Stranger in the Light
  • Aperture: ƒ/3.2
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 26 November, 2015
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Keywords: Buenos Aires, Portrait
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

Approaching a stranger and asking to take their picture is not something I have done very much of. It surprises me how often you get a ‘yes’. And those that don’t want their picture taken are happy to say no, no offence given or taken. I think I’m just going to have to do more of it. You do have to approach and get into a person’s personal space, but it seems to be possible to do it in a pleasant way.

I only managed to get two frames of this wonderful looking man. He was never going to look into the camera and I was never going to ask him to. I was just thrilled to be able to get the picture. The detail on the eyebrows, the sharpness of the eyelashes, and then how quickly it all drops off… nice!

I’ve done very little to the image. I processed it all in Capture One as a colour image, then decided at the last minute to try how it looked as a B&W, so opened it in Photoshop and that was it. For the final hires version, I’d work a little harder on certain details, but that will have to wait till I get back. For a start, I’d look to bring more contrast into his face, to emphasise the dark lines etched there against the bright lines of his hair… I’m impressed with how the camera has not lost any detail in the shadows or highlights, so there’s plenty that could be played around with.

I think there could be quite a collection of portraits on the horizon.

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