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Terrible as an army with banners

By dudler
“Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?”

From the Song of Songs.

Bet a few people have to look that up.

I'm not sure whether the subject of this picture would like it: but I am very pleased with the result. The beauty is somehow contingent on the imperfections that age brings - not that she's old, but that she is no longer a teenager.

Something reminds me of the First Rule of Holes: "When you are in one, stop digging."

So I will. Please tell me that this isn't an unkind picture...

Tags: Woman Sexy Real Portraits and people Angel Price

Voters: colijohn, Howard2, Velja and 36 more



Howard2 7 3 5 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2016 11:31AM
This is not an unkind picture. The beauty of her face is there - and it would not be fair to compare this with face of a teenager. Technically the photograph is good - composition , exposure , out of focus background , shadows give her face shape and depth. I think I may have cropped a little off the left of the frame closure to her shoulder.
And maybe asked for a little ghost of a smile - I am sure your model is not as serious as she looks here!
I like it.
I am familiar with Song of Songs but not this particular quotation. Formidable - no!
21 Nov 2016 12:05PM
I am no expert on this type of photograph, but I think that everthing about it is stunning, and wish I could capture facial expressions like that. The skin tone and detail show the subjects maturity. Just a great photo.
rontear Plus
20 23 9 England
21 Nov 2016 1:02PM
Beauty in the eye !! John.
SlowSong Plus
14 10.7k 30 England
21 Nov 2016 1:52PM
I think she's gorgeous.
GeorgeP 15 62 26 United States
21 Nov 2016 3:14PM
I don’t know if the photo is unkind but I would call it, courageous. Courageous of you to display it and courageous of the model to allow it to be displayed. We are all familiar with “character studies” where every facial line tells a story of an interesting life. We are also familiar with the delicately lit soft-focus boudoir images where the passage of time is judiciously erased. This photo is courageous because it fits neither of those stereotypes. The subject looks like it might be a boudoir image but the tools used and presentation are more akin to a character study. Rather than a soft-focus or traditional portrait lens, you chose a macro-lens, designed to capture every detail. I have a similar Sigma lens and they are very capable even when fully open. Here, it has captured every imperfection in the make-up, stray hair, line and wrinkle. [OK, you used a wide (er) aperture but I suspect that was to obscure the background rather than soften the focus on the subject.]
The image is a rare portrait of a beautiful woman who is ageing more graciously than most of us. That rarity makes it special. We all know that “the camera never lies” died with the invention of the first darkroom. In an age of digital manipulation, I don’t expect to see truth as it is presented here. This photo is almost shocking - and honestly, I have become so used to the pabulum of soft focus that I am not sure I really appreciate truth. But, I do appreciate the courage and beauty of your model.

Split 9 4 2 Croatia
21 Nov 2016 3:53PM
Good photography and expresion.
Maybe that isnt what we would to see ,but anyway this is nice image.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2590 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2016 4:36PM
It's a fabulous face. After a certain age your face is your own, it tells your story. I would soften the areas under the eyes, I suspect that you may have done some work there? But my first thought - she would make a brilliant Lady Macbeth. Who of course is a strong, experienced lady with a helluva lot of sexual power.
And yes, I have read the Song of Songs.
Irishkate 12 45 121 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2016 6:04PM
An honest portrait John - most of us would use the healing tool if it were an image of ourselves! Strange how we see all our flaws in a photo but our brain blocks out the imperfections when we look in the mirror - same when we sit opposite our female friends.
The camera is unkind!
Kate Grin
Maiwand 16 3 73 England
21 Nov 2016 7:23PM

Quote:Beauty in the eye !! John.

Seems to sum up the matter perfectly.
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
21 Nov 2016 8:15PM
Not unkind, it is what it is. If she were unhappy she wouldn't have posed.
Unkind would be if you'd manipulated it into something she isn't.
Just reading what George has said. the plastic look is unkind, even on young models.

Strong and characterful with that bold stare.
21 Nov 2016 8:37PM
I reckon that less of a crop would have improved the image for me Dudler Wink

21 Nov 2016 9:22PM
Those eyes, terrific, a truly memorable portrait.

kaybee 18 8.5k 28 Scotland
22 Nov 2016 6:18AM
Piercing eyes
22 Nov 2016 5:15PM
It's a very 'real' picture John and I'm into 'real' so no problems here.
Have to say though, for once I kind of like the mod.

nonur 14 18 13 Turkey
23 Nov 2016 11:01PM
There's an angry woman. BEWARE!
6 Dec 2016 9:47PM
I know Angel very well indeed from past shoots, she is truly beautiful indeed!

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