A lot of times, telling your image’s story is more about what you don’t see than what you do. In those cases, a vanishing point can be a wonderful friend. Vanishing points can be used in all sorts of ways and one of my favorites is when converging lines begin to meet together as they traverse from the foreground to the background.
It’s an instant recipe for the eyes to start trailing through the frame on a preordained path. It also engages the viewer’s mind and curiosity as to what may lie just beyond the point that is no longer visible. Of course, it helps to use elements in the frame to facilitate this visual journey.
For example, with this image taken in DUMBO, I wanted to play off of the graffiti color as the primary vehicle to draw your eyes from lower left to upper right. Next, bounce down to the reflection of the primary street light and then trail on through using the specular highlights of the receding street lights. All of this in the name of getting your eyes and mind engaged on that vanishing point.
It’s something that is a ton of fun to experiment with – especially as you test it out with wide vs. long lenses. Compression that occurs with long lenses does wonders with vanishing points, too!
So next time you’re out shooting, try giving a shout out to your distant friend, the Vanishing Point. :)
In terms of processing
This nine exposure tone-mapped image was exposed using my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L tilt shift lens. I wanted to use the manhole cover and door as my primary anchors.
Stylization was achieved primarily with the Urban Sickness effect in PhotoTools 2.6 by.
Final touches in Adobe Lightroom 3.
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