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Using a vanishing point to get a tri-dimensional effect

by Yvette Depaepe


"Vanished to the infinite"


Vanishing point photography is everywhere.
The layman's definition of a vanishing point is 'the point to which parallel lines appear  to converge' in the rendering of a single perspective.  It also can be a point of disappearance or cessation.  This very simple idea is a powerful tool to stimulate a three dimensional feeling in any two dimensional work of art, whether it is a painting or a photograph?

Using a vanishing point in photography is a great way to emphasize the large scale of a sweeping landscape.  The converging lines act as arrows that draw the eye right towards that point on the horizon.

It also is a strong tool for architectural photographers who want the viewer to understand the scale of the place they are photographing.

This amazing selection of 1x photographs shows how to get a killer tri-dimensional perspective and effect by using a vanishing point.


“Trails” by Paulo Abrantes


“Kick scooter rider” by Marius Cinteza


“The glowing Hedges” by Daniel F.


“Ice Cave” by Javier de la Torre


“Winter” by Jure Kravanja


"June storm” by Franz Schumacher


“Velours de Lavender” by Margarita Chernilova


“Caribbean Dreams” by Matt Anderson


“Cold Lines” by Bragi Ingibergsson – BRIN


“!” Yucel Basoglu


“The Long Call” by George Digalakis


“Bridge over misty water” by Eddy Verloes


“D. Quixote #1” by Nana Sousa Dias


"Under the Bridge" by Ricky Siegers



“x-X-x” by David Martín Castán


“Calatrava lines at the blue hour” by Jef Van den Houte


"Tunnel Vision" by Robert Work



“The spining” by Vangelis Makris


“The Portal for Pillar Agmina Mk.II” by Dr. Akira TAKAUE


“Ascension” by Juan de Villalba


“Ode to Black (Black Hope)II” by Julia Anna Gospodarou


“Dark eyes” by Ahmed Thabet


“Conjoncture” by Franklin Neto
Very interesting article Yvette, wonderful examples! I feel honored to be part of it. Cheers Yvette :)
Thanks to you too for sharing your great images on 1x, Franklin ;-) Cheers, Yvette
Love your selection Yvette!
Many thanks for your appreciation, Luc! Cheers, Yvette
Great selections, beautifully presented! Splendid dear Yvette :)
So glad you like this short article and great images, Carla ;-)
Thank you Yvette, for this interesting article full of fantastic images. I appreciate the inclusion of one of my photographs. A greeting.
My pleasure, Juan! Your image is a fine example of vanishing point in architecture pictures. Greetings, Yvette
important topic, great choices and very beautiful narration. Congrats dear Yvette , (I was honored, you chose my work. thank you so much. ) and congrats to all artist!!! greetings..
Thank you a lot, Yucel! Your beautiful seascapes all have a great vanishing point. Cheers, Yvette
honored to see one of my pics here. great article. congrats, Yvette
Thank you so much, Paulo! It was fun to look for photographs with a vanishing point and I knew I would find a great street shot on your portfolio as example ;-)
Thank you Yvette for sharing with us your interesting point of view on the vanishing point! Wonderful article and great selection of pictures (thank you, too, for including one of my photos)!
Thanks for your appreciation, Marius ;-) A pleasure to select your image (and the one from Paulo) showing how to use a vanishing point in "street" photography. Lesser common than in landscape or architectural photography. Cheers, Yvette
Congrats with your article, Yvette and of course with the choice of a lot of beautiful photos ;-)
Thanks Eddy! Your photo is a splendid example of a "double vanishing point". Love it. Cheers, Yvette