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My 100 Strangers Project

 
MattJohnRobinson
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Oct 26, 2013 14:16 |  #1

Hi all, I've been working on a street portrait project called the 100 Strangers Project and recently passed the half way mark. I think I've been getting lucky lately as a few of my recent shots have become instant personal favorites for my project. So, here they are! If you like 'em and are interested in seeing some more, you can check out my whole 100 Strangers Project set here (external link). Also, in the description of the photo over on flickr is a brief description of the encounter (it's a part of the project) if anybody cares to know more about how the photos were taken.

Stranger 53 -- Katelyn

IMAGE: http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5474/10361405563_c2db2690bd_c.jpg

Stranger 54 -- Liz

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Stranger 56 -- Amanda

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Stranger 57 -- Heather

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Stranger 59 -- Caitie

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Stranger 60 -- Phoebe

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Also, I swear I don't always just pick young, pretty girls, haha, but that's what I've just been running into lately I guess. There's a bit more variety throughout the whole project. Thank you for looking!

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Oct 26, 2013 18:19 |  #2

This are killer portrait shots!


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Oct 26, 2013 18:35 |  #3

I went through the whole set on Flickr. These are all good.


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Oct 26, 2013 19:07 |  #4

Ooh the bokehliciousness on that first one :D Some really nice portraits there



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Oct 26, 2013 20:00 |  #5

Great shots very well done.


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Oct 27, 2013 11:24 |  #6

You've really mastered the short DOF and getting the subjects eyes in focus. Great work!


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Oct 28, 2013 18:05 |  #7

Thanks so much everybody.

KaylaIveigh wrote in post #16402981 (external link)
You've really mastered the short DOF and getting the subjects eyes in focus. Great work!

Kayla, I got the Canon 85/1.2 a couple months back and at first was really shy with shooting wide open... But now I've come to love it. And I figure, if I'm not shooting @1.8 or lower, I might as well be using the 85/1.8 that is like 1/10th the price haha...


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Oct 28, 2013 18:19 |  #8

excellent series (the ones posted here, work computer won't let me go to flickr). I must say "Phoebe" is my favorite of the group. The slight, happy smile and the tack-sharp, deep eyes make for a killer portrait.

Do you just shoot them and walk on, or do you keep in contact with them/send them a copy?


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Oct 28, 2013 19:03 |  #9

steelbluesleepr wrote in post #16406593 (external link)
excellent series (the ones posted here, work computer won't let me go to flickr). I must say "Phoebe" is my favorite of the group. The slight, happy smile and the tack-sharp, deep eyes make for a killer portrait.

Do you just shoot them and walk on, or do you keep in contact with them/send them a copy?

Thanks Jayson. I don't like to ask them for any of their information, but I do give them my information and let them know that I would be more than happy to send them copies of the photos I take if they just shoot me an email...usually they don't get back to me, but Caitie and Liz here did (maybe 15%ish). When I email them back I tell them I don't mind if they share the photos on social media (i.e. facebook) as long as they give me the credit by linking back to my project's page...however they usually ignore me and use the photos without doing so. That's a bit frustrating, but, not really surprising.


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Oct 28, 2013 19:11 |  #10

Looked at your whole set. I love the idea it's truly unique. I have to question, how can you post a picture of the same person twice, but give them different stranger numbers. I think you should go and take pictures of "100 strangers" no "100 pictures of about 70 strangers because I'm taking two pictures of some of the".....not quite right eh? Never the less I love the images, they are INSANELY crisp and I'm wondering what your gear set up is :P


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Oct 28, 2013 19:52 |  #11

very well done and the project looks cool




  
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Oct 28, 2013 21:25 |  #12

Thanks a bunch pvancorb.

xarik wrote in post #16406713 (external link)
Looked at your whole set. I love the idea it's truly unique. I have to question, how can you post a picture of the same person twice, but give them different stranger numbers. I think you should go and take pictures of "100 strangers" no "100 pictures of about 70 strangers because I'm taking two pictures of some of the".....not quite right eh? Never the less I love the images, they are INSANELY crisp and I'm wondering what your gear set up is :P

Thank you Xarik. Since getting the Canon 85/1.2L lens this summer, I have shot this project exclusively with that on my 5D Mk II. Before that I used the 85/1.8, and the 100/2.8L for a few. I also use a 42" collapsable "5-in-1" reflector about half the time, and just recently I bought a Lastolite TriGrip 48" reflector which I've used for two portraits so far. I am loving that thing because I can hold it myself and it's the perfect distance for an 85mm head shot. I've used some bounce flash for maybe 3 or 4 of the portraits; I have a couple LP 160s and 430 EXII.

And I guess my set is a bit confusing, sorry 'bout that haha... In my own personal set I include more than 1 picture of the stranger if I think other pictures are worthy. However, I'm not counting that stranger twice. For multiple shots of the same stranger, the titles still read the same number "Stranger X/100 -- ______". I thought about creating an ancillary set with "alternate" shots, but decided that "100 Strangers" doesn't have to mean just 100 pictures...so I'm just grouping them all together. For the flickr group, though, you're only allowed to submit 1 picture of each stranger. So you do have to choose just 1 to share with the group.


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Oct 28, 2013 21:52 |  #13

Very well done!




  
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Oct 28, 2013 23:31 |  #14

Excellent shots,great concept.
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Oct 29, 2013 02:58 |  #15

Lovely work, how do you always get the light to be so soft on their face? I barely see any harsh shadows on any of your portraits. Do you only shoot at sunset or in the shade or something? Do you just make them turn their back to the sun? Please let us know, thanks! Once again amazing work.




  
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