Weekly Photo Challenge – Extra, Extra:  This mysterious lady appears as though an extra in her own movie.  It was taken near the railway station at Riomaggiore, one of the villages of the Cinque Terre in northern Tuscany.  Photography can be intrusive, particularly when the subject realises what you are doing.  As she turned towards me I was expecting a scowl but instead received a perfectly glorious smile – unforgettable.

The lady withe the glorious smile


  1. Photobooth Journal · June 14, 2014

    Yes, she is very mysterious and quirky in an exotic way.

    • northumbrianlight · June 14, 2014

      ‘Quirky’, exactly right – it is not obvious from the photo but both her arms are covered in Baubles, Bangles, & Beads. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to talk.

  2. greenmackenzie · June 14, 2014

    Wonderful, isn’t it great when people surprise us like that……a great reminder not to pre-judge 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · June 14, 2014

      Exactly – if she had scowled it would have been just another image. Instead, I am intrigued by who she might have been.

  3. LaVagabonde · June 14, 2014

    Some people love to be photographed. Fabulous editing on this one…as usual.

    • northumbrianlight · June 14, 2014

      Not me 🙂 It was a rushed composition and there was some rubbish off screen to the right. Once she was so close to the right-hand edge I needed to put something on the left – needs must 😉

    • northumbrianlight · June 14, 2014

      PS – thanks for the generous comments…

  4. suej · June 14, 2014

    Excellent! Mysterious, and with the monochrome a bit of the yesteryear about it 😉

  5. easyweimaraner · June 14, 2014

    it looks like one of that victorian ghost photos, great! And to get a smile from a mysterious Lady is a sign for good luck :o)

    • northumbrianlight · June 14, 2014

      Many thanks – that could explain everything – life is very good 🙂

  6. Tish Farrell · June 14, 2014

    And the subject could not be dressed more wonderfully for the ghostly doppelganger moment. What a catch, all ends up.

    • northumbrianlight · June 14, 2014

      Thanks Tish – I think it was the hat that first caught my attention, then the baubles, bangles and beads. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone popped up on WordPress and said ‘that’s me!’

  7. Bess Jones · June 14, 2014

    Wonderful shot!

  8. restlessjo · June 14, 2014

    You do come up with some amazing shots, Robin 🙂 I love your interpretation of ‘Room’ too.

    • northumbrianlight · June 15, 2014

      Thanks Jo – sometimes I think I might be cheating – i.e. raiding the archive :/

      • restlessjo · June 15, 2014

        That’s allowed. Isn’t it? 🙂 You have to have taken the shots at some stage. When you tell me you ‘borrowed’ the image, I’ll worry.

      • northumbrianlight · June 15, 2014

        I have a distinct advantage – my digital archive goes back to 2000, so plenty to choose from 🙂

  9. Erwin · June 15, 2014

    Great editing… or is it a ghostly reflection? 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · June 15, 2014

      Many thanks Erwin – almost certainly a ghostly reflection 😉

      • Erwin · June 15, 2014


  10. Graham Stephen · June 15, 2014

    great work!

  11. Jo · June 15, 2014

    Wonderful as always 🙂

  12. Tina Schell · June 15, 2014

    Wonderful capture! Would love to see it in B&W

  13. Malin H · June 16, 2014

    What a wonderful moment… “When you’re smilin’, the whole world smiles with you”… Beautiful image of a beauty, Robin.

    • northumbrianlight · June 16, 2014

      Many thanks Malin … and when you’re laughing, the sun comes shining through 🙂

  14. littledogslaughed · June 17, 2014

    This is wonderful Robin-I love the processing-it appears you have *caught* a bit of her persona-

    • northumbrianlight · June 17, 2014

      Thanks Meg – if I captured her soul, she was at least a willing participant 🙂

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