Tara (Stranger #79/100), Edinburgh

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    Taking a brief break from email whilst travelling with work, I zipped out from the hotel with my camera and a couple of reflectors. Edinburgh has spent the late afternoon bathed in searing golden sunshine, and there was a slight sense of festival in the air.

    Heading up to the Royal Mile in search of an interesting alley way that could serve as a background, a sudden bank of fog swept in from the sea, swirling around spires and softening the light. People, I sensed, were curtailing their evening's out and heading home, as what had felt like August suddenly felt more December.

    Not Tara. Runners have generally rejected offers of a portrait. People are focused on their exercise, no doubt, and some, I imagine, self conscious about their exertions showing in a photograph. Tara, as she explained, had gone for a run in the meadows, and, upon seeing that fog was due, had then run up the (not insignificant) hill to meet her friend Roisin on the Royal Mile, so as to march up Arthur's Seat for the eerie view. Whilst Roisin deconstructed a market stall, Tara had a moment's wait and agreed to be part of the project.

    Tara moved to Edinburgh for her studies, focusing on social science for the range of subject matter it encompasses. If not Edinburgh born, the local spirit was very much in evidence - assuming a fantastically direct stare, every bit as powerful as you'd hope for from someone who runs up a hill to organise marching up another, in the fog, "even though it might be s#%t!" (her words).

    Thank you Tara for taking a moment to be part of the project! Hope you like your portrait, and it was awesome to hear about the view from the top over the fog, the city glowing beneath. Congratulations on seizing the opportunity - totally awesome.

    Roisin was super too, by the way - joining in to help with lighting. She's holding a soft gold trigrip reflector 45*/45* camera right, bouncing a Canon 600EX-RT on ETTL at -1 adjustment. Tara's got a reflector too, held just below shot.

    This is portrait #79 of my 100 Strangers Project - check out the group page and get involved.

    You might also enjoy my photography blog, including tips for street portraits. It's relatively new, but growing quickly and I'd appreciate a visit and your thoughts!

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    1. blauepics 41 months ago | reply

      Interesting portrait!

    2. Mart Bee 41 months ago | reply

      Nice composition, nice eyes !

    3. S_Butterbaugh 41 months ago | reply

      Nice capture! Great write-up too.

    4. w@@t 41 months ago | reply

      very good portrait: beautiful subject, great backgrounf and lighting

    5. dramatic sort [deleted] 41 months ago | reply

      ovely shot.

    6. Rum Bucolic Ape 41 months ago | reply

      Striking stuff; you 'just happened' to approach another delectable individual. But why the hell not? No point creating a great photo with someone with a face like a bulldog licking pee of a nettle.

    7. Paco_X 41 months ago | reply

      Your commitment with the reflectors results in an exquisite light. The preponderance of grey tones makes for an elegant portrait.

    8. macbeth66 41 months ago | reply

      Wow! You must have a great personality, if this was with a stranger. Especially the gentleman you shot the other day.

    9. jeff45520 41 months ago | reply

      Elle est super, cette photo

    10. Visual_Presents 41 months ago | reply

      This is perfect....bravo...congrats on Explore!

    11. martinturner 41 months ago | reply

      That's a terrific use of your surroundings. I find myself almost stepping into the frame. I find the reflector work fascinating as so different to my area of photography. I hope one day to see you in action, can imagine it being a real experience. I love your choice of subject, I can see why you have chosen each of your subject. Excellent work matey! :-) (oh, and can relate to the temperature - having just come back from Edin/Glas, the suggestion of warmer times is very quickly quashed).

    12. spuddie7 41 months ago | reply

      A super portrait and I love the intense look you're getting. :O)

    13. B.E.K. Photography 41 months ago | reply

      Another superb portrait, great eye contact and expression. As always, very impressive work.

    14. barbasboth 41 months ago | reply

      Hah, love your description! This shot looked great when I saw the raw file on my phone, but seeing it processed and in a larger size - wow! Superb.

    15. dannymol 41 months ago | reply

      Your stranger portraits are such an inspiration.

    16. Visual_Presents 41 months ago | reply

      I was thinking what is it about this photo that is drawing me to it ...it must be the intensity in the eyes that you captured. At once penetrating and strong yet a sense of innocence and wonder. Her look is locking the viewer's gaze and holding it...again you delivered a great connection...what a moment....bravo!

    17. Kester A 40 months ago | reply

      Fabulous portraits; you have a way with people and light in equal measure. Good work!

    18. Stu Meech 38 months ago | reply

      It's a very striking portrait, and the sharpness is spot on.

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