Adam and Noah at The Coffee Shop (#308) 05-24-13

My favorite stranger hunting ground in Sarasota, is Pastry Art. Several tables outside are under cover, the light is almost always good. The coffee is pretty good and the staff is friendly.

As I approached it, a rugged looking guy was at a table with a woman with faux red hair. She caught my eye and I had to give it a try. If I had approached them from the sidewalk (the obvious direction), I would be shooting toward the bright street. So I went into the street and addressed them with dark storefronts behind – a decent background.

As I spoke, and "asked a favor", I alternated looking at each one in the eye. The lady slowly shook her head no, Adam was noncommittal. After what seemed like an eternity, he slowly said OK, without a hint of a smile. I got a few shots and then turned to the lady , raising my eyebrows. She shook her head no. Oh well...

So I went inside for a cup of Joe, to drown my sorrows. Noah came to take my order, but immediately started asking questions about my camera. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a retro look that looked 'cool' to him. His sister recently gave him a Canon DSLR and he is developing an interest in photography. I showed him the Oly and my MOO card. He loved the stranger photography and gladly agreed to be photographed.