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Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 3 October 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/320 second F/7.1 ISO 400 170 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

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

. . . and mouths. Interesting idea and photo, Mariana

3 Oct 2011 5:20am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I see...met some of the beautiful people you might know on the Photo Walk ; ] best…jf

3 Oct 2011 5:43am

@ordinaryimages: was waiting for son, not the photo walk, when felt somebody was staring at me :)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Good grief, I bet they talk, too. What an interesting and surreal image. I love it.

3 Oct 2011 5:49am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Well seen ! lol ! Nice shot with an amazing background , Phil

3 Oct 2011 5:50am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Bien vu ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

3 Oct 2011 6:11am

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

I can see even a whole face in it
well done!

3 Oct 2011 6:18am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Really splendid with this red background. Superb creation. Mariana nice day.

3 Oct 2011 6:49am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

I like the background and those eyes.

3 Oct 2011 6:57am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

They see a lot of things !

3 Oct 2011 7:04am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

das gefällt mir sehr gut mit dem Hintergrund.

3 Oct 2011 7:07am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

An enchanted tree, love the strong colours

3 Oct 2011 7:07am

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

Beautiful and interesting tree with eyes watching..splendid colours and creation !! Nice day.

3 Oct 2011 7:11am

Cruz from exurbia, United States

The watchers! Great spotting!

3 Oct 2011 7:12am

PATRICK from miramas, France


3 Oct 2011 7:23am

mike from Cap d'Agde, France

Comme des yeux. Magnifiques contrastes

3 Oct 2011 7:36am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great colors...beautiful light & backdrop.

3 Oct 2011 7:37am

Ddo from Verdun, France

What a strange and irreal look. Well seen

3 Oct 2011 7:44am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

You've got a good eye, nice one!

3 Oct 2011 7:54am

klausz from Kufstein, Austria

wonderful contrast with this so impressive "strong" background! so the texture of the birch is fantastic! great! nice day!

3 Oct 2011 8:17am

Kala from United States

Fantastic contrasts. What a beautifully bold image Mariana!

3 Oct 2011 8:50am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

fascinating shot, interesting processing.

3 Oct 2011 9:19am

@Doug: almost without processing, a little bit of rendering to get better texture of trees !

Pedro Alves from Porto, Portugal

Great contrasting colors! Very original photo!
What does "Birch-eyes" mean ?

3 Oct 2011 9:20am

@Pedro Alves: Birch is a tree. Why birch-eyes ? I see so many eyes on them ;)

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

nice and creative work Mariana

3 Oct 2011 9:56am

@Chantal: nothing creative, just an interesting frame with red wall behind ;) processing is almost zero; some rendering only ;) thx Chantal !

franz from Baden, Austria

"Big Birch" is watching you ... not even the woods are safe any more!
love the spectacular colour contrasts here - so very different from your usual ... ;-))

3 Oct 2011 11:08am

@franz: sometimes I get tired of people and need a rest of them ;)

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

fantastic work

3 Oct 2011 11:14am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

How many faces in this picture ? Wonderful point of view.

3 Oct 2011 11:43am

@Hiro: how many you see in it ?

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Beautiful and artistically framed and presented! This tree is staring at me...

3 Oct 2011 11:54am

@Rick: was staring at me too , that is why I stared at him too till man from a local school came to me asking what I was taking pictures of ... silly principal ;)

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Excellent find! Love the contrast between the birch trees and the background.
Well done Mariana!

3 Oct 2011 12:02pm

@Don Levesque: thx Don . Nice to hear from you ;)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This is right out of the Lord of the Rings Mariana! The Ents have made themselves known! Well seen and captured! ;-)

3 Oct 2011 12:44pm

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Wow impressive nice detail

3 Oct 2011 12:47pm

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

Excellent composition and marvelous colours. Well done !!!

3 Oct 2011 12:58pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

That is some crazy and vivid colour...excellent! Love the detail in the tree trunk.

3 Oct 2011 1:17pm

Roxana from Panama City, Panama

Interesting treatment and contrast. Very emotional picture.

3 Oct 2011 1:27pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

A wonderful portrait of a very different sort. I love the vertical composition & the strong contrast of the red & green background & the birch. Altogether great!

3 Oct 2011 1:58pm

@Williams: thx Paul !

Celebes 2.0 from Spain

Un tratamiento agresivo, sorprendente y bello.

3 Oct 2011 2:31pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Eye-catching processing Mariana - very well seen!

3 Oct 2011 2:50pm

@Jason Politte: just a cool frame, there were no processing ! Thx Jason .

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is a really different (Ilike it) concept using the red background with the birch trees..very cool! I also like the eyes and mouths too :-) I hate it when people intimidate you like the pricipal did to you (reading your note to Rick) I get the same treatment when I am around a schoool ...they stare at you like they think you are going to rob them or something....Cool piece here, Mariana!

3 Oct 2011 3:17pm

@Denny Jump Photo: people are strange, Denny ! I showed him this tree with red wall behind how cool it is .. then I showed him my frames in camera ... no kids from school were around .. I do not know what he was thinking how could I shot kids in their classes :) even a magic camera could not do it ;)

asemane from tehran, Iran

it's a little ghastly, specialy with this background.
but it is perfect.

3 Oct 2011 3:34pm

@asemane: a little ghastly? I do not think so . I LOVE it in this contrast ! and how after being a little ghastly could be perfect ?

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

My favorite tree Mariana!! and what a cool background ;-))

3 Oct 2011 3:45pm

@Richard Geven: Mine too ! And I can cry each time when take a picture of Birch remembering one sad story from my past.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I wonder why but I think to the Blair Witch Project

3 Oct 2011 3:50pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

well, you've choosen the best POV you could get on this birch to play a little gag on us Am3 watchers ;-)
cool contrasts and textures here.

3 Oct 2011 4:15pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

La grande classe cette image superbe quel effet avec comme de yeux sur les arbres

3 Oct 2011 4:25pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

superbe image, du grand art, celà me fait bizarre de voir de la couleur chez toi , bonne soirée

3 Oct 2011 4:30pm

steed from France

Surrealistic !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE !!!!

3 Oct 2011 4:50pm

Z from Shanghai, China

Interesting background colors..very strong contrast!

3 Oct 2011 4:50pm

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

WOW Mariana....that's a impressive story!
I hope for you that one day you can enjoy the beauty of a birch!!

3 Oct 2011 5:00pm

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

oh what a color/
i am dreaming

3 Oct 2011 5:05pm

The#1AcePhotog from portland, United States

Aspen have eyes!!!! Nice treatment!

3 Oct 2011 5:42pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

A great surprise !! Well done !!

3 Oct 2011 5:48pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Nicely done, cool picture

3 Oct 2011 6:08pm

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

So beautiful colors and such a fantastic idea. Bravo Mariana

3 Oct 2011 6:27pm

TheoF from Emden, Germany

good idea, creative processing, excellent work

3 Oct 2011 7:22pm

aly from Annen, Netherlands

Hi Mariana
I was with a group trip in Canada September 14/15 at the Niagara Falls and Toronto.
Waterloo is not far from settled and I have been thinking about you.
Very funny.

You let your pictures that look very much alive and trees.
Nice contrast with the background.
:) Aly

3 Oct 2011 7:27pm

@aly: wow... that was a wonderful trip for you , I am sure. Yes, Waterloo is less than 2 hours driving from Niagara , about 1 h from Toronto ;) That would be fun to see each other on Niagara :)

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Fabulous work, Mariana!

3 Oct 2011 7:33pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

Marian great work, impressive, sorprente, full of passion, fantastic

3 Oct 2011 8:04pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Lovely detailed textures and vivid red...great idea and image!

3 Oct 2011 8:13pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Very nice composition. Beautiful eyes.:-)

3 Oct 2011 8:27pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Vraiment excellent!

3 Oct 2011 8:40pm

Harry from Apex, United States

Good use of your trchniques to give the birchpersonality.

3 Oct 2011 9:10pm

Frida from Sweden

So creative and fabulous!

3 Oct 2011 9:18pm

Oscar from BCN, Spain

Very interesting processing! nice!

3 Oct 2011 9:24pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Those eyes! What a great image. And I love the background. Great processing!

4 Oct 2011 12:28am

Sam from Chennai, India

Great shot of these eyes. Nice to see eyes. Beautiful frame :)

4 Oct 2011 2:42am

Trina from Pennsylvania, United States

Well scene! The background really makes this pop!

4 Oct 2011 12:22pm

@Trina: thanks :)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Wonderful processing

4 Oct 2011 6:24pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Sign of a good image: I knew the title even before I read it!

5 Oct 2011 11:54am

Mistral from Rheinfelden (D), Kembs, France

How I love this one! This magnific red backgroud with those white birchs.

5 Oct 2011 12:33pm

Martin from Madrid, Spain

Excellent composition! I love your proposal to find ways to play, I've found eyes, sad faces and twisted mouths. Good colors too!

5 Oct 2011 1:04pm

Jim from Fort Worth, United States

The colors and contrast are stunning. Beautiful work.

5 Oct 2011 4:01pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

they do look like eyes.. i wouldn't want to encounter that while walking at night.. great catch..

5 Oct 2011 7:08pm

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Wow! Mariana - this is so different! I really like this. The trees do have eyes! and the red background just really brings out the detail of the bark and the leaves. Excellent and so creative!

6 Oct 2011 4:10am

Julie DiCarlo from Austin, United States

the bottom pair looks so much like a face. interesting view!

6 Oct 2011 4:50am

ImpréVUS from Dijon, France

we are never suspicious enough with birchs.

6 Oct 2011 4:51pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

Fantastic composition with red in the back. Great!!
Have a nice day.

9 Oct 2011 10:40am

asemane from tehran, Iran

sorry, it seems that i couldn't say my feeling in correct words. i mean it is perfect in convey fear, ofcourse it is my fealing about this pic like fearful jungels in stories.

18 Oct 2011 8:08pm

@asemane: that is ok ... no need to explain it more ;) thanks !

1/320 second
ISO 400
170 mm