Lina (Stranger #59/100), Bergen

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    The old green corrugated iron shed used as a background here stands on the northern side of Bergen's harbour. Most days I understand Bergen is lost in mist and rain, but during our visit it was blasted with hard 28 degree C sunshine, and so the little green shed offered pretty much the only shade on the water's edge.

    We'd wandered past a couple of times during the day, when passersby were mostly on the other side of the road enjoying the sun. Fortunately, at third visit, Lina and a couple of friends were ambling along in the shade. She had an easy going, very Scandinavian, calm which seemed appropriate for the cool sweep of green.

    On an afternoon stroll, they seemed happy to pause for a moment. Lina's friends helped with reflectors - one large gold on the camera left, one sunfire on the right to get an even light. Passing cars threw reflected light onto the background, giving a little shimmer to the green panels, preventing them from falling too flat.

    Lina and her friends are from Denmark, just about to head home after a few months work in Bergen. Lina noted Norway's superb mountains and natural attributes as the things she'll miss most when they leave.

    This is portrait #59 of my 100 Strangers Project - check out the group page and get involved.

    Ongoing apologies to my contacts and those kind enough to visit my Photostream. This is my last upload for a couple of weeks due to travel. Look forward to catching up with everyone on my return.

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    1. Linus Cresp 8 months ago | reply

      A really love portrait. :)

    2. Total due 8 months ago | reply

      Such beautiful eyes! Excellent job capturing her beauty!

    3. jim.grootes 8 months ago | reply

      love the eyes matching the background

    4. bomvu 8 months ago | reply

      Instantly recognisable as one of yours. The colour here is superb!

    5. j man. 8 months ago | reply

      Really nice portrait Matthew!

    6. The Urban Scot 8 months ago | reply

      Great colour and perfect matching!

    7. teen41 8 months ago | reply

      مافي حدا بي يحكي عربي

    8. haggisandchips 8 months ago | reply

      Lovely shot - beautiful lady and such a simple and clean backdrop so that Lina really shines.

      Now, let's get something straight ... you are using passing cars to help with the light? I give up ;) that is awesome!

    9. [Mr. Coffee] 8 months ago | reply

      love the background, great stranger shot.

    10. nokkie1 8 months ago | reply

      The green in her eyes and background resonate very well.

    11. nokkie1 8 months ago | reply

      I Agree on that last remark, it is very clever and cool

    12. barbasboth 8 months ago | reply

      Fabulous eyes+background. And freckles! I knew this was yours before I even hovered over it with my mouse :)

    13. MaxGag 8 months ago | reply

      Great portrait, the eyes contact is perfect, congratulations for the EXPLORER !

    14. Perle111 8 months ago | reply

      beautiful natural shot.

    15. Pilar Azaña Talán  7 months ago | reply

      Beautiful portrait and model!

    16. Poupetta aka Ann 7 months ago | reply

      Simply beautiful. Love it !

    17. Neil Parker Photography 7 months ago | reply

      Great natural portraits, love the background in these shots!

    18. Dominique Rolland  ( Laouleventmeporte ) 7 months ago | reply

      Belle et jolie image , toute mon Amitié

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