For a photographer, engaging viewers is an important piece of composition. To draw the viewer's eye in and through this picture, I used the lines of the railings as an entry point, then moved up the dock, followed the lines of the sailboats' masts up and back down to greet the boats and back into the picture again. This flow allows me to keep the viewer engaged, assuming they are interested in the subject matter to begin with.
I wanted to give this image a nostalgic feel to it. To accomplish this, I decreased the saturation and clarity in Lightroom which resulted in a softer image, almost like a painting.