Old Women (Black and White)

I’ve been wanting to take picture for old people for so long, but never had the perfect lens and perfect people. Today, three sweet women allowed me to take portraits for them. They were happy knowing they will have copy of their pictures in their rooms 🙂

I used Canon EF 50mm lens. This lens is fantastic. I have experience with so many lenses but this one was so easy to handle and was perfect indoor. Of course I used a tripod because I was aiming for all wrinkles and details to show. I also used a dark black poster to put it behind them in order to have a less distracting background. I shot in RAW because JPG would have hide so many details that I would want them to appear.

I took my images to Photoshop first and converted the colored pictures to B&W. Then I took them to Topaz Adjust and added the “Portrait Drama” on some images and “Crisp” on other images. It basically added some tone and darkness to the face. Too much of it made the pictures horrible (that’s why I took hours to process this batch of pictures). Eventually, you will have so much noise and you need to reduce it. The nice thing in Topaz that it have an option where you can use Topaz DeNoise in Topaz Adjust window. You would want to cry of how much noise the picture will have 😛 but by reducing the noise using Topaz; it will be so clean and neat.

I don’t edit my images (sharpness, lighting, shadows, highlights…etc” in Topaz. I take them to Photoshop again and add my touches. I added more sharpness this time because I wanted it to be dramatic and show their faces’ details even more. I also drew on their faces! by using tiny soft brush. I went over their wrinkles and made them more visible (yes, it needs patience and an external mouse). I also added light and reflection to their eyes, as well as their hair.

I love how those pictures are very deep and descriptive to what they feel. They show sadness even though they smile, and they show temper even though they are relaxed. I am looking forward to take picture to old men now!

I don’t know why Blogger doesn’t allow my images to open in a different link when you click on them. If I found a way then I will come back and edit this post in order for you to open them and zoom in and out.


26 thoughts on “Old Women (Black and White)

  1. Would you mind if I used one of these photos as part of a subject for a drawing? It’s such wonderful work!

    Shelley Gelineau – amateur traditional artist

  2. Dear Diana!

    I’ve been surfing the Net for a beautiful old woman portrait. And your photos are really amazing!So expressive! I just love your photo oldwoman41!The only photo I’ve come across so far which communicates positive emotions so well.Thank you!This photo really makes me believe that old age can be associated with happiness.Could you please give me a permission to cross-stitch this portrait and to display both the embroidered portrait photo and the downsized original photo on my site ? I promise to put a link to your blog:).

    • Oh thank you so much for your feedback. It means a lot to me and I appreciate them deeply. You can most certainly display my photos on your site. I would appreciate if you add my blog of my Facebook page Diana Alsindy Photography

      Thank you again!

  3. Hi, can you give me permission to use your pictures for a school assignment? Your photos are amazing! I will include a link to your blog 🙂

  4. Hi Diana! I am a student from Singapore and may I have your permission to use some of your photos in my class assignment? I will credit the photos to you 🙂

    Please let me know.

    Thank you!

  5. Hi, I love these photographs. I have a similar question to some of the other people who have commented. Would I also be allowed to use your photograph to draw from? If I can, I will cite your website on my art page!

  6. I love your images of older women! I’m a bit of an older woman myself and was wondering if I could use one for an art project, with appropriate references. Thank you for recognizing the beauty of age!

  7. Dear Diana,

    I am so delighted to have been pointed in your direction by a reader of my blog. I have had an image of yours in my gallery for some while now, yet had never before had any attribution for it. Last week, I used the image in an article: http://wp.me/p4wkZJ-ct As a consequence of that, one of my readers sent me a link to your blog here. May I ask, are you happy for me to use the image, and if so, do I simply credit you as Diana Alsindy? I always like to include a location reference for the photographer wherever possible, so perhaps you could let me know your whereabouts?

    With much gratitude,

    Hariod Brawn.

  8. Dear Diana, these photographs are truly wonderful! I used one of them as reference for a drawing that I would like to display on my blog, with credit and link to you of course, if you don’t mind!

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  10. Hello. Very beautiful photos. I also would like to use one of them for an article I am using on my blog. And of course a link and credit to you.

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