Photographer's Note

I caught this old woman napping as I wandered around the morning market in Thimphu. She didn't open her eyes for quite a while, so I had plenty of time to get the focus and depth of field just right. There was a reasonable amount of light, and it was even across the front of the face, so I didn't need to use a fill-in flash which may have alerted her to my presence.

Focal length was 120 mm so I was shooting from a fair distance away, so nobody took much notice of me framing the shot. They probably thought I was taking a wide shot of the market.

The old lady looked like she was at peace with the world, and that was what I was trying to capture in this photograph. I guess she is of quite advanced age given the wrinkles on her face.

REPOST: I have reposted this, prompted by Prema's suggestion that it would have been nice to see a close-up of the face.

For this closer crop I've done a little PP (curves, contrast and sharpening mainly) but couldn't get the wrinkles on the face as sharp as I would have liked. That's probably because at the distance from which I was shooting, there was a tiny bit of camera movement. This was an occasion when a monopod would have come in useful (or maybe I should have gone for a higher ISO and 1/250).

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1231 W: 108 N: 2568] (7797)
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