stopping traffic / 2 March, 2006 [click for previous image: mirror island]
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Title • stopping traffic

This was taken last September when I was down in London at the Europe Photobloggers meetup, and the reason I'm putting it up now (other than the fact that I don't have anything else, which is true, but not overly significant) is that I've returned to this shot again and again, and have post-processed it so many times that I now know this woman's feet better than my own.

What brings me back to this one, in addition to what drew me visually to the shot in the first place, is that it was one of the first times that I felt truly comfortable approaching a stranger. I asked her "can I take a picture of your feet?", explained why, and in a rather bemused way she said yes. And I guess the lesson, for me at least, was that if I see somebody I'd like to photograph I should just ask them. Chances are the worst that would happen would be that somebody would say no.

Anyway, if I don't put this up I'll just end up stuck in this loop of post-processing it every fortnight or so and, given that this is about version 15, I'm getting frustrated that I can't produce a version that I'm entirely happy with. This one's ok – not quite what I was after – but, whatever, here it is.

focal length
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
image quality
RAW converter
4.39pm on 24/9/05
Canon 20D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
40mm (64mm equiv.)
aperture priority
C1 Pro
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