The cobblestones in this picture
are a clue to its location. Prague, Czechoslovakia, where Eva Fuka lived
and worked when she took this picture, is famous for its cobblestoned
streets. Fuka waited to snap the photograph until the woman with the baby
carriage was in a position to make the most of the deep space in the scene.
Click on the deep space diagram bar above to see it.
The light that creates all the atmosphere in this picture is a difficult
effect to achieve. When a light source like the sun shines directly into
the lens of a camera it creates exposure problems for the photographer.
If Fuka had set her camera to expose for the amount of light coming from
the sky, the buildings in the picture would be too dark and all of their
detail would be lost. If Fuka set her camera to expose the buildings
details, the beautiful atmospheric effects of the light might be lost.
The solution? Position the camera so the light source is hidden behind
a tree, reducing the amount of light shining into the camera. Reducing
the amount of light allowed Fuka to expose the film at the setting that
produced details in the shadowy buildings and plenty of atmosphere.