NOVEMBER THEME – Leading Lines

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    Peter Robinson
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    The theme for October is now closed

    The theme for November is

    Leading Lines

    Following on from last month’s theme of ‘Balance’ which helped us improve the composition of our photographs, this month’s theme continues with the composition theme by utilising the power of lead in lines to build our image. The lead in line grabs our attention when we first view a picture and leads us to the main subject. It doesn’t have to be a physical line. It could be an object pointing in the right direction or a series of receding tones leading from a dark area to a light subject. It doesn’t have to be a straight path. Very often curves are more interesting than straight lines. For some ideas of what I’m trying to say please have a look at this website:

    Advice on the use of leading lines.

    We now have a much simpler uploading process for the images you want to post. The best way to insert an image is to use the right hand icon in the edit menu. It looks like a picture of a mountain. It’s best if you prepare your picture before hand to have a long side of something like 650px at 72ppi

    There’s no restriction on when the photograph was taken so search though your archives show us what you can produce. If you would like to suggest any topics for the monthly theme please let me know. Thank you to everyone who contributed to last months’ theme.

    #15201

    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    I guess leading lines can be implied by a pattern…

     

     

    …or by a gesture?..

     

     

     

    #15207

    Peter Robinson
    Keymaster

    Thanks for kicking this off Ian. Like you say in your photograph of the bikes the lead in is the pattern of the bikes leading from the foreground to the biker. A clever use of composition. Would it work better in monochrome?  I find the orange jacket a bit distracting.

    In the second photo the lead in is a bit more obvious with the arm leading to the customer. I think it is also a case of a dark area leading to a light area and a relatively plain area leading to a detailed area. What do other members think?

    #15208

    KEN LAST
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    KEN LAST
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    #15210

    KEN LAST
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    #15212

    Peter Robinson
    Keymaster

    Thanks for posting these Ken. They certainly demonstrate the value of a strong lead in to the subject. Diagonal lines seem particularly strong to me and they introduce depth into your picture.

    #15218

    wbaxter
    Participant

    This is a very old image

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 2 weeks ago by  wbaxter.
    #15220

    Ian McNab
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    The old ones are the best, Wallace: leading lines that act as a bridge to the main subject – or a bridge that acts as leading lines..! Neat.

    #15221

    Peter Robinson
    Keymaster

    A classic and dramatic composition which works so well Wallace. The strong lead in lines go straight to the castle. No messing. I love the sky as well.

    #15224

    wbaxter
    Participant

    Another very old one

    #15225

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    Says it all Wallace such a beautiful setting in Provence. Tried so many time to create a decent watercolour painting of this scene and all finish in the bin.

    #15227

    Peter Robinson
    Keymaster

    You’ve caught the lines the lavender makes, but also the line of the tree tops that all lead to the building.

    #15228

    Peter Robinson
    Keymaster

    I’m curious to know what members think of this. Does the led in lead out? Or does it lead you into the scene by a round about way?

    In the picture below I used the children as a lead in to the subject. Although there is no physical line I hoped to imply it by the direction of their gaze. Do you think it works?

    #15241

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    These are cats—not lions–but cats all in line.

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