Forever Young – Tuscany, Italy – Francesco Romoli
John Prine sings a song called “Hello in there” about how oak trees and rivers grow stronger and wilder with age, but old people just grow lonesome. Although this is quite a generalization, I do believe young people generally don’t view their elders as having a life before they were grandparents. In all cases a lifetime of experiences and surprises resides behind their wrinkled skin. Francesco demonstrates this beautifully in his manipulated photo of an old woman and a younger woman’s shadow. To see more of his mastery at Adobe Photoshop visit his wonderful website here:
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The image is definitely random. I had just got in from work and had other things in mind to do that afternoon. I was getting my bag ready to go to the gym while my girlfriend was browsing on Facebook. I just glanced over at the monitor and in the midst of all these Facebook updates from my girlfriend’s friends was a photo of an old lady in a wheelchair watching a ballet on television, looking rather sad. It was really just a glance, a split second, but the “Forever Young” image came into my head straight away. I knew that I had the right photos somewhere so I put down my gym bag and sat in front of the PC for a couple of hours, until I was satisfied with the result.
Camera details and settings
Canon Lens 18-55 IS.
The image is the result of the combination of two shots; the first taken in the Cinque Terre in the spring. The other was taken in Castellò d’Empuries (Spain) in the summer.
18 mm, ISO 200, 1/800 second at f/6.3
33 mm, ISO 200, 1/60 second at f/8
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