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: 1/100 of a second. Aperture: f/7.1. The photo was transferred to my cell phone and processed with the Snapseed app with various adjustments and filters as well as the Ludwig filter in Instagram.

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57 thoughts on “Last Week’s Instagram

  1. What a gorgeous image, Otto. I love the openness of the girl’s expression in contrast with the tough environment in which she is growing up. The composition is just perfect, too … my eye wants to keep wandering around in this frame again and again!

  2. Otto, I often feel that many photographers use processing to cover flaws or make up for missing elements in an image but you do quite the opposite. You’ve processed this image in such a way that all of the color and light qualities are enhanced in an already compelling portrait of the girl. Beautifully done, truly! I am enjoying your Instagram series.

    1. It is easy to try to camouflage flaws in a photo with all the apps available, such as Instagram. I am very happy you see there is more the this photography than just processing. Thank you for the feedback, Lynn.

  3. I think the way you have captured her already shows that she has risen above her (to us) difficult circumstances. She looks like a young women with great self-belief, and a clear eye.

  4. What a different feeling this portrait conveys! I had to double-check twice, but this must be the same girl shown with the woman holding the baby and the iguana in your last Instagram. There, she seemed a little diffident, perhaps even a tiny bit suspicious. Self-effacing, at least. Here? She’s open, direct, and completely receptive to the camera. What a wonderful transformation!

    1. It is indeed the same girl. In the first photo she just happened to pass by, and when I noticed her, I had to follow her around the corner to get a photo of her, too. 🙂

  5. Ah, yes, I recognize her, as well. I wonder what she holds in her other hand? Lip gloss, perhaps? You captured her with strength and confidence surpassing her young age. Lovely.

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