Vertical Lines

I have long been a fan of architecture, it's one of my favorite subjects for photography. One thing that is most interesting, at least for me, are the vertical lines of a scene. There is just something about them that lends a sense of strength, and not just for architecture but for any scene. The scene below is full of vertical structures and lines.

Vertical Lines - No focal effect
Vertical Lines - No focal effect

But then I found myself focusing on the foot bridge and decided to narrow that focus and make it the star of the story. Two thoughts came to mind, with the first being to add a blur effect, as seen below.

Vertical Lines - Blur focal effect
Vertical Lines - Blur focal effect

The second effect was to shade out a portion of the image. Since the sunlight was beaming in from the east (morning shot), which is the right side of this image, the shaded area would naturally fall on the left as seen in the final image.

Vertical Lines - Shaded focal effect
Vertical Lines - Shaded focal effect

Yes, horizontal lines contribute to any scene as well.

One of these is my preferred method for this image, but I'd like to hear from you. The effects are quite subtle.  Which would you choose?

Thanks for your feedback!

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM