Exercise 1.3 (2) Line

Take a number of shots using lines to flatten the pictorial space. To avoid the effects of perspective, the sensor/film plane should be parallel to the subject and you may like to try a high viewpoint (i.e. looking down). Modern architecture offers strong lines and dynamic diagonals, and zooming in can help to create simpler, more abstract compositions.

Review your shots from both parts of Exercise 1.3. How do the different lines relate to the frame? There’s an important difference from the point exercises: a line can leave the frame. For perpendicular lines this doesn’t seem to disrupt the composition too much, but for perspective lines the eye travels quickly along the diagonal and straight out of the picture. It feels uncomfortable because the eye seems to have no way back into the picture except the point that it started from. So for photographs containing strong perspective lines or ‘leading lines’, it’s important that they lead
somewhere within the frame.

For this exercise, I took a few shots showing lines en route to Hucknall Train Station.  For these shots I used a Canon 400D (crop sensor) with a 18-55mm kit lens set at ISO 200 and shutter priority 1/160. I used a variety of focal lengths to frame the images as appropriately as possible.

I tried to capture images to contrast those in Exercise 1.3 (1), but didn’t manage to capture a flat image at the station.



By keeping all the lines perpendicular in IMG_7028.jpg, the building front looks flat apart from the bottom window which is obviously further back than the top window.



For IMG_7034.jpg, I attempted to hold the camera lens directly over the manhole covers to get the lines as perpendicular as possible to give the appearance of flatness.  I didn’t quite make it!



In conrast, By shooting the same manhole covers from a side angle, the lines converge giving the feeling of depth.


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