Exercise 1.3 Line (Part 1 & 2)

  1. “Take a number of shots using lines to create a sense of depth. Shooting with a wide- angle lens (zooming out) strengthens a diagonal line by giving it more length within the frame. The effect is dramatically accentuated if you choose a viewpoint close to the line.”

I don’t have a wide angled lense so I can’t comment on how that effects the way i might take a shot. Firstly to re-visit this image taken previously, you can see the side of this shed creates a strong diagonal, with the lines converging towards an invisible vanishing point (as in 1 point perspective).

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Although this was not the main point of the exercise, I took the opportunity to try some outside shots. I sat outside my house, trying to catch some sunny moments…I found it interesting to note that the timing is quite tricky with pedestrians and cars about, so this was harder than I expected. It made me realise I needed to learn to plan ahead and react reasonably quickly. There are also some views of the roof line from my back garden, with the fence running towards it. I had the camera set to auto, on the landscape option.


We were asked to note how awkward an image is when the diagonal runs out of shot – like this.

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My view looking right. Here the roads leads into the picture (though of course the side road veers off) I also never noticed how much we ignore power lines when looking in real life, but here they are crossing the image very strongly.

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Looking left. You can see I had a go at shooting into the sun. I need to buy a lens hood thingy to prevent lens flare but I just got away with it this time. I like the effect, but I don’t know if this is a ‘bad’ shot?

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I like the single figure walking along. you can see this picture has plenty of depth

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I edited out power lines in this picture as they were too dominant and cut the image in half.

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These are taken in my parents garden on another day.  I think the diagonal close up is less successful in terms of leading your eye, though there are some interesting shapes.

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2. “Take a number of shots using lines to flatten the pictorial space…”

This time we are asked to do the opposite, and flatten the image,  with images taken parallel to the subject. This results in strong horizontals and verticals…Which can be a bit boring.

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Though I like the scene through the gate. Here’s the one I liked most – the top of a fence post.

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