I notice that every time when you spot a good photo opportunity and when you're about to take that photo, and there is only that chance. All a sudden someone steps into the frame and blew up the whole composition. By the time they are gone, something comes over again, maybe the sun had been shaded by a cloud or the interest of the subject has left or somehow somebody needs your help and ask whether you could take a picture of them. It has always been like this when i'm about to take that photo. This was one of its victim, but thank goodness this one came out good.
On this day, I came to Utrecht because I was on the way to Hilversum to checkout some modern architecture. So I had this city in mind because of a 22 Euro train ticket. It rained all day, the whole Netherlands was raining and it didn't stop. I waited for 30 minutes in a boring bookstore and couldn't wait no more. I took the attempt and prepared a lot of lens tissue. I didn't care much about my camera or lens, since it wasn't raining hard and I can't manage to hold my umbrella at the same time with my camera.
Oh yes, it was all wet. But I was very used to this, since it always rained.
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I love the feel of the buildings - they look like they're going to crush me any second. Reminds me of a dream I had once. And I love the fact that there's such a tall structure at the very center of the vanishing point.
Although this is already a really extraordinary shot - the biker in red over there makes the picture absolutely perfect! Just the right amount of excitement.
Post-processing this piece does look better than I thought it did, besides from the added clarity the composition actually works quite well with the rider (and the typography), and certainly adds to the interest of the piece (along with the sense of depth provided by the likes of umbrellas and structural forms at variating distances). The tones definitely give off the aesthetic of a rainy day well, and in conjunction with the sharpness it seems quite realistic indeed. Nicely done.
I really like the guy on the bike in the picture. I agree with you that the picture would be rather plain or 'empty' without him. The color and movement adds a lot in the picture, especially the color. Plus, the Netherlands is known for people on bikes and rain, so I think you did great taking a great shot representing the Netherlands!