This is John. Or Jon. I was walking through the rain, taking pictures, when I saw him standing here, just like this. Instead of trying to take the shot candid, I decided to approach him. I explained that he was awesomely lit, asked to take his picture and he agreed. He even asked if he should look away from the camera. I told him to keep doing what he was before I interrupted him.
It was such a dark night, and seeing him by the sign, hiding from the rain was just too perfect. I didn't get a chance to talk to him. He seemed busy, and I didn't want to take up his time, but I did get permission to post this to the group.
After a few shots, and playing with my settings, I was done, and we parted ways.
I have a few more strangers I have not included, but John really makes about 10 now. He is my first "candid", not simply looking into the camera. I also generally interview my subjects as I take their picture. Having the opportunity to just focus on my shot without keeping my subject's attention gives me more time to focus on my shot, the settings, and what I'm trying to achieve. I knew the shot already, although I'm now regretting not trying a few more tightly framed shots. It was low light, and I really was just trying to make sure the shot came out *at all.*
This picture is #7 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