I knew I was going to have to take a photo walk for this week’s theme… because I had no ideas. Luckily the urban setting around the office is super helpful when it comes to lines and composition challenges! So I set out after work, after the rain had stopped (which has become one of my favorite times to take pictures) and took myself on a little detour to my car.
Settings: f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 24mm, ISO 2500
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8
I ended up with a few photos I liked for intersecting lines, but this one was my favorite.
I like that it’s chains, which is a little different, and the texture they add. The out-of-focus cars that are framed in the background. The vertical parking lines, the horizontal “reserved” lines, the columns… there’s a lot going on here but all of the lines still draw your eye to the center of the image.
I don’t usually stop up to f/2.8 these days, but I think that the extra depth of field helps here. Because the lines are the focus, they convey a stronger feeling than if I had done it in the other way or had everything in focus… it says “keep out” even though you can see in.
Week 25: Curves
Alright, friends, we have one more line challenge this month: curves.
Just like our other line challenges, a curved line will lead your viewer through your image, taking them on a journey to one subject or many. Curves can be found in nature or created by humans… think about how you’d like to push yourself this week. Take your camera for a walk, look around your house, create a still life with food, whatever your fancy is ask yourself if there’s a different way to photograph the curve after you snap a few frames.
Consider the viewer, where the curve begins and where it ends, and how it’s framed – paying attention to this composition can really create a strong image. And if you’re really up to the challenge, photograph an implied curve – your subjects are presented in a way in which a curve is implied.
Last week’s photo: Leading Lines #2018P52
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