In Gentleness, Strength: Mother, December, 2007 III

by Kelly Landrum

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Gallery: Families

Tags: seeking critique

Category: Portrait

Exif Information:
Make : Canon
Model : Canon EOS 5D
Date Time Original : 2007-12-25 09:59:34
Focal Length : 70/1
Shutter Speed Value : 1/49
Exposure Time : 1/50
Aperture Value : 2.8
F Number : 2.8
Iso Speed Ratings : 800
Flash : 16
White Balance : 1
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 350.000000
Y Resolution : 350.000000
Software : Adobe Photoshop 7.0

Published: Monday 29th of June 2009 06:41:18 PM


Patsy Dunn
Lannie, This is a beautiful portrait of your mother, I bet she was proud of this picture. A very kind, gentle looking lady. You captured a treasured moment. I lost my mother last year. If you still have her you are a lucky man. Regards, Patsy

Landrum Kelly
Thanks, Ton. Far from trying to hide the wrinkles, the other two versions emphasize the wrinkles. I did a simple desaturation, but I thought it looked a bit flat. Uploading three versions harks back to the days when the site was primarily a critique site and one could actually get loads of comments. --Lannie

Landrum Kelly
Thanks, Tom. I will probably keep manipulating the original file for a while yet, since I am sure that I can get a better monochrome treatment than I have so far. I do think that the one with exaggerated contrast would work better if viewed across a room--rather than as a close-up--in the same way that stage make-up looks good from a distance but is far too heavy to look good up close or on the "silver screen." As for the true B&W version, it also had contrast increased and so was not really softened at all. The color version is the softest and thus the least contrasty, thus showing the fewest wrinkles. --Lannie

Tom Miller
I pick this one. I like this one very much, and I think it's the best of the three. I think the color of the sweater works well with her lips and her eyelids. I like the warmth of the predominant colors, and how they make her blue eyes stand out all the more. To me, the B&W one with the greater contrast looks like something Ansel Adams might have done with the bark of an old tree - You're not trying to make her look young, but the high contrast goes too far in emphasizing her age. I think perhaps the softer B&W one may go too far in the opposite direction - like you're trying too hard to soften the wrinkles. Regards, Tom

Ton Mestrom
Lannie, as biased as I am towards b&w I have to say I prefer this one because it's the most natural looking. As a photo don't mind those wrinkles, in fact I think they do add a lot of character and why try to hide them? I'm sure it works even better in b&w. Actually I did convert it myself and am sure of it. I am surprised though that you upload as many versions of the same photo.

Landrum Kelly
Thank you so much, Jack. --Lannie

Landrum Kelly
I'm sorry for your loss, Patsy. Yes, my mother is still with us. Thanks for your comments. --Lannie

Jack McRitchie
This reminds me of my mother who passed away in 1999 at the age of 89. She was a woman of character and determination who never gave an inch to age and was always right in the center of things. A wonderful portrait and a tribute to your mom.

Pnina Evental
Lannie I prefer this one as it is much more alive with the real skin tones and what life has plowed on her face till her old age. It is a strong and true portrait, well executed, and a nice dedication to your mother.

Landrum Kelly
Thank you, Pnina. If you like it, then I am okay with it. --Lannie

Jim Phelps

This has the stronger impact (on me at least). The red color gives the image depth and brings out her eyes more than the B&W version. An excellent image.


Jim Phelps


Carlos H.


a solid portrait --- gentleness and strength is pretty much what the picture shows, the character I sense from this fine looking woman --- a resolute spirit animated by kindness.

Landrum Kelly
In Gentleness, Strength: Mother, December, 2007 III Comments are welcome, especially those comparing the three versions of this shot.


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