Lisa Cirincione  

Smoky Woman by Lisa Cirincione

June 2021 - Smoky Woman

About the Image(s)

Went to a cultural show in Mexico, and I don’t really do people photos very much, but she had a great look. I don’t recall what the show was really about, but I remember she was the least scarily painted.

Canon 50D, March 2009
Cancun, Mexico, 6:30 pm

3168x4752, not cropped
ISO 400, 1/40 sec, f/5.6, 160mm zoom

7 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hi Lisa! As someone who also doesn't really do portrait photography, I feel somewhat ill-equipped to comment on your image. I will make some observations - but don't take them as critiques! Someone with more experience will have to do that and then we can both learn! Here's what I notice: The pose is static - very statue-like; The focus is soft - given your title, was there smoke in the air…or possibly slight motion blur from the slow shutter speed and a long focal length?; The highlights (smoke?) to the right and bottom right seem a little bright; Your subject is interesting and exotic. I like how her face paint somewhat mimics the spiral of her earrings; The color of her costume and necklace contrast nicely with the perfectly blurred background.   Posted: 06/03/2021 10:02:02
Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Thanks Michael, appreciate the comments!   Posted: 06/08/2021 15:25:28

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Lisa, I don't do much portraiture photography either. I like this one as the woman is very interesting and the costume/face paint tell a story. It appears as though there is some softness on the face but when I zoomed in, the face is actually quite sharp so I think it is from the smoke. My only suggestion is to take down the brightness of the smoke on the right side as it seems to distract from her. Did you do much editing? Very nice and memorable portrait.   Posted: 06/03/2021 14:30:38
Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Thanks Mary Ann... no I didn't do a lot of editing to this, just the basic camera info in LR. Both you and Michael commented on the smoke being too bright, I'll try that edit.   Posted: 06/08/2021 15:26:36

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Lisa, When you mentioned that you attended a cultural show, I'd expect to see the most scarily painted face to figure out the difference between the normal faces. My question is: Why did you prefer to photograph the least scarily painted woman instead?
The image is quite sharp and the smoke around the woman's face adds mystery to the story. I'd prefer to see the actions of her hands or her body to understand more of the story or the culture since her face does not show any impression (happy or sad?)   Posted: 06/09/2021 23:42:22

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
To me there is something haunting about her face. She appears to be concentrating on something, or lost in her own world. I, too, wonder why you chose the least "decorated" woman to photograph. Very interesting image.   Posted: 06/17/2021 05:40:15

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Lisa,

Good for you to do a portrait; they are not hard to capture, especially candid shots. I think the time of day has given you good light and no harsh highlights. There are no distractions, and it is obvious who your subject is in the photo. Her side profile is acceptable, and her coloring appears natural. With the chosen aperture, everything about her is in focus.

Though I find this woman interesting, I am unsure what the image is about because of the tight crop. Your description says it is a cultural show in Mexico, but nothing in the photo tells me this is Mexico; not enough of her clothing is visible to say it is cultural. For me, more details in the image are needed to complete the story you are telling.

I hope this is helpful.

LT   Posted: 06/21/2021 15:23:04


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