When learning about composition, you often hear one of the guidelines is to include lines that draw the viewer’s eye to certain points in the photo. I was on a boat tour on the Spree and the lines the stairs leading back up to ground level caught my eye. The texture of the cement walls, the pattern of the stairs, and the contrasting diagonals make for a nice picture. I also like the way the lone bag in the lower left stands out exactly because it doesn’t fit.
To make this picture work, I had to crop it down to 4:3. This would have worked better if I had gotten a shot with a wider ratio. Since the boat was moving, I didn’t have much time to think about the shots, and even less time to reshoot, so I had to work with what I had. Despite this, I still like how this turned out.
Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EF-S 15-85 at 85 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/200