Do I include someone walking through the scene or not? One of the street photographer’s favorite techniques is to find a good background and then wait for someone to walk through. That’s fine but what if you find an interesting background and decide it’s good in and of itself? That’s fine too. It’s entirely up to the photographer.
The first photo I decided almost before I raised the camera that the scene itself was what I wanted. That’s rare for me. I almost always want people in the picture. The second photo I knew there would be people in the photo. Now if they passed by going in the correct direction, into the light, I would click, click. This fellow was perfect. He is totally opposite of the furniture in the background. Just beyond the right of the photo he sat down in one of the furniture pieces but I couldn’t get into a good position because of the parked cars. That, I think, would have been a better photo.