Thank you! This was a too high contrast situation for the camera to handle, so I chose to overexpose background a little, and underexpose foreground some. I think it works, especially since the background is out of focus. As far as post processing, yes - I had to do a little shadow recovery on the foreground, as a result of my exposure decision. I am glad you like it - this is my favorite image of the series!
Thank you! I really appreciate the critique! I think, I personally prefer the railing on an angle - I feel it adds some dynamic to the frame. But I will follow your suggestion, and try to shoot the same scene again, to see what difference does it make.