It has been two nights since I was last out shooting and Les and I set up in a different part of Brantford's extensive riverside trail network. This is a place called Lorne Park and is where all the Wedding Photography is done. It's also the Park that won Brantford the "Best Blooming City in Canada" and then the "Best Blooming City in the World" titles.
It's been colder and rainy and it is also Sunday. That means that people do their walks earlier in the day or don't walk at all.
We stood around watching the perfect light get darker and darker when one guy came by on a bike. I think Josh was his name and he was native. He explained that I should be shooting film because digital cameras steal your soul. I gave him the benefit of the doubt when he declined to have his photo taken.
Then I spot Phil riding towards me and I knew I had my stranger. He readily agreed. It's a good thing too because I only had the two strangers pass by me the whole evening.
I talked to Phil at length but never asked him anything about himself except his name. That's a bad habit I think I'm forming.
Phil was quite cooperative and took direction extremely well. This is the first frame I took of him and I think it's the best. The angle, attitude of the shot and his expression all came together.
Les held the other 580EX II high camera right through a small soft box and I used an on camera 580EX II for the fill set on ETTL at a 1:8 ratio.
I like that light ratio with shoe flash because of the nice hard and dramatic edge it gives. The 5D2 was on manual set to bring out the best in the sky.
I adjusted the colour temperature to 5200 and ran this through Topaz Clean to clean up the edges.
I took a few more after this one and will post them on my 100 Strangers blog if you want to see them: