I learned a long time ago that a wide angle lens, or a zoom lens zoomed into its widest angle will give you more depth in your photographs if used properly. There are also some other things you can do to give more depth to a scene; add a subject in the foreground on one side and suddenly the object in the back ground comes to life, almost like a 3-D effect.
The secret is to have an object either to the left or right of the scene close to the camera, and move into the scene as close as you can to give a feeling of depth.
The three photographs with this blog are a case in point. This is Old Christ Church in Pensacola. The church, also known as Christ Church, built in 1832 in Pensacola, Florida is a historic Episcopal church building. In 1974, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is a beautiful church for a wedding.
The first photograph is pretty much a straight shot of the church. Note the back of the stop sign on the left.
In the second photograph I have cropped it very slightly and added a dark vignette around it. The stop sign has suddenly appeared larger (although it isn’t) and the dark borders also add depth. Now the church appears as a 3-D scene that you can almost reach out and touch.
There is one thing you will not notice about this church.. There is a sea gull sitting on top of the cross. I waited about 15 minutes for it to fly away, but it did not. So I just changed my position a bit to block most of the cross out.
Ok , so what does it look like in black & white. Here it is in the third photograph.