Minimal Requirement

FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 800, 1/500 sec, f/10 [click image for larger size]
FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 800, 1/500 sec, f/10
[click image for larger size]

What is left out of an image can be equally as important as what gets left in. It is a tricky balance, a challenge I relish, making sure that all the elements of the completed photo works. I chose to limit the amount of detail in the image, reducing it down to the basics that I liked and wanted to keep. The ever-present city, the shapes of light that is reflect onto the well-built walls with a hint of life, helped by the person, who is moving forward and the silhouetted plant which helps finish the image off. Not minimalist but a carefully considered composition to try to deliver a good, dynamic image.

Original unedited image
Original unedited image

In colour you can see how the scene appeared but I knew that I was going to convert it in post-processing. I was initially attracted to the rectangular shapes on the wall and I then built the scene from there. I did have an edit in which I enlarged the figure in the photo, thinking that it would give the image a little twist but it just felt a little phony so I reverted back to the original. After converting the image to black and white I heightened the contrast and deepened the blacks. I removed the last little hints of the windows in the shadows, cropped in a little tighter and then added a little touch of grain. Image done.

All thoughts and comments are welcome.

Happy Viewing

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