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Fear of Something Bigger

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/500 second F/10.0 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

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wow, what a thoughtful composition ! Excellent job.

17 Mar 2012 5:09am

Kala from United States

Fantastic selective focus, light, and tones.

17 Mar 2012 5:46am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Very different. I think its kinda scary too. Great job.

17 Mar 2012 5:54am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Wonderful storytelling.

17 Mar 2012 6:01am

arun from Chennai, India

dramatic.... good work!!

17 Mar 2012 6:46am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

J'y vois comme une protection....

17 Mar 2012 7:13am

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

très belle composition annisab

17 Mar 2012 7:36am

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

awesome setting

17 Mar 2012 7:44am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Wonderful frame - the little boy is not at all sure about the swan.

17 Mar 2012 7:50am

@Nigel: Boy was very sure, and very frightened of this big swan. He was chasing and teasing the swan for long, and then, the smart swan stopped and started running after the boy. You should have seen this moment. I think I saved the boy the moment I came very close to them, and swan then became aware of me.

Ellebelle from Medemblik, Netherlands

Beautiful focus on the swan and so wonderfully framed!!
He'd better watch out ........

17 Mar 2012 7:56am

Monik from PARIS, France

Oh... Quelle superbe composition avec cet enfant dans le fond qui dessine presqu'un coeur...ouvert ..! Un très grand BRAVO, Mariana!
Bonne journée.

17 Mar 2012 8:04am

Khalil from Beirut, Lebanon

Excellente composition avec un magnifique et impressionnant rendu du cygne et cet enfant de l'arrière plan, baignant dans un flou artistique avec une expression mélangeant la peur et l'admiration. Un très beau travail.

17 Mar 2012 8:08am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Great composition !

17 Mar 2012 8:23am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wonderful composition with superb light . Quite a story there ,like in a fairy tale ...

17 Mar 2012 8:53am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

With this angle of magnitude scale was reversed, splendid composition. Nice day *****.

17 Mar 2012 8:59am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

What magic! If anyone knows the secret of Mariana to "things" like that, I'm willing to pay! :)

17 Mar 2012 9:02am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Tiens toi à distance petit ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

17 Mar 2012 9:03am

Z from Shanghai, China

Great composition

17 Mar 2012 9:10am

Pixim from Nice, France

It is the pleasure to make photos, and pleasure that to see a beautiful worked photo. Then, it is with pleasure that every day, with enjoyment, i wait for your day photo. The story of a swan which wants to become again a prince ... or of a little boy who wants to become beautiful as a swan ... is tastefully staged and art Bravo

17 Mar 2012 9:14am

@Pixim: you are toooooo kind, Pixim ;) Thx a lot .

gootchai from bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaaa!!! quelle superbe photo très artistique!!! j'aime++++++++

17 Mar 2012 10:02am

PhotoAttraction from Porto, Portugal

Great shot! Very artistic indeed.
And this time I like the aura they both have. One light and one dark... with all that it means...

17 Mar 2012 11:01am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Wonderful composition !!!

17 Mar 2012 11:07am

Christine from Iseste, France

Lequel des deux est le plus étonné et craintif? superbe contraste

17 Mar 2012 11:14am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Wonderfully captured Mariana. Nice work.:-)

17 Mar 2012 11:27am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

What a wonderfully insightful composition Mariana! 5-stars!!! Bravo! ;-)

17 Mar 2012 11:47am

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Wow, un instantané d'antologie !

17 Mar 2012 11:48am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Great shot, once in a lifetime

17 Mar 2012 12:41pm

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Then again did you transplant the little boy into the picture?:)

17 Mar 2012 12:43pm

@J.R.: Transplantation ? he he ... NO .. NO ...and NOOOOOOO :) Come back and read my answer to Nigel ;) I wished I could have taped those few minutes :) That would be a super video ;)

thami from Morocco

Excellent face à face où l'humain n'a pas forcément le beau rôle!
Bonne fin de semaine lumineuse et chal-heureuse!

17 Mar 2012 12:44pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing story of a little boy and Big swan. You saved him ... And you give us a great visual ... A great shot indeed. Love it. :)

17 Mar 2012 1:41pm

christine from oelegem, Belgium

A photo with a story, the dramatic effect is enlarged by the use of B&W.

17 Mar 2012 2:04pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique compoa vec cet enfant qui a l'air d'avoir peur génaile image.
Belle journée

17 Mar 2012 2:10pm

Karen Politte from Conway, AR, United States

so many elements in this shot - well done!!

17 Mar 2012 2:27pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!

17 Mar 2012 2:39pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Fantastic use of focus

17 Mar 2012 4:09pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Great portraits. nice focus.

17 Mar 2012 4:24pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow splendid 5***

17 Mar 2012 4:50pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

grandiose, bravo

17 Mar 2012 5:32pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

ben c'est la plus belle des photos que j'ai vu à ce jour chez Aminus3.....

17 Mar 2012 6:22pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Indeed, from this perspective, the swan is very, very large !

17 Mar 2012 8:49pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Very nice capture! The boy looks trapped and scared.
When you do something wrong, it always comes back to you.

17 Mar 2012 8:58pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

faaaaaaaaaaaaaaantstic marian, genial

17 Mar 2012 9:42pm

Bruno F from France

Strange like a childhood dream ! A so amazing composition !

17 Mar 2012 9:53pm

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

L'enfant semble intrigué de cette présence du cygne..

17 Mar 2012 10:00pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Very interesting scene, great composition !!!!

17 Mar 2012 10:04pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

superbly done

17 Mar 2012 10:09pm

Phil David Morris, from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

Beautiful, very unique and wonderful as a work of art !~

17 Mar 2012 10:33pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

sublime frame - great processing

18 Mar 2012 1:03am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I just love how you captured the fear in the little boy and the agressive look on the swan. Fantastic image!

18 Mar 2012 1:41am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, what a beauty of a shot. The boy is certainly showing some apprehension here. Well done, Mariana!

18 Mar 2012 3:30am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente composición..gran captura!!

18 Mar 2012 5:49am

PhotOpus from Aix-en-Provence, France

Une superpo bien gérée

18 Mar 2012 6:40am

Putter from Brugge, Belgium

Superb composition. Love it!

18 Mar 2012 7:23am

Yves from Isserpent, France

Un côté angoissant, très angoissant.
je te souhaite un bon dimanche.

18 Mar 2012 9:18am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

What a fantastic composition ! I'm really impressed... Should be a spotlight imho ! 5***** for me anyway :) And the story behind the picture is very intresting too, I know they can be very agressive... Have a great weekend Mariana :)

18 Mar 2012 11:46am

~JsB~ from Stockholm, Sweden

Great image

18 Mar 2012 12:01pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It is good to learn to respect someone who is more powerful than himself. There will be no unnecessary bump.

18 Mar 2012 1:51pm

Baldwin J from Bejuma, Venezuela

Great B&W ... Great depth.

18 Mar 2012 2:03pm

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Stunning shot!

18 Mar 2012 3:04pm

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

nice montage ! good job mariana

18 Mar 2012 3:08pm

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

I'am really impressed. What a composition and black and white! Really good!

18 Mar 2012 3:09pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Hervorragender Schärfeverlauf. Eine Spitzenmäßige Aufnahme.

18 Mar 2012 3:48pm

gogoli from Tehran, Iran

great shot!!

18 Mar 2012 8:27pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

superbe jeu de perspective !!
j'aime beaucoup !

18 Mar 2012 9:39pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Well composed!

18 Mar 2012 11:14pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

if it were really as big as that, i'd be scared too.. :D

18 Mar 2012 11:32pm

Laurent from not far from Lyon, France

superb composition and play with the DOF

19 Mar 2012 6:27am

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Great composition!!

19 Mar 2012 6:52am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Amazing....great composition & POV...A++

19 Mar 2012 8:53am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

I love this, wonderful framing.

19 Mar 2012 9:32am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Fantastic play on scale!! Amazing how you managed to frame this. Wonderful point-of-view!

19 Mar 2012 12:01pm

Jim Mahan-Soto from Glendale, CA, United States

Love this image and your story of rescue! When there is a story, the image is always better.

19 Mar 2012 7:15pm

@Jim Mahan-Soto: thanks Jim . Yes, very often a picture cannot say what was really happening and a few words help to better get an image. I usually do not write anything and let the viewers to say what they see and think of the image :) Some comments are so close, some very funny to read and far from the real story :)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Awesome! That kid should fear that swan. They can be mean. Oh, I read that he had been teasing the swan. A bad idea.

20 Mar 2012 5:35am

cajera from France

Le cygne semble avoir perdu de sa légèreté et de sa douceur pour devenir dur comme de la pierre et menaçant pour effrayer le petit garçon

22 Mar 2012 8:41pm

Yonatan from New York, United States


26 Mar 2012 12:44pm

Mehdi Monadi from Tehran, Iran

Wonderful shot.bravo

21 Jul 2012 10:03am

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Mariana M. by Christian Richer

1/500 second
ISO 400
75 mm