random strangers - #1

I was very taken with Virginia's quest to shoot while on holiday in Paris, with her camera, come on people!, what she called: the 100 French Strangers Challenge

If you haven't seen her Paris blog, you must. Its here.

Her Birmingham Alabama Photo Blog is here.

When I saw a cab making a turn past me as I crossed Broadway at 73rd St, I noticed the driver's turban and beard so I leaned into the open window and said: May I take your photo?

He smiled

Shooting into the unlit interior of the cab put the driver almost completely in shadow. I played with the contrast after I downloaded.


EDITED to add: One of my kind commentors, Siva, who has an amazing photoblog here, has told me that this gentleman "is an Indian from Punchab state and those people are called Sikhs."

31 comments:

  1. What a nice friendly smile.

    And a cool steering wheel, although I think all those ridges would get annoying after a while don't you?

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  2. What a nice friendly smile.

    And a cool steering wheel, although I think all those ridges would get annoying after a while don't you?

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  3. that looks like one of the most friendly taxi cab drivers that I have seen come out of NYC. I'd love to ride with him!
    Great photo

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  4. The blog world is such a small place! I have been catching up on Virginia's Parisian vacation this morning myself. I stopped on a photo of her grandchildren and ran to grab my sketchpad. I felt compelled to try to draw them. I'll post it tomorrow I think. I was going to recommend her blogs as well.

    My home is in a suburb of Birmingham. I'm amazed at how she finds the best of our city to photograph. I love your random person shot. I need to be more observant.

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  5. A turban AND a long beard. Score! I like this series!

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  6. What a wonderful photo, Daryl! I'm glad he was so cooperative. I've usually had very good experiences with cab drivers in several cities. They are interesting people.

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  7. What a wonderful photo, Daryl! I'm glad he was so cooperative. I've usually had very good experiences with cab drivers in several cities. They are interesting people.

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  8. What a wonderful photo, Daryl! I'm glad he was so cooperative. I've usually had very good experiences with cab drivers in several cities. They are interesting people.

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  9. Good job! You must have dazzled him with your smile.

    Turned out a fine photo, too!

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  10. Love it! I wish we could find the cash cab....

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  11. love this, he looks so happy. Nice story too.

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  12. He looks quite pleased at having his photo taken - good for you for asking and getting the shot. I'd love to do more random portraits like that, but I haven't quite worked up to it yet.

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  13. That's a wonderful portrait. I am amazed that you could get that shot quickly on the spur of the moment. It's so well done and I never would have known he was mostly in shadow.

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  14. His smile is like an unexpected gift. Good for you for asking.

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  15. A Sikh, right Daryl?
    Now over to Paris. Thanks & Aloha my Sistah!

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  16. That's the spirit! Talk to strangers, snap their pictures, I find they love it if you 1. ask and 2. show them the pic. Your ready to road trip with me now.

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  17. This frame looks nice...He is an Indian from Punchab state and those people are called Sikhs..

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  18. Sort of You Are There...very original and yet old school...loved it though
    Sandi

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  19. What a kind face. Lovely capture there, Ms. D.

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  20. his smile is wonderful! NYC is a fantastic place to photograph people

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  21. As typical with finding good photography subjects, Sikh and ye shall find. ;)

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  22. Great shot! He looks so contented. I need to take more people shots, but it's out of my comfort zone, so I'll have to work on that.

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  23. Love the shot. Love your chutzpah. Love his smile and knowing what his clothing means.

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  24. I don't care if I ditto all of the comments! He has such an endearing smile!

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  25. Cool idea...of course, if I photographed 100 people in my town, I would capture the entire population ;=)

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  26. Nice job on the lighting fix! Usually tweaking the light in post processing -- especially on a really dark shot -- results in a hideous amount of noise in the image. Impressive!

    I wonder if he was packing the traditional Sikh knives... Could come in handy for a taxi driver I imagine.

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  27. I think I've been in that guys cab.

    He looks so friendly! What an awesome people shot!

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  28. Terrific shot.I'm so glad for the edited note because of the book The Far Pavillions. I love seeing places/things/people about which I've read.

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