100 Strangers : Round 2 : No. 181 : Lizzie by phil_howcroft

100 Strangers : Round 2 : No. 181 : Lizzie

Meet Lizzie , my second stranger from this years Nottingham Green Festival.

I’d seen Lizzie and her friends when we first entered the festival and made a mental note to look out for her when once we’d watched the first band perform at the Victorian bandstand.

I did find her outside a big tent later in the afternoon and approached her for a photo.

She said yes straight away and both Lizzie and my next stranger Jess seemed surprised that someone would want to photograph them.

I didn’t have much time to get a back story as I felt I was impinging on their afternoon. Lizzie did tell me she had just purchased a lovely book on herbs and showed me the cover and illustrations.

My vintage Industar И-61, 53 mm f2.8 is a lovely little lens to use. It’s light , looks ultra cool on my Sony A6000 and I think it renders skin tones rather well and captures some amazing detail. I think Lizzie’s picture confirms that it captures great skin tones and details.

The event is always a busy day with lots of people attending. I shot Lizzie where she was standing i.e. outside the tent as there was no blank canvas background for a photo. The tent had open sides, so I could not use that as a backdrop. I think the busy backdrop sort of tells a story.

I am sure you agree Lizzie ma kes a great stranger portrait and the vintage Industar И-61 has done done a great job too.

Edited in Darktable and GIMP.

Thank you for being stranger number 181 Lizzie, I hope your herb book is a good read.

Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page


My own strangers can be seen here:


Some people have to put up with lots! Imagine all those piercings and when you wanted to brush your hair! Great shot, though!
September 17th, 2019  
@maggiemae i just had to photograph her maggie :)
September 17th, 2019  
You could not pass her by Phil ! a super capture - fav
September 17th, 2019  
Amazing detail. Impressive close-up. Lizzie is a lovely young lady. But i prefer a clean face without all those studs but that's what the general gap does, I guess. Fav.
September 17th, 2019  
I like those touches of purple in Lizzie's hair! Reading about your vintage lenses sometimes give me the feeling of wanting to investigate the photography sections of some local charity shops!
September 17th, 2019  
She's beautiful and I think your lens did a good job.
September 17th, 2019  
Well done.
September 17th, 2019  
Terrific shot Phil, fav:)
September 17th, 2019  
she looks gorgeous
September 17th, 2019  
Lizzie looks amazing Phil.....fantastic shot!
September 17th, 2019  
Well she likes to make an impression I think, and certainly got your attention Phil. Good shot. Can't help wondering if she'll ever regret the neck tattoo!
September 17th, 2019  
Wonderful lady, love the look!!
September 17th, 2019  
Nice portrait Phil.
September 18th, 2019  
Another great portrait ... you praise your kit for the quality of the skin tones but your portraits go well beyond skin deep. You give great credit to the Industar but I have the feeling that you would get equally good portraits with any lens and any camera. I really believe that the most important bit of kit is the photographer! You may or may not be vintage but you sure do create superb portraits! I'm absolutely certain that if you gave me the Sony and the Industar I would fall well short of your high standards. Fav
September 19th, 2019  
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