listen to your mother

Sydney February 2014 (2 photos)

“Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.”

…Clarence Day (1874–1935 American author)

For this one I used a 50mm prime lens with focus preset at about 2.5m, and I fired this one off as I walked slowly past. I was pleasantly surprised with the clarity of this shot, particularly the texture of this woman’s face.

listen to your mother 3

“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.”

…Lauren Bacall (1924-2014 Actress)

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Listen to your mother…


86 thoughts on “Listen to your mother…

  1. If you have lived an honest life.. You are quite a psychologist with that camera, Draco. I love this pic and the old woman, but the look of the young Asian in the header is off-putting (to me)….

  2. amazing detail on her face!!
    Lignum, it’s a brilliant shot …. focus, composition, just brilliant… like you were actualy part of that conversation… and I know you are explaining the process and all… but, honestly, it’s amazing how you take these candid shots…

    • It’s the benefit of being close. The viewer feels like they are there, as if you could reach in and touch her.
      Thank you very much Ignis. Your comment means a lot to me. Have a great week ahead. 🙂

  3. I like not only the philosophy you embrace, LD, but the photo as well. Sometimes I wonder if you are walking past me, you know – and if you might shoot this kind of frame of me ! So I tend to steer clear of the QVB … 😉

  4. Love this. You must have very steady hands, Dragon. It’s a plus that she seems fairly happy. Though it would’ve been nice if there was a glass of champagne in front of her 🙂

    • Thank you. People’s facial expressions change quickly. If I’d been there a second later, the posture and expression may have been completely different, and the title of this post would be different. I was lucky her hands were placed as they were too. It really adds to the photo.
      She deserves a glass of champagne. 🙂

  5. Very nice. We could almost listen to her. You may have trained a lot before being able to succed in taking this kind of pre-focus pictures while walking ? Particularly hard, with such a short depth of field ! 🙂

    • Thank you,. I do wonder what she was saying. 🙂
      I try this technique a lot. Mostly the results are out of focus to some degree, but maybe 20% of the time, I get it right, and that keeps me going. 🙂

  6. If you captured this shot as you were walking, all I can say is excellent job! The photo is so full of character and indeed, the textures on the woman’s face show that she has been able to live her life to a great age. She seems content as well. Niceness!

  7. The detail is impressive! It takes a good photographer to captured the moment 🙂 Stunning portrait and Lauren Bacall said it wisely, whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that – thanks for sharing this quote. Respect!

  8. Mom always knows best 😛 It’s an amazing capture for sure…I think this woman is absolutely beautiful! 😀 I’ve gotten so fed up with all the plastic beauty that is being promoted…I think there’s nothing more beautiful, to see an old wrinkled face that still radiates happiness and kindness. A person who survived so many years in this cruel world and still is able to genuinely smile. Wrinkles do reveal a lot about a character…Why would anyone prefer to have an ironed and expressionless face?

    • Ageing is a natural process, and some people try to fight it, but I think natural beauty is best. Botox and surgery is really overdone these days.
      Many thanks for the comments. Yes, Mother knows best. 🙂

  9. Your remarkable,amazing photos always tell stories and let reviewers wonder after they leave the site; and that is probably photographers wish to achieve.
    Bravo, Dragon!! 🙂

  10. What an other great shot on the same location. 🙂 Amazing how sharp it is out of walking by. It looks more as you have a fixed hidden camera somewhere. 🙂 This is a master piece of candid. I’m inspired and keep trying. 🙂

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  12. I could have sworn I liked and commented on this amazing photo when you first posted it. Apparently not. Guess I knew I wanted to but got distracted. This time, straight to the point – technically flawless with a subject that simply captures my heart, this is an absolutely stunning shot!

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