Sometimes the strangest opportunities manifest themselves when you least expect them. I was taking pictures of the World Naked Bike Ride 2010 last week, patiently waiting for a few brave souls to finish their ride through Washington Park, when I spotted a small group of people across the lawn. I wasn’t quite sure at first… were they all in Victorian attires, or did my Flux Capacitor accidentally reach 88 miles per hour? I started taking a few photos from a distance, and decided to approach them. They were all very friendly, very polite and, dare I say, very classy.
Photos below. Check the full-screen Flickr slideshow, or click on any of the thumbnails to open a larger view.
I’ve seen a Power Ranger in the park and a few other misfits, but rarely a whole group of friends sharing this peculiar interest for good, old-fashion, costumed fun. I wasn’t 100% happy with the photos of the Naked Bike Ride so far, so I asked them if could document this elegant gathering. They didn’t mind at all. I joined them under the tree they had elected to picnic, move them around a bit, and ended up with about 20 usable photos. They were all very accommodating and this modest impromptu photoshoot turned out to be quite refreshing. Here is a small selection.
I left them a few minutes later, I’m sure they enjoyed a fine afternoon eating strawberries, playing croquet and chess :) I’ve sent them the photos of course, and asked if they could tell me a bit more about what was going on that day. Come back in a few days to hear what they have to say.
If you haven’t switched to a DSLR yet, you may wonder why on Earth I would use a flash on a bright day, but this is actually a common technique. If anything, I may actually never use a flash in low light or at night. I’ll talk about the wonders of high-speed flash sync another day, this is a lot of fun. I’m still a flash newbie, there is a lot to learn.
It took a bit of post-processing later on to recover blown highlights and re-light some areas. What’s going on with the colors though? I stopped adding effects to my photos when I left my point&shoot behind. No more painterly looks, no more Orton effects, no more selective colors…. or at least cut it down dramatically :) With that being said, I indulged on this one and tried to give an “older” look to this series. To pull off a *good* black&white photo is very difficult in my opinion. Sepia was a bit too obvious. I ended up desaturating the background colors while leaving some colors in the subjects. It’s a bit different, hopefully not too overdone.