Stranger 20: model vibe

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

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

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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...

FOX TV MOBBED PREMIERE HERE.

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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

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 No. 17: Color Princess by lancelonie, on Facebook

MOLLIE AND SYLWIA WITH HUFFY BICYCLES HERE.

Stranger No. 17: Color Princess by lancelonie, on Facebook

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Stranger 16: cool sweetheart

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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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Stranger No. 16: Cool Sweetheart by lancelonie, on Facebook

MOLLIE AND SYLWIA WITH HUFFY BICYCLES HERE.

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Stranger 15: sunshine girl

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Stranger No. 15: Sunshine Girl by lancelonie, on FacebookGirl With The Sun In Her Eyes

I was a little hesitant about asking this lady as she inched her way towards where I was . . . kinda odd..

"Hi! I'm Nelonie. How are you?"

My concern of her being afraid of me completely faded when she immediately flashed her beautiful smile.  She was unassuming and all ready to give her expression.  So, without further explanation on what this 100 strangers project was all about, she stood there all smiles with the sun in her eyes.

(But I did show her my other  portraits, my daughter and my 1st stranger to rev it up a little.)

While shooting, I was getting a little embarrassed as it was taking so long for me to get it right.  I thought - how am I gonna show this up on Flickr when the image is not worth it?  The sun was up and blinding her.  The light was harsh and casting shadows on her pretty face.  Truly, I was grateful of her not only for saying yes but also for being so patient to follow my hubby's instructions.  (He, upon sensing my frustration, had to come down and interfere.)

More strangers by lancelonie on FacebookWe had her stand against the street with the sunlight coming from her left side, a technique I did here.  Two more sets of three and that was it.  I had to let her go no matter what, even if she was too nice to stay, as it was unusually long for a stranger shot.

To my surprise during post-processing, the light turned out to be a very good player!  In fact, I chose her image to be my first black and white portrait on Flickr...

So Leah, who just moved from I-forgot-to-ask-where, is now a local of Los Feliz, California and a face on both my 100 Strangers set on Facebook and Flickr.

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Stranger 14: lady star

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Stranger No. 14: Lady Star by lancelonie on Facebook
Her height was remarkable and I couldn’t resist asking her this favor. But I had to fully explain my intention of taking her photo as she was so close to saying no. Thank you for your time, Gizelle!

While post-processing, I thought of giving her the title, Lady Star, because of that little tattoo on her cheek bone – her beauty mark. I also can’t help but notice the divalicious lashes. Those sure make one’s eyes pretty. And bravo for giving me that portrait-perfect shot.

So, this is what I’m talking about two-strangers ago. If the subject is tall, advise her to look down towards the lens. This (6 feet?) tower of charm did a pretty good job here ‘cause it looks as if we were eye level. As star indeed!

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IStranger No. 14: Lady Star by lancelonie on Facebook

Stranger No. 14: Lady Star by lancelonie on Facebook

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Stranger 13: Miss Ooh-la-lashes

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Stranger No. 13: Ooh-la-lashes! by lancelonie on FacebookPhotos With 'Chill

This proud LA-born-and-raised stunner was very cooperative, just like that sweet girl from Portland, Oregon.  If I had my other lenses with me, I would have taken some pretend candid shots, which she seemed to be so willing to do.  I imagined how fun that would be!

It’s good that she got situated against those greens because those are being reflected perfectly into her eyes.

Look at those awesome eyelashes.  Don’t you just love them?  Well, I do and I almost complemented her.  But I fast-tracked and asked her name instead.  Xochitl.  It sounds like ‘so chill’ – a befitting name – ‘cause this girl is one cool Angeleno.

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Stranger No. 13: Ooh-la-lashes! by lancelonie on Facebook

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Stranger 12: glossy eyes

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Stranger No. 12: Glossy Eyes by lancelonie on Facebook
I asked this girl for her picture while showing my 100-strangers project album on my Facebook page. She liked it and so I had her stand against where Towering Beauty was.

Stranger 12th has well-defined eyes that are attractive. I love how her irises shimmer here. But then again, like Charming Sparklers and Stunning Portlander, I don’t think she looked straight at me.

Lesson learned: Don’t get lost in the subject’s eyes. Pay attention to the entire face as well as how the head is positioned. No to chin-up.

You as the photographer can see what your models can’t see so you should so act as the director. For headshots, like this, advise them to look straight into your lens and as much as possible, eye-level with your camera. If they are taller than you, tell them to turn their heads down a little.

So, I didn’t do any more exposure and light adjustments here because these will possibly draw attention away from those gorgeous glossy eyes. I applied 50% blurring to some areas of her face to make the eyes pop beautifully even more.

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Stranger No. 12: Glossy Eyes by lancelonie on Facebook

Stranger No. 12: Glossy Eyes by lancelonie on Facebook

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