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Benz on the R

(47/100 Strangers) "My name is Benz, like the Car," she told me over the rumble of the R train. She'd been here just three months, leaving her native Thailand to study language. The second she stepped on the train, she stood out. After a few minutes, I couldn't help but ask for a photo. Benz was traveling back to Queens with her friend, also a non-native New Yorker of 2 years, who she met in her school program. When I asked Benz about here time here, she told me "I'm hoping to spend a lot more time over here," maybe 1, 2 or 3 years. Before photographing her, I noticed she particularly stood out when she was talking to her friend, looking away from the camera. I wanted to capture that look, although didn't realize it until after our interaction had ended. While they sat just across from me, I didn't want to draw out our time, and impose for too long. Otherwise, technical aspects I ran into were a low shutter speed. I generally stay above 1/160th for people, which I did here. Unfortunately, her best shots were when she was moving, and her hand would come out blurry. While I prefer landscape, I chose portrait here to include here hand, which I wanted to include to encorporate more of her style. Thanks for taking the time out, Benz! It was a pleasure.

About this Photo

Taken on September 21, 2013

100 strangers, manhattan, new york, people, portrait, r train, stranger, subway

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 1/160 sec
  • f/2.5
  • 50mm
  • ISO 1250
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