It’s not easy for a photographer to make a choice which picture to use for this article. You, the reader, probably have this same difficulty: with our digital devices we take so many photos that we cannot see the forest for the trees. And ‘deleting’ sometimes hurts. Usually I take several photos in succession to ensure that there will be a sharp image with good lighting. The rest I then remove. In this case, I took only one picture: it was the image of the day.
With a tour group traveling in Umbria, Italy, we arrived in the afternoon in a sleepy village. High above the narrow street, I saw a women opening the shutters and she looked out wheezing, perhaps after her siesta. She kindly waved to us. There is the open face, the radiant smile and the hand waving discreetly, almost royal.
This is clearly a snapshot, a graphic moment frozen in time. That’s often what it comes down to just a moment. The cell phones with their high quality lens are ideal companions because you are always carrying a camera; so you can keep any situation now. In some circumstances however, as here, one must be able to zoom in, so one needs a stronger zoom lens. This picture was taken with a Nikon D90 and a focal length of 120 mm which is equivalent to 180 mm on an analogue 35 mm camera. The red of her robe or plaid contrasts with the dark background. The greyish façade enhances the color again. But the smile of the sweet lady beats everything: that is the key in this picture.