I saw the evening sun and shadow on these steps in the City of London one weekday evening. I liked the contrast, the mix of vertical and horizontal lines, the way that the dome of the bollard mirrored the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. I had to photograph it. But as with my other architecture photography, I had to have a person in it. So I waited. Even though rush hour was long gone, I didn’t have to wait long. I got this man in silhouette. I was very happy with this. It works exactly how I wanted it to, with him disappearing into the shadows.
I waited again and tried again. I tried the shot before the next person got to the steps. But it doesn’t work as well. He’s in the wrong place in the frame.
I changed the angle a little. I like where these people are in the frame and that all the activity is in the bottom third of the frame. But the dome of St Paul’s is lost and I don’t like the fact that the commuters have their backs to me.
So a few seconds later I reframed and hit the shutter again. There is interest throughout the frame here but the woman still has her back to me and the dome of St Paul’s is obscured.
So I think my first instinct, to get the man in the shadows, was the best one. What do you think?