For this blog post, I had plans to write a long discussion on the use of "perspective" in photographs. Particularly, the use of near vs. far objects, and the employment of converging lines.
But as I started to write, I realized that I don't know as much about that subject as I thought I did. Not enough to speak with authority about it, anyway. (My friend Joe probably knows a lot about it, since he uses perspective in his paintings.)
I also realized that a discussion about perspective is an awfully long way to go to introduce a couple of nice photos of porches.
And that's exactly what I've got here - two images of front porches which I shot from the side, rather than looking straight at the structures in question. Doing so gives the image some nice depth and visual interest.
So, rather than yammer on and on about the concept of "perspective", how about if I just show you the photos...
First, the front porch of the Nittany Lion Inn at Penn State University:
There's nice crisp lines in that image, converging to a "vanishing point", thereby providing perspective and depth.
Next, the quaint front porch of a home in the quaint village of Woodstock, in the quaint state of Vermont:
The straight lines in that image aren't as pronounced. But the vertical posts on the porch, which get smaller as they get farther away, gives the eye a good feeling for the depth of the scene.
All of this really boils down to composition. If I composed these images by shooting straight at the structure, the resulting photo would still be ok, but not nearly as interesting. Standing to the side and letting the porches stretch off into the distance is much more pleasing to the eye.
Some people may prefer to do these types of shots differently. It's really all a matter of your perspective.