I saw Leanne on the opposite side of the road, looking very stylish and she didn’t appear to be in much of a hurry so I crossed the road and asked her if I could take her photograph. She stopped and looked quite open to the idea but hadn’t said yes or no and her eyes were asking why so I briefly explained about Flickr and the project and asked her again and she agreed but asked “will it take long because I have to catch a goat”? Erm, “excuse me” I replied? “A bus, I have to catch a bus”. Ah OK, although I was a little confused how I managed to confuse the two words but further enquiry revealed she had called it a coach the first time ;). I didn’t admit at the time what I thought she had said so if you read this now Leanne I hope it gives you a chuckle.
After Leanne agreed I asked her to step into a bit of shade just enough to be out of the direct sunlight but having got that bit right I forgot to check my camera settings and took the shot at f/5 which was a bit of a schoolboy error. I’ve also noticed that when people are asked to move somewhere they always go and stand with their back to a wall – I really need to think about this in the future because we were at the end of a quiet alley and if I had asked Leanne to stand in the middle so that I was shooting into the alley the aperture would not have been a problem and the background would have blurred sufficiently and been a lot darker as well. Anyway, this is a learning process and I still have a long way to go in that respect although forgetting to check my aperture is a bit disappointing.
Leanne, thanks very much for taking the time to help me with my project – I hope you had a good time wherever that goat took you.
This picture is #45 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page