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Heavy Footsteps

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/400 second F/9.0 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

Ludovic Roudet from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Great composition, with beautiful framing. Splendid interplay of complementary contrasts between cold and warm tones.

7 Sep 2013 5:35am

PATRICK from miramas, France

great capture

7 Sep 2013 5:43am

365 from namur, Belgium

The light is perfect, the diagonals add vibrancy as the foot which raised. The picture hides the face of the old gentleman, which is very polite and discreet. Very good!

7 Sep 2013 5:56am

@365: " The picture hides the face of the old gentleman, which is very polite and discreet." ____ does it mean that 99% of the street photographers are rude and impolite ? I do not think so ....

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A good metaphor of the autumn, good shot

7 Sep 2013 6:35am

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

Wonderful golden brown and diagonals!
There's something missing .........

7 Sep 2013 6:52am

@Ellebelle: feel free to say what is missing :) thx in advance

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb composition and tones !

7 Sep 2013 7:36am

Monik from PARIS, France

L'éclairage est sublime et les tons automnaux sont en harmonie totale avec le thème..!

7 Sep 2013 7:42am

Tat à l'oeil from Paris, France

Belle lumière et reflets !

7 Sep 2013 7:45am

Bruno F from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Wonderful framing !

7 Sep 2013 7:48am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful composition and framing ! superb light on his back, beautiful colors and reflections !

7 Sep 2013 8:07am

Gérard from Saint Cyr sur Loire, France

Je justifie mon commentaire précédent , un cadrage soigné de cette personne âgée. Bravo.

7 Sep 2013 8:07am

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

Excellent framing and light. The colors are stunning and I like a lot the shadows. A very nice photo, I love it.
Have a nice day.

7 Sep 2013 8:14am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful framing, light and tones, well done !

7 Sep 2013 8:33am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Excellent, the lines work really well with the silhouette.
Remember me a tentative for doing something in the style. Less successful, I must admit.

7 Sep 2013 8:55am

@Gérard Beullac: this picture you attach is fantastic . tell me more about it . love it much more than my image .

Martine Libouton from Belgium

5***** juste splendide cette photo avec le reflet dans la flaque et cette superbe lumière!!!un cadrage au top!

7 Sep 2013 10:17am

helys from Paris, France

Great step and reflections
Nice colors and mood

7 Sep 2013 10:18am

Frida from Sweden

Those steps I know of, I see them every day at work. Footprints of a hard and long life.

7 Sep 2013 10:42am

Devi from Chennai, India

Lovely sunlight falling on the man and the shadows under his feet !! Terrific feel here !!

7 Sep 2013 11:08am

franz from Baden, Austria

perfect capture of the moment, and stunning use of light. i love the crop you applied here !!!

7 Sep 2013 11:22am

@franz: hey Franz :) you are FREE today of AM3. Right ? thx for viewing anyway !

franz from Baden, Austria

i am, in principle, but i'm leaving for a week tomorrow, and i don't know if or how often i can access the internet where i'm going ...
have a great week, and i'll try to stop by as often as i can ! ;-)

7 Sep 2013 11:44am

@franz: you have a wonderful trip, Franz . Lucky you traveling all the time ;)

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Belle ambiance..... )

7 Sep 2013 12:39pm

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Intirinsting framing, great colours !

7 Sep 2013 2:17pm

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

interesting oupss ;-)

7 Sep 2013 2:18pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

A deep feeling image.

7 Sep 2013 2:59pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

He still has a bit of spring in his step no matter how much his body resists. A wonderfully compelling image, Mariana.

7 Sep 2013 3:21pm

ceteceva from Angers, France

Quelle symbolique ! Cette photo est superbe ! Un vieillard qui suit des rails recouverts de flaques d'eau. Pour aller où ? Pour chercher quoi ? Peu importe il avance !!!

7 Sep 2013 4:08pm

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

I like it !!!

7 Sep 2013 4:58pm

@Veronique: thank you Veronique !

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

The man's head is missing, but that's obvious ;-)) I mean something elusive ......
I think I'd cut this image 0,5 cm above the arm holding the walking stick to put more accent on the "heavy footsteps" .........

7 Sep 2013 5:41pm

@Ellebelle: thanks for reply, Ellebelle. I could not even think of this ( missing head ) . I was thinking about some technical issue. i am still not ready to say yes or no to your suggestion, but thank you anyway !

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

The light and the colours are remarkable here and makes the photo.
If one needed to crop it I'd have cropped it just above the arm. Try the effect.

7 Sep 2013 7:30pm

@Longroute: Light and colors are really pretty in this image but they cannot make the photo. What makes this photo is very delicate, almost invisible detail which is hard to see and feel by those who does not have a keen eye for detail - have a look at his left feet, and then switch to the bottom of his walking cane. Do they touch the ground? No... Almost ...And at the very next second they both will be on the ground .... how harmoniums, how skillful walking with his walking cane.... And what do you think about this instant captured with a camera ? Isn't it fabulous ? His missing or not missing head, how to crop image, yes or no is totally irrelevant in all this story ! I do not care if image is going to be cropped or not, till I feel and love what I see here - LEFT FEET and his CANE :)

Coul&Tradi from Nord, France

In the privacy of these steps!

7 Sep 2013 7:36pm

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

j aime l'energie de ce cliché ,la chaleur des couleurs , la richesse des matières,le pas décidé de l homme qu 'on devine agé ;la vie;cadrage interessant ;annisab

7 Sep 2013 9:21pm

Rafael from North Miami, United States

Excellent capture.

7 Sep 2013 9:53pm

maurizio jaya costantino from Trieste, Italy

there's a lightness in heaviness :-)

8 Sep 2013 6:50am

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

Yes, I had seen that detail but I had taken it for granted. Of course the photo is about the pace of this old man, even a blind person would see this. What I meant is that without the contrast with the lovely light and colour in the side-walk the silhouette of the legs and cane would not have been so effective. Not always you find at once the right words to comment. But my opinion is that light is all in a photo, even when the main subject is a person. Then I don't agree that cropping is irrelevant in this story or in any other one. (:-)
If you try to crop it the way I said (you only need to lower down the photo here using the cursor) you will see that the detail you mention will be highlighted much better.

8 Sep 2013 6:57am

L'angevine from Angers, France

remarquable éclairage sur sa veste et aussi sur ce sol où les tons sont intéressants,bravo

8 Sep 2013 8:11am

Melocoton from Spain

masterpiece, fantastic mary

8 Sep 2013 8:02pm

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

Oh yes ! that it is !!!(your explanation to longroute) I couldn't make ​​the connection between the stick and the foot and the impression of heaviness. I've got it now :-)

9 Sep 2013 6:08pm

@Veronique: so you liked colors and light too ? thx for the other look at this image .

CLODO from PESSAC, France

really decisive moment well caught (feeling of getting old and ill) with a superb backlight with strong colors.
Congratulations Mariana

10 Sep 2013 1:16pm

@CLODO: thx CLODO :)

Marie from FRESNES, France

excellent cadrage, j'aime beaucoup.

28 Sep 2013 9:35am

This image has been featured in 2 Remix collections.

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1/400 second
ISO 400
75 mm