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.