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Stranger 6/100 | Sofia & Boyfriend

That's Sofia and her boyfriend. They were visiting New York on vacation. It was their first time visiting New York and they both seemed to be genuinely excited to be in NYC. I spotted them taking a crazy amount of pictures of the cherry blossoms and when I told them about 100 strangers Sofia had an odd look for a moment, but she quickly agreed. I've noticed that fellow photographers are usually very willing to take part in the 100 Strangers project.


I learned a couple of things from this experience. I was shot down a few times before I approached Sofia and her lover. The longer I hesitated, the more uptight I became, and that came through in my introductions to strangers. I was also too caught up with the background in this shot. Sofia is wearing a “I ♥ NY” shirt and it's slightly out of frame. Kind of important since she is a tourist! This is another reminder that 100 Strangers is a learning exercise. I am going to take my time with this project and I am positive that I am going to learn a lot along the way.


Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page.




Camera Settings

ISO: 320 Shutter: 1/250 Aperture: 5.6 Focal Length: 72mm

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Taken on March 24, 2012