I often treat the first person though my little street scenes like a sketch. I see how they fit in the scene, how they fit with my idea, to understand the variances that I may not have thought of and to see if the scene works as a whole. Once I have that information I usually know how I want to proceed. This photo however is the ‘sketch’ photo. I would like to say that I knew I had got the photo on the first shot but in all honest it is because no one else came my way. I operated in the exact same fashion. I got set up, checked settings, framed shot, photographed a person wandering through, liked what I saw, reset composition and waited. After fifteen minutes of zero human traffic and even fewer signs of human life on the horizon I made the decision to wander on. Luckily for me I got what I wanted the first time round.
I like the light cutting into the concrete and I like the way it looks like a spotlight shining up rather than down. I also like the slightly Hitchcockian look to the silhouette, a very happy accident indeed. As for editing, I heightened the contrast, straightened the image and then cropped in a little tighter to really focus in on the silhouette. The decision to crop was a difficult one as I like the little hints of the background creeping into the image but, in the end, I felt that minimising the elements of the photo would make it a stronger one.
All thoughts and comments are welcome.