Play with perspective

Subway Snooze | New York City | 2018

Another fun thing to do when composing photographs is to play with perspective, something that works just as well when doing street photography.

Look at the guy I caught deep in thoughts (or snoozing) on a subway ride. He is holding his cellphone in his right hand. Only that it seems like the hand holding the phone is coming out of the arm of the person sitting in the background, rather than is own arm.

The human eye tends to follow lines. And the hand and the arm behind form an almost natural looking line, and, together with the hunched over subway rider, forms a full circle, adding a certain harmony to the composition.

The eye of a casual observer, even if subconsciously, catches the anomaly and will try to solve the riddle. This little play with perspective adds an additional interest to the photograph. And lets the observer’s eye remain a second or two longer on our image. Which is what we want as photographers.

Image taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4, specs are 1/25 sec @ F/4 and ISO 400, 48mm focal length.

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Wish you a great start into the week.


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  1. This is a great capture, Marcus. And such a creative use of perspective. It’s so interesting how our eyes interpret the world that we see. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Amy, much appreciated! Understanding the way we see is an important skill for the photographer in oder to capture the attention of the viewers. Hope you week is going well. Marcus

      1. I have the EM10 mark II, I love it for street photography, but some times I miss my Nikon d7100 for the quality of the image… I am tryngo to find something in between, like Fujifilm that can give both benefits (small camera with very good quality) any advise?

      2. Stick with one system and invest in some nice prime lenses. I own a D7000, I don’t think IQ is better than with my Olys (E-M1 and PEN-F). In the end, it all comes down to using good glass, and the Oly lenses are super!

  2. Wonderful perspective both of the angle and the relationship between the people. The stories that could be created …

  3. I am still looking at your year in review photos and taking tips from those! you are such a pro, Marcus. I enjoy all the tips you provide.

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