Facts about the image, Dresden Goldener Reiter
This golden statue of August der Starke (the Dresden Goldener Reiter) located at the end of the Hauptstrasse in Dresden’s Neustadt possibly the most impressive statue of Saxony’s most famous crown prince and Elector or King of Poland.
This image of the Dresden Goldener Reiter is extremely difficult to shoot as the statue is facing slightly west of north at the end of a tree lined avenue meaning that you only get sunlight onto the front of the statue at dawn and dusk in mid summer when the trees are full of leaves and creating their own shadow, shooting against the sun in the winter months is not normally a good idea. I therefore elected to make this image on a rainy January afternoon when the wet cobble stones would shine and give the whole image a vintage look. I had to wait for the lights to come in the porch way of the Sächishe Akademie der Künste (Saxon Art Academy) behind the statue and use a very long exposure, which resulted in the blurred tram going around the corner behind, and left of the statue.
The statue is situated on a more than 2 meter tall plinth and made of stone and covered in gold leaf which makes it shine and stand out not matter what the weather.