Stranger 24: star gazer

9:44 PM Nelonie Crelencia 0 Comments

Stranger No. 24: Star Gazer by lancelonie, on FacebookAmazed with that genuine gaze

My 24th find walked out of the store quietly with a cap and a backpack.  I sensed that she was a kind soul that would also welcome an intruding stranger like me.

After explaining a few details on why I wanna "shoot" her, she was also ready to shoot me back with that wonderful stare.  I'm satisfied and thankful with her cooperation.  Besides the fact that light was permitting, this pretty lady gave me exactly what I wanted.  Bravo, my friendly stranger!  Bravo!

I'd like to think that my stranger encounter is getting better in terms of targeting someone who would help me portray a look.  I also think I'm probably getting better at convincing strangers (or maybe finding the right stranger).  Hmm...

She's one of my genuine "gazers", in line with my first Winning LookPower GazeInteresting 10thMiss Ooh-la-lashesSunshine GirlCool Sweetheart and Sun-kissed Lady (gasp)...  This girl is on my top list for now.  I'd like to call her the Star Gazer.
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The soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with a gaze.
~Gustav Adolfo Becquer
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Stranger 23: sun-kissed lady

1:08 PM Nelonie Crelencia 1 Comments

Stranger No. 23: Sunkissed Lady by lancelonie, on FacebookThe Autumn Sun Kissed Her Face

I like her expression - no pretenses.  I think it's the same look she had before I interrupted her solitude.  She knew exactly how to play the no-smile game so I'd say we got another winner here!

The afternoon light and the early autumn breeze were perfect.  The hair movement added depth just like Framed Artist's.  I played between warm and cool to see what suited this particular shot.  Warm tones appealed more to me.  I felt like summer crept back in while processing her lovely sun-toned skin.

Her eyes here are not as showy or as glossy as the others but that's because some harsh light had her squinting.  Maybe if we switched places, I would have had the same effect as Sunshine Girl.  But overall, the emotion is beautiful to me - a genuine stare and again, no pretenses.  She's a pretty lady under the sun!
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I was cold and alone till I got lost in your charm.
That's when I found me a place to belong.
I've been kissed by the sun.
~Dondria
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Stranger No. 23: Sunkissed Lady by lancelonie, on Facebook

Stranger No. 23: Sunkissed Lady by lancelonie, on Facebook

Stranger No. 23: Sunkissed Lady by lancelonie, on Facebook

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Stranger 22: spectacled angel

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Stranger 22: Spectacled Angel by lancelonie, on FacebookDrama Behind Another Smiley Face

I had a hiatus after Sophia's school orientation and all the while, I thought I lost my 22nd card.  When I finally went back to shooting strangers, I re-wrote that number down.

Along Hollywood Blvd., I walked back to the same spot I stood 5 weeks ago and it all came back to me...  I did capture my 22nd stranger!  I wonder if she was trying to look for her photo.

I apologize for such a huge delay, Miss 22.  There was quite a distraction - when I switched from my good ole desktop to hubby's Alienware on which he installed Adobe Bridge...  Ahhh...  Excuses!  Again, sorry...

IMG_0235 Spectacled Angel, on Facebook Although I (briefly) forgot about her headshots, I clearly remember the small talk between this friendly soul and me...  After she pulled up on the side street, got out of her car, she said, "I like your blouse..."  I was wearing a black see-through sleeveless blouse layered on top of a white camisole.  I think she was also layered - her style, probably.

In my mind, I said, yes!  That's the right approach.  A small talk are somewhat a clear indication that a stranger is approachable and likely open to suggestions.  So, when she agreed, I also remember her telling me she smiles when she walks.

Yeah, I wanted her to stare just like the others - you know, that look-through-me-blankly kinda thing.  Or, drop that smiley face and power gaze me.  She's internalizing here to do just that.

She (I forgot her name.  Was it Kellie?  Sorry!) is my 3rd model with glasses after Cool Sweetheart and Framed Artist.  I'd like to call her the Spectacled Angel because that's what I thought of her when I overexposed her photo here on Flickr...
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Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make clear.
~Stephen Wright
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Stranger 22: Spectacled Angel by lancelonie, on Facebook

Stranger 22: Spectacled Angel by lancelonie, on Facebook

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Stranger 21: framed artist

12:49 PM Nelonie Crelencia 0 Comments

Stranger No. 21: Framed Artist by lancelonie, on FacebookA Picture Full Of Interest

I had been eyeing this lovely lady as soon as I spotted her waiting in line while talking with a friend.  It's funny how I played like a stalker.   That's how street photographers roll, I guess - prowling for light, beauty and all things interesting.  You just know when something or someone stands out among the crowd.

So, this is even more interesting - a photographer meeting a painter - both artists...

When I asked if I can have her picture taken, she was a little hesitant.  It's okay and it's just normal.  I was ready to accept her no.  But then she was convinced because her friend, Model Vibe, was alright with it.

After bursting some shots, she asked if I got a card.  Silly me, with excitement and all the talking, I almost forgot to hand it out.  I asked what her name was and when I couldn't spell it, she traded me hers...

This is another interesting thing - Nelonie meeting Timony - both unusual names...

Remember Cool Sweetheart?  Both images are full of interest.  (I know.  I've been using this interesting word forever.  Any suggestion?)  The outcome is satisfactory for me - beautiful muted blue eyes behind those sunny yellow glasses, full lips of complementing hue, clear face with a nice lasting impression and natural hair movement that was perfectly frozen.  Like a breeze of fresh air, Miss Timony Siobhan's photo left me feeling good about myself.

There's just one thing more I need to know...  Did it pass the photographed artist's taste?
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My whole artistic life has always been about change, change, change;
move on, move on... It's the only thing I find interesting.
~Paul Simon
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Stranger No. 21: Framed Artist by lancelonie, on Facebook

Stranger No. 21: Framed Artist by lancelonie, on Facebook


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Stranger 20: model vibe

9:55 PM Nelonie Crelencia 0 Comments

Stranger No. 20: Model Vibe by lancelonie, on Facebook Nostalgic Appeal

I spotted Stranger No. 20 talking to her friend, my 21st, while waiting in line for the store cashier.  Then I looked away to find some other targets (and/or a good vintage buy) in case I didn't catch her.  In the end, I still found myself turning back to her direction about a few meters away.

Hubby and I were already outside when suddenly 20 and 21 stepped out.  It came out like a pretty normal thing to me - to ask for some headshots while showing my  Flickr photostream via iPhone.  I think I may have programmed my brain to pursue them because I didn't feel nervous nor shy.  There was some kind of vibe, I guess...

She was easy to persuade even when I stopped her from putting her sunglasses on.  I like that she was cool and giving.  I mean, hey, there's nothing to be insecure about some close-up shots when you are photo-worthy.

I usually like clear bright pictures; but during post-processing, I felt like dimming this a little bit.  It reminds me of that old photo I once saw in some '70s or '80s magazine.  The model's stare, matte lips, slightly tilted head and overall expression evoke a sense of nostalgia.  Plus, the purplish tone set the mood for a beautiful vintage vibe.

Tall and lovely Jamie projected an image that seemed stylized for a magazine, not an ordinary out-of-the-blue stranger shot.  She loos like model, doesn't she?  Well, maybe she is...

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Mobbed in Hollywood

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photo story on lancelonie.comFOX TV in Kodak Theater

Do you know that cool new FOX TV show, Mobbed? We were there when they taped their Hollywood scene.

We drove to Hollywood Blvd. for another round of stranger portraits. As we passed along Hollywood Walk of Fame, a dancing mob in Kodak Theater's main entrance was being recorded. We all wondered what the show was all about...

Outside the mall, by the grand stairs where I used to get my photo targets, a big animated screen was set up. People thought it was a cool background for their photo souvenirs. I thought it was a...  Continue reading...

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Stranger 19: Vi-u-tiful Vi-sitor

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Stranger No. 19: Vi-u-tiful Vi-sitor by lancelonie, on FacebookGirl From The City

One or two eye-to-eye contacts with this lovely city girl and I knew she will be my next stranger...

A visitor from San Francisco, like Lady Star, and a 'laughter-fighter' like Smiley Face, I told Vi it's kinda typical to some. In front of a camera, it's almost always automatic to smile. It's like we're programmed to do it since we started school: "Ok, class, say cheese!" Who wants a boring class picture? But anyway, my stranger no. 19th tried and I appreciated it, especially the fact that she was readily available for a not-everyday mugshot like this.

Now, on with the processing... Do you, guys, know Bridge? Well, I've been doing a lot of photoshopping ever since but never knew about this software until my 15th stranger. I think I forgot to click this feature when I first installed my Adobe Photoshop. (I also think you either use Lightroom or Bridge to process your raw files. I don't have LR.)

Anyway, while 'bridging' this image, I decided to merge two versions - one with a softer tone and one with 100% clarity. My intention was to make the facial skin appear smoother and the eyes bolder respectively. Just notice when you adjust your clarity everything becomes clear and noticeable. I don't do that on my headshots. Again, mine is focus on the eyes (even if I kinda failed with Pretty Stare) and away from any facial distractions or imperfections if any. So, in short, two portraits in one.

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tranger No. 19: Vi-u-tiful Vi-sitor by lancelonie, on Facebook

tranger No. 19: Vi-u-tiful Vi-sitor by lancelonie, on Facebook

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Stranger 18: sweet grinner

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Stranger No. 18: Sweet Grinner by lancelonie, on FacebookFrozen Stare, Warm As Summer

If I'm not mistaken, I saw my 18th stranger in Kodak Theater that same afternoon but wasn't able to ask her. When I saw her again in Goodwill, I knew it was the right time. So, very smoothly, I made my approach as she stood outside the store waiting for her family.

She was delighted to have her picture taken.  That shyest grin of hers, which seemed to hide a big glossy-lips smile, rendered a wonderful outcome...

After color adjustments, the scene came together with sort of a vintage summer feel to it.  The pale blue tone atop the photo blends well with her pinkish skin (particularly the bottommost photo).  The background and her hair colors are in her eyes that are clear and beautiful.  It's kinda deceiving.  It's like we had a day on the beach when in fact, this was taken at 7:17pm.  I so love the effect that I'm jealous again...(LOL).

This mild mannered lass from Michigan reminded me of Poised Mama - one of my first batch of stranger portraits.  A pretty lady, this Nikki is . . . and a pleasant soul to have worked with.  Even her lovely family was just as warm when they flashed their goodbye smiles to me.  Miss 18th's brother (I think) wished me good luck on my 100-stranger project just like Cool Sweetheart.

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Stranger No. 18: Sweet Grinner

Stranger No. 18: Sweet Grinner by lancelonie, on Facebook

Stranger No. 18: Sweet Grinner by lancelonie, on Facebook

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Mollie and Sylwia with Huffy bicycles

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I was taking photos of her and her friend's bicycles beforehand and never thought that the owners will be my models, too...  I knew it - a girl with a summer hat (Stranger 16) and a cool attitude would never say no for an answer!  ...and her Polish friend (Stranger 17) who was busy her Huffy bike here gave me the pose I requested despite her tiredness.

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Sylwia, whom I named eye candy (because...) was down on her knees trying to unlock her bicycle when I politely interrupted...  When they biked away, Mollie wished me: 'Good luck with your project!'  What a cool sweetheart! :)

Thank you, Mollie and Sylwia, for sharing some moments with me.  You rock! :)

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Stranger 17: eye candy

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Stranger No. 17: Color Princess by lancelonie, on FacebookCotton Candy Portraits

Here's my 17th stranger (9th on Flickr) - Sylvia with a W - who is a friend of Molly with an IE.  (It's a lovely misspelling coincidence.  Don't you think?)  I thought the former's name sounded out-of-this-country and indeed it was.  She was from Poland.

This Polish beauty was down on her knees and busy trying to unlock her bike.  But I had to politely interrupt so as not to lose my momentum.  She said, "I don't care," which meant it's ok to take her photo.  She also said she was tired but I was happy she wasn't too weary for a pose.

While processing her raw file, I thought, hmmm... another potential eye sparkler . . . and yes, I'm right.  Not only that, behind her emerged the most colorful background I'd ever photographed so far...  I was like, what on earth was that?!  Where was it?  Where was I?  Dang, that was pretty!  I was so lovin' the colors that I decided to work around it.  So, I gave it a little twist for my 100 strangers set on Flickr...

Anyway, cool filters were the most appropriate for this young charmer.  I think the painterly style suits this kind of portrait - considering her skin tone, the captured light on her eyes and that yummy cotton candy background.  What a fairy-tale-like portrait!  (I think I'm jealous.  I gotta go back there for a photo of myself Sophia.  LOL.)  ...And no matter what I did, I couldn't help but paint her.  Did I mention I used to draw faces and models before?  Well, Sylwia gave me the opportunity to do that again . . . digitally...  Sweet!!!

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Stranger 16: cool sweetheart

9:02 PM Nelonie Crelencia 0 Comments

Stranger No. 16: Cool Sweetheart by lancelonie, on FacebookBeautiful Blue Behind Those Glasses

I was taking photos of her and her friend's bicycles beforehand and never thought that the owners will be my models, too...  I knew it - a girl with a summer hat and a cool attitude would never say no for an answer!

I was taking down her name on paper when she said, "Actually, it's Molly with an IE." :)

Well, I must say, Mollie gave me two challenges that afternoon. First was name spelling and second, eye-color capturing.

In my other posts, I mentioned the eyes are primarily what my focus are.  Here, as you can see, she had her eye glasses on.  This being a street shot (as opposed to stylized portraiture), I didn't feel comfortable telling her to take them off.  I was the one asking for a favor so whatever this young stranger was  wearing, I shouldn't change that.  Besides, the shot should be realistic; that is, whatever was there on the street, take it.

So, I brought this home and found out later that behind those Superman spectacles is a pair of beautiful blue eyes.

Mollie, by the way, was the first to wish me, "Good luck with your project!" as she biked away with her friend.  I thought that was really sweet!

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