Daily Image - Sep 2011 Archive - sonofjohan
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23 Sep 11.  Another image from the Day in Seattle outing for today and one which serves to illustrate, hopefully well, the concept of the vanishing point. Seattle has relatively "recently" added a passenger only (foot ferry) service to its vehicular service for those wanting to commute across Puget Sound. The outing was my first time to see it, and in truth, didn't actually even realize what it was I was photographing until I got around to working on the images shot that day. Vanishing points serve to give us size relationships, distance, scale, and most obviously, draw our eyes to a specific location.There are multiple sets of vanishing points working in this image, of which my favorite are the arching light poles. Added to those are the superstructure, the railing, the decking, and, to a lesser degree, the clouds, all of which should make you focus on the ferry, small though it may be. I spotted the vessel a ways out and then got into position such that the boat had to come directly under the curved light poles. It could have been a better shot had I caught the boat just a few seconds later requiring some considerable editing, but it was getting larger quite rapidly and I was quickly loosing my desired result. I tried some shots with the boat further back and thus smaller but it rendered the vessel so small as to totally loose the effect. I gave some thought about cloning out the last two "offending" light poles which would have made a more perfect composition, but decided against it primarily because I don't have a good example of a very small ferry to use to fill in the removed portions correctly. As it was, the original required a fair amount of straightening to get this "correct" look  ISO 200; 1/500 sec (middle of 5) @ f/11.

23 Sep 11. Another image from the Day in Seattle outing for today and one which serves to illustrate, hopefully well, the concept of the vanishing point. Seattle has relatively "recently" added a passenger only (foot ferry) service to its vehicular service for those wanting to commute across Puget Sound. The outing was my first time to see it, and in truth, didn't actually even realize what it was I was photographing until I got around to working on the images shot that day. Vanishing points serve to give us size relationships, distance, scale, and most obviously, draw our eyes to a specific location.There are multiple sets of vanishing points working in this image, of which my favorite are the arching light poles. Added to those are the superstructure, the railing, the decking, and, to a lesser degree, the clouds, all of which should make you focus on the ferry, small though it may be. I spotted the vessel a ways out and then got into position such that the boat had to come directly under the curved light poles. It could have been a better shot had I caught the boat just a few seconds later requiring some considerable editing, but it was getting larger quite rapidly and I was quickly loosing my desired result. I tried some shots with the boat further back and thus smaller but it rendered the vessel so small as to totally loose the effect. I gave some thought about cloning out the last two "offending" light poles which would have made a more perfect composition, but decided against it primarily because I don't have a good example of a very small ferry to use to fill in the removed portions correctly. As it was, the original required a fair amount of straightening to get this "correct" look ISO 200; 1/500 sec (middle of 5) @ f/11.

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