LTTL… leading lines in photography

Leading lines can play a major part in photography. Usually, they are used to lead the viewer’s eye somewhere into the picture. A harbor that leads you out to sea. The middle line of a curved road that leads you off into the forest. We have all seen fantastic displays of leading lines in photography.

Today, I want us to think past the obvious. I want you to realize that leading lines are everywhere including nature.

In this first photo (on the trail that we hike, bike,  or run down almost daily) I wanted to give you a visual of interest using leading lines. While the first picture is not shabby, it really yields no interest in incorporating a leading line; the leading line takes you to the obvious.

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In the second photo, the leading line of the trail brings the viewer through the picture, almost yielding movement in the photo. While you can see where the trail leads, the exact location is not quite discernible giving way to a bit of mystery. This photo also incorporates a second leading line that is not as obvious but also takes the eye to the same distant location… notice the line of leaves just under the tree line. Both lines cause the eye to move in the same direction which imparts more value and concreteness to the leading lines.

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But, a leading line is not always created by the blunt presences of an object pointing the way. Sometimes it is just a matter of camera rotation. In the first photo, you have a feathering plant, leaves flayed in the sun.

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However, with a simple rotation of the camera you now have a yellow finger pointing the way to a lush abundant forest beckoning to your adventurous spirit.

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In this third set… you have the first shot with the stem connected to the berries. The eye is directed toward the berries in a direct measure.

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In the second photo, the leading lines of the stems are framing the berries bringing the viewers eyes to the berries in a discrete manner.

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And, in these final two photos, the second photo tells more of a story. The shoes are kicked off,  pointing out towards where the run happened.

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Your turn… do you have any fabulous photos showing examples of leading lines? I would love to see them. What does your Life Through the Lens look like??? Life-n-Reflection showed us the seasons of summer last week. Kristy’s photos are always inspiring.

Linking with… Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist, Sweet Shot Tuesday, Our World Tuesday

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Random 5 Friday… when you are feeling blue

~This week has been a terrifically hard week. I feel like my emotional senses are on overload. All the feedback on everything from issues in Iraq, to depression,  to Ferguson. The chatter among major bloggers, the noise from everyone who feels the need to input. It’s really too much, and it is this very reason that I am on probation this year. I am blogging with an end goal, one that will commit me to this endeavor, or one that will close the door forever.  I’m questioning if I really want to be another voice among the masses? Or, if I want to walk away completely?

~I wrote another piece on my experience with depression… but honestly, I do not feel safe to publish it. Maybe it’s a voice that needs to be heard, but… this, “You don’t have to agree with what I say, or what anyone says, but don’t destroy valuable opportunities for important conversations by being aggressively unreasonable.” (Matt Walsh) Aggressively unreasonable, or even merely unreasonable… I’ve seen it rampant even among those of us who proclaim to be Jesus followers. It saddens my heart that we are so quick to input our opinions with little to no movement for compassionate change.

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~ So I have decided to walk away this week. To unplug my phone from FB, and news media, and blogs, to let my brain rest so my heart can truly hear what is important.

~ I am going to immerse myself reading, and I am going to feed my body with Red Beans and Rice, and I am going to live in the very real present instead of the questionable reality of social media.

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~It’s going to be hard, because honestly, I am addicted to media. I think most of us are. But I am going to do this. See you all next Wednesday.

 

AND, A FEW LITTLE PICK-ME-UP FUN THINGS… BECAUSE I CANNOT LEAVE YOU ALL SAD. HAPPY SOCIAL MEDIA FREE WEEKEND!!

Red Beans and Rice recipe… just in case that sounds delicious to you.

It’s Dreamer’s birthday this weekend, so we will be making this... a tradition.

Fun back to School Photo Ideas... because school seems to be starting everywhere.

Fall is in the air... need a little inspiration?

Because every time I see this I laugh…. haahaa vanilla latte, my favorite.

Linking with… Fridays Unfolded

LTTL… just a little photo shoot

This week, just a little photo shoot… simple as that.

Pink Blush by Simply Living Photography

Pink Blush Friend by Simply Living Photography

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Quote by Robin Williams. It saddens me to see another soul who has been ravaged by depression.

 

And… our FEATURED POST… I had a difficult time choosing this time, but I ended up at the ocean. And man do I miss the ocean… Photographing New Zealand, Napier Area.

 

Joining… Texture Twist, Texture Tuesday, and Flora Love Thursday.

 

YOUR TURN:

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What is your Life Through the Lens? Any great adventures, tutorials, or fun daily livings to share? I’m dying to hear about it!!

New here… want to know how Life Through the Lens works? Start here!

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