The story around this shot is actually somewhat unusual. I had scouted this location with the stripes on the ground like I always do and was thinking about possible angles and POVs always considering how people usually walk there. when I saw this lady and her high heels out of the corner of my eye. I’m not normally one to quickly respond to a situation and possible opportunity on the street. This was the exception. I put myself into position as fast as I could and just barely got her legs and heels into the frame without a real opportunity to frame a meaningful composition or even think about the placement of anything. I thought the shot wasn’t probably working out so I spent at least another 45 minutes in this location shooting dozens more pictures with various legs and shoes in different strides. It wasn’t until I was looking through my images back home on the computer that I realized I could have ended that shoot right after that first photo because it was clearly the winner out of all the shots I took there. But hey…what are you gonna do? It’s like they say, hindsight has 20/20!
This shot I took right after that heavy rain you saw in yesterday’s shot. The sun had come out pretty much immediately and it caused the wet surfaces of the street to glisten nicely. I tried making an interesting composition with people walking toward me. I’ve noticed before that subjects are less likely to pick up on the fact that I’m taking pictures when the sun is right in their faces and they can’t see well. Kinda obvious, I know, but definitely a tip for street shooters starting out. The other benefit, also obviously, is that the light in their faces makes for nicely exposed images if you dial the exposure compensation down to -2/3 or -1. It gives you well exposed faces and darker backgrounds which I like anyway.
So I was doing that when I realized that I was positioned in such a way that people coming from and going to the Köbogen from Shadowstraße would walk close past me. I thought I might just as well take advantage of it and shortly after was able to take the shot you see here…
Well, this one’s a bit obvious, isn’t it? Haha…But on a more serious note, I thought the shot turned out unexpectedly well. For one thing, the POV isn’t all that exciting. Her legs, however, are so well defined and accentuated by that smallest of dark outlines courtesy of her pantyhose. The tiny bit of (motion) blur helps the shot out as well, I think. That stride conveys a sense of purpose and the shape of her dress “anchors” her feet nicely on the top of the frame.