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.
“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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Beautiful photograph and a very lovely quote.
Thank you very much.
I absolutely agree….Wonderful woman´s `portrait…Wrinkles mean life and love, and passion, and sadness…She has had a long life!!!
Thank you. Yes, long and full of experience.
Certainly the texture held with your magic formula for candid street shooting – Great image and text.
Thank you. Sometimes the formula works, and sometimes it doesn’t, but when it does…. 🙂
A good description of the whole photography process.
Well done–both in image and quotes.
Thank you. The quote and image really work well together. 🙂
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)….
Thank you Paula. The photos speak for themselves, and everyone hears something different.
You can include this in your next B&W Sunday if you wish.
Sorry about the banner – it’s one of 12 rotating banners. Just refresh the screen and it should disappear. 🙂
😀 is it morning already? I will link this, thank you. Switching off now. Have a good day!
Good night Paula.
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. 🙂
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 … 😉
Thank you very kindly M R.
Well, go on a Wednesday or Thursday. I’m never there on a Wednesday or Thursday. 😉
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
I would listen to whatever she had to say! Great capture.
Thank you. There’s so much knowledge to be passed on from generation to generation.
Very nice and atmospheric portrait.
Thank you very much.
Love that quote and it fits the image perfectly.
Thank you. 🙂
The photograph of the lady and words you chose fit just perfect 🙂
Thank you very much.
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!
Thank you very much.
Great shot. Those wrinkles are much more pleasant to behold than a botox mask.
Very true. Some people just don’t understand that natural is best.
Thank you kindly.
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!
Good or lucky? 🙂 I really like the quote from Lauren Bacall too.
Thank you Indah.
Wonderful, wonderful image of this interesting lady. Her hands are beautiful.
Thank you very much. She looks like she has a lot of wisdom to share.
The focus is spot on for this shot Draco. I would love to hear the stories she has to share.
Thanks Vincent. She looks like she’s lived a full life, and the stories she has to tell would be fascinating to listen to.
There is so much wonderful character in that beautiful face, and you have captured it beautifully, Lignum.
Thank you Lisa. Her face and hands say so much.
So fabulous in every way! She is beautiful and what amazing clarity…you are so good!
Thank you very much. Her face is so emotive. Her eyes and hands have a lot to say too.
…don’t go out in the sun without protection.
Great capture Dragon 🙂
Thank you. 🙂
Her hands speaks volume! And if my whole life shows in my face, I want to be beautiful 😀
You are. 🙂
Thank you. I should have crinkling hands too 🙂
I love it! Not sure how much more I can add. I want to thank you for telling us how you took the photo, so we can learn from the pro. THANKS!
I’m not a pro, but thank you very much. 🙂
That is a great shot. And sharp where it matters. Wonderful.
Thank you. 🙂
A wonderful portrait, looks like you picked an excellent box of chocolates for this one 🙂
Every now and then some Valhrona or Lindt chocolate pops up. 🙂 Thank you.
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. 🙂
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!! 🙂
Everyone sees something a little different in each photo. It’s interesting. 🙂
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. 🙂
Thank you. In candid work, someone is usually moving – either the subject or the photographer, or both.
How incredibly elegant. Her inner beauty certainly shines through.
It most certainly does. Beauty and strength in one.
She looks lovely! What a great photo and I like the quotes also! 🙂
Thank you Elina. She had a certain presence about her.
Great capture! She is gorgeous.
Thank you. She has strength and beauty.
This is beautifully framed and the focus is wonderful – great job!
Thank you. She just looked so interesting.
Very expressive features, Great capture!.
Best regards, Aquileana 😀
Thank you Aquileana. 🙂
Hear, hear. Lauren Bacall, what a lady. And great shots, as usual. 🙂
Thanks. Such sad news that she passed away earlier this week.
I think it’s more listen to your Grandmother. She is so well dressed and her hair is still intact. That’s a great shot!
Thanks. She looked like a really impressive woman.
…Of course I want 🙂 Thank you, Draco 🙂
You’re welcome. 🙂
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Wow Lignum, what a handsome woman and a brilliant shot! Lines, what lines?
Thank you Patti. Her face and hands tell a thousand stories. I’d love to listen to them.
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!
Thanks for coming back to the post. Her face is like an open book. The stories she could tell …