Kolkata Beauty is Ageless

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 50mm. Exposure Details: 1/100 second @ f4 ISO 800.I love undertaking portrait photography. There's something really special about the way light brings the face to life. Likewise shadows enhance character traits and bring out the structural elements of the face. Of course the eyes, known as windows to the soul, are both mysterious and expressive.

Both images in this post were made late on the same afternoon in a quiet Kolkata (Calcutta) side street. Light was low and required a wide aperture and medium to high ISO's.

In the case of the older lady it was simply a matter of approaching her and asking permission to make a photograph. I often find that most folks, particularly older ones, are flattered by the attention and quite enjoy the process. I always feel a sense of euphoria after making a good pic of an elder citizen which I feel has the potential to become an important document after their passing.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 105mm. Exposure Details: 1/25 second @ f5.6 ISO 400.With the kids the process is often easier and certainly more fun. They often have a few words of English (e.g. "hello") and enjoy interacting with well-meaning and polite foreigners. If completed quickly the photography process can be a bit of a game and I often find that, after photographing one child, there's one or two more eager to be a part of the action. And that's exactly how the above image was made. I was about to photograph the little girl when the older one came into the picture. Although I did end up photographing both girls individually, I felt the above image depicted a quite intimate, candid moment.

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