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While working at our bike shop the other day (Zion Cycles), I had the privilege to meet Yung-Wei, a young man who goes by the name Light. He quit his job in Taiwan and flew to the States with his bike, where he will be spending 6 weeks riding his way across America. I asked him and Tim, another traveling bicyclist whom he had just met, to ride the 2 blocks to my studio so that I may take their portrait. Both obliged and here are the first of the results.

As I held up the camera to take the first shot, Light asked if he can hold his flag, which of course I said absolutely! It was such an honor to photograph this proud and courageous young man.

I don't often ask strangers if I can take their portrait, but I am so happy I did this time. I knew instantly that I would regret not at least asking. Living in a tourist area affords the opportunity to meet so many different people from all over the globe. I should take advantage of it. The worst that could happen is they say No. The images from this quick 15 min. shoot prove that I have a lot to gain if they say Yes!

Lighting info:
- AlienBee B800 in med. soft box, camera right, at aprox. 30 degree angle
- AlienBee B800 in med. soft box behind camera, up high, for fill
- AlienBee B800 with 30 degree grid behind subject, aimed at Thunder Grey seamless background

Canon 5d Mkll
Canon 24-70mm 'L' Lens
Photoshop CS6

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