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.
If you look for more tips and inspirations around photography, check out my free Learning Center.
Wish you a great start into the week.
Street Photography Quick Tip 5 – Composition – the hidden subject
Street Photography Quick Tip 6 – Shoot in a station
Life in the Big Apple
NYC Experience – DUMBO