Photo Challenge: Nostalgia


I went to London last Friday for a business meeting. I flew early in the morning, and took the tube to arrive timely at my destination. As I readied to read my business papers, I noticed a woman, who sat around 3 meters away from me. She seemed lost in her thoughts, or perhaps sad, or in disbelief.

I wished I had my camera with me to register a profound expression of human emotion. All I had at hand was my work phone, a Samsung 6. On my way back home later in the evening, I read that WP this week’s Photo Challenge is Nostalgia, and knew immediately which image I had to post.

I also knew that I hadn’t made a quality portrait. But hey, never miss an opportunity, keep clicking, and hope that post processing, and a bit of creativity, may help you later. The light inside was insufficient, as we were literally underground, and when zooming in, in a moving car, I shot a few blurry shots.


I clicked a few times and got at least, some average shots, most definitely not sharp, as I suspected it would be. So, I chose these two images and worked on them. I converted both to monochrome. I added clarity to her eyes in the first image. For the second, I totally removed clarity to soften her expression and the blurry ( 😉 ), applied high key filter, and reintroduced clarity only in her eyes.

What do you think?

Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

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27 thoughts on “Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

  1. Lucile, I marvel at your ability to take shots of random people as you do. I’d be afraid they’d resent it and I feel intrusive pointing my camera at them. You come away with the most marvelous portraits.



    1. Thank you, Janet. I don’t point the camera at them ( in this case a mobile phone) and make it from distance. I most of the times ask for permission, and chat a little, but if it’s a fast click like this one, I would t even have had time to ask, because I was about to leave the metro when I saw her. I clicked for a few seconds, zooming in, as she was a few meters away from me, and left.

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  2. I love the softness in the second one. When I take webcam selfies, I almost always bring it to PicMonkey to quickly add clarity to my eyes. That one little thing seems to drastically improve the quality of the image.


  3. Did you ask her if you could take her photo? Did you tell her you already had, and maybe show her what you had captured? Does she know you’ve published her picture here? Did she give you permission?What are the ethics of this kind of photography? Is everyone fair game? I’m just wondering because like Janet, I’m always worried people will resent the intrusion of having a camera pointed at them.


    1. No, to all your questions. When doing candid photography, street photography, one doesn’t take advantage of others. You don’t use commercially but as art. And one doesn’t point a camera at people. Normally you keep distance and make it with discretion.
      You can look for more information about candid photography on the web, and get more information about it.
      It’s not considered unethical.


  4. I like both photos. I guess that the 1st one is the most accurate representation of this lady. She looks older compared to the 2nd one which made her look like younger. The 1st photo gives the feeling of a painting. Great job 👍🏾


  5. What a wonderful capture…again. But you gotta admit, those Brits just don’t have the facial appeal that the Dutch possess, do they? I mean, where’s the character. Interesting is one thing…deep character is something else. The B&W is great, though! And her expressions…


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