Perspective is a powerful compositional tool in art as well as photography. The “Rule of Thirds” is just a beginning guideline to composition. The leading lines in a perspective picture guides the viewer through the photograph, stopping along the way to delight the eyes with points of interest.
I’m a big fan of incorporating visual diagonal lines in my compositions. Using wide angle lenses makes this task easier to accomplish because you can be closer to your subject and therefore incorporate more of it in the photograph. Tall buildings, lighthouses and long bridges represent subject matter that can be photographed from angles above, below or to the side of an interesting subject to create vanishing points along horizon lines.
In my submission photos I kept moving around looking for angles that provided the biggest impact visually. Some of my favorite shots are pictured below. They come from a wide assortment of locations from the ocean shore of Cannon Beach with Haystack Rock to the Space Needle in Seattle, WA. Cafe counters are another example of compositional perspective. I love the way stools line up to seemingly appear smaller and smaller as they fade to a vanishing point in the photo. Lighthouses will always be good perspective shots especially when you include a foreground element that gives the viewer an example for scale.
If you learn the power of perspective in your compositions you’ll alway produce interesting photographs. I thank Cee, an excellent photographer, for posting this challenge.