As I was walking down the street, I noticed this man. Two things stood-out to me about him: how he seemed totally alone even though he was among lots of people and his pose (it just did not seem a very natural pose).
I wanted the photo to be only about him. I waited for the background to clear, but after ten minutes, I concluded that it would never be very clear, so I changed my plan. I tried to use the smallest depth of field (and still keep him totally in focus).
Camera settings: Nikon D200, Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 at 65mm shot at ISO 200, f/4 and 1/100th of a second.
Lightroom—Set white and black points, added mid-tone contrast, added clarity.
Photoshop—used nik Color Efex tonal contrast filter to add contrast to highlight, mi-tones and shadows to the man’s clothing and then added a layer to de-saturate the colors of the background.