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It was very late in the evening, the light had faded beyond any acceptable limits, the shadows were long – but this lady outside a mini-circus at Sydney’s Darling Harbour still had a smile on her face.

So I switched my camera back on in the crowded holiday throng – and caught her eye. She had probably been on her feet all day, but she stood out for many reasons: her wide smile, her bright clothing and last but not least, her straw boater with the “CIRCUS” tickets stuffed into the broad red ribbon above the brim.

But it was very crowded, remember? And as I hit the trigger, someone walked towards her and the peak of his baseball cap obscured a part of her cheery face.

So she grinned, moved aside, and waited for me to take another photograph of her, without anyone impeding my view. But you know what? I actually prefer this shot, because it tells a story ….

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/90 sec, ISO 400, focal length 125mm.

Featured in THEME THURSDAY FEATURE FRIDAY, May 2010.

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  • wayne51
    wayne51almost 4 years ago

    A nice candid shot and Ilike it this way to. Wayne

  • Thanks so much, Wayne. She had probably had a really long day, on her feet all the time – yet she had a big (genuine) smile on her face.

    – David McMahon

  • CJTill
    CJTillalmost 4 years ago

    A great picture David.

  • Thanks so much, Colin – it just works so much better than then unimpeded view of her in full frame. This one tells the REAL story of that crowded evening!

    – David McMahon

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you, Cee and Chris.

    – David McMahon

  • Shubd
    Shubdalmost 4 years ago

    It is such a positive image ! Her spirited smile and her cheerful disposition ( the way she willing posed ) both show up so well .

  • Thank you, Shubd – she must have had such a long day, and Darling Harbour was so crowded, yet her smile was genuine.

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoalmost 4 years ago

    This week’s 2nd line feature theme was Portraits. Thankyou for being a part of Feature Friday!!

    Your hosts Joanne and Ellc

  • Thanks very much to both of you!

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoalmost 4 years ago

    OK try this one (silly Village Photos!)

    This week’s 2nd line feature theme was Portraits. Thankyou for being a part of Feature Friday!!

    Your hosts Joanne and Ellc

  • What a great banner. Thank you, Joanne and Ellc for the honour.

    – David McMahon

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