This was taken around 10:00 am and the light was already bright and contrasty. I thought I’d avoid the probably most common view of the statue i.e. from the front and take my picture from the side. The color didn’t add much value so I started to think in terms of black and white. I was having trouble with lack of dynamic range when the idea of a silhouette came to mind. I had a picture of those paper cutouts that were popular at one time. I could isolate the statue against the sky and frame it with the buildings and the leaves.