Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Faces (#3)

This contemplative woman captured my attention at the Farmer's Market. She seemed lost in thought and lit from within.

I continue with this week's series of street portraits. Take a look at the faces of our community.


24 comments:

Dixie Jane said...

Could it be Bridget Bardot's mother in South Pasadena looking contemplative?

Judy Williams said...

hee hee - I like her wig. Also, the twinkle in one eye in tandem with the glint of light caught by her necklace hiding beneath her collar :)

Mister Earl said...

By god, I know that guy!

Anonymous said...

Very impressive, but you need to go light on the Photoshop. (A joke...you didn't, right?) Seriously, you might consider taking a black background for future studies for continuity. It is a nice shot. (And Photoshop can be useful.)

just another photographer said...

This is a masterful shot. It's almost like a black and white oil painting.

I love that you DON'T use a lot of photoshop in your images. You have an artist's eye for composition and a poet's eye for subject. Well done.

I'm enjoying this series.

Laurie said...

Wow, just another photographer. Thanks!

Maurice said...

This picture is scary. She's looking through us as if she's a ghost. Also looks like this person is wearing a mask.

Judy Williams said...

So funny how other photogs feel the need to tell you how to use PS. Oh brother.

Judy Williams said...

Just heard of two small earthquakes. Chieftess, are you and DW ok???

dbdubya said...

It was a 4.2, Judy. Strong enough to wake us up, but nothing more than that. This is a very active seismic region and we live in the middle of a caldera.

dbdubya said...

This woman looks unhappy - like she was woken up in the middle of the night by an earthquake.

Michelle said...

I don't think she is scary at all. Behind the mask of age is a lifetime of dreams and experiences. This is one of my favorites of yours, Laurie.

I agree with Judy about the unsolicited "advice.". Like you would take a black backdrop for street photos. By the way, did you know photoshop is helpful? Maybe you have heard!!! Everyone is a critic.

Hang in there DBW and Chieftess!

Laurie said...

Woke up with a jolt, huh, DB? :-) I've been in SoCal for 23 years and I still freak out a little when there is an earthquake. In fact, I'm pretty impressed with the East Coast and how they've handled theirs. One of the funniest tweets I saw yesterday was from a New Yorker who said something along the lines of, "LA, you guys freak out when there is 3 consecutive days of rain. Give us this!" Ha!

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I really love this shot. The woman fascinated me and the setting was just perfect to get that dark background. I pushed the contrast in this but that's it.

Judy and Michelle, I find criticism from other photogs much more constructive (and overall, nicer) than anything in a writers conference. Try workshopping a novel sometime without a large bottle of scotch and the phone number of a therapist!

Maurice, I'm glad I scared you. :-) Always nice to provoke a reaction.

I appreciate all the comments, gang. Keep em coming.

Laurie said...

Uh oh Grammar Police, I meant to say when there ARE 3 consecutive days of rain. :-)

dbdubya said...

I don't know, Laurie. Seems like the media made a huge deal out of the quake. 5.8 is pretty strong if your near the epicenter. But in DC there was minor damage and you'd think it was the end of the world. Skyscrapers emptied in NY. It's all what you're used to. I was in Oklahoma City once for a conference. It stormed all day. I go back to my room to watch the news. There was a little tornado symbol on the bottom of the screen. They broke into the broadcast to report they'd gone from a tornado watch to a warning and a tornado had touched down west of town. I went out the door looking for the storm cellar and it was business as usual. It was nowhere near us. We are woken by an earthquake, estimate it's strength, and go back to bed. I've been through some big ones. The '71 Sylmar quake destroyed my grandparent's house. Knocked it off the foundation and they were trapped inside. Something you get used to in California, along with brush fires and mud slides. I'll take an earthquake over a hurricane or tornado any day.

TheChieftess said...

A bit sleepy, still, Judy!!!

And no photoshop advice from me...cause I use Lightroom!!!

Bibi said...

This caught my eye immediately. Such a contrast between her 'chic' hair and weathered face.

Anonymous said...

Truly astonishing shot. The eye light and the inky background. What a face. Can't believe you grabbed this as a street shot! Henri Bresson would be proud!

Candice in Pasadena

San Diego Farmgirl said...

I had the same reax as Mr. Earl.

Judy Williams said...

I'm loving all of the banter lately. I feel like I'm at a huge table and we are all discussing things. Cocktails anyone?

TheChieftess said...

Come on over to Petrea's PasadenaDailyPhoto Judy...we're having Mint Juleps and Gin and Tonics with lot's of like banter over there!!! (Laurie and I are having the mint Juleps!) But then, I suppose we could all mosey on down to SoPas and share!!!

Judy Williams said...

I'm on my way. Can I have a vodka tonic instead?

TheChieftess said...

Any special label???

Laurie said...

Dirty martinis, all around!