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a shadow falling on a building in Bucharest
March 1, 2014

Shadow Figure

A man's shadow is cast on a wall in Bucharest, Romania. Your Shot contributor Cristian Munteanu had already had the photo in mind after seeing the graffiti, the shadow of the pole, and the road signs, and was convinced that a looming human shadow on the wall would complete the composition. "It was the golden hour on a February afternoon, when the light was very silky but not as warm as it is in summer," writes Munteanu. "I looked for an angle [then] waited for the right subject … After 15 to 20 minutes, my patience was rewarded when the man with the hat came walking on the sidewalk—I knew his shadow was the one I was looking for."

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Photograph by Cristian Munteanu, National Geographic Your Shot
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