Staged

FUJIFILM XPRO 2 WITH 21MM VOIGTLANDER F/4 [click image for larger size]

The building behind me is a massive all glass and steel structure. I have no Idea what it does, apart from being a building that houses a gym in its ground floor, but I do that in the early-to-mid-afternoon sun it makes for a wonderfully reflective surface that projects these good shapes and shadows onto the buildings opposite. Having walked through this area several times before, I had a rough idea what the light would have been doing. I think that is one of the benefits of wandering the same streets each day, knowing, at least in part, about what the light maybe doing in certain areas at different times. It is only ever a hunch, you can never know exactly what is happening, but it is usually a good hunch, not like when I decided to put it all on red and seven, that was a terrible idea after following a hunch. I lost one of my favourite shirts that night. The two incidents are not related, they just happened on the same night. I blame vodka oranges which is vodka and orange juice not an orange full of vodka, although if that were a thing I would definitely eat my five a day.

This photo is born out of that beautiful reflection. I thought it looked like a film stage that had been deliberately crafted for this person to walk across. I stood and waited, only for a moment, for this whole photo to be complete.

Original unedited image

It was an easy setup and easy catch, not everything has to be hard work or chance.

I usually edit my work in post production, sometimes it is frowned upon for a street photographer to do such a thing but I like to do a little work on my photos so they look like how I remember them. The editing for this photo was straightforward enough. I straightened the image up – so it was more level than my wonky eye – and then I set about adjusting the levels and curves to increase the contrast of the image. Once that was done, it was job done.

All thoughts and comments are welcome.

Happy Viewing

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