I shared about shapes a week ago and today am going to look at the role lines play in a composition. Lines can be straight,diagonal, curved, short and long, stable, or chaotic and create many moods in a photograph. I used to say that I liked trees because of their shape, but after thinking about it, realized that it was the lines of the limbs that attracted me as well as the overall shape of the foliage. I will show some man-made lines as well as ones found in nature.
Here is an example of simple curved lines mixed with straight lines that I took while attending the workshop last week.
Next is an example of two lines. The fact that they are crossed creates some tension and provides a focal point.
Sometimes lines are singular.
There is the “s” curve, always a pleasing line to the eye…
There are an endless variety of lines and many ways to use them and I know that I have more ideas just by doing this exercise.It helps me to look at potential photos and maybe change my point of view so that I may use lines to have a stronger composition. Happy shooting!