Yesterday we had a day out at Abney Hall Park in Stockport. I never knew the place existed until last week. It seems the place to go if you are a dog owner, with lots of open spaces for your pooch to run around and chase after sticks. It is also a wonderful place to go for a walk, away from the stresses and strains of modern living, and get away from the city streets. Unfortunately the hall was closed for maintenance, and no doubt this is the wrong time of year to visit. There is however a waterfall, cows, plenty places to walk, and lots of places to sit and stare at just how beautiful nature can be. Definitely somewhere I’d like to go to again.
I cannot tell you how delighted I am to be able to add another person into my 100 Strangers Project. If you’re a regular reader of my blog (thank you) then you will no doubt know that I quite like street photography, and those that know my Flickr Photostream will probably have seen more in my Street Photography album. The strangers however are different.
I must ask permission from each stranger for them to be included in the project. Sometimes I have a little fear and trepidation with the street photography, but walking up to somebody and asking them if you can take their picture is terrifying for me. Right outside my comfort zone. I was lucky with Ewan as we’d been introduced by a mutual acquaintance an hour or so before. I didn’t feel the same level of fear as usual. As it has been about five months since my last stranger, Brian, I was happy to have it a little easier than usual. There was no guarantee that Ewan would agree, but I felt it was a little easier than usual. A welcome confidence boost when he complied. I was also pleased with how I stood him where background distractions would be as minimal as possible, posed him, and used bounce flash to create a nice soft light. All in all I’m very happy.
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It was an overcast day, and the light was not very interesting. I thought I’d try a quick self portrait because I read than an overcast day will not cause any harsh shadows, and the clouds act like a giant softbox. Well this is true, but the light os also lacking something. There is no punch. I decided that this would be a good chance to try out my reflector. I placed the silver side of the reflector pointing outwards towards me. The difference was incredible. It really does help the subject stand out, and makes a huge difference.
I shall be sure to bring my reflector and use it next time I’m taking portraits under an overcast sky.