1/52 – Vanishing Point Compostion

Sorry for the late start of the project. We live in Queensland, Australia which has been devastated by some of the biggest floods this country has seen in modern times. Our home in Brisbane is safe but we have been without power for 5 days hence no blog post.

1/52 - Cleveland Point

This is Cleveland Point, Qld. Its the location I wanted to shoot for my final image in my 365 project for 2010, but I got lost and missed the sunrise.

When I arrived at Cleveland the clouds were thick and grey so the sunset wasn’t going to be very exciting. When your sky isn’t very exciting it is even more important to compose your shot carefully and concentrate on your foreground subject. I had taken some shots in the standard landscape orientation with the old jetty running from left to right but there was way too much grey cloud and dark water to give the image any life.

I needed to work on my lines and give the image a direction of view and this is why I have gone with a portrait view and positioned the old jetty with its supports leading into the bottom corners of the frame. This composition is commonly referred to as the vanishing point and can be used to give a different perspective to many subjects like, hallways, bridges, trees, roads, and many other long leading natural lines. Why not give it a go and see how different heights can dramatically change the perspective of vanishing point composition.

I used a circular polarizer to cut through the water and pick up some of the rocks and sand. A polarizer is great for looking through water as if it was glass and to cut reflections. I will have a more in-depth look at polarizers as the project continues.

Considering that this post is nearly a week late due to the Queensland floods I will have another blog post up for week 2 later on this week.

Happy shooting everyone.