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Carlos from Kipps Bay, on Park Ave

(33/100 Strangers) "Take my Picture," he said. I didn't know what to make of Carlos, but he was forward and friendly. I didn't even notice most of the detail to him, as he spelled his last name for me. "It's Dutch," he told me. Carlos has been particing with his band every day for the past 6 months. "It's hard to get everyone under one roof. When we finish, we travel across Europe and Asia." When I asked if he played around New York, he said no. I spent part of my time taking down his address, as he has no email. -- On a technical note, I took this shot first, at his request, and then tried to reposition him with a more contrasting background. The light was wierd at this point, and subsiquent shots, while better contrasting, did not capture his initial boldness. Instead, I ended up doing a lot of burning and dodging on this photo to bring things out. I only took 5 shots of him, but knew I had something. I wish I spent more time talking to him, but his accent was, at times, difficult to understand, and I was rushing for Sunset. --

This picture is #33 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 1/200 sec
  • f/3.2
  • 90mm
  • ISO 1600
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