Old Lady and Engine by Andrew  Makowiecki

This Pic was taken at the NGV in Melbourne. They had a Bugatti display and I decided to take a few photos there.

Photo was shot at about iso 1600 as the gallery was really dark, I think to stop fading of the Bugatti colors.

Photo has not been altered much with a slight cropping, color to sepia, contrast and brightness adjusted and a pic just to the left of the engine cloned out.

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  • Alexander Kesselaar
    Alexander Kess...about 6 years ago

    This is so subtle and beautiful. I almost went what’s this engine doing in our group, then I noticed the Lady. Really well done. Great ambiguity. Just goes to show, gotta be more careful when moderating.

  • eclectica
    eclecticaabout 6 years ago

    I too love the lady in the background – you have made the engine look so engaging!

  • Re the engine thats not me, that’s Italian styling they make even their engines beautiful. If this engine was a person it would be an Italian Countess wearing Gucci heheh.

    About the old lady that was a bit of luck I took the photo for my son. When I was processing it I saw the old lady in the pic and saw the possiblities. I think a bit of luck is always needed for street photos.

    All the best Veronica, Andrew

    – Andrew Makowiecki

  • athex
    athexalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot

  • Thanks Athex this is a shot I like a lot as well.

    One disadvantage of digital is we don’t remember every shot in detail like in our film days. I am not sure whether this was an accidental shot or whether I deliberately took the pic. Ah becoming older seems to soft focus our minds to a degree.

    all the best from Andrew

    – Andrew Makowiecki

  • hsien-ku
    hsien-kualmost 6 years ago

    love this! such a great capture.

  • Thanks Hsien I love this pic. One of the fun parts of being a street photographer is finding the art in the world around us. Sometimes the results are really surprising.

    Thanks for looking and appreciating this picture my taoist friend

    – Andrew Makowiecki

  • hsien-ku
    hsien-kualmost 6 years ago

    was it the screen-name that gave it away?

  • That was a comment on your screen name and its significance. I have little idea about the details of your personal beliefs. On the other hand I thought your pics were influenced by eastern philosophies. Hsien Ku was a big clue, the style and content of your pics and other things.

    I am hoping I did not offend you as no disrespect was meant. The comment was meant to be lighthearted. If you were offended in any way I am really sorry.

    I have been a tai chi practitioner for the last ten years and for twelve years a Japanese art which I am very serious about. I am eternally grateful to these arts for the effects they have had on me.

    best wishes Andrew

    – Andrew Makowiecki

  • hsien-ku
    hsien-kualmost 6 years ago

    No, no, not offended at all – quite the contrary. I was surprised that you’d recognised the name as the 8 immortals are hardly popular figures in the west. lovely to find another tai-chi enthusiast and someone with a similar philosophical outlook. I began in Taoist tai-chi before “defecting” to yang style. I’m interested now in learning Chan style – it’s so fluid and beautiful to watch. I like Hsien-ku the best out of the immortals because of her habit of getting about on a cloud!
    really nice to make your acquaintance Andrew.

  • Hi Judith sorry I took so long to reply, have been back to Perth for holiday. I like your image of Hsien Ku wafting around on clouds. Its such a lovely image.

    I am primarily a Karate practitioner but I was taught a Yang form modified for Karate about ten years ago. The Karate version is a short form of forty movements. I think the form has been modified to have only forty movements because of Karateka’s short attention span.

    About five years ago I studied under a real Tai chi teacher and was taught the long Yang form. I use this form as a warm up for my training and warm down. I also use it to study relaxation and develop my inner power and many other things. Its a lovely tool.

    One of the things I like about Tai Chi is its sense of quiet beauty. I sort of see that in your photos which have this understated beauty and serenity.

    all the best from Andrew

    – Andrew Makowiecki

  • InPort
    InPortalmost 6 years ago

    G’day Andy!

    What an incredibly unexpected and extremely pleasing contrast of the womn and the engine. She really does make this image sing.
    Very well exposed for those conditions and the processing has produced most pleasing tones and contrast.
    Delightful viewing.


  • One of the benefits ( or drawbacks ) of age and shooting in digital is things become a little fuzzy. I am not sure whether I spotted the old lady and included her in the pic or she was an accident. I like to think she was deliberate. hahah

    When I shoot on film I can even remember the aperture and shutter speed years later. When shooting digital it is entirely different, I guess it is harder to be careful if we don’t have to worry about how much film we use.

    Thanks Dennis all the best

    – Andrew Makowiecki

  • starikarp
    starikarpalmost 6 years ago

    creative composition…

  • Thanks Starikarp.This photo was either well spotted or a lucky accident. I am opting to believe the former at the moment.

    – Andrew Makowiecki

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago


  • Paul Albert
    Paul Albertabout 5 years ago

    Thank You ! Andrew, for the favoriting of my work as well the introduction to yours, Most appreciated! How well understood the challenge of limited lighting, You have done well, Most appreciated that you share, Enjoyed ! Paul

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