Thursday, 12 November 2015

It sucks you in...vanishing points in photography!

Vanishing points can create a portal into another dimension. The viewer gets sucked into the scene. The eye will follow the lines to the deep end of the horizon.

There are so many different ways to play with the lines in the image. If you shoot a jetty from a higher viewpoint the horizon level is different and you feel like standing on this thing. So it looks more natural to your eyes.
 If you chose a wide lens you can create a long path to the horizon. That will create feelings of a long journey etc. If you use a telephoto lens the whole thing looks more dense like a miniature with a strong 3D-touch.

When you combine vanishing points with people you can create a special mood. In the left image this one person far away at the end of this long path. The shadow of the handrails create a strong guiding line that leads the eyes of the viewer to the very small subject at the end. In the right image the whole setting looks like taken from a SciFi movie adding some depth to the scene.

Vanishing points can be used in so many ways to create a certain story or mood. It can be a fantastic backdrop or the main thing in your photo. Just work the scene and try different angles (I love to do some yoga with my camera in the public).

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