I took this photo during a Memoirs of Kyoto photo adventure. We had reached the Gion area at around 5 pm. We were lucky to see a Geisha coming towards us just as we arrived in the scenic street. At that time, the sun was setting in front of us. The street was filled with a beautiful golden hour light. With the sun in front of us it was impossible to avoid blown-out highlights. As I reviewed my images on my Ricoh Imaging GR I could see that the pixels around the sun were clipping. I decided to embrace the high-key style and emphasize even more the bright areas. What’s more: this choice allowed me to hide the pesky tourists in the background! I moved to the left of my subject and decided to close the frame on the left with a closer object: an electric pole with complementary colors with the girl’s hairpiece, the sun and the manhole at her feet. I also went for a slightly slanted angle for more fun with diagonal lines.
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