100 Strangers Project, Set 10

Kicked off this session with Charles, Stranger 66. I didn't pose him. I didn't have to. I asked him to come over and stand in this shaded spot, and he did, and he struck that pose, without any directions. That's just him. I liked the attitude.

Alvaro and Cathrine, Strangers 67 and 68, a young couple visiting from Los Angeles. I thought he looked like a young Barrack Obama, if Obama was Hispanic. He was a talkative, smiley, and lively subject. Cathrine, though, was a bit shy. It took a few clicks of the shutter and a little help from Alvaro for her to warm up to the camera.

Dirk, Stranger 69, a visitor from Germany. Shooting this portrait was a little tricky. I couldn't use my usual setup where I put a subject in the shade and then bounce light back at them. It was too bright out and it was making Dirk squint. So I turned us around and shot in the opposite direction, placing the very bright background behind him. It was an interesting experiment. I only wish I had done a little better job on this one. Next time, Dirk. 

Samantha, Stranger 70. Nick spotted her. In his words, she had a "Disney-princess-look." I couldn't agree more. I'm sure she wakes up every morning, leaps out of bed, and summons small woodland creatures with her songs to come and help her get dressed. 

Larry and Donna, Strangers 71 and 72, another couple. Larry's hat made him easy to spot. He was a great subject, a distinguished gentleman. 

Donna was quick to point out that once I knew her name, we weren't strangers anymore, so I couldn't take her picture. I asked if she would allow a portrait anyway, despite the technicality, and I'm glad she obliged.

Genevieve, Stranger 73, a native of North County. Nick spotted her, too. Her long, graceful neck, and her red hair, caught our eye. She was very natural in front of the camera. She was making small, subtle changes to her look between shutter clicks. I asked if she'd done this before, posed for photos, but I knew the answer. 

Ethan, Stranger 74. His hat, glasses, and the camera slung around his neck, made him easy to spot. I knew he'd say yes. After a few clicks, I showed him the camera LCD so he could see. "What a difference a good camera makes!" he said. I agreed, but I had to add: "Only if you know what you're doing."

An with that, this session was wrapped. Nine more portraits added. Still a lot of work left to do.