Exploring Diagonal Lines

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. 

11 Replies to “Exploring Diagonal Lines”

  1. Lovely shots, really like the truck shot – & love the repetition of the post boxes. And that sculpture is amazing, both the lines & the reflection.

  2. Great examples of diagonals! I like how you gave each one some thought on what was happening for the diagonals, and how it worked for the image. I like that you also called out the implied diagonal in the truck that your perspective created, showing it doesn't always have to be an explicit line that moves our eye through the photo. Thanks so much for sharing this thoughtful post in Exploring with a Camera! I always love seeing what you come up with. 🙂

  3. Diagonals are great fun, aren't they? Love your perspective on the truck. That mailbox shot and the metal sculpture are two of my favorites of your recent work – the point-of-view on both really leads the eye into the shots, moving along those diagonal lines.

  4. I enjoyed seeing your wonderful examples of diagonals, Deb. That shot of the mailboxes is terrific — just love it! Exploring with a Camera is a great way to learn more about photography, isn't it? Thanks for sharing!

  5. I absolutely love the mailboxes. I see them every time I'm in that building, but have nevery really "looked" at them as you have shown them in this photo. Great job!

  6. I love your examples of diagonals. That simple picnic table is an excellent example of uphill and downhill diagonals.That mailbox shot is another great capture of diagonals thanks to the angle of your camera. My favourite capture has to be the last one showing a double diagonal and a lovely reflection as well. That one really draws me in and you had such a perfect sky when you took this shot. Great job!

  7. Wow! Those are great. I especially love the truck and mailboxes. They look so cool and the diagonals are really making the picture even more interesting.

  8. A simply wonderful set of shots. I am in love with the image of the truck, and, oh, those mailboxes. I'm wishing I had thought of this angle, when I shot some similar ones not so long ago!

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