Rule of Thirds (1)

All these images place the subject in either the left or right one-third of the image and, I think, are more effective than they would be if they were simply centred. Roll over each image for further explanation.

Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge: Rule of Thirds

Diagonal Lines

The interesting part of this challenge is that many diagonal lines are also leading lines. Since we’ve already ‘done’ leading lines, I’ve tried to come up with some images that are all about the diagonal itself, rather than them being, even incidentally, leading lines too.

I think this is my favourite of this week’s selection:

The mast of a catamaran

The mast of a catamaran

And here are a couple of others:

And here are a couple of what Cee described as ‘implied diagonals’:

Finally, my favourite images from earlier contributions to this thread. The first from the Vertical Lines challenge and the one on the right from Leading Lines (which, neatly enough, is also an implied diagonal):

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Diagonal Lines

Vertical Lines

This week, we try to demonstrate the importance of vertical lines in composition. To begin with, here’s my personal favourite from the selection for this post:

An abacus in the old schoolroom at Montrol-Senard. It wouldn't be the same shot if the column second from the right wasn't slightly askew.

An abacus in the old schoolroom at Montrol-Senard. It wouldn’t be the same shot if the column second from the right wasn’t slightly askew.

A collection of other verticals:

 

Now, two photographs of the same scene, one in landscape, the other in portrait. Unsurprisingly, the vertical represented by the tyre-tracks is a much stronger element in the portrait version; this makes sense because it’s the tyre-track that’s the real subject, and the trees in the landscape version are just a distraction:

 

 

Now, for the vertical line that doesn’t really work in the original, here is a ‘before and after’ from Chartres Cathedral. The vertical is obviously where the door meets the wall, but in the original the thing (whatever it is) halfway down the left side of the image is a distraction and, more importantly, because it’s an open doorway shot from the inside, the exterior has been blown out.

However, cropped to remove the distraction, as well as some of the dead space at the top (which also helps to preserve the original image constraints), and with a bit of tweaking of the tone curve, I think it’s a far superior image:

 

Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge: Vertical Lines

Horizontal Lines

I have to saythat I’m completely in agreement with Cee when it comes not only to horizons but also other horizontal lines actually being horizontal; I use the Straighten Tool in Lightroom to correct my own errors – as far as possible.

Oradour-sur-Glane, with the Monts de Blond in the background.

Oradour-sur-Glane, with the Monts de Blond in the background.

Some other images featuring strong horizontal lines:

Finally, a couple of other images with multiple horizons:

 

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Horizontal Lines and Horizon

Leading Lines

Leading lines could well be the first basic tool of composition that I picked up on and have stuck with ever since – to the extent that in many cases the leading lines are the image. Anyway, I seem to have plenty of them, of which these are a few – and, hopefully, varied – examples.

And finally, in a shameless attempt to earn a gold star, two images of curved leading lines

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Leading Lines