You may not think lines are very exciting, we see them everywhere, but lines have many uses in photography. We've been exploring linear lines in Kat Eye Studio's Exploring With A Camera and how they effect our photography.
Multiple lines that come close to one another or converge together is a technique that will lead your eye into a shot, such as the railings on this bridge.
We use lines in photography to lead the eye or draw attention to an object. The lines of the rock walls and pathway lead your eyes to the gazebo, the object of this photo.
Sometimes the leading lines in a photograph are very obvious. The viewer naturally follows the lines to see what is at the end. The interest of this photo is the lush green hillside. The rock wall serves to lead our eyes to the opening and then into the distance.
Leading lines can be solid like the wall, or they can be subtle like these flowers. The rows of flowers lead your eyes through this photo.
Linear lines can also give us a sense of depth. Our eyes follow the line of grave markers to a distant point. Looking down this row of markers helps you realize the size of this section at the Little Rock National Cemetery.
All linear lines don't have to be straight. They can have curves and still be effective. The orientation of the photo also creates a different look. The first photo was taken horizontally. You feel the expanse of the woods, the quietness, and space and in this case a touch of being alone.
Photographing the same path in a vertical orientation focuses more on the path and the height of the trees.
Viewpoint is also very important when dealing with lines in photography. A different perspective elicits a different response to the photograph. In the images below, looking up creates dramatic image of these buildings. I don't take a lot of architectural images, but I must say this shot of the Saline County Courthouse in Arkansas is my all-time favorite image of a building. I just love the way my eyes travel up the building to the gorgeous sky.
As I mentioned before, the lines don't have to be straight. The lines of this church steeple lead to the cross at the top.
I hope you'll be seeing linear lines this week!
You don't have to be a photographer to see them!
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