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South Korean expat

I spent the day chilling out at the Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens. In my extensive wandering I found a sweet willow tree that was leaning over the pathway. I clicked a few test shots and was blown away by the bokeh. So I lurked around until two lovely ladies walked my way. I asked them if I could take both their pictures (shooting 31 but not her friend felt a bit rude), and confusion ensued. They conferred amongst themselves in a foreign language that sounded closer to japanese than mandarin to my ears. After a moment they where both nods.

 

They huddled together and I had to explain that I wanted to shoot them separately. Then much to my surprise this lady started the conversation, asking me where I was from. I told her Western Australia and then returned the question to her. She explained that she lives in Melbourne now, but both of them are from South Korea, her friend was here on a holiday. After a few shots I started talking more to her friend, who speaks next to no english.

 

The bokeh explosion in this shot is due to me using my 100mm macro lens. I spent most of the time in the park shooting flowers and insects and only had the one lens on me. I'm pretty amazed at how it turned out and might use it again in the future. The shot wasn't so great straight out of camera, the highlights are blown and her face looked flat and underexposed. Some recovery work in lightroom and my normal stylistic adjustments in photoshop have turned this into a shot that I quite like.

 

This is the thirty fourth portrait of my attempt at the 100 strangers project.

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Taken on January 3, 2011