Okay so I feel like I need to reiterate what I’m looking for when I say Leading Lines.
“Leading lines are defined as lines within an image that lead the viewers eye to different elements in the image or occasionally out of the image. Anything with a definite line can be a leading line: fences, roads, bridges, a row of headstones, and even a shoreline. There are also “created” leading lines which could be a staggered flock of birds flying through the sky or a group of people walking across a field. Leading lines are a very effective compositional tool because our eyes are naturally drawn to and along lines in photos and traveling that path can they make us feel as if we’re standing within the photo itself.”
These aren’t just lines in an image, these lines have a purpose and a “movement” of sorts. If you hover your mouse over the examples below, with some fancy computer coding (and I admit, a good amount of swearing because coding just doesn’t make sense to me) I have added red arrows to illustrate the exact “movement” of the lines and the photos.
Move your mouse or clicker over the photo for the red arrow
The most common leading line photos are of roads, sidewalks and treelines. The Clear Creek trail leads the eye right to the trio of umbrellas in the center. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)
Notice how not only does the photo above have a definite leading line (the shore) but also a “created” leading line being the people dotting that same shore. Both lines lead the viewer’s eye from the top corner to the main subject in the bottom middle of the frame and vice versa. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)
A line on the basketball court leads right to Cubby the Mascot (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)
The railing goes from one corner of the frame and leads to the seagull feeder (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)
The counter as well as the the mixers and cupcakes all lead the eye from the left hand corner to the baker at the other side of the frame. (Photo by Meegan M. Reid)
Deadline for entries is FEBRUARY 1st.
Entries may be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or there is a handy “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here.” link on the right side of this page.
“Stand-outs” will be chosen and published in an upcoming edition of the Kitsap Sun.
Here are just a few of the entries I’ve received thus far:
On The Waterfront by Stuart Hafer
Fanore, Co Clare by Erin Landvatter
WIne Country by Stuart Hafer
Autumn Express by Greg Leach
Birds on A Railing by Jack C. Harpel
China Town in downtown Singapore by Greg Leach
Road to Mt. St. Helens by Dee Kamp
Texas Fence Line by Dee Kamp
Quilcene Bay by Joe Sullivan