While on a very short break with family to Holland to see my step son Laurence we spotted a number of forms of wheeled transport being used by the locals, much of it human powered. Thousands of bicycles, a few long board skate boards and the odd person on roller blades. I loved the fact that they all queued up in the cycle lanes. I was travelling light camera wise but had the G11 over my shoulder and realised what was going to happen just in time to get this shot. There had been a third person, a guy on a moped at the back, but he’d been impatient and jumped the lights leaving only the ladies. Looking back at what I’d seen it makes for a better image anyway as the two ladies are on the thirds lines.
Processed in Lightroom 5.
Welcome to the lineup miss, love the hair!
It had been a regular day in the city and I was moments from home. Standing with my camera bag strapped to my back I was gazing out through the windows to the buildings on our side of the road.
The queue for the taxi rank was insane so I thought I’d jump on a bus. Never again! The trip took far too long in slow moving traffic. On the trip there were two stunning women, one applying flawless makeup while the bus wobbled and bounced around, how she avoided drawing lines across her face with the various makeups was beyond me. The other was in a dress that would make even Jessica Rabbit envious. Not wanting to appear as a GWC I concentrated on editing the shot of Jess. Hold on, stunning makeup alone is not reason enough to ask for a shot? The team at FACEON would be disappointed. I need to reevaluate my tick list for my Strangers photography!
Thanks to an elderly man that boarded I moved further back in the bus in order to give him the priority seat. On one of the unoccupied seats was a copy of Stylist magazine.
Inside was Jade’s new advert for Revlon. The matt undersaturated printing wont do her and Revlon full justice. Congrats on winning Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Jade!
So here’s to Jess, Jade, Models, Makeup Artists and anyone rocking makeup, especially those applying it under less than ideal conditions! You all made the mad trip in more tolerable.
On the way to the train I spotted the young lady here with a helmet hanging from her back pack and amazing longboard. A cool prop for a strangers shot. She must be quite a sight to behold as she surfs her way across London in the evenings. I didn’t catch her name, after a short while chatting about the board, the shots and handing her my card she was off like a flash.
Thanks to the autumn evenings getting dark so fast it was time to break out the flash. With all the orange lights on around the station front I felt the full CTO filter and shooting with white balance set to tungsten would produce a better image.
The second person I’d spotted may well inspire a studio shoot. She had very pail skin, short almost white hair cut very much like the wig we’d used in the pink themed shoot with Julie. To further enhance the look she wore white lipstick. With her hair and face so white her blue eyes really stood out. She was walking at a real pace and by the time the old brain had finished doing a quick recap of what my eyes had seen and filed it under “Strong looks to mention to MUAs” she’d crossed a couple of junctions and was well on her way..
I’d spent the whole day with my head in my old Bose QCII cans listening to the new NERO album on heavy repeat while coding. On the way home I’d spotted a few stand-out people in London but they were moving fast and I wasn’t about to start running after anyone. I sat on the train editing the last of the images of baby Zack and surfing for WordPress plugs to help control the sites widgets. Widget Logic rocks! As I got to the steps of the station and thought of walking or getting a bus home I spotted a young lady also in headphones coming down the steps.
With her brilliant hair the cans were not just audio equipment but had become a fashion accessory. She passed me and I carried on a few steps, then thought “Don’t ask, don’t get” and doubled back. She agreed to have her photo taken and sat patiently as I got the strobe and soft box together. She told me she’s a part time student, I kicked myself afterwards for not asking what music she was listening too! She agreed to walk over to the station staffs box on the platform so I could use it as a plain backdrop. I asked her to turn her face slightly away from me but to look at me with her eyes. She wasn’t sure about the first shot and asked to try her other side. With the camera being right handed I must have looked like a right muppet with my arms crossed holding the flash to the camera right. On checking that shot too she wasn’t happy. I told her about my 100Strangers experience and the Mirror image issues. She then said that she looked better straight on and we tried a third shot.
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I’m normally happy with shooting one stranger and heading home. Tonight would be different… (read the rest of the post…)