Saturday, June 25, 2011

Leading Lines



Keith Wilbur is our guest photographer today. All images are by Keith who has a natural eye for photography. Check out more of his photos using the link below. Thank you, Keith, for allowing me to use your images in my post.

Today's post discusses leading lines, another form of photographic composition.

Below, the sun forms a line on the water drawing us into the image, straight to the dock, mountains and clouds. Our eyes are lifted up into the photo to a beautiful view.





The shape and direction of strong lines create powerful images. The lines created by the rise and fall of rolling hills or tanned bodies lying on the beach are sensuous. Tall buildings or columns, stair steps or bridges are stable and formal.






There are many different types of lines we can use in our photographic compositions: straight, diagonal, curvy, zigzag, and circular. Each can be used to improve our photo's composition.

Below, the pylons lead our eye into the photo, through the fog to the sailboat moored in the distance.





Looking at a photo containing strong lines naturally draws our eye along them. Think about how you place lines in your photo and you can affect the way the image is seen. The viewer can be pulled toward the subject, through the scene or into the picture.





Lines pulling us diagonally from the corners of the photo make a strong composition.







One of the most common and graceful lines used in composition is called the S curve. Below the river forms an S curve and draws our eye to the truck on the highway.



  

  
The undulating lines of the country road draw the eye into the image. The road disappears around a bend into the trees inviting us in.




  
Lines have many uses in a photograph. They can unify, divide, or accent a composition. If they are interesting enough, they can become the subject of the image themselves. 

View more wonderful photos by Keith 



I'd love to have more guest photographers! Leave me a comment in a comment box below if you are interested. Submit from 1 to 7 photos per post. Have some fun. Copyright remains in your possession. 



Links to other posts on composition:
And Matt Considine's informative guest post : Capturing a Satisfying Image


Don't forget - post a photo with your comment below if you are so inclined. 


61 comments:

Alida said...

Great tips and I love the photos! Stunning!

Ravenmyth said...

Keith these are very effective photo's. I have always enjoyed the "Leading Line" look in photography. It is very effective and does draw you in ...then you see all the little nuances of the whole picture. I really like photo number 4...alot going on.
 
Along the lines of Leadng Lines..here is a photo I took looking from Spanish Banks back at Vancouver...

Simran kaur said...

So beautiful, eye catching and pleasing photos...Wonderful job,Keith.I liked the photo on top I wish to go there..I can feel the peace, the beauty of nature !Wonderful

Simrankaur606 said...

Thanks Mari and Keith for sharing such beautiful images with us..so refreshing for me to start a day:)

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Alida has left a new comment on your post "Leading Lines": Great tips and I love the photos! Stunning! 

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

So happy you enjoyed the post. It's really fun to share Keith's photos with everyone! He's got talent.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I love your photo...all the diverging lines leading the viewer's eye to the city skyline are great. Would you like to submit photos for one of my posts? I'm sure Keith will appreciate your compliment. He'll be reading the comments.  I love #3 and #4. 

Alejandro Guzman said...

I do appreciate your advice in composition. Thanks Mari

A

cloudia said...

Good lesson! Thanks-


Aloha from Waikiki :)

Comfort Spiral

><}}(°>

            
                 ><}}(°>

<°)}}><

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I love your blog - very heartwarming and fun! Thank you for the comment.

Ravenmyth said...

Mari...I would love to submit some of my photo's...I am honoured...

I agree about number 3..I love the feel of mist and mystery about it...so west coast.

Sulekkha said...

Lovely pictures and the lines do attract or distract from the pictures when used specifically.

melissatandoc said...

Wow! This post is very beautiful Mari. I like the idea that you put guest photographers in your page...It adds to the richness and freshness of your blogposts. 
I was struck by Keith's photos...bellissime! Awesome shots...I particularly like the first three. Now you've given me more idea...YEY! 

loved it :) Thanks for sharing.

Team g square said...

Wow ! great snaps and superb tips too ......

Sailor said...

Some amazing pictures from Keith! He sure has a natural eye for photography. My favorite is the second from the last. Checked his flicker album and he has some fantastic collections.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Sailor - Keith is self-taught and does a fantastic job with his photography. I never get tired of looking at his images! He'll see all the comments and I know he'll be pleased people like his work.  The photo you like was taken on Highway 101, near the coast, in California. That area is gorgeous.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thank you from Keith and I both. What a cute little guy in your photo. You're using the "line" of his tail as a diagonal line to lead us into your photo and to this little guys face. Excellent!

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thank you from Keith and I. I'd love to have you as a guest photographer, Melissa. If you're interested let me know and we can chose a subject like street photography, candid photography or portraits. I know from your Facebook that you seem to like those subjects. Your sister and you can be guest photographers together if you want. I especially love your photo of her and you photo of the woman sitting on the sidewalk.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Yes, it's all about thinking and planning your photos before you snap the photo. 

Jewell said...

Hi Mari...now I understand why you thought my photo from my Friday Moment fit in with the topic of the post!  =) 

As promised here is the photo that you asked that I upload.  =)

You are more than welcome to use any of my pictures you would like for a post if you think anything I have would work for a lesson.  Since I am basically teaching myself by pointing, shooting, and practicing (and reading your posts), I don't know that there's enough for you to use for a post, but you are welcome to borrow them if you'd like.  =)

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I'd love to use some of your photos. I post once a week - usually on Saturday. I can use photos from 2 or 3 people in one post and credit each person if I don't have enough from just one person.

cooking varieties said...

hi mari... these photographs are so interesting- full of character. can i say i like the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and # 6.... very talented photographer indeed 

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Hi Wan - Keith, the photographer for this post, is full of character and is a great guy. I think it shows in this photos! Thank you for stopping by.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I'm glad you checked his Flickr account. I love his alien edits - they are so cute!

Kriti Mukherjee said...

those were some splendid pictures by Keith Wilbur! An amateur viewing these pics wouldn't even know he is being guided by lines! Yet that is exactly what it is. The images are really really sharp as well. Well done! 

Jpbrandanophoto said...

Really love these images Keith especially 1 and 4 ..really good tips here...


http://jpweddingphotograpy.blogspot.com/2011/06/candid-silhouettes-on-vero-beach.html

Climb2nowhere said...

Wow! I love those photos. Your friend Keith is very talented (like you).  All of those pictures are absolutely breathtaking, but what's cool is that from reading this blog I understand how to look at pictures much better now.  Thanks!

melissatandoc said...

Mari...I read your reply to my comment. Perhaps I can collaborate with my sister on this...I'll ask her Mari...thanks :*

David Smith said...

Love the images, the lines certainly add beauty to the photos!! Hard to choose a fave from the pics but I'd probably select #4 if forced to pick one, it captures my attention and doesn't let go. The tips using lines is very helpful and something all photographers should remember as Keith's pics surely show. Nice post!!

Keith Wilbur said...

Thank you Mari for using my photographs and I want to thank everyone for the nice things they have to say about my photographs I am very much an amateur. looking at other people's photographs is how I have taught myself . I enjoy reading your blog and have picked up many tips. 

Becky Owen said...

Hi Mari, what a great resource you've created here! Great tips and beautiful images...wonderful!

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Hi Kriti - thank you from Keith for your comment. I really love his images! He's only been taking photographs for a short time too!! 

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thanks Jim. Keith hasn't had his dSLR very long and has made great strides. 

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thank you from both Keith and I for your comment. I'm so happy you are finding the tips handy and useful.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Let me know. It would be great fun. 

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thanks David. Keith's photos always inspire me to try harder with my own photography.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Keith - thank you for letting me use your photos again. I will be calling on you again, I'm sure. Looking at other photographer's work is a great way to learn. It's helped me a lot!

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Hi Becky - I'm glad you enjoy the blog and tips. I hope you will keep checking back. 

Debra Elramey said...

Brilliant photos and tips – enjoyed immensely!   



Mari, I’ve been meaning to tell you that you are now my
16-year-old daughter’s mentor.   She is announcing
to everyone that Mari Sterling Wilbur is her online photography
instructor.    You will be hearing from
her as soon as she winds a few things up with her State Congress presentation.  And who knows, she may even submit a few photographs
of her own to you.   In the meantime she’s
seriously studying your site and learning. 
Thank you for providing this opportunity.   


Also wanted to talk to you about the offer you made awhile
back of photo sharing.   I’m very
interested in seeing these.    

Techmaker said...

Excellent camera angle. If I need a photo for a cover page, I'll first looked in to your blog for a photo. Thanks for sharing with us. 

Admin http://www.techblaster.co.cc

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

All photos are copyright protected - both my photos and my guest's photos. Please let me know if you want to use a photo - a link back to my blog will be required for my photos and not all photos are available for use. I would have to contact a guest photographer to get feedback on copyright issues. :D

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I'm so flattered and honored that your daughter is following my site. This is what makes blogging worthwhile! I look forward to hearing from her. I'll get in touch with you about the photo sharing :D

Arti said...

WOW! These photos just left me speechless, Superb!!!

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Be sure and check out Keith's photo site and leave him some comments. I know he'd appreciate at. He hasn't been taking photos for long and he's come a long way.

FAYE said...

Weeee. free photography lessons again! hahaha. Nice tips! =)

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

FAYE has left a new comment on your post "Leading Lines": Weeee. free photography lessons again! hahaha. Nice tips! =) -!.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

 I love teaching and I especially love teaching photography

Sailor said...

Hi Mari,

Thank you for all the visits and all the comments. They mean a lot to me. Some days I miss visiting the blogs and I have email updates from your blog since I don't want to miss out any new posts from you. I hope you are enjoying the summer with your family a lot these days.

Kristy Dolha said...

These photos are absolutely stunning! I love this blog...I always learn something useful :)

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Hi Sailor. I love your blog. I learn so much great information about cruise travel that also applies to other forms of travel. I post about once a week is all - that's all I can manage. We are having a fun summer. I hope you and your family are also. :D Regards, Mari

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Hi Kristy, Keith, my guest photographer, is self-taught. He learned photography primarily from looking at lots of photos and reading photo tips of all types. He is a terrific photogher - I love his work.

jan neel said...

Thank you so much for your kind words. When it comes to my photos; I just take what looks good to me,  I am overwhelmed that someone such as yourself would find my photos interesting.

Vaisakhi mishra said...

super stunning clicks....loved the s curve pic the most....amazin...:)

lakwatsera de primera said...

Great eye for photography, I wish i could make something special out of ordinary things as well.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Keep following my posts and you will learn how :D

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Your photos are excellent!

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

That is a beauty, isn't it.

Cristina said...

Absolutely stunning shots! Like all the great tips about composition.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I hope the tips help.

Sailor said...

Hey...I just visited visited your art store and it is really fantastic. My wife usually send paintings and photos as birthday gifts to her family and friends back in the US and I am not sure which site she uses. They all love to get Indian gifts and we have shipped many gifts from India and at the end shipping charges exceed the actual gift charge. Thats why she orders online. I will refer your work to my wife if she plans to send any more gifts.

I also noticed that if I right click on your images in your store I can download it and you have no watermarks to protect your property from free downloading. So how do you protect it? I am just curious.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I had a watermark on my photos on RedBubble. Unfortunately the only place to put it was across the middle. I understand I can now place it in the corner. Thanks for the reminder - I will go do that now. I also didn't realize you could right click on those images and download them. That is something new. I need to start adding a watermark to all my blog photos. :D I would be very honored to have you wife order my photos. Let me know if there is anything in particular she likes.