Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

I’ve had this photograph in my files since last summer. I’ve liked it from the beginning, but for some reason never published it. It is the first photograph I thought of when I read this week’s photo challenge.

Near and Far

After visiting the Rink on the River, I headed west on First Street to see who was hanging out by the Truckee near Wingfield Park. Druing the summer months the place is full of people, but it is January. Even though the temperatures were in the 50s, there weren’t very many people out and about.

The first person I spotted was this gentleman smoking a cigarette. The low afternoon sun made for some beautiful rim light.  I zoomed in.

Then I pulled back to capture his long shadow.  At first I thought I liked the first one, but on second view, I prefer the second for the context it provides.  Which do you prefer?