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Thanks for your input, Charlie. As you know, I prefer to show people as the are, with minimal alteration. Still, the camera often shows things (unflattering) that our perception usually glosses over. I try to recognize these and make gentle alterations.
When I showed Karen her image on the LCD, she looked for 0.2 seconds, rolled her eyes, and repeated that she never looks good in photos (while smiling). She did not take the time to see small wrinkles.
It's the reality that gives appeal to most of your photographs. But I don't think I'd have the nerve to show the images to people (especially middle-age women who were probably much prettier when they were younger) unless I had a clear path to my car .
I can't tell with this image, but did you have the woman facing away from the sun? That often softens lines and wrinkles.