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Stare Down in Santa Fe
05-NOV-2011

Stare Down in Santa Fe

This wasn't really a stare down. My subject was acting as a traffic cop, keeping cars out of the central square of Santa Fe, in anticipation of motorcycle rally for charity. When I asked his permission, he graciously posed for me, allowing me to approach him "up close and personal."

Making portraits of strangers is not easy for most photographers. Some try to make candid images - and do it well. I prefer to ask permission. For me, building a little repport can put my subjects at ease. There isn't always much time to do that, as was the case here. I simply walked up to the man, and said, "Hey, you look great. Could I make your photograph?" It worked, and I have a suspicion my subject was used to and enjoyed posing for anyone with a camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1/50s f/5.0 at 5.1mm iso200 full exif

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Carol E Sandgren07-Dec-2011 23:05
He should be a character actor! Love the intense eyes as well as his interesting hat and coat. The beard is pretty cool as well. Good for you getting that shot so easily!
John Vass02-Dec-2011 02:13
Wow! Dems some wild hairs!
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