Railway lines are probably the most common/classic type of photo to take advantage of a scene with converging lines. I had a chance to take one of these shots on the way back from some local woodland.
It’s a simple shot taken with a 10-20mm wide-angle lens at 18mm. The wide-angle lens made the section of railway line closest to me look much larger than it really was, completely exaggerating the gap in the parallels from the foreground to the point of convergence.
Speaking of the point of convergence, it’s always a good idea to have something of interest there, seeing as you’re effectively leading a viewer’s eye to the point where everything meets up. In the image below there was a small bridge at the point where the track came together, so it all worked out quite well. Failure to provide some sort of interesting end to following the lines seems like a bit of an anticlimax.
I must experiment with more of these shots!
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