Underground vanishing points

Tunnel-2BisI admit that playing with the perspective, the vanishing points, the diagonal lines and the dynamic compositions in one of my – numerous 😆 – weakness.

It is so fun to try to give depth to our pictures, using lines as a guide for the eye, and to enhance the strength of the vanishing point, doing so ! 😀


Here, I particularly loved the stripes I was able to gather in the pictures : stripes of light in the distant tunnel, and stripes of white paint of the crosswalk, on the foreground.
This graphical recall create a cohesion, a continuity in the picture. The eye, like the passer-by in these tunnels, just have to follow the striped path. 😉

I chose my vantage point and framing :
[icon name=”fa-arrow-circle-right”] in order to put the vanishing point in the upper right corner of the picture,
[icon name=”fa-arrow-circle-right”] and in a way that the crosswalk border line hit the lower left corner of the frame.



This diagonal composition in a vertical format is really dynamic, isn’t it?! 🙂

The man hole, in the foreground, is a secondary element I used to balance my composition (as it was there, I used it!).


During the shooting, I was not sure if I would keep the colors or choose to make a black and white version of the photo.

But as I really love how the colors in my photos become bright and gorgeous when I enhance the contrast and because colorful pictures are more cheerful than b&w ones, I decided to keep it.
Electric lights often offer us really awesome atmospheres and colors, in my opinion.


I know that it can be a bit surprising for the other photographers to know that I almost never choose to apply a classic white balance to my pictures.

However, I think the colors of the photos are likely to become cold and sad if you do it… I personally prefer to keep the real warm colors of the electric lights and even to exaggerate their hues and brightness during the photo editing stage so as to create these colorful atmospheres.

And you, do you like it ?


As you can guess, I took the second photo in the distant tunnel of the first one.



At first, I was annoyed I wasn’t able to include a passer-by in the picture but, finally, I like how this “empty” photo turned out.

The vanishing point is so strong, I think, that there is no lack of a real subject.
Plus, the graffitis and the distant door bring a human presence in the tunnel.

Actually, I think that the – invisible – human subject of this image, taken with a wide angle lens… is YOU!!… It is at once me, the person shooting the picture in the tunnel and you, the person looking at the picture and having the impression of walking in the tunnel too. 🙂


Tunnel2DiagThe composition of the two pictures I showed you today is similar. There is the vanishing point in the upper right corner and a line hitting the lower left angle of the frame.

But this one is framed in an horizontal format.

I admit that I love this “pattern”, so so dynamic (with our western reading direction from left to right) and I don’t tire of it. 🙂


I hope these two pictures will inspire you to shoot in electric light situations during the next days or weeks (as the days grow shorter inescapably) and to offer to your photos really dynamic compositions!

Next week, I will share with you a new photo editing demonstration (a youtube video) with a similar photo, taken in a tunnel.
I hope you will be interested to see me enhance this kind of atmosphere! 🙂

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