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The Lost Lady

The Lost Lady
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Copyright: Manuj Mehta (manujmehta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1147 W: 79 N: 2778] (12360)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-03-18
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Lica 35mm-420mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A Portrait [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-28 2:11
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Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is an amazing Old lady from Uttranchal hills above the jim corbett ranges of forests.
No one from the villag knows who she is and from where she belongs to. She was sitting at the corner of the road quite and mum. i insisted her many times but never got any answer except her thoughtful eyes and expression, I offered her lunch which she eagerly accepted.
then a small boy from the village told me that she has lost her senses according to them this old lady has lost her only son somewhere in jungle.

"Life is like the waves it has its ups and downs
Life is like a roller coaster it has its twists and turns
Life is like a sport it just depends on what we play
Life is like a game of poker it just depends on what we are dealt

Life can be given life can be taken
Life can be a curse life can be a blessing
Life can be a pain life can be in sain

Life has its ways life has its days
Life has its love life has its hate
Life has its gentler touch but it has its harder punch

Life brings you your knees when you feel in need
Life brings you a lot of things
but in the end it depends on what we do"

Manuj Mehta

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Hi Manuj,
fantastic details, great portrat!!!
Very good lightnes and contrast,
perfect focus, my compliments!


Top quality portrait, my friend. B/W was the right choice here, it works very well - the lines on her face are incredible and maybe a closer crop could have shown them more?

Very good photograph, Manuj.

Superb portrait Manuj, the lighting makes this shot....well done.

Regards Mark :)

Excellent moody portrait, Manuj.
Her expression shows the sadness of her live.
Not easy when you get old.
Bet wishes to her too.

Hi Manuj,
Superbly captured ... the emotions and body language says it all pain this old woman had gone through. Well composed and very good B/W conversion. Tonal range and contrast is also good. Excellent work! tfs

You mastered this portraiture stuff Manuj, keep up the good work my friend.

Hi Manuj,

Tale of Life ..
Well seen, and shot.
Her soul is reflected here..
Namasthe ..


Hi Manuj

A superb portrait of the old lady, with splendid contrast, texture & sharpness. Tfs!

Hi Dear Manuj,
What a splendid portrait of this old lady.Superb lighting, sharpness and details.TFS.


merhaba dear manuj
magnificent black white,portrait picture.wonderful old woman and details.well done my friend.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Wonderful expression, really nice BW shot, however, I think it would have worked better in sepia, and it seems a little too over sharp, but maybe it's my monitor! Excellent work on this Manuj!

hello dear manuj

wonderful portrait again!
great lighting
perfect sharpness
amazing details and perfect bg

excellent work

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  • Jong Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 428 W: 0 N: 273] (3168)
  • [2008-06-28 7:24]
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a powerful presentation of a pity life... expression is telling a lots of story. details and lighting are superb. tfs, Manuj

excellent light and sharpness, well done portrait

Impressive and emotional portrait,High contrast create a character of this scene,Well prepare composition and Very emotional story.Good work,TFS.

Boa Noite Manuj

Great portrait done to a singular life. I love "the heart" of your composition.

My regards


That is one very lined face, I am sure it could tell some stories. The detail here is very good indeed and the black and white option was, i think, the correct one. I feel emotion from this shot, it is a powerful capture.

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2008-06-28 23:36]
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Hi my friend...
Great portrait...
My favorite...
Have a nice day ...

a peace of truly life!! it's a great portrait.. expression.. meanings..
i really like the moody portrait you have taken here!! thanks
ciao Marco

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1627 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2008-06-29 0:20]
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Hi Manuj,

Excellent portrait, the lighting is great, great fine details, but also the expression that you captured, very nice composition, :D nice notes too.

Have a nice day,


Hi Manuj,

Amazing shot! Very nice face of this old lady. Superb details. Beautiful lights. I like this shot my friend. TFS!


Hello Manuj,
Great portrait,
Great poem.
Greta artist Manuj,,,
Selahattin E

poor old lady.. she stop talking after the loss of his only son and have no one.. so sad to know her story.. beautiful capture again, Manuj.. very detail on the face.. excellent b & w so sharp too.. well done.

regards, terry

Namastey Manuj
another wonderful portrait from you.
you seems to have a good command over faces and expressions. like your previous portraits this one is nicely presented.
i simply love the black and white composition and the black frame.


Hi Manuj
Great light,good PP. I like bw, though I suppose this light would work good in colour, too.
I've pointed out just the technique aspect but I don't forget about the person being in the centre of attention. Here we can contemplate the years gone by...
Best regards

namaste Manuj!

i am speechless...i think she thinks what im gonna say about her portrait!..and she does surely agree with me if I simply say... this is SUPERB!


Thanks for viewing my Climb At Your Own Risk! and The Crown Prince

hi Manuj

I find this portrait to be one of your best. It has sharpness and really strong contrast, good use of muted BG. Really sad to see her expression and down cast eyes. For Chinese, we have a saying that it is always unbearable for a older person like parent to lose the son/daughter.

Great work. TFS, bill

Exceptional portrait, Manuj! Congrats, dear friend!
Best regards,

Hello my friend

A wonderful and haunting capture here, nice portrait with good sharp detail, well positioned in the frame and well suited to greyscale

TFS kind regards Helen

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-06-30 8:16]
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HI Manuj
The face of someone who has been through a lot of years, and the eyes a look of seeing in the past what was once dear to her. Wonderful portrait again. Its getting hard to tell which is the best, but I think this one is outstanding with the sharpness and shadows. YOu really depicted the mood of the person.

Hi Manuj,
Wonderful portrait, what more can I say than...
Well done my friend.TFS

Hello Manuj!
Great portrait! Good composition! Beautiful B&W contrast, lights and deatils! Excellent photo!
TFS, Best regards, Zorica

Hi Manuj,

This is a wonderful shot . .
First class! . . composition, sharpness, angle, lighting . .
Great shot my friend . .


Many thanks for your kind words on 200 .

This is the most amazing portrait.
The woman's expresion is just deply moved.

Hi Manuj,
This is my favorite picture of the day. You have captured her in such a great way. Her expression has such emotion and a life time of stories. The light is perfect and the B&W color was the perfect choice.

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-07-01 1:09]
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Hi Manuj ;)
Great portrait...wonderful details of long life...TFS
Best regards,
J ;)

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-07-01 1:49]
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very beautiful B/W portrait the belichting is super!!

Hi Manuj,
Very sad for the old lady to end her days so lonely.
Good for you that you gave her some moments of pleasure.
Your picture tells the story, even without your note.
It really is a beautiful portrait, TFS.

Dear Manuj Mehta!
Original portrait.
Very good face.
Good light and shadow.
Very good sharp.

Hi dear Manuj
You have an excellent filling to make an extraordinary portret. It is very touching story of her life and her fillings. Her face tell us everything she must experience in her life. I don't have enough words to tell You hoq much this portret attach me and my fillings. TFS
Best wishes

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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2008-07-01 5:08]
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Hi Manuj,
How are you? Very great portrait. You have capture the expression very well. Well done. Thanks
Best regards

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  • efi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 11 N: 211] (3730)
  • [2008-07-02 0:02]
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hi manuj;
he story made me cry.the capture's light and details is amazing and extraordinary..tfs.

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2008-07-02 10:54]
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Hello Manuj:)
Very artistic and touching portrait - just great piece of work, genius shot!!!!!!
Best wishes - Tom
:) later

I love portrait images. This one is marvelous.

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  • [2008-07-04 0:32]
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as i have said earlier you have an eye to capture expressive faces. i congratulate you to have this portrait in your account.
well done Pal!

Hello Manuj,

First class image
Beautiful perspective
Excellent portrait in bw
Congratulation for a good shot

Have a very good weekend,

Hello Manuj,
i hope you are well,
this is just an excellent portrait with perfect clarity and sharpnes,
great work with your adorable note as usual,
welldone and tfs,

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  • Niva Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1121 W: 2 N: 877] (11866)
  • [2008-07-04 6:09]
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Touching and beautiful!
A great B&W portrait my frined!


Congratulations Manuj, this is a superb portrait composition.

The capture of deep thought and such intrioguing character detail is awesome here, especially through your choice of B&W.

Well done!


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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-07-05 10:52]

Hello Manuj Mehta
Oh you deserve so much for your kind offer! The photo is so heart touching.. We can see so much IMO pain in here eyes.. You have done a wonderful job on her portrait!


Nice use of side light and sentimental note. B&W works well in these portraits

Hi Manuj,

Deep feeling potray in this great potrait.Can't say with words,TFS


Bonsoir Manuj,

Très beau portrait, excellent choix du noir et blanc, superbes détails et bonne lumière.
Joli travail !


What a wonderfull portrait and wonderfull light. Beautiful tones Impress i am. Nice work

Dear Manuj,

Excellent Image. Really love it.

With regards,

Sufian Ali.

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