Berlin B&W (2/5)

Berlin B&W 2

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.

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Wall of Stairs

Helsinki Cathedral Stairs

Cold, quirky, clean…Scandinavia is an amazing place. Of the Scandinavian countries, Finland stands out as a bit quirkier than the rest – you don’t have to look any further than the Finnish language to notice┬áthis. Helsinki is a small city. There are neither major skyscrapers nor the hustle and bustle of New York. But it is worth a visit to see gems like Kauppatori and Suomenlinna. The Helsinki Cathedral dominates the city skyline, raised on stairs and is white. This picture was taken at the foot of the cathedral stairs. I like the sense of solitude. Despite one of the busiest squares in Helsinki, people are┬ástill in their own world like the couple sitting on the stairs or the man taking a solitary stroll. This picture is peaceful. I like the fact that you may not be able to tell immediately that these are stairs, giving the picture a slightly unsetting feel. I also like the contrast of the smiling young couple and the peaceful old man.
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