Nigel's First Stranger Shots


McGregNi

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 00:28
Never really felt too comfortable about doing this kind of thing, but have seen so many of this type of pic lately that I'm prompted to have a go. Took off from work early evening on a break to see what I'd find. Felt a bit nervous at first, but soon warmed up and was put at ease.

A bit worried these first efforts might look a bit rigid or wooden, but guess its down to 'practice practice & practice'. Hopefully if I head back sometime soon I might find them there again.

All with the K7 & Tamron Adaptall 135mm f2.8, all at f4.0. As always, C & Cs most welcome!




















































Thanks for checking them out
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Northgrain

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 01:16
Rather fixed facial expressions on this set, Nigel.

Could you engage the subjects a little more?



p.s. #4 is the best image here IMHO - something about the strap - but would be even better with a tiny bit more space at the top?
Tim

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08tiger

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 06:16

C&C welcome.
Don.

Blythman

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 07:09
You've taken stranger shots than these Nigel
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MrB

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 07:16
Nigel, these are head and shoulders above any portrait shots of mine.

Cheers.
Philip

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 07:26
A great idea, Nigel. Very quirky and original.
Best wishes,

Andrew

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ChrisA

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 07:41
Very interesting. Given that you can't exactly focus traditionally on the eyes, keeping nearly everything in focus as you have was probably quite a sensible option, since there's lots of line, colour and pattern to maintain the interest.

They clearly work best as a set, rather than individual images. So I'm wondering, once the novelty wears off, whether a collage of maybe the first six (since the last two seem to be different framings of the same models as the first two) of these might give you a single large image that will be a bit more durable in terms of impact and appeal. It would need to be printed, though - at web sizes the whole thing would be harder to get the full impact.

Not sure what a six-image triptych (sextych?) is called, but when I say collage, I don't necessarily mean overlapping. I'm not volunteering to arrange them!!
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alfpics

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 08:16
As above - quirky, but interesting. I think ChrisA's idea of a 6 image triptych is a good one - that would need printing to get the effect.

Number 3 image composition; I thinks it's right though as you have offset the 'neck' from centre, my eyes wants to see a bit more of the 'shoulder' area
Andy

stub

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 08:40
Brilliant set.. Loved them...
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andrewk

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 08:41
Interesting stuff. I like those!

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Gravelrash

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 09:02
I mustn't get out much 'cos these could have been an original idea to me.

I think they're great
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AndrewA

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 09:24
I love them all!
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johnriley

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 10:23
Some are sharper than others, the best ones are great, a really good idea. And no complaints about the colour of these!
Best regards, John

McGregNi

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 12:35
bwlchmawr wrote:
A great idea, Nigel. Very quirky and original.

That was the idea! A different take on the 'strangers' theme Glad they've gone down well. What might surprise perhaps is the fact that these are not indoor shots - these are taken from the street through a shop window on a walkabout around South Kensington. True street portraits

A testimony to Pentax technology & 40 year old optics - as well as to the very expensive window cleaners employed around this part of town!
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Last Edited by McGregNi on 22/05/2014 - 12:36

Gravelrash

Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 12:39
Well that's even better Nigel. Well done. Although I try to be inclusive in life I didn't previously see you as the kind of guy that likes to dress up dolls. All's well in my little world haha
Steve

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