thank you my friend (somehow i missed this one).
this was one of my favorite parts of the two towers, especially the wait; i love that the trio (thanks to legolas) can see their overtakers from an hour's ride off, but cant really do anything to get out of their way on foot, so they just have to wait there and find out if they'll be well recieved or not. It's a great, calm but anticipatory moment, like something you'd see in a kurosawa movie, and gives aragorn the opportunity to monologue about the rohirrim, and we havent really seen yet how he, being this wise but also proud and confident king in exile, would interact with his fellow men (except the breelanders, which is a very different story) I'd considered doing the trio seated in the waving grass, fairly closeup as if from a vantage point sitting beside them, but for a dramatic composition this moment was the clear winner. i'm glad you like the way i did the trio, i myself was prticularly happy with how they came out, and glad the decision to put them relatively out of focus in the middle ground paid off; aragorn seems to be looking at the rider in the foreground, tall and formidable girt with his sword ofcourse (as he later demonstrates for eomer) but with his hands at his sides, gimli's a little more on the defensive about these men and their horses, and legolas the immortal has his face turned away (atleast from our vantage point) not really relateable to the men of rohan, less so even than his companions.
as for the rohirrim themselves tolkien once described them as looking like the horsemen figures on the bayeux tapestry (even though those were actually normans, as tolkien must have been well aware, norman and anglo saxon dress and armament in the 11th century were all but indistinguishable for our modern purposes, especially represented as basically as on that tapestry) and i liked how this angle afforded this sort of tapestry like side-scrolling view of the eorlings riding in cohort, and then we get that one in closeup, more an archetype than an individual character, i'd hoped in the ready pose, the swiftness of that strong horse, the maille and sword, and that viking-helmeted head with blond beard and streaming hair, to capture the essence of the people of rohan; that is a silhouette against the vast prairie sky that you would see unchanged at any time in their history.