The picture was taken in the Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle, the Netherlands, where I had visited a few days prior and noticed this beautiful staircase. It's the staircase to the new exhibition space of the museum, located on the roof of the original neoclassical building. On my first visit to the museum, I had only my 24–70mm lens with me, so I wasn't able to shoot a very wide angle. For this kind of image to be successful, only a very wide angle will do, so I went back on a Sunday with my 14–24mm lens. When we arrived the sun was not shining too intensely through the window, so the light was more diffused. I checked my camera settings, adjusting the shutter speed to 1/40 second, the aperture to f/8 for enough sharpness and the ISO to 800 so I could take the picture without using a tripod.
"It's important to take a much wider picture than what you have envisioned as the final image."
I wanted a dynamic point of view with the curve to the left, and I used the lines of the staircase to further enhance a strong, balanced composition. I had to wait for a few minutes until no one was on the stairs, and then I took the picture. It's important to take a much wider picture than what you have envisioned as the final image. By doing this, you will be able to later rotate the image in post-processing and produce the best composition. The diagonal lines that lead to the different corners of the picture create the balance in the composition. I took a couple pictures and after seeing them on my camera's LCD, I was very pleased because they were exactly what I had in mind.