybe happier than you and me :)

Jean-Luc from Bourg en Bresse, France

Did you make something bad , S ???? :-) Still u alive after that ? What a several and strong face ! Only you can catch such kind of expressions. Superb , but i'm a bit scared now ;)
Kiss kiss

20 Sep 2011 8:42am

@Jean-Luc: Me ? Me doing bad ? Never :) I just like portrait of unusual faces and expressions ;)

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Great and powerful portrait

20 Sep 2011 8:47am

Amerlina from Tehran, Iran

i'm not sure if she were looking straight at you. don' worry :D

20 Sep 2011 9:12am

@Amerlina: she does not look at me :)

Priscilla from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Great portrait.

20 Sep 2011 9:24am

Judith from Linz, Austria

Wow, amazing portrait. A little bit scary though.

20 Sep 2011 9:41am

Hans ter Horst from Ruislip, United Kingdom

Uh oh, you are in trouble :-)

20 Sep 2011 9:52am

@Hans ter Horst: never ;)

klausz from Kustein, Austria

a very "hard" facial expression and also very critical! really made for your kind of processing! top!

20 Sep 2011 10:08am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A disturbing look. Great image.

20 Sep 2011 10:13am

PATRICK from miramas, France


20 Sep 2011 10:16am

Emmeji from France

Un regard qui glace...

20 Sep 2011 10:23am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Amazing portrait! A very intense expression!
Well seen Mariana!

20 Sep 2011 10:23am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great capture - a look of intensity in her eyes.

20 Sep 2011 10:59am

Z from Shanghai, China

Superb portrait! Sometimes it's no need to interpret an image. I simply feel.

20 Sep 2011 11:10am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

So intense and firm, this picture demands a long hard look!

20 Sep 2011 11:46am

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Wonderful portrait of this lady. I would hate to be on the end of that disapproving look! I wonder when she smiled last - I'd love to see her in a moment of joy. Beautiful capture, Mariana.

20 Sep 2011 11:53am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Definitely a stern and disapproving stare on her face! Hopefully it was directed at you Mariana! Nicely captured! ;-)

20 Sep 2011 11:56am

---------Photo-Spice---------- from Konstanz, Germany

Great expression, did she look like this because you took the photo? Had that a lot in Africa and Asia as well.....

Cheers JH

20 Sep 2011 11:57am

@---------Photo-Spice----------: I do not know how she looked before or after I took this shot . I saw her, shooted and that is all I know about her ;) I would love to see portraits of these women you see in Asia and Africa ! THx !

Morten Pedersen from Norway

I am freezing!

20 Sep 2011 11:59am

@Morten Pedersen: is it so cold already in Norway ? ha ha

kgoks from Kanagawa, Japan

wonderful! I feel the strength.

20 Sep 2011 12:18pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

One long hard look. Terrific framing & light.

20 Sep 2011 12:27pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

What an intensity !

20 Sep 2011 1:41pm

Victoria from Sweden

Great portrait!

20 Sep 2011 1:43pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

What a fantastic expression you captured in her eyes - well done!

20 Sep 2011 1:44pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

So strong and intense! It seems she has bone to pick up with somebody else. Great portrait.

20 Sep 2011 2:47pm

dr pankaj shukla from panaji, India

wow ... tough look ....

20 Sep 2011 3:19pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

un magnifique portrait

20 Sep 2011 3:29pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Wow! Another super portrait from someone who knows how to make these types of pictures very special. You have a radar for great faces, and this woman has such expressive features, in particular the eyes (obviously!)... yes, as you replied above, I would much rather see her happy and see the power of these eyes all lit up in joy. Still, a vivid and richly detailed photo. Enjoy the nice weather, sister, because grey skies are on the way. Blah!

20 Sep 2011 3:34pm

@Rick: always pleasure to read you smart comments . seems to me many does not like appearance of this woman, and about portrait as a picture many avoid to comment ;) Need to go through my Pictures folder and find one princess, a pretty, pretty girl and post her asap :)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hhi Mariana - I have missed several of your previous images so I went back to review, enjoy, and be amazed as always at your great images. I apologize for being absent, things have been crazyfor me over the past several days and I am still catching up with people sorry. This lady really has a dramatic and serious look here...perhaps that is not how she is really but the look is just as you say, a Long Hard Look ;-) I love the sharp focus and great contrast Mariana....yours are always so clear and beautifully composed! I hope all is well ...thank you for this ;-)..Denny

20 Sep 2011 3:42pm

@Denny Jump Photo: No need for apology, Denny! Do not worry . Do your stuff :) Liked humor on your picture for today :) It's funny and silly :)

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

I don't wanna go home............ man what a look.....

20 Sep 2011 4:19pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quela regard, quel rendu sur la peau super portrait de cette dame

20 Sep 2011 4:40pm

mohkum from Cochin (Kochi), India

Very powerful portrait with her strong eyes! Intelligent capture!

20 Sep 2011 4:44pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great portrait !!

20 Sep 2011 5:05pm

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia


20 Sep 2011 5:22pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

She is very intimidating

20 Sep 2011 5:45pm

@Nigel: maybe not . appearance could be very illusive !

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful detail captured when the pores of her face are clearly visible! And the "whites" of her eyes are a great contrast in this B&W compo.

20 Sep 2011 6:03pm

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

If she is a teacher, pupils are certainly very wise no? A portrait five stars Mariana

20 Sep 2011 6:14pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Great portrait strong and intense !

20 Sep 2011 6:28pm

@Enzo: thx Enzo . Your pic today is very cool :)

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Incredible look. Wonderful portrait. Just 5*.:-)

20 Sep 2011 6:37pm

Harry from Apex, United States

Wonderful chisled face... and such a harsh look.

20 Sep 2011 6:39pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Wow ! What an impressive expression on her face

20 Sep 2011 7:36pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Mariana,
The woman's eyes seem very thoughtful and vigilant. It would be nice if the expression of these eyes would be happier. An impressive photo. Thank you for visiting my blog. I wish you all the best and health.
Dear greetings from Christel

20 Sep 2011 8:43pm

franz from Baden, Austria

wow, excellent processing and framing again! i bet she could stare down a statue if she wanted to ...

20 Sep 2011 8:43pm

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Wow! Impressive expression

20 Sep 2011 8:48pm

Andrew from United States

I showed this portrait to a friend of mine and you could see the expression in their face as she said "Wow." Another exceptional job :)

20 Sep 2011 9:53pm

@Andrew: thx Andrew; I am glad she likes it too ;)

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Intense portrait with exceptional processing.

20 Sep 2011 10:40pm

Paulo Pedroso from Lisbon, Portugal

this is a "strong" face, well captured! Like it!

20 Sep 2011 10:43pm

Fitr from Rhode Island, United States

wow, fantastic shot!!..looks mean....great catch!!

20 Sep 2011 10:49pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Another Spotlight in the making..great shot!

21 Sep 2011 12:00am

Zus from Osaka, Japan

Impressive portrait again! Powerful and shiny eyes. Great use of the light on her face.

21 Sep 2011 12:17am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great portrait. Very intense eyes. Wonderful image.

21 Sep 2011 2:04am

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

severe and undisguised

21 Sep 2011 4:09am

Sugata from Newark, United States

Amazing textures, and great eyes. Wonderful portrait!

21 Sep 2011 4:53am

Ddo from Verdun, France

What have you done? Her look is terrific. Not agree with your shot? A great expressive pottrait

21 Sep 2011 5:14am

Sam from Chennai, India

Great portrait. Very expressive. :)

21 Sep 2011 5:59am

Frida from Sweden

Wow if eyes could kill :-) Excellent capture!

21 Sep 2011 8:04am

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

100 x 100 mariana, fantastico

21 Sep 2011 8:19am

Pedro Alves from Porto, Portugal

Be afraid... Be vary afraid!
Great expression with very sharp details.

21 Sep 2011 10:35am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Really strong glance !

21 Sep 2011 12:37pm

cajera from France

Fortunately she not seen you. She already seems angry so she would have been furious.

21 Sep 2011 5:03pm

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

I love how the light catches the right side of her face - excellent work -

21 Sep 2011 6:31pm

@ripple: thank you :)

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente retrato, magnifica expresion capturada, saludos!

21 Sep 2011 10:29pm

Albert from Sweden, living in Hamburg, Germany

She scares me. I feel like I'm 10 years old and made something bad (e.g. stole some apples). The hard light and shadows are good, it makes her face even stronger, like a stone. Well done.

22 Sep 2011 10:10am

Roland Theys from Belgium

Very good subject! cheer!

22 Sep 2011 4:37pm

Oscar from BCN, Spain

Super portrait, nice!

22 Sep 2011 7:36pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Terrific expression!!

23 Sep 2011 11:28am

Bruno F from France

Terrific ! Another great portrait !

23 Sep 2011 3:17pm

ManuRaw from France

Quel portrait, quelle force dans le regard.
Excellente photo.
Bravo !

23 Sep 2011 7:26pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is one scary look! She's not too happy.

24 Sep 2011 10:06pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

Impressive look!! Very strong with your deep BW! Great!!
Have a nice day.

26 Sep 2011 4:31pm

Martin from Madrid, Spain

I see you've got "some" comments on this image. That means that my words its not necessary, Congratulations, it's a "fotaza" As we say in Spain

27 Sep 2011 10:36pm

1/400 second
ISO 400
85 mm