When photographing, lines are very important to an image we are creating.
There are leading lines…diagonal lines…curve lines (S curves)…horizontal lines…vertical lines…and there are converging lines. Each of the different lines brings your attention to the subject. But converging lines will add a certain flow or depth to your photograph. It will also add a sense of distance or scale. Look at the image above. I found it compelling because it was a tree that had branched out very low to the ground, almost forming 5 smaller trees from one base. The branches were almost equal distance apart which formed a ‘spiral’ to the center subject which was a clump of moss. Using an aperture reading of 5.6 with a focal length of 70mm, gave this simple image ‘depth’ because the top of the framed branches were softly out of focus and the subject is sharp.
Using leading lines in any photograph, regardless of what they are, will always make your image better because the lines will always lead the viewer’s eye to the subject. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
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