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  Mini#38 Best of 2017
Entry 6 of 45
Oh the stories       ©2017 NEAT
Canon EOS 7D Mark II       6th place, 161 points
1/160s, f7.1, ISO 640, 140mm, Aperture Priority, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Cropped
convert to black and white
detail extractor
dodge and burn face and background
softened background
      Extra Info: Not sure if this is my best shot, but I like it mainly for the memories I experienced when I met this charming lady. Rest of the story will come later.
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Jan 13, 2018
    This was, DEFINITELY, my first place!

Jan 13, 2018
    Richly lived life - worthy - wise - loving. These are the words that come to mind. :-)

Jan 10, 2018
    What a nice photo to remind you of your visit. You never cease to amaze.

Jan 9, 2018
    Congratulations on your top 10 finish. What a wonderful portrait! I like your composition.

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Jan 8, 2018
    I love this entry. I wish the lighting was better on her eyes. That would really put this one at the top of the list, but you did well with the lighting you had! Kudos! In my top five.
Edited on Jan 8, 2018

Jan 8, 2018
    This lady's character shines right through her. You've captured her spirit beautifully. Well done.

Jan 8, 2018
    A great character shot and easily my favorite. Think I know who did this one.

Old Finn
Jan 8, 2018
    Good portrait. In my favorites.

Jan 8, 2018
    Thanks for all the lovely comments so far, I doubt this will win, but a top five would be nice.

We were in Stratford Upon Avon in the UK for 10 days and on one of the Sundays we were there we checked out the Markets. They had some amazing art work, jewellery stands and great food to be had. After I spent a good while shopping I decided to take some street shots and that's when I noticed this very well dressed elderly lady. I felt compelled to talk to her and tell her how nice she looked, and not only her but most of the older generation in that town. She was quite happy indeed to hear that, and said that 'it's just the way they all grew up, they were all taught to dress well' I said to her something along the lines of, I wish more people of the younger generation would follow the wise in the same dress manners, and she just smiled and nodded. I then asked her if I could take her photo for a memory of our talk, to which she agreed.

One of my fave things to do when I travel is get to know the locals, after all they do make or break a place.

Jan 7, 2018
    I'm so glad you took her picture. I guess those eyes have seen many histories.

Jan 7, 2018
    I think I'd have like to have seen a tighter crop to this very interesting subject. The B&W works well, but I still would like to see less of the BG.

Jan 7, 2018
    What an expressive portrait, with so many emotions showing at once. A whole life speaks out of it. Top favorite.

Jan 7, 2018
    Lots of character. Excellent portrait.

Jan 7, 2018
    So close to life...

Jan 6, 2018
    Lovely portrait. the character in the face is well defined and the background is nicely blurred. Well composed and in my favs.

Jan 6, 2018
    What an expressive face! Would love to see her against a background that hinted at the stories - old buildings, windmill, masts, ...?

Jan 5, 2018
    So few human subjects in this challenge! This one is very well done. Yes, I would love to hear her stories. High in my fav.

Jan 5, 2018
    Very expressive - I wonder how old she may be...

Jan 5, 2018
    like the offset portrait in a landscape crop

Jan 5, 2018
    Well composed character shot. In perfect focus and spot on for exposure. I like the hint of youth within her eye.
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