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    Posted: 01 January 2010 at 12:38
This assignment is about another basic compositional method, the use of leading lines. It is another method to create interesting compositions and frequently used to "guide" the viewer through an image. Don't always use leading lines, rules like these are there to be broken, but when you understand them it's also easier to understand when to break (or not use) them. The point of this task is to look for a pre-defined composition in the environment around you. Here is a reference that describes the principle, but just googling "leading lines" will give you many, many more.

You will shoot a picture clearly demonstrating the use of leading lines to enhance the composition. No studio shots/no interfering with the subjects. You must not change the natural layout of the scene. Only cropping in one direction is allowed.

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- one dimension crop and minor straightening allowed (to allow different aspect ratios, but don’t crop in both directions)
- max 2 pics per post/try
- you can do the assignments in any order, and repeated as many times as you want
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Edited by pegelli - 16 January 2010 at 20:57
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Post Options Post Options   Quote outback88 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2010 at 02:12
This is a crude/rough sample of leading lines IMHO, the idea was for the viewers eyes to start lower third then follow the rocks out to the end/point of the cliff.

l have just downloaded DXO, but l couldn't find any highlight reduction settings & had to finish it in Paintnet, no cropping.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote easypete Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2010 at 15:22
Saw some abandoned cars in a field behind my dad's house. I noticed the stream.



Next picture, I was trying to get a decent picture of my favorite guitar. Tried to use the cable as a leading line.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote brettania Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2010 at 16:20
@ outback -- for me the "line" is too diffuse and the cliff it leads to is too distant. Close, but I would ask you try again.

@ easypete (shot #1) the line is too diffuse;(shot #2) this is better but the line is, for me, also not strong enough given the eye is immediately pulled to the upper part of the shot, rather than being drawn there by the cord.

I leave it to pegelli to make a final calls on both.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2010 at 21:15
I must agree with brettania on all 3 shots.

For outback and easypete the "line"is more a total bar with major disturbances and discontinuities. They draw you into the picture but that's about all. We would like to see much clearer examples.

easypete's second shot has the problem that his chosen leading line (the cord) is much weaker in the composition vs. the other line formed by the strings of the guitar taking you right out of the picture again. Probably if you wouldn't have mentioned the cord I probably would not even have noticed it.

Hope this analysis helps a bit and looking forward to your next try.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote outback88 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2010 at 11:00
Thank you Cam & Pieter for your candid replies, l shall go forth & produce a master , well perhaps something a bit clearer - when this hot weather goes (next week) 30+ till Tuesday
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote easypete Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2010 at 14:14
I agree (and appreciate) the comments earlier. I guess I was too subtle for leading lines.

Alright... so I went to my favorite location (a cemetery... don't psychoanalyze me... my uncle's doing that already)...

I liked the name on this memorial, so I used rule of thirds, small DOF, and leading lines to draw attention to it.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2010 at 13:34
easypete,

After some reflection I would say it's a pass. Needed to think a little about it and went finally back to the assignment as formulated.
frequently used to "guide" the viewer through an image
which is what your leading line does. The comment I would make is how I explore this image (which I like by the way) is from the stone with "SHATZEN" and then along the leading line of the path along the other oof monuments and then out of the picture. So you have met the assignment as described. However at some future point in time you might come back and do this assignment again and try to use your leading line to not lead the viewer out of the picture, but keeps him inside and leads his eye to the main point of interest.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote outback88 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2010 at 11:36
Well l've travelled 220ks today (over to Mt Gambier - the blue lake) racking my brain for this assignment, so l'm hoping these are a BIT better.

l'm not sure if l can post two but l had to have a backup

1. Lookout.




2. Tower.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote brettania Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2010 at 12:31
@ Steve

A definite pass for #1 and a pass also for #2, where the main "line" is more subtle but definitely leads the eye to the tower.

There are four lines in #1, the railing, the stonework, the steps and the bulwark... you can't do much better than that!

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Agree with Cam on both passes. Good example of leading lines which are truly "leading" the viewer through the image to the main attention point.

As a general comment I think the first B&W can use a midtone/shadow lift. Make sure you keep a bit of true black but in general it's a boit too drab/dark for my taste now.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote outback88 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2010 at 23:47

Cam & Pieter, thank you for your valuable time - very much appreciated, l know how busy you both are, Pieter l see what you mean, but l wasn't sure how much PP l could apply, l only did one crop, it is very flat, here is the original with some PP.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote alphatini Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2010 at 05:52
Originally posted by outback88 outback88 wrote:


Cam & Pieter, thank you for your valuable time - very much appreciated, l know how busy you both are, Pieter l see what you mean, but l wasn't sure how much PP l could apply, l only did one crop, it is very flat, here is the original with some PP.


Nice pic, better in B&W like you did first IMO.
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I hope the "lines" aren't too broken
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