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