100 Strangers : No. 52 : Alma by phil_howcroft

100 Strangers : No. 52 : Alma

We went to Skegness today for a day trip. An English seaside resort 'popular' with the people of the East Midlands.

We walk along the coastline, taking in the air (we did about 8 miles).

I was hoping to find a stranger and was lucky to find Alma.

Alma was sitting on a bench admiring the view of the beach and sea. Quite a grey and overcast view (as can be seen by the background).

I smiled and nodded at Alma (who was some distance away).

Alma was sat near some fast food mobile catering stalls and I took a few pictures of the stalls.

Alma started walking towards me along the promenade with her "zimmer frame on wheels".

I took a picture of her approaching and as she got towards me I told her I had got her in the shot and showed her the image on the back of the camera screen.

Alma said she was having difficulty seeing it due to the glare (and her dark glasses too).

I then struck up a conversation with her explaining I was an amateur photographer.

Alma thought I was one of the "old school seaside photographers" who used to take pictures of holidaymakers back in the day and then print and sell them to her ! I remember taking a picture of an old lady a couple of years ago at the seaside and she too thought I was a "seaside photographer". Strange that they both thought this ! I explained to Alma that the days of the "seaside photographer" had gone as everyone now has mobile phone cameras or digital cameras.

"Will I be in the paper then" asked Alma.

"Not the paper, but I will put your picture on the internet, if that's OK"

Alma smiled and nodded.

"that's nice then" she said

Alma retired to the seaside and walks up and down the prom with her zimmer frame every day.

"How far do you walk?" I asked

"Oh it is about a mile"

"That's very impressive Alma"

"Well you have to keep mobile" she said

I tried to show Alma the photos on the back of the camera, but the glare meant she was having issues.

I told her they were really nice pics and that brought a nice smile to her face.

The picture was difficult to edit because of her dark glasses, but I managed to get some detail in her eyes my adjusting levels and brightness in Rawtherapee, The Fuji Velvia 100 Generic film emulation seemed to hep enhance the sunglasses too

This picture is number 52 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

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My own strangers can be seen here:

Really love this shot Phil... Such a shame she'll not be in the paper. Clearly a strong lady. fav
October 27th, 2016  
What a super shot and story. I love your portrait series - you need to do a photobook when it's all finished.
October 27th, 2016  
A pity Alma can't see it as its a great picture of her. Looks like someone's being knitting Alma a scarf & beret! She is a game girl going all that way on a Zimmer frame! Fave.
October 27th, 2016  
What a lovely lady! I could do with a hat and scarf like that. I like the way you've used processing to give detail in her eyes. Its one of those photos I can't stop looking at - fav fir me.
October 27th, 2016  
Oodles of character, Phil.
October 27th, 2016  
Wonderful "street" portrait!
October 27th, 2016  
Oh good on her a lovely shot of her fav
October 27th, 2016  
what a lovely portrait of Alma and a great story
October 28th, 2016  
And now she's on PP! I'm sure she would be well chuffed! To get the photos you do you must have the charm initiative! Most men know how to put it on! lol! Great processing to bring out the details.
October 28th, 2016  
Your portrait shots are amazing, Phil, and this is another fav for me. I always envy your nerve to go over to people, strike a discussion, make friends and 'POP' out comes the reason for your approach - always makes me laugh.
October 28th, 2016  
Saw this on FB, wonderful image, Phil. Fav. This is part of the occasional posting/commenting in a slimmed down 365 project per my revised Profile notes. Best wishes.
October 28th, 2016  
@ivan cheers ivan :) glad you like , enjoy your slimmed down 365 (a wise decision one thinks)

@sangwann thanks dione, i do quite enjoy doing my strangers, albeit it is a long project !

@Cherrill it is hard to approach a stranger cherrill , not something I am confident about doing, Maybe I choose my strangers wisely :)

@annied thanks Annie, much appreciated :)

@dawnee thank you very much dawn for your visit and fave :)
October 28th, 2016  
@dougmouw cheers dough :) many thaks for your comment :)

@allie912 oodles indeed allison :)

@quietpurplehaze thanks for the fave and your words of support haze :)

@happypat thanks pat, i have a picture of alma with her zimmer. I will post it in a few days :)

@busylady thanks judith, you are right about the photobook :)

@caddick thanks mike, i am sure she would appreciate yours and everyone's lovely comments :)
October 28th, 2016  
Fab shot. She looks wrapped up against the cold.
October 30th, 2016  
Fab portrait. Love how the colours in her scarf and hat are picked up in the background. Wonder why she needs dark glasses? Perhaps she has macular degeneration.
November 4th, 2016  
@dulciknit thanks alison , the glasses were a lot darker than this, i've managed to selectively lighten them post processing
November 5th, 2016  
@phil_howcroft Nice job; you've preserved quite a lot of detail in her eyes.
November 5th, 2016  
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