Well, the fact is that I increased the contrast intentionally, during the post-process: in the original, neither the staircase is so dark, nor the sun is such a blob; but probably I went too far, thanks for your opinions! Will follow your advice, and work on it some more; will be back again soon.
And about the title... I must confess I never take titles too seriously, as I am of the opinion that photographs must speak for themselves, and not need a title. I just used this because it sounded funny and appropriate.