Photographer's Note

Bhaktapur is a city near Kathmandu & well worth a few days to explore. Polarized.

This is a major tourist city, & it is impossible NOT to have some people in the shot. People give a sense of scale & perspective. They are not dominating the image & have a very small relative size to the overall image. Durbar Square is a focal gathering point for people - both locals & tourists. There are constantly people coming & going in & out of the restaurants & tea houses scattered around the square. People add context & interest. Any cropping on the lower part was for a reason. eg distracting signage for the restaurants. Have you been to Bhaktapur?

This is a 28 mm wide angle lens - any wider, & it would have to be a fisheye lens (eg 16mm), which would seriously distort perspective.

It costs 700 Nepalese rupees to enter Bhaktapur, so a re-shoot was out of the question. Also, that isn't a red hat. The shot is from the 3rd floor rooftop, which would make them about 5 metres tall! And I've also deliberately used the hard shadows to create a 'z' shaped path to the secondary tower in the background. On the plus side, a bright sunny day brings out the rich colors, which would be lost on a cloudy day.

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