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Stranger #23: Tiger Lilly | by bomvu
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Stranger #23: Tiger Lilly

This picture is #23 in my 3rd round of the 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page



I popped out at lunch time for a quick stranger search and it didn't take long before I passed this cool looking person leaning against a wall enjoying a smoke. I really liked the way she was standing and wanted to get a picture of that but she was half in shade, half in sun which I wasn't that keen on. I looked around for a suitable spot nearby but couldn't see anywhere so I thought I'd have a crack at it anyway.

She was happy to be photographed and commented that that had made interesting an otherwise boring day. Cool!

I explained that I didn't think the full length would be very good but that I'd like a crack at it anyway and then, silently cursing the fact that I'd taken off my 50mm and left it in the office, moved a way back and waited for a gap in the pedestrian traffic.

Tiger Lilly, that's her real name which is also pretty cool IMO, was completely unflappable and happily followed my instruction to just carry on as normal. that picture is in the comments section for context but this portrait shot is the one I'm including in the project and it demonstrates how lighting can look so different in exactly the same spot depending on how you look at it. This is the first portrait in a while where I've not used my reflector. The light coloured pavement was doing the job for me.

The spikey jacket which, along with her kick ass boots were what drew me in, is custom made and I love how the metal spikes contrast with her lovrly soft features.

Thanks so much Tiger Lilly, it was a pleasure meeting you!










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Taken on June 3, 2013