NIKON D750, NIKON 50MM F/2.8 LENS, 50MM, 1/400S, F/2.8, ISO 400

New Zealand D-Photo - - YOUR SHOTS - js­ton­ley JAMES STONLEY

James Stonley, the ’gra­pher be­hind the pop­u­lar Face­book page Hu­mans of Auck­land, was head­ing along Auck­land’s Karanga­hape Road as the soft, af­ter­noon sun be­gan to hit the street. Scan­ning the crowds of peo­ple, James spot­ted one face that stood out, and he knew straight away that he needed to take his pho­to­graph. “He was walk­ing along K Road mind­ing his own busi­ness,” James ex­plains. “As he walked my way, I com­mented on his beard, which then al­lowed me to strike up a conversation with him. He didn’t look like he wanted to stop so I walked along­side him, and af­ter a few min­utes, I didn’t hes­i­tate and asked him for a pho­to­graph.” Thank­fully, he said yes, so James took ad­van­tage of the light be­ing just right, and fired off a few shots with his Nikon D750 paired with a 50mm lens — a great street­pho­tog­ra­phy lens that’s com­pact and un­ob­tru­sive. Not be­ing en­tirely happy with the ini­tial re­sult due to some dis­tract­ing el­e­ments in the frame, James quickly im­pro­vised and moved his sub­ject be­hind a courier van, which pro­vided a cleaner back­ground. “Whilst I wasn’t ini­tially happy with the fo­cus of his eyes, I re­al­ized that the photo still car­ried a lot of impact be­cause of the au­then­tic con­nec­tion I had made with the sub­ject and the al­most neu­tral ex­pres­sion on his face,” says James. “Pho­tograph­ing strangers can be daunt­ing, but if you are con­fi­dent enough you are of­ten re­warded with pho­to­graphs like this.”

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