Time for an Exploring with a Camera check-in! As I’ve taken a look at my images with Linear Perspective in mind, I’ve been noticing a common way I’ll use it in my compositions. I’ll put my subject on the left or the right of the frame, and then use the street, walkway or canal to lead the eye further into the frame. Not only does it give a sense of depth to the image, but a sense of place. This images are not only of the subject, but the subject in context. I’ll share a few examples I’ve noticed as I peruse my images.
These vintage Honda scooters are not the cutest around. I’ll take a Vespa or Piaggio any day! But this one, with its cool rear view mirror, caught my eye in Northwest Portland. Getting lower and framing so that the sidewalk heads into the distance gives you a better feel. This is definitely in the US! I never saw sidewalks like this in Europe. So there’s a bit of a juxtaposition… A scooter parked on the sidewalk, but it’s in the US. Not so common!
From Water to Wheels, one of my Market/Wheels images, utilizes linear perspective in its composition. The men and the boat are the subject, but you are led deeper into the image by the receding canal and buildings. You might even wonder what’s around the corner. The lines don’t have to be absolutely straight to serve as linear perspective. In fact, it probably adds more interest to this image that they are not.
Last, I’ll share my recent favorite from Korkula, Croatia. The potted flowers on the side of the narrow walkway are the big subject, taking almost half of the frame. But adding the linear perspective allows me to provide context. You see the stone of the walkway, leading you further into the town. Don’t you want to walk there?
What have you discovered as you look at your images for Linear Perspective? Please Share! And be sure to visit the links of the participants. You will find some great examples!