While visiting Europe last summer we visited Lisbon Portugal. We had spent most of our day walking around exploring and checking things out and we were heading to Castelo de Sao Jorge near the port area. While walking along a street, we came upon this stairway that headed up to the castle. I stopped to take a shot as the graffiti was very colorful and for me out of place in such a old city.
My daughter, well, she loved the graffiti and thought it was interesting too. Unfortunately, we didn't take the stairway which would have cut our travel time down by at least half an hour. But fortunately, that meant 30 more minutes spent wandering around Lisbon, which is absolutely a wonderful city to visit.
What I like best about this photograph is the juxtaposition between the old passageway and the newness of the graffiti which for whatever reason, works for me. Now, the streets were very busy, and full of folks - locals and tourist alike - and so I had to wait for about 10 minutes before I could take this photograph between the groups of folks walking along the street and heading up to the castle. I had to time it so that there was about 2 seconds where no one was in the photograph for me to get this shot!
As in many photographs, especially ones where I don't want the distraction of people, there is a time element necessary to get the shot. This is one such photograph. I only had to wait about 10 minutes to catch the scene when there were no visible people - either on the stairs or passing by. For me the focus is the graffiti and I felt that having folks in the shot would detract from the shot.
I took this shot with a Sony A7RII using the Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS set at focal length of 130mm. Camera was set at f/6.3 at 1/40 sec at ISO 100 for a clean shot.