100 Strangers #3 – Jeff

RNLI-Aug2017-96Sometimes things just happen. Meet Jeff. Jeff is a proud biker, he along with his mate, had gone to the RNLI weekend at Staithes. Whilst Jeff posed for photo with his bike overlooking the sea wall, I saw the opportunity, so I took my moment to add Jeff to my 100 strangers. After taking one of them both on their smartphone, there was brief introductions, then we said a farewells, and they rode off (I’d like to say into the sunset, but it was the wrong direction and the cobbled road didn’t make it smooth.

Today’s lesson: Always keep a camera at the ready, as you never know when the next opportunity will present itself.

This picture is #3 in my 100 Strangers Project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the http://www.flickr.com/groups/100strangers/

100 Strangers #2 – Rob

With the first of my 100 strangers under my belt I thought that it might get a little easier, less personal pressure. So, continuing with my “people working” idea, I saw Rob, he had everything under control as he navigated up the locks. I asked if he minded if I took some pictures as he worked, he was totally unperturbed by this and continued to winch away. I explained about the 100 Strangers project and flickr, it seemed that he had little or no interest in such things, but was more than happy to pose for a portrait shot. A crowd had gathered to watch as he rose to the next lock, so I left him and his wife to enjoy his holiday.

HSP-2-Rob

Today’s lesson is it’s difficult to go into details with someone if they are busy or there’s a crowd of on lookers.

This picture is #2 in my 100 Strangers Project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the http://www.flickr.com/groups/100strangers/

100 Strangers #1 – Amanda

Having mainly been a landscape photographer over the years, I decided to take part in the Flickr 100 Strangers Project, pushing me way out of my comfort zone with the camera. Talking to people has never been a problem, but to ask for permission to take the portrait and obtain any details I could about them in what was essentially a brief meeting, became very daunting.

However, on a beautifully sunny day in July, whilst photographing the locks at Foxton in Leicestershire, I was watching a woman opening a sluice gate. I seized the moment and asked to take pictures of her working. The usual idle chat of how good the weather was etc followed. I then explained about the project and asked to take her portrait to which she happily obliged. Further pleasantries were exchanged and I now had a name for my stranger… Amanda. Amanda had hired the long boat for the day and was busy showing her daughter how to navigate the locks.

Amanda-HSP-1Today’s lesson is two fold, firstly DON’T stand at the bottom of a slope while taking portraits upwards when your a short person like me. Secondly, while taking to your subject, try to capture them between your questions and NOT while they are answering.

This picture is #1 in my 100 Strangers Project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the http://www.flickr.com/groups/100strangers/