A sense of scale

Following on again from yesterdays post about Bodnath Stupa, here is yet another perspective of the same location. You really don't have to keep traveling to different places each day to get something new. I simply just got up each morning and headed back to where I was the day before, and yet I always came back to my B&B with something new.

I'd seen him praying on one of the platforms on the stupa, rather than from the ground level. I'd not seen anyone do this on previous days, so I couldn't help be attracted to the possibilities it presented.

With the image above I wasn't trying to convey a sense of scale . I was really trying to put the Tibetan in a 'space'. Using Bodnath as a backdrop worked nicely because he's praying directly towards it.

But now that I'm at my desk, several months down the line from the moment I shot this, I'm able to review what I shot and I feel that although I love this image, there are others which convey the sense of scale much more effectively.

Here's another picture, taken slightly later, under different light. Same praying man:

The sense of scale is much improved (I feel). The praying man is now a tiny object in the scheme of the main structure and it's clear that Bodnath is quite a dominant force in this setting.

But now I've lost the close connection I felt with the praying man in the previous image. I'm less involved, more an onlooker than someone who is within the scene.