As parallel lines extend into the Z-space of a painting of photograph, they gradually converge toward a vanishing point. And for this week’s Shooting Challenge, you captured the phenomenon right as it disappeared in front of your eyes.
Winner: Bridge to Nowhere
This was taken during our first Cub Scout camping trip on Hood Canal a couple hours west of Seattle. Shot at dusk with a Nikon D610 (26mm, f11, 30 sec exposure using a Big Stopper filter). Minor editing/cleanup in Lightroom.
Took this picture for work with my cell phone HTC M8. I do not know how to change the shooting settings and do not have any technique. I am working on a grant application for funding for a pedestrian underpass under the bridges shown. I took the picture to show the view from the proposed path.
I do not own a camera and do not know what 970px wide is so I prob did not format the picture correctly. Sorry about that. I did make it a JPG though!
I work in the telecom industry and many times these buildings are located next to railroad tracks. This is an Amtrack (BNSF) line in New Mexico. I was waiting on a call back from a fellow technician and walked across the tracks to look at a marker post. As I did I looked down the tracks, as you would normally do to prevent uncertain death, and was struck by the calmness and beauty of the railroad just minutes after a train had passed. It was shot at about eye level while kneeling with an iPhone 4S as that is all I had with me.
This is a lonely country road in the rolling back hills of central Illinois (yes, we have hills). This was taken on a warm, early fall afternoon, the kind where it is both warm and cool enough to roll your windows down and take a leisurely drive through the countryside. The picture was taken on an iPhone6 and there has been no editing or filters used.
Drive on Montana highway 24 on a trip to Yellowstone NP, Glacier NP to include very dusty, remote, drive on the West side of Glacier NP to the U.S. / Canadian border.
The Bridge to Paradise
The bridge to paradise A.K.A. Big Four Ice Caves
Took this with my Sony A7 and my 28mm-70mm. Was walking around Vancouver, BC and i remembered seeing this contest in the morning, so i saw the tip of this building called the convention centre and i thought it was perfect.
Beside the View
I recently purchased the Sony A7 mark II, which I love. I primarily switch between two zoom lenses when I’m out taking pictures, an old A-mount f2.8/28-74 with an adaptor or the native E-mount Zeiss f4/24-70. This was taken with the Zeiss, wide-open.
I took this on the walkway of one of the 18 covered bridges in Ashtabula County, Ohio. WA friend and I went out at the end of September to avoid the crowds of early October, when the Covered Bridge Festival brings in a LOT of people in a relatively small space, which makes it very hard to get THAT image that you want.
My friend lives in Cincinnati, so we don’t get to hang out very often. She came up and was snapping pics with a NEX-5. We enjoy being a bit silly, and what I like about her is that she’s willing to try new things to see what happens, regardless of how they turn out. We’ve captured some great images this way. It was a little cold, but the sun and cloud mix has a lot of colour and texture, which I like a lot. The walkway beside the bridge seems to run off into infinity. I took about eight or nine variations of this image, and I’m still not sure which is the best. The one I’ve selected here has the best balance of focus, colour, shadow, and contrast. I took some shots over-exposed and some under-exposed, and this seemed to be a happily-middle-of-the-road, shot with the exposure turned down 2/3rds and just the right amount of glare from the sun.
My friend and I spent the day experimenting with long exposures, nature shots, and stop-motion, though this is a more traditional shot. We also took advantage of the fact that the road wasn’t very busy in the mid-afternoon on a Wednesday. All in all, it was a pretty great day.
We took the boys on a ferry ride into Manhattan. As we were walking past One World Trade, I told my son to look up to see how tall it is, and we happened to be be at the perfect vantage point to see this seemingly endless point. The best camera being the one you are carrying, I pulled out my phone, an LG G3, and snapped this shot.
Shot this morning (Sunday the 4th) looking East on Olive Ave in Beautiful Downtown Burbank after one of the first rains we’ve had in a while. This is the view I have driving home from my morning coffee across from Warner Bros Studios every morning.
I shot this using a Panasonic Lumix GX1 with a cheapo Lumix 40-200mm kit lens I found on craigslist or Ebay for something like $US120. Better lenses and a GH4 are on the wish list.
This is a 5 shot HDR that I processed using Photomatix Pro and then got rid of the haze using the cool “Dehaze” slider in Adobe Lightroom. I punched up some details there as well. This distance between me, standing on the corner of Olive and Buena Vista, to the top of the visible road is 2.85 miles. To the naked eye, it disappears into the distance, but I love the compression that a long lens produces.
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On the Water
The Indian River Lagoon is lined with docks. It seems like almost every lot on the river has one. So, in theory, it should be easy to get a vanishing point picture, except that it is surprisingly difficult to find the right one. Too many docks are crooked, or they’re covered, or they have too much stuff on them. Some of them just don’t work because the pilings are too tall. Fortunately, I spotted this one on the Eau Gallie causeway boat ramp and it was just about perfect. All it needed was a little golden hour light to make the shot. Canon 60D — f/22 — 1/25″ — ISO 125 — 18mm
Coffee & Notebook
So, I came in to work this morning and noticed I had sinned by leaving coffee in my cup from Friday. In my defence, it was Friday and once it was time to bounce, I did. My bad, coffee.
I sadly poured it out, bleemus and all (*bleemus is a sniglet) and was intrigued by the ring it left in my cup. I decided that I could redeem myself by giving life to last week’s coffee and using its remains for the Vanishing point Shooting Challenge. This is for all my coffee homies that had to do the same. Image levels were adjusted and cropped in Photoshop.
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After The Storm
The heavy rains from the passing Hurricane Joaquin turned the small stream behind my house into a raging torrent. But the rain subsided over the weekend, and the stream waters diminished to normal levels. I went out in the morning and a hint of sunlight came through the trees. I got down low and snapped a few photos before another small shower chased be back inside. Canon G7X, f/1.8, 1/60 sec.
This was shot on the median on the AA Highway in Kentucky. The AA Highway is a scenic stretch of road between Alexandria and Ashland. It runs from the Cincinnati area to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It is great for shooting landscapes, but not so great for long, flat stretches of road. This was shot near a gas station in Flagg Spring, KY.
I shot this at f/13 and 1/125th of a second with a Ricoh GR that I purchased this week. The previous owner sold the camera because his dog broke the LCD screen. I fixed the screen, but I discovered in this shot that there was some (dog?) hair on the sensor. The hair was cloned out, with other adjustments, in Lightroom.
This is a picture of a railway crossing located at the edge of Phetchaburi, where I live in Thailand. I saw the storm clouds gathering and thought that an opportunity for some Black and White photography was in order. In the end I preferred the colour versions.
There are a lot of angles going on here with two vanishing points and the angle that the road and rail makes seems to point back at you. Shot on my Sony ILCE-5000 with the Camera set to Landscape mode. I have tweaked the colours a little bit to enhance the clouds. Image properties tell me that I was at f/6.3, 1/60 sec, ISO-100 focal length 20mm, (30 mm – equivalent 35mm)
Into the Mountains
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Admittedly, a couple of these photos didn’t technically capture perspective and vanishing points, but they are fun photos all the same. And so what, I like giving trophies to everyone, OK?