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Christmas Spirit

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/60 second F/5.0 ISO 400 140 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

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

This man, have I seen him before on your pictures? His face and expression is lovely.

23 Dec 2011 5:16am

@Mirjam: right, you saw him before . he is one of city characters I like a lot :)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Genial idea, I like your use of color today for this image, and the expression of the man.
A bit ironic! ;)

23 Dec 2011 5:21am

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Very nice composition Mariana. Captures exactly the mood of the days

23 Dec 2011 5:29am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Santa has his wish list too ; ] best…jf

23 Dec 2011 5:53am

Pierre from Belgium

Tu as trouvé le Père Noel qui fait un repérage ?

23 Dec 2011 6:29am

Abhijit Dharmadhikari from Mumbai, India

Excellent expression and X'mas ambiance captured!

23 Dec 2011 6:36am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

great shot.
I wish you a Merry Christmas Mariana!

23 Dec 2011 6:54am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great moment with beautiful colors....

23 Dec 2011 7:20am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

39 years ago, when that place opened, he woulda been closer to the window . . . ah, happy days.

23 Dec 2011 7:39am

STEED from D, France

***** Can't less,can't more......

23 Dec 2011 7:48am

Chantal from Netherlands

Hohoho, he has somewhat of a Santa beard

23 Dec 2011 8:10am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Santa Claus despite his age still has a taste for pretty girls :)) Great image. 5 *. Mariana nice day.

23 Dec 2011 8:15am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice expression of the spirit ! Exquisite combination. Five stars*****

23 Dec 2011 8:22am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

It´s fantastic what you shared here the last weeks, during my absent! Marianna, you´ve definitely found your personal style and this is the highest level we could reach by taking photos!
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a great 2012!

23 Dec 2011 8:29am

@klausZ: hey, hey :) Nice to hear from you ;)


Excellent shot !

23 Dec 2011 8:36am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

since 1972, must be good. Funny shot.

23 Dec 2011 8:41am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Now this shot illustrates the difference between the potential of the mind and the body ! Made me smile. :-)

23 Dec 2011 8:46am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Santa wants some "adult fun" too! Great image.

23 Dec 2011 9:07am

Pedro Alves from Porto, Portugal

Nice one!
Merry Xmas!

23 Dec 2011 9:29am

narcissus from Iran, Iran

nice shot
Merry Xmas :)

23 Dec 2011 9:33am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

He dreams may be...

23 Dec 2011 9:41am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

The original christmas shot.:-)

23 Dec 2011 9:50am

Yves from Isserpent, France

I wish you a wonderful holiday season.

23 Dec 2011 10:51am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

Merry Christmas for you and your family!!!!!!

23 Dec 2011 11:12am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Wunderbares Foto.
Wünsche Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches Jahr 2012.

23 Dec 2011 11:48am

Z from Shanghai, China

Merry Christmas, Mariana

23 Dec 2011 12:48pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

He looks like Santa - without the suit! Wishing you a merry..merry!

23 Dec 2011 12:57pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Haces unas fotos increibles y esta habla por si sola.Feliz Navidad.

23 Dec 2011 1:07pm

mimbi from tehran, Iran

colorful shot
Merry Christmas Mariana

23 Dec 2011 1:11pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

This is really great, Mariana. Love the juxtaposition here - well done!

23 Dec 2011 2:04pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Très belle scène qui mélange la couleur et le NB et quelle scène de noël de rue superbe.

Très belle sorie

23 Dec 2011 3:38pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Strongly expression. " Merry Christmas " !!!

23 Dec 2011 4:13pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Funny (christmas) shot with a Santa Claus without Santa Claus clothes !!!!

23 Dec 2011 4:32pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

Well seen again!! LIke it!
Have a nice day.

23 Dec 2011 4:37pm

Jacqueline from Montréal, Canada

Good sense of humour Mariana... happy Christmas !

23 Dec 2011 5:00pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Love the colour. Somehow he reminds me of a carnival side show barker.

23 Dec 2011 5:51pm

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

I think he has a warm feeling Mariana!! And that's the Christmas feeling ;-)))
Wonderful find ;-D

23 Dec 2011 5:54pm

roland theys from loverval, Belgium

Merry Christmas for you and your family!!!

23 Dec 2011 6:46pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


23 Dec 2011 7:26pm

Sien from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Excellent image, very nice composition Mariana.
Really nice and beautiful, well done

23 Dec 2011 7:47pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The image is great, and the title is devastating. Have a good Xmas.

23 Dec 2011 7:49pm

franz from Baden, Austria

very different types of spirit indeed ... one of your very best images, mariana!
(don't know if you celebrate christmas, but if you do ... have a great one, you and your loved ones!!)

23 Dec 2011 8:09pm

@franz: I celebrate everything with everyone :) Many thx , Franz !

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

He'll need some big "V" for that kind of action. LOL!

23 Dec 2011 10:05pm

Maria from California, United States

Thanks Mariana!
Glad to see your reply to Franz, which answers my question, also: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

23 Dec 2011 10:21pm

Gérard Méry from Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, France

Le Père Noël cherche son costume rouge... un beau portrait

23 Dec 2011 10:23pm

Harry from Apex, United States

Ha! I don't know whether to make a dirty old man joke or wonder what santa might be bringing this guy (oh, wait - is that a dirty old man joke?)

23 Dec 2011 11:03pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It's Santa! I think he's checking who's been naughty and nice. A very cool image, Mariana.

23 Dec 2011 11:16pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

Great portrait !
Colorful image Mariana.
For you a happy Christmas
:) Aly

23 Dec 2011 11:26pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great capture and portrait... love the warm festive colors! Have a very Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2011 12:00am

alex centrella from California, United States

fantastic catch .. !

24 Dec 2011 1:08am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A great image! Santa brings gifts to everyone!

24 Dec 2011 1:12am

Mandar from Kudal, India

Great Shot... I Like the light....

24 Dec 2011 2:26am

Sam from Chennai, India

Great shot. Excellent expression. Nice capture of Christmas spirit. Lovely. Merry Christmas, Mariana! :)

24 Dec 2011 9:06am

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Sacré coquin ce Père Noël!

24 Dec 2011 11:18am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Merry Christmas to you and yours, all the best :)

24 Dec 2011 12:40pm

@Tamara: thx, but hey, there is a last shot :) cannot believe you do not like it ;)

taolechat from Italy

le monsieur au caddy ? tres belle capture

26 Dec 2011 1:35pm

cajera from France

La vitrine est bien alléchante

7 Jan 2012 12:38pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

pretty interesting interpretation here.. :D nice catch..

20 Jan 2012 7:13pm

1/60 second
ISO 400
140 mm