Exploring With A Camera is one of my favorite online photo challenges. This month the topic to explore is diagonal lines. Kat Sloma, the hostess for this challenge, has posted a great article about this topic here. Here are some examples from my own archives that show how diagonal lines influence how you look at a photo.
This picnic table has the most obvious diagonal lines of any image I’ve taken this year. The spaces between the boards create the primary diagonal, which we think of as going down hill, from the upper left corner to the lower right. The line of nails appear to us as going uphill, from the lower left to the upper right…and this is called the secondary diagonal.
If you can imagine a line from the back end of the truck to the front bumper you’ll see that primary diagonal again.
These mailboxes are a good example of the secondary diagonal, created by those long lines between the boxes and the other parts. The eye is drawn to that open box and then beyond.
This cute little owl made of recycled trash is perched at that secondary diagonal because of how I held the camera. There are other diagonals in this image, too, and that is what can make a photo more interesting.
There is a diagonal created by the clouds in this landscape image, as well as by the land in the foreground and farther back.
This sculpture at the Dayton Art Institute shows different diagonal lines, as does the tree in the background.
There is so much more to diagonal lines in photos than what I have mentioned here. Please hop on over to Kat’s website and enjoy what she has shared. If you have not participated in these Exploring With A Camera topics, give it some thought. It’s open to everyone.