Last Week’s Instagram

Once a week—or every so often—I will display one of my photos captured and/or processed with Instagram over the last week (this photo is actually more than a week old, but I haven’t posted any new material the last week). It’s a way for me to show photography that usually is quite different from my regular work. Except for the technical details beneath the pictures are displayed without any comments, hoping they will stand on their own. But I still very much appreciate any comments you may have.

Facts about the photo: The photo was taken with a Canon Eos 5D with a 24-105 lens set at 24 mm. Shutter speed: 1/80 of a second. Aperture: f/6.3. The photo was transferred to my cell phone and processed with the Snapseed app with various adjustments and filters.


61 thoughts on “Last Week’s Instagram

  1. I wish there were a stronger word than “love,” Otto — because I would certainly use it for this image. If I had to title it, I’d call it “Madonna with iguana and child” because of the way she’s cradling both of the little creatures she’s holding. And the young woman in the background is perfect, with her mysterious expression (beguiling? curious? amused? it’s in the eye of the beholder …). You’ve captured a whole universe in a single frame.

  2. What I most love about the photo is the naturalness of it all. Clearly, the woman is as accustomed to holding the iguana as she is the baby. What intrigues me is what she might be looking at. I know very few people who wouldn’t be fixated on that lizard, trying to figure out what it’s going to do next, or how they could pass it on to someone else. Not your woman. She’s interested in the street — while we’re interested in her.

    1. The were both very used to each other. A little later the woman put the iguana down on the street and it just staid there and let her pet it. Quite a relationship, indeed.

  3. wow, what an amazing number of contradictory items in one image. i expected extreme poverty, but see signs of trinkets that indicate otherwise. three beautiful faces. i hope the best for all of them. (the processing came out really nice. i use snapseed myself at times)

  4. I loved this photo when I saw it on Instagram. Just now, seeing it here, I’m reminded of Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother series. A “baby” tucked under each arm, another child looking on….

  5. What a superb story-telling photo, Otto! The lighting is masterful too. The way all the elements came together, it seems to be an outstanding example of luck happening to someone who is prepared and aware — i.e., you!

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